Most people say eyebrows are the frame of the face, but let us tell you: a well-done eyebrow is a work of art in itself. Or at the very least a baroque, gold-leaf, Louvre-worthy frame. And though many of us naively, spontaneously demolished our eyebrows beyond repair in high school, hope is not lost completely. Considering now is the time of full-browed ladies like Cara Delevingne and Lily Collins, now, more than ever, brows need to be in tip top shape.
We’ve tried brow enhancing serum, we’ve tried Latisse (off-brand use because we’re desperate and rebellious), we’ve tried breaking open vitamin E capsules and performing moonlight rituals. Not really to that last one, but we might as well have. In our experience, regrowing products do as much as voodoo magic: nothing at all. But while we may never make it, we’ve gotten sure good at faking it (brows, that is). Here, the best tips and products to fool everyone into thinking you’re full-browed. Or, if you’re lucky and stayed sane in high school, some tricks for grooming those babies into the perfect shape.
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8 easy steps to shaping your brows, a la Cara Delevingne.
First things first: clean up any stray hairs between your brows,
or intolerably below your natural brow line. Avoid the super-magnifying
mirror, though—we tend to overdo it when we can't see the big picture. Pro Tip: Tweezerman's slanted tweezer never lets us down.
Tweezerman Pink Perfection Slant Tweezer, $22, Sephora
Pink Perfection Slant Tweezer
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Next, brush your brows up and out with a spool brush, to see your natural shape and which areas need to be filled in. This item pulls double duty, but any clean mascara brush does the trick.
Anastasia Mini Duo Angled/Spooley 7, $18, Sephora
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Now, the hard part: Filling in your brows. To find the right
shape, take an eyebrow or eyeliner pencil that'll leave a mark, but is
easily removable. Mark the spot where the pencil hits when your brows intersect it with each of the following places: The sides of your nose,
your pupils, and the outer corners of your eyes.
take an eyebrow pencil and fill your brows in using light strokes, with
the points as guidelines. We love Benefit's Instant Brow because it's
super soft and waxy, so looks natural without making us press so hard we
take out real hairs (it's happened). Brush through with the spool brush to
make it even more convincing.
Benefit Instant Brow Pencil, $20, Sephora
Image via Vogue Italia/Image via Vogue Italia
If you're searching for a perfect color match, you can opt for the powder option. These are great for when you just want to darken your brows or fill in sparse areas without creating an entirely new shape (this one's for you, blondes), and Urban Decay's Brow Box comes equipped for everything.
Urban Decay Brow Box, $29, Sephora
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An angled brush is best for powder application, and we love the slightly flexible synthetic fibers in this one. Natural fibers are usually more stiff, if that's what you're looking for.
Benefit Hard Angle/Definer Brush, $20, Ulta
Image via Mischo Beauty/Image via Mischo Beauty
Wax pencils are a great option to keep everything in place if you've got thick, unruly brows, although we like to rub it on with our finger for a slightly more natural look.
Anastasia Brow Fix, $21, Beauty.com
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Clear mascara is a cheap alternative to wax, and has almost the same effect. Plus, the mascara wand makes for easy application.
Maybelline Great Lash Clear Mascara for Lash and Brow, $4.79, Drugstore.com
Image via Waxing Beautiful/Image via Waxing Beautiful
Finish off with a highlighter either right underneath or above your arch—either helps to brighten and open up your eyes. This is one step that we tend to skip but know we shouldn't, because it makes a surprisingly big difference. If you don't want to spring for a separate pencil, light pink or bone white eyeshadow has the same effect.
Benefit High Brow, $20, Sephora
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