Have you ever seen a before picture of a face with unruly eyebrows and its after picture with perfectly contoured eyebrows? You will be amazed.
It is such a wonder how makeup artists are able to determine the great difference before and after they have done eyebrow contouring. This simple plucking and arranging of eyebrows can turn a plain Jane into a Keira Knightly in an instant.
If you all have noticed, eyebrow contouring is something that has always been done even in the past. Remember Sophia Loren’s perfectly arched Hollywood eyebrows? However, there also came a time when people just started over plucking their eyebrows into a one-liner.
Today, the “Hollywood eyebrow” also known as the strong eyebrow is back and we want to let you in on some basic and professional hacks on how to get it.
The Actual Plucking Process
It is not an extremely difficult process but eyebrow contouring is something that is done by a professional. You want to get a good basic foundation of the shape of your eyebrows since you will be basing all the succeeding eyebrow contouring techniques from it.
1. The front of the eyebrow should be perfectly aligned with the nose’s upper bridge.
2. Eyebrow experts suggest filling in the eyebrows before plucking. This saves you the tendency to over pluck.
3. For the arch, it should be three-quarters from the nose bridge. Get a small ruler by all means because even experts do that to achieve perfection.
4. Always brush upward not sideward. This uplifts the eyebrow and gives it volume.
5. Start plucking out those stray hairs around. Use slant-tipped tweezers for easier plucking. It is always safe to pluck underneath the eyebrow than above it.
6. Some experts do trim excess hairs but fact is that hair grows harsher when trimmed. Should there be a dire need to trim, use a spoolie brush to comb eyebrow in an upward manner and snip carefully.
The Contouring Process
Now that you have the best possible eyebrow shape for your face, let us start teaching you how to achieve perfect eyebrow contouring like the Hollywood celebrities but without the makeup artists.
1. You can choose to use an eyebrow pencil, powder, gel, or even tint to fill in those gaps in your eyebrows. Choose the shade nearest to the color of your eyebrow though. Begin from the center working your way outward then back to the beginning. Use light strokes to prevent overdoing it and looking like Ugly Betty instead.
2. Always go for the mirrored effect. This may mean stopping and checking your eyebrows out several times but this will give you the closest asymmetrical look.
3. Once you are satisfied with the eyebrow contouring that you have done, finish off with a bit of translucent powder to set it in and keep you looking fresh.
4. Never put any eyebrow pencil, powder, gel, or tint to an area where there is no actual hair. This would only highlight the difference.
5. When closing gaps, try to fill underneath as much as possible instead of through the brow. This will give your eyebrows a softer but perfectly shaded look.
Remember that your eyebrows are there to accentuate two of the most important features of your face. Create the perfect balance when eyebrow contouring for a beautiful but not exaggerated look.