Now, more than ever, brows are having the most major moment. They’ve changed the way we view make up, grooming and face shapes. With a new school year upon us, I would love to help you solidify an easy, quick brow routine to get you back to school in style. But before we all get buckled down with our new school schedules, knee-deep in essays, group projects, and weekend shenanigans, we must address one thing. There are still some individuals in 2018 that are genuinely struggling with their eyebrows. We still have the ‘over plucked brows’, long division brows (which give us PTSD because they remind us of seventh grade math), and ‘quotation brows’. Quotation browns have to be the most major offense in my opinion, because it looks like they’re framing someone’s face with air quotes. Now, if this is your preferred brow shape, and you’re happy with the way this looks, then please keep your current shape. That being said, for those who are ready to get a super quick and simple brow routine down, grab a pencil because class is in session.
I know that when eyebrows first became popular, they became overly complicated. Beauty gurus, myself included, posted tutorials, pictures, videos, and captions detailing an immense amount of products and steps to achieve a ‘natural brow’. Thankfully, we’ve evolved to a time where a softer, more fluffy- but polished- brow is now taking precedence. First and foremost, you only need three items to get perfect brows. Perfect, flawless brows are not hard to come by, just make sure you are not overthinking it. I first take a pencil like Anastasia Beverly Hills ‘Brow Wiz’, or the NYX eyebrow pencil and start to create a shape. I basically fill in the shape I already have, working with what’s already there, and using very tiny, fine, stroke-like motions to create hair-like structures throughout the brow. Starting with this step helps me avoid having to take all my make up off and start over again if I overdraw them too much. The tiny, little strokes allow me to work in segments. The second step I do is to take a pomade and start to fill in the last 2/3 of the brow. Keeping the products that are more dense, creamy, or saturated in the tail end of the brow ensure that the eyebrows have a natural gradient fade that start from light to dark. This is super important because if you start with your darkest product first, you will end up over saturating your entire brow, making it look like you fell face first in a jar of Nutella. Lastly I take a brown shadow, face powder, or bronzer (this is my fav) and I use this product to fill in the very front portion of the brow. Keeping this section of the brow super light and feathery looking with a nice blended finish will ensure that your brows don’t look overly sculpted. If you’re anything like me, and you have dark brow hair, even if you have just freshly tweezed, waxed or threaded your brows, it might still look like you have some hairs there. This step is totally optional, but you can take some concealer in 1 to 2 shades lighter than your natural skin tone, and apply this directly underneath the brow. This just ensures that your eyebrows have a very smooth clean finish without looking overly carved or chiseled.
With just a few products and very few steps, there is no reason you cannot go back to school with perfectly groomed, flawless, beautiful eyebrows. After all, we left long division in seventh grade didn’t we?
Products I Use:
MAC Cosmetics MAC Studio Finish SPF 35 Concealer • M·A·C • $22