Another controversial topic I want to talk about is eyebrows. We see all the YouTubers and Instafamous "makeup artists" showing tutorials on how to do your brows. Once again, this goes back to misusing drag makeup techniques on women's faces. What you see a lot of the time from those people are the brows that are heavily filled in, then "carved" out with a concealer to sharpen the edges. I will agree that eyebrows DO have trends, as all makeup looks do, but some are just plain wrong for the professional makeup world.
Literally drawing brows on your face, then outlining them with a concealer much too light for your skin is not a good idea by any means. "Fading" your brows from the front isn't good either. This is drag makeup, and that is the truth. Eyebrows should look like there is HAIR! Thats what the good Lord intended them to look like.
I do understand people have to fill in their brows, and that is totally fine! You gotta do what you gotta do! BUT there are better ways to do this instead of looking insane. Also, there are people that do not need anything done to their brows, so don't fill full brows in and make them look like electrical tape on a face. Depending on your eyebrow situation, be it lack of hair, thin hair, light hair etc. there is a medium for everyone to use. The following are my suggestions as to what I would do if you were in my chair, but every artist is different and every person has a personal preference on what product they are most comfortable using. Figure out what works for you and rock it!
PLEASE REMEMBER LESS IS MORE!!!
If you have thick/full brows:
- LEAVE THOSE BEAUTIES ALONE!
- Seek a professional to shape and maintain them
- Brush into shape and/or set with gel
If you have light colored brow hair:
- Use a tinted gel to give gentle color to the hairs on the brow
- Add powder sparingly to fill in any sparse areas
If you have thin brow hair:
- Use a thin pencil to flick in tiny hairs in areas that are lacking density
- Add powder sparingly to blend
- Add gel to set hairs in place if needed
If you lack brow hair:
- Use a pencil to flick in tiny hairs to create fullness
- DO NOT "DRAW" A BROW
- Add powder sparingly to give slight density if needed
If you have no brow hair:
- Use a pencil to flick in tiny hairs to create a shape
- Add powder to set and add density
FOR MY PROFESSIONALS:
I have been using a SUPER cool product from PPI called Brow Illustrator and it is simply wonderful. It is alcohol activated makeup, and this palette contains 5 colors for eyebrows. It is waterproof and applies like a dream, reminds me of watercolor painting!
That is my two cents on the whole situation with eyebrows today! Leave feedback in the comments below :)