While we love most things 90s, there is one makeup trend we are glad we left behind in that era, the over-plucked eyebrows! Thick, feathery eyebrows are all the rage right now and if Deepika Padukone, Lily Collins, and Cara Delevingne are your eyebrow goals, here is a quick 5 step eyebrow tutorial that you can follow to fill in your brows and keep them #OnFleek always.
Before you begin, make sure that your eyebrows are clean and have no residue from your face makeup in them. Use a makeup remover wipe or a clean tissue and run them through your brows to remove any traces of your skincare products or foundation. This additional step is key if you want to prevent your brows from looking patchy and want to increase the longevity of your eyebrow makeup.
Step 1 – Comb your brows
Using a clean spoolie that often comes with your eyebrow product, brush your brows in an upwards direction in the shape of their natural growth. Doing this will give you a clear picture of the exact shape of your eyebrows and all the sparse areas where you need to fill in the brows.
Step 2 – Find your eyebrow shape
Follow this 3-step process to locate the front, arch, and tail end of your brow
i. Hold an eyebrow pencil or any thin brush against the widest end of your nose and hold it straight up along the side of your nose till it touches your forehead – this is where your eyebrows should ideally start.
ii. Next, looking straight ahead, join the base of the brush and the centre of your eyeball in one diagonal line, this is where your eyebrow’s arch should be at the highest.
iii. Lastly, tilt the brush or pencil further outwards towards your temple till it joins the outer corner of your eye in a straight line, this is the tail end of your brow.
iv. Repeat the process on the other eye to get eyebrow shapes that will look mostly symmetrical and suit your face shape.
Step 3 – Fill in your brows with eyebrow makeup
Once you have correctly mapped your eyebrows, here is how to apply eyebrow makeup to get brows that wow!
i. Using an eyebrow pencil or brow pomade, trace the lower edge of your brow, joining the start to the arch point in one straight line, and the arch to the tail end in another. Do not worry if this looks too sharp and precise as you will blend the line in the end.
ii. Use short, hair like strokes to fill in your brows while focusing more on the middle and tail end of your eyebrows. The short strokes are meant to mimic your natural brow hairs and prevent your eyebrows from looking too drawn on and fake. Keep the front of your brow light to create a natural-looking gradient effect.
Step 4 – Brush through and set your brows
Once you have filled in your brows, use the spoolie to brush through your eyebrows to evenly distribute the colour and blend any harsh lines. If you notice any more bald spots that you might have missed out on, go in with the eyebrow makeup again and brush over it with the spoolie to create a seamless and blended eyebrow. If you have unruly eyebrow hairs that tend to move around throughout the day, use a clear or tinted eyebrow gel and comb through the brows to hold your hair down and maintain your eyebrows’ shape all day long.
Step 5 – Define and enhance your eyebrow shape
To sharpen your eyebrow makeup and make your brows pop, clean and define the outer edges of your eyebrows with a brightening concealer. Use a concealer that is one shade lighter than your skin tone to highlight the brow arch and enhance your brows’ shape. Use the Maybelline Foundation Finder tool to find your exact concealer shade match and select a concealer that is one shade lighter than this colour. Using a flat angled brush, apply a thin line of the concealer at the base of your eyebrows and blend it with a dense blending brush. You can take this look one step further by adding a small amount of highlighter or a strobing stick to the arch of your eyebrows.
Regardless of what eyebrow product you use, make sure your brows suit the rest of your face and eye makeup. You do not want to walk around all day with brows that are either too dark or too ashy for your skin tone and hair colour. To find the perfect eyebrow colour for you, use a colour that is a shade or two lighter than your hair colour if you have brunette or black hair and one or two shades darker than your hair colour if you have blonde or red hair. Or you can also use the Maybelline Virtual Try On tool and test out the different Maybelline eyebrow products to find one that looks best on you.
Once you have found your favourite Maybelline eyebrow makeup, follow this quick and easy eyebrow tutorial to get perfect brows that will frame your face and tie your whole look together, with or without additional eyes, face, and lip makeup. Remember, your eyebrows are supposed to be sisters, not twins! So do not fret if you cannot get them to look exactly alike, they are not meant to be mirror images of each other.