Saturday, 25 October 2014

Perfect brows for beginners

Perfect brows for beginners
Beautiful eyebrows, they're something we all strive for. They frame the face and balance out our facial features, so therefore it is very important to keep them tame. These days we are bombarded with a large variety of brow products designed for coloring and setting them in place, to keeping unruly hairs under control. From professional brow services, to DIY kits, there is something to suit everyone's needs to turn the fluff above our eyes into the exquisite facial features they are. In this article I explore the different types of brow grooming, some pros and cons and some handy tips and tricks which will ensure you will always have a beautiful brow!

Makeup plays a huge role in keeping your brows looking their best. There are so many different makeup products out there from pencils to gels which will help you achieve your desired look. Whether your brows are sparse, over plucked or non existant as it may seem, a good pencil, wax and/or powder will create the thicker fuller brows you've been dreaming of.

A good pencil is one that glides on without difficulty, blends well and is one or two shades lighter in colour than the hair of the brow. This keeps it looking natural, as there is nothing worse than way-too-dark-for-your-face catepillar eyebrows! This goes for any product you put on your brows, make sure the colour is within the 1 to 2 shades lighter rule. Pigmented wax may be easier if the pencil isn't your thing. Wax is a lot easier to blend out, unlike a pencil which can sometimes feel like you're drawing on your brows. Brow kits can also consist of a setting powder which keeps the wax under control and adding that final touch.
To keep your eyebrows in place you can use an eyebrow gel which will act as a glue to keep their shape and stop them from moving around during the day!

As for maintaining the hair, you also have quite a few options. If you are just starting out or don't really know what you're doing, It's recommended to see a professional beauty therapist! You want to stay away from the wax and the tweezers if you're a beginner. I can not stress this enough, you need to be extremely careful with your eyebrows because if you mess them up, they may never grow back the same.
Do your research - Look at websites, books or talk to someone who knows what they're doing and maybe even ask them to assist you in maintaining your brows, but never go alone on this unless you know what you're doing!

Waxing & Threading
As I said previously, always get waxing done by a professional until you study everything brows. Taking too much hair off and possibly the whole brow is very possible when you start waxing DIY.
A professional beauty therapist will shape your brows how you like them.
The shape will be easier to work with when those extra hairs start to grow, and you will have a better idea of what to touch and what you shouldn't with the tweezers if you decide you want to start doing your own. Make sure you keep the same beauty therapist if you're happy with them of course and keep up appointments until you feel confident to start on your own... Or continue appointments if you're not.
Waxing is recommended every 2- 4 weeks or when hair starts to grow back, it is quicker and more effective than tweezing.

Threading is similar to waxing as it provides more precise control over shaping the eyebrows than waxing. Again threading is offered as a professional service but it is a lot more gentle on the skin compared to waxing.

Incorrect tweezing is extremely common as women fail to plan their shape. Planning is very important because if theres no plan, it's easy to start over tweezing and removing too many hairs. The first step before tweezing or waxing for that matter if you are doing it at home is to plan.
a) Using a ruler, pencil or makeup brush, put it in line with the bottom corner of the nose and the inside corner of the eye. This is where your eyebrow should start. Any hairs on the other side of the stick can be removed. Only use these guidelines if your nose lines up with the inside of your eye. If it doesn't than this may be inappropriate, in this case line it up without such a steep angle.
b) Look straight ahead and line up your tool of choice with the outer edge of the iris (coloured part of the eye) - This is where the highest point of your arch should be.
c) Finally line up the bottom corner of the nose with the outer corner of the eye, this is where your eyebrow should end, and any hairs beyond this point should be removed.

Whatever you choose to play around with, take time doing your brows.
An hour or so is perfect. Don't rush as they can take a while to get the hang of, and if you feel like it's all gone wrong, stop straight away and see a beauty therapist!
Be patient, read as much as you can and have fun!


Thanks for reading



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