Dress Well: Eyebrow Definition

imageSubtle difference, right? (That's how it should be!)

For the longest time, my eyebrows were a complete afterthought in my beauty routine. I plucked them about once a month (I've only gotten them waxed once in my life, and I am NEVER doing that again) and left them at that. No shaping, no grooming, no enhancing...I just let my eyebrows come as they were. Plus, why spend the extra minute doing anything to them in the morning anyway?

My thoughts changed when I saw my family's Christmas card picture a few months ago. Due to a rather unfortunate combination of camera flash, translucent face powder, and being fair-complected, my eyebrows were completely invisible in the picture. It wasn't attractive. Once I noticed how faint my eyebrows were in that picture, I couldn't stop noticing how faint they were in real life, too. I needed an eyebrow pencil, and fast. So I did what any intelligent consumer of beauty products would do: I went to sephora.com and read the reviews on every eyebrow definition product they had. And that's how I found the Anastasia Brow Wiz.

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This little tool has bunches of bunches of five-star reviews on the Sephora website, and for good reason - in the couple of months that I've had it, I must say it works like a dream. It's double-ended: eyebrow comb on one end, eyebrow pencil on the other. It's everything you need to define your eyebrows all contained in one nifty pencil. It makes it very easy to fill in your brows quickly, efficiently, and subtly. In other words, it's exactly what I was looking for.

Tips for filling in your eyebrows run along the same lines for best practices for plucking your eyebrows. Follow their natural shape. If you drew a line from the inner corner of your eye straight up towards your forehead, you brow should originate on that line. If you drew a line straight across your eye, from the inner corner to the outer corner, your arch should be directly above the point on the line that is 2/3 of the way towards the outer corner of your eye. And if you drew a line at a 45-degree angle out from the corner of your eye, your eyebrow should terminate on that line. Is that too much math for a post about makeup? Hopefully not.

When it comes to actually coloring in your eyebrows, stay light. Opt for a light pencil color (you don't want it to look like your eyebrows were tattooed on). Don't press the pencil into your skin too hard. Start on the inside, closest to your nose, and work your way out. Once you get to the arch, do not draw the line too heavily - that's the fastest way to make it look fake.

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DSC_5730Do you guys define your brows? If so, what tools do you use? I'd love to hear!

Have a great Thursday!