Saturday 24 February 2018

Eyebrows: Raise a brow to the perfect arch

Frame your face with
well-kept eyebrows
like screen goddess
Marlene Dietrich
Picture-perfect: Frame your face with well-kept eyebrows like screen goddess Marlene Dietrich

Aisling Keenan

Creating a great eyebrow is the first step, and a vital one, in achieving a perfectly made-up face. Here’s a method to follow to get the most from your brows ...


1 After your foundation is done, before you apply any eye make-up, brush through your brows with a brow brush, in an upward direction.

2 Make sure all stray hairs are plucked away using a good, not blunt, tweezer such as a Tweezerman (€23.40, Boots stores nationwide), but please, please don't over-pluck -- it's the ultimate beauty disaster!

3If you're unsure what shape your brow should be, take a pencil and line it up with the edge of your nostril. Directly above that should be the start of your brow...

4... then tilt the pencil, leading the line through your pupil. That's where the arch should be...

5... then tilt it further, aligning it with the outer corner of your eye. That's where the brow line should end. Anything outside that and you're going wrong.

6For getting your brows shaped, I would recommend threading. You'll never get a better result where brows are concerned than with threading. Shavata in Harvey Nichols, Dundrum, and Threads Brow Bars nationwide are highly recommended.

7Once you've got your shape and threading done, it's time to make the most of your brows with make-up. First, using my top brow product of all time -- the highlighter I could not live without, Benefit's High Brow (€21, Benefit counters nationwide) -- draw a line directly under your brow, exactly following the shape. Draw another line meeting the first, just slightly further down on to your eyelid. Blend into your lid with your finger.

8Then, using a brow pencil or a brow wax kit such as Shavata's Brow Perfector (€14) -- which should always be as close in colour to your natural one as possible, only ever so slightly darker -- start by very lightly filling in any natural hair-growth gaps.

9Hold your brow pencil/brush low down on the shaft of it -- it'll make your strokes lighter and, therefore, more natural.

10You should never draw a hard, harsh line. Ever. Don't go there. Especially if you are in any way fair-haired. It looks fake and not very nice at all.

11Once you've pencilled in where you need to, brush through your brows once more with your brow brush to remove any excess wax or pencil and brush them into their most natural shape.

12Finish with a bit of brow gel, such as MAC Brow Set (€14, MAC counters nationwide), to hold them in. place.

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