Arches! A Quick Guide to Gorgeous Brows


Take a look in the mirror. How do your brows look? Chances are, you probably haven't given them much thought, and you've just left them up to a professional. For many people, that's always seemed like the best option. Since eyebrows frame your eyes, they make a huge difference in the appearance of your face, and can literally make or break the way you look. Let's take a look at some of the worst, and some of the best arches out there, and I'll give you a few tips and tricks to to give you knock em' dead peepers.

So, let's start with the scary...


Newsflash! The Neanderthal look stopped being cool in 2300B.C. So you can go ahead and wax the unibrow. No matter how pretty your face may be, you just cant pull this look off.

Next, you wanna make sure your brows are the right distance away from each-other. Some people really don't know how to judge this. Let's take a look at Angelina, below.....


...SHEESH! NOT SO PRETTY. 
Woman, you're a multi-millionaire. You need to invest in a better brow stylist. 
Yes, the arches look great, but what's with the inner edges? They go way past the inner corners of her eyes, and look almost as bad as the unibrow. So, tweezing our way outward....


....oh crap. Now you've gone wayyyyy too far. 

See, this is why you don't do your brows at home without consulting us first. 
Her eyebrows are the epitome of a disaster. They start WAY too far out from center, the arches are in the wrong spot, and they're too thin. Now, hold your finger up to the computer screen to cover her eyebrows...she's actually a really pretty girl! Unfortunately, her brows make her look like she sold her face to a Nike Ad Campaign, and they stuck two swooshes above her eyes. 


So, what IS the correct way to tweeze your brows? Where do you start, stop, and how do you shape? Well my friend, that is what I'm here for. First, you wanna start with your brows as natural as possible (post-unibrow-wax, of course). This gives you plenty of room to shape them as you need to. So, as much as it kills you, you gotta grow those babies out 'til they look like this. 


Hot, isn't it? Now that you've got caterpillars on your face, go out and get yourself a good brow wax, with a recommended professional (ask a friend); they're not "just eyebrows," they're important, people!  Then invest in some good tweezers. Tweezerman brand is the best. They cost between 12.50 and 25.00 and can be found at Blush. They're sharp, strong, accurate and last forever. The slant tweezers are easiest to use because they can grab even the tiniest hairs with perfect accuracy. 

 Next, use this picture below as a guide. See the lines on her face? You want to use those as your guidelines. Hold a pencil up to the side of your nose, so it runs along the inner corner of your eye. This is where you want the inside of you eyebrows to start. Make a little mark there if you need to. Now, take that same pencil, and hold it so it touches the corner of your nose, and the outer corner of your eye. See where it extends past the eye? That's where your eyebrow should end. The white line is the most important. This determines your arch. Start with the center of your nose, look straight ahead, and rest the pencil on your brow so it lies across the center of your pupil. The place where it extends is where the top of your arch should be. Go ahead and make a mark there. 



Now that you have your brows marked, it's up to you to determine how thin they should be. If you have dark hair and/or strong features, you should leave your brows relatively thick (think pencil width). If you're naturally blonde, you can thin them out a little bit more. Tweeze the underside first, and be sure to keep the inner corners naturally thick, GRADUALLY thinning them until you get to the outer corners. You may need to take an eyeliner and outline the borders, so they don't get too thin. You can also tweeze the top of them, if necessary, but keep that to a minimum. Only remove one row of hair at a time, and be sure to take a few steps back from the mirror every time you tweeze, so you can get the whole picture. Standing too close to the mirror can make you over-thin them very quickly, and that's not easy to fix. Once you're finished, double check to be sure the inner and outer corners are even, and the shape follows the same lines you marked before. 

If you follow the tweezing guidelines exactly, your brows should now be the correct shape for your face. However, if you want them to be perfect, like Megan's below, you may need to do a little bit more work.

  

Eyebrow hair is like any hair. It needs a trim every once in a while. The Tweezerman Brow Shaping Scissors and Comb kit is perfect for this, and it can be found at Blush for $18.


First, comb all of the brow hair straight upward with the brush. Then, using the scissors, clip just the ends that are standing up outside the top of the brows. Don't cut anymore than this... trimming isn't meant to shape them, its only to keep them tamed. Fill in any gaps with an eyebrow pencil such as YSL Dessin Des Sourcils, comb them with the Tweezerman Brow Brush, and VOILA!! You have beautiful eyebrows!!!



Still Scared? Need a bit more assistance? Come check us out at Blush Haus of Beaute for tips, tricks, and some professional help! 

<3 C & E

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