You know the thick, full, natural-looking eyebrows that have been gracing the catwalks the past few years? Picture them in your mind? Well delete that image pronto – as this season, things are looking a lot more groomed.
Brows still need to be full – but the look is far tidier, so you need to get your hands on some great brow makeup and perfect your grooming technique. Here are my tips for creating arches that are feminine, full, but immaculately defined…
1. Make sure you have a great pair of tweezers to hand. My favourite are Mister Mascara Girl Tweezers, £8.75, which grip every single hair (no matter how short). I love the fact they can be attached to a mirror with the included suction holder, so they never go missing! Pull skin taut when plucking, starting on one brow and moving to the second when finished. Pluck the thicker, darker hairs first – and then move onto the finer hairs to tidy up. Be very careful not to overpluck, as natural fullness is essential for this look. If in doubt, head to a professional for threading, which usually costs around £25.
2. If the hair is very long, give it a trim with a small pair of scissors (sharp nail scissors are ideal). Brush brows upwards with a brow brush, such as Daniel Sandler Brow Groomer Brush, £5.25 – and carefully trim any hairs that fall outside the natural shape.
3. Next, it’s time to start grooming… Put your hair up to get a good view of your brows – and use a concealer or white eyeliner pencil to highlight the hairs that you want to remove. Givenchy Magic Khol Eyeliner Pencil in White, £13, is the perfect tool for the job.
4. For a natural look, pick an eyebrow pencil that matches the darkest colour in your hair. Clarins Eyebrow Pencil, £12.40, comes in three colours; Dark Brown, Light Brown, and Soft Blonde, and has a lovely easy-to-blend texture. Apply the liner in a series of short strokes in the direction of hair to mimic brow hairs, whilst adding depth and definition. Finally, blend the makeup with your brow brush to give a softer finish.
5. Finally, set your brows in place. This can be done by spritzing a little hairspray directly onto your brow brush and combing through brows. Fudge Skyscraper, £2.96, is ideal.
You now have a pair of perfect arches for the season ahead!