Brows can either make or break a look. A lot of makeup artist will agree that if you have a good brow day, then you are sure your makeup is on fleek. The downside of this that a lot of women still struggle to have perfect brows, despite everything they are doing. I remember when I just started wearing makeup; I was really scared to do anything to my brows because I was scared of messing them up. But now, we live in a time were expertly shaped brows is in trend.
A pretty pair of eyebrows is a great way to frame your face and bring out your eyes, but when they’re too thin, too dark, or just plain over-the-top, they can detract more than complement. A lot of women struggle to get their brows looks perfect. The truth is we all cannot be master eyebrows craftsman. But we can be masters of our own eyebrows. You just have to make sure you are not making some of these common eyebrow mistakes.
1. Trying to make them identical
A makeup artist once told me my eyebrows were supposed to look identical. I went through months of trying to get them to look identical, but I couldn’t. One thing I have come to learn from this experience is that our brows are not meant to look identical; they are sisters, not twins. It won’t look good if your brows look identical. They each have their own unique characteristics, and can’t is the same.
2. Filling your brows too dark
Even if you fill your brows, they are still supposed to look natural, not something forms a doll. Also, you don’t have to fill your brows with the exact same color as your natural hair. Using one the same shade as your brows will look way too harsh. I imagine using a black eyebrow filler or pencil just because your hair is black.
3. Over plucking them
One mistake we also make is over plucking our brows or over-shaping them. We make this mistake because we want them to look identical or to look thin. Over-plucking your brows until they’re just a thin little line of hairs prevents your brows from framing your face properly, and makes it increasingly difficult to get a natural-looking result when using brow definers like pencils or powder.
4. Using the wrong brow pencil or filler color
Buy a brow product that’s a shade or two lighter than your actual hair color. It looks more natural and less harsh that way. Don’t use the pencil that will look good on a lighter skin tone than yours, it’ll make you look like a clown.
5. Plucking too often
We shouldn’t pluck or brows too often, we should give it time to grow back. Instead, shape your brows every one to two weeks, depending on your rate of hair growth. By allowing them to grow in a bit, you’ll have more to work with and avoid going too thin.
6. Using brow stencils
This is currently a trend for people who feel they can’t draw their brows on their own. You should not use a brow stencil; instead follow the natural shape of your brows, so they don’t look fake. We all don’t have the same brow shape; one style of brows simply isn’t a fit for all.
7. Misplacing your arch
A strong arch is essential for giving you the ultimate sultry gaze, so try not to miss the natural point of your arch. Just because your eyebrows don’t have a sharp 45-degree angle arch doesn’t mean there’s zero arch there. Check your brows out, there’s probably at least a slight arch along the top edge. An arch too close to the centre of the brow could leave you stuck with a perpetually surprised or angry look. Avoid this by keeping the arch two-thirds of the way out from the beginning of your brow.
8. Tweezing too much at the center
If you are like me, then I am sure you’ve either plucked too much in front or have been tempted to do so. If you are trying to avoid a uni-brow like me, be very careful when tweezing the centre area. Widening the gap between your brows can make facial features appear wider.
9. Plucking brows too long/ too short
Eyebrows that are too short can make your eyes and nose look too big; eyebrows that extend too far out shrink your eyes and dominate your face. Take your makeup brush or a pencil, line it vertically against the side of your nose, and then tilt it away from your nose so the other end rests at the outer corner of your eye. The top of the pencil/brush handle is where your eyebrows should end.
10. Plucking multiple hairs at the same time
You should also try not to pull out so many hairs at the same time by grabbing several strands instead of one, you’re much more likely to over pluck and create sparse-looking brows. Pluck the hair one at a time.