There are about a dozen categories of makeup (foundation, powder, lipliner, etc.) — and we all have categories we skip. For a long time, I ignored brow stuff. I didn’t really have any complaints about my brows, so I paid no attention to pencils, waxes, gels, and powders.
One day (curiosity killed the cat), I decided to dip my toe into the world of brow products. I wish I could say this event was safely in my past, beyond the statute of limitations for embarrassment… but this was probably in the last three years or so.
I acquired a dark brown brow pencil at random, and colored it exactly over my brow. Good grief! It was too much! Too dark! Suddenly my brow shape looked all wrong. The result looked sort of manly.
My immediate question was “how do I undo this?” but my second question was “how do I do this right next time?” The answer to the first question: run a spoolie (a clean mascara wand) through your brows to brush out the product — I like to brush them up, then front to back. If you’ve drawn the tail out too long, you can rub it away with your fingers.
I’m still really just at the novice level of brow enhancing: I don’t color my brows every day, I use a pencil (because they’re easy), and I just use one color.
I’m not really trying to change the shape of my brow; for me (right now), brow correction means filling in spots that might be a little sparse (I have a thin patch at the arch of one brow). Some days perhaps one eyebrow looks a bit narrower than the other. The most important thing is to take a step back from the mirror to evaluate how your brows look relative to one another, and relative to the rest of your face.
For those of you interested in more advanced brow techniques, I talked with two local makeup artists (and brow gurus) about how to step up my game. Jeanette Pantoja said she likes to use a deeper color to define the bottom edge of the brow, and a second, lighter color to fill. She finishes with a brow gel (to set the powder).
Victoria Hines concurred (she has thin brows herself, but you’d never know it if you’d only met her with her makeup on). She said the darker shade should be the color of your roots or lowlights. Victoria creates a thin shape with the darker shade, then fills in the rest with feather strokes of a lighter color.
Victoria loves this technique because she says it’s less harsh than using just one brow color. On days when she’s feeling fancy, Victoria sets her powder with a gel, too, but she’s been using Diorshow Maximizer Lash Plumping Serum. She says it dries completely clear and softens the effect of coloring in the brows. She also believes its helping her brows grow.