How to: Get the perfect eyebrow from start to finish

Friday, 8 November 2013

How to get the perfect eyebrow

Unless they’re particularly thick, dark or unruly, most of us don’t really pay that much attention to other people’s eyebrows. However, as soon as someone has them shaped or groomed, they are bombarded with compliments and questions on what they’ve had done – they look different, but the difference can’t quite be pinpointed.

Our eyebrows can make a major difference to our appearance, and keeping them well-groomed and beautifully shaped won’t just enhance our features, but it opens our eyes and creates a “cleaner” appearance too. Though it’s best to have your brows professionally shaped, the upkeep is easy. Follow our simple guide below to get (and keep) your brows in their best possible shape.

Tools you may need:
Eyebrow brush
Eyebrow pencil / shadow
Eyebrow gel

How to shape your brows
To determine the length and shape of an ideal eyebrow, imagine a line that starts at the outside of your nose and follows through to the outer corner of your eye. This is where your eyebrow should start, and end.

Shaping the brow comes naturally to some, but not so easily to others. If it’s your first time or you don’t feel confident with a pair of tweezers, go to a beautician to have them shaped professionally. If you’re keen to give it a go yourself, remember the golden rule: rather under-pluck than over-pluck. Start slow, and remove only the hairs that deviate the furthest from your natural brow shape. You can always remove more hair if you think they look too full, but it’s much more difficult to “fix” over-plucked eyebrows.

Take your eyebrow brush and brush the hairs on one direction, allowing them to lie neatly on your skin. You will see a definite natural shape, even if there are stray hairs surrounding it. This is the shape you should try your best to preserve. Pluck the stray hairs, starting with those the furthest from your full brow. After every few plucks, brush your brow again to ensure you’re following the shape correctly. This also allows you to track the changes and continuously see what it’s going to look like. Once you’re happy with the result, you can start grooming.

How to do the daily groom
Find a product that matches the colour of your eyebrows. You will need it to fill sparse areas, lengthen or thicken the shape of the brow. An eyebrow mascara provides the most natural-looking colour, whilst a brow shadow or pencil allows for fuller coverage and better definition. Always start at the inner corner of your brow and work your way outwards. Apply product sparingly and layer if necessary, rather than applying too much from the start. It’s best to apply it in swift, light movements, mimicking the hairs that the brow consists of.

Once you are happy with the shape and colour of your brow, you can set the hairs with a clear eyebrow gel. This will help settle unruly hairs and keep the shape you’ve created in place. If you struggle with fine or short hairs, use a gel with nourishing properties to assist with hair growth and strength.

Stand back and inspect your work in the mirror. Your eyebrows should look natural, both in colour and in shape. Once you’re happy with the results, stand back and allow the compliments to begin! You’ll be surprised at how many people notice a difference.

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Eyebrows through the ages
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Written by

Anien studied English and journalism before heading off into the world of beauty. An undercover "tree hugger" and fashion lover, she's usually found with her nose in a magazine. She has far too many bottles of nail polish and is completely lost without her lip balm. Anien on Google+

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  1. Cookie Nandlall

    Tweezers work best for me. Castor oil works wonders, nourishes and stimulates hair growth. Gives the eyebrows a luscious luminous effect.

    1 year ago •

  1. Feli0017 CHEYANAND

    I’ve found that doing up your brows just frames your whole face. Takes some practice but it’s so worth it.

    2 years ago •

  1. Rose Sumner

    I have a lot to learn. I have been trimming mine with scissors.

    3 years ago •

  1. Lauren-leigh Jacobs

    I don’t do the whole eyebrow gel and pencil and such. I’m a simple girl. But to tweeze is important. What makes it easier for me is to use a magnified mirror, that way I can see all those difficult hairs that tend to hide on a normal mirror.

    4 years ago •

  1. Mark Parr

    Great Tips but I prefer the salon to do the shaping much safer.

    4 years ago •

  1. Marlize Adonis

    I wish I had this how to before my mom introduced me to eyebrow shaping.

    4 years ago •

  1. AndreaM

    I need eyebrow gel, then I can try this.

    4 years ago •

  1. Valery

    Sounds easy to keep in shape, maybe now I can save a few R’s on DIY. Going to try Hold Thumbs.

    4 years ago •

  1. Kariwo

    I have been trying to regrow my eyebrows to create a bushy look…so far, so good. But it’s hard controlling yourself with those tweezers

    4 years ago •

  1. me

    When going to get my brows done I like it to be threaded. Makes for a neat line compared to it being more curved when it is plucked at the inside end..

    5 years ago •

  1. Caythe

    & that’s so nice,funny how people just remove all their eye brows & then draw just a straight line

    5 years ago •

  1. Pseudo_kate

    I agree that beautifully groomed eyebrows are key. I always do my eyebrows before applying BB cream even though I wear a heavy fringe almost all the time. If the wind blows my fringe back – at least I know I have well-groomed brows to show for it.

    5 years ago •

  1. Aqeela Galvaan

    I believe eyebrows frame the face. Well maintained brows makes a huge difference in appearance

    5 years ago •

  1. Nomahlubi

    I’m scared to pluck my eyebrows!!

    5 years ago •

  1. me

    Recently tried threading for the first time. Prefer that now to most other methods for my unruly brows.

    5 years ago •

  1. Kelly Abrahams

    Awesome article! There’s nothing worse than unruly or overplucked brows.

    5 years ago •

  1. ProMakeupMe

    Because I have a relatively “small” eye area, I find that properly shaping my eyebrows really help to “open” my eyes up a bit more :)

    5 years ago •

  1. Megan Botha

    Have been looking for an article like this for awhile! Thank you so much! Fantastic help

    5 years ago •

  1. Lady-T

    Great tips, my summer holidays looks great already

    5 years ago •

  1. Ayesh

    I’ve never really had a problem with my brows. I love the shape I have, and just regularly remove stray hairs. Sometimes I feel like I could do with a bit more definition, especially for photos. I use an eyebrow pencil and a dab of eyebrow/mascara gel from Essence. Works well.

    5 years ago •

  1. Pretorius

    I’ve always struggled with my eyebrows. Thanks for the tips, very useful!

    5 years ago •

  1. Charmaine

    Will definately try this. Thanks for the tips and advice.

    5 years ago •

  1. Anne

    Will try this out! Eyebrows are such an important feature

    5 years ago •

  1. CherylGD

    really useful article; thank you

    5 years ago •

  1. Des

    Such a detailed list of instructions to give you a neat appearance.

    5 years ago •

  1. Adele

    Wow this looks stunning, it all looks so easy

    5 years ago •

  1. Mpoyif

    Eyebrows really frame the face and help you look groomed – Big fan of Cara’s eyebrows

    5 years ago •

  1. Nancy Katy

    Love the tips,thank you this article is a great help to me.

    5 years ago •

  1. blackrose

    awesome tips :)thank you…i think this would help alot of women who dont know to shape their own brows

    5 years ago •

  1. DIVA

    I really need the eye brow gel. I like the shape on the picture.

    5 years ago •

  1. K@t

    Very informative and useful tips to keep eyebrows tamed and well groomed.

    5 years ago •

  1. Khalisi

    That is a beautiful picture, wish my eyebrows could look like that! unruly bush i have!! lol

    5 years ago •

  1. Sue1N

    Thank you for the great article! I think all women battle a bit with taming brows at some stage.

    5 years ago •

  1. Sammy

    This is a great article, I didnt know a thing about shaping eyebrows and keeping them groomed. At least now I know a thing or two. I prefer a brow pencil to a shadow as it is much easier.

    5 years ago •

  1. NaturalDiva

    Great tips, thank you. Eyebrows definitely define a face and we all would look weird without them.

    5 years ago •

  1. ABeauty

    I have to admit I am not very good at shaping my brows and prefer them to be done.

    5 years ago •

  1. Jenna-Lee Pretorius

    This is great, I always battle to keep my brows tame, and when I do get around to doing it, they just seem t never look as good as when you go to the salon

    5 years ago •

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