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Let’s Talk About Brows, Baby!

Brows shape a face. Well-groomed ones can open up a face and make it look fresher. I remember Oprah once saying that getting your brows shaped, plucked, and trimmed is like an “instant facelift”. I completely agree. If I had to walk out the door with only one beauty feature done, it would not be mascara on my lashes, blush on my cheeks, lipstick on my lips, or foundation on my face; it would be shaping and filling in my brows. In person, the beauty question I get asked most aside from “How do you line your eyes like that?” (we’ll save that for another post) is “How do you do your brows like that?”. So I will be sharing the answer to that here. All you need is two essential grooming tools and four essential makeup items…

The Tweezerman Slant Tweezer is the best tweezer I've ever tried! The tips are perfectly aligned with just the right amount of sharpness to give me great control and precision. It also comes in six different colours. I got mine in the "Pretty in Pink" colour.

The Tweezerman Slant Tweezer is the best tweezer I’ve ever tried! The tips are perfectly aligned with just the right amount of sharpness to give me great control and precision. It also comes in six different colours. I got mine in the “Pretty in Pink” colour.

1. When I get lazy and let my brows grow out too much and lose some of their shape, I restart my do-it-yourself brow maintenance routine with a little outside help. I start off by getting my brows groomed, plucked, shaped and trimmed at a salon. I find that someone who can see the whole frame of your face from an outside perspective can give your brows the best shape and symmetry. Once a great shape and symmetry have been established for my brows, maintenance and makeup are easy! There are also no more salon visits (which is great for the wallet too) until I get lazy and my brows grow out too much again. Anyways, the first essential brow maintenance tool is a slant tweezer and I just love the Tweezerman one! I can get great precision and control with it. I pluck out the stray brow hairs that grow around my ideal shape with this tweezer every 1 to 1.5 weeks.

The Sephora Eyebrow Trimmer keeps the edges of my brows trimmed and perfectly straight.

The Sephora Eyebrow Trimmer keeps the edges of my brows trimmed and perfectly straight.

2. My other essential tool for brow maintenance is a brow trimmer. This one by Sephora is the best and most easy-to-use brow trimmer I’ve ever tried, but unfortunately, I think it has been discontinued. Double-check with your local Sephora store. I trim the extra long brow hairs with this to make sure the edges of my brow shape (especially the top ones) are defined and straight. I also do this every 1 to 1.5 weeks right after I tweeze my brows.

 

 

The Rimmel Professional Eyebrow Pencil in "Black Brown 004" and the MAC Satin Eye Shadow in "Brun" go perfectly together! I like my brows bold from end to end, but you can fade out the colour toward the front end of your brows for more subtle-looking brows.

The Rimmel Professional Eyebrow Pencil in “Black Brown 004” and the MAC Satin Eye Shadow in “Brun” go perfectly together! I like my brows bold from end to end, but you can fade out the colour toward the front end of your brows for more subtle-looking brows.

3. Moving on to makeup, my first two essential makeup items for brow beauty is a brow pencil or eye shadow filler and an angled brow brush. I alternate between a brow pencil (Rimmel Professional Eyebrow Pencil in “Black Brown 004”) and an eye shadow (MAC Satin Eye Shadow in “Brun”) to fill in my brows. I must point out that an eye shadow lasts much longer than a brow pencil, does not require a sharpener, and thus, is more economical. Whether you choose to fill in your brows with a brow pencil or an eye shadow, just remember that if you have dark hair, get a colour 1 to 2 shades lighter than your hair colour, and if you have light hair, get a colour 1 to 2 shades darker than your hair colour. I fill in, blend, and even out everything with an angled brow brush (MAC 208 Angled Brow Brush). Well-groomed brows make this step super easy.

The Shills Super Magic BB Cream is working great as a brow highlight right now with the MAC 195 Concealer Brush, but

The Shills Super Magic BB Cream is working great as a brow highlight right now with the MAC 195 Concealer Brush, but I must say that my favourite brow highlight for my skintone is still the MAC Velvet Eye Shadow in “Vanilla”. I think I will go back to that once I’m finished with this BB cream.

4. My other two essential brow makeup items are a brow-bone highlight and any small cosmetic brush that will apply your highlight nicely right below your brow shape. A highlight is a powder or cream product that is a few shades lighter than your foundation and that is applied on your brow bone just below your brows, especially just below the brow arch. It opens up and lifts up your eyes even more. My highlight always changes, depending on what I have on hand. I’m currently using Shills Super Magic BB Cream as my highlight and it works great. Some other great highlights I’ve used are MAC Velvet Eye Shadow in “Vanilla”, MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in “Soft Ochre”, and the lighter shade in the Mineral Fusion “Warm” Concealer Duo. Whether I use a powder or cream product, I love applying my brow highlight with the MAC 195 Concealer Brush. The size and shape of it just work very well with my brow shape.

I hope that this has helped some of you, especially those who don’t have less-than-$5 brow threading services nearby and pay more than that every 1 to 2 weeks. If you are a woman who has never done her brows or has not had them done in a long time, get them done and prepared to be amazed! Grooming your brows really is like an instant facelift!

XOXO,

Addy

Adeline Chan is a Certified Nutritionist and the Editor of Talk And Co's Health and Beauty section. She has made multiple guest appearances on Rogers TV "Daytime Toronto" to talk about nutrition and health. She is also the co-founder of Raddyhealth.com. Adeline's other interests besides healthy living are natural skincare and cosmetics, both of which she will be exploring on Talk And Co.