Eyebrows can make or break your look. When they’re on point, everyone knows it and pays you the respect you deserve; but when they’re not—let’s just say it can definitely be a long day. Here are some reasons why your brows might not be Insta-worthy just yet.
You’re not following your natural shape.
Celebrity makeup artists recommend using baby pictures to determine what your brows used to look like. That way, you can work to enhance the natural shape of your brows—instead of guessing while you pluck. In other words, work with what you got!
You’re using the wrong product.
Powders create a softer, more natural look; pencils help fill in missing hairs; pomades create bold, dark eyebrows; and waxes and gels work for full brows to keep unruly hairs in place. (And by the way, your brow product should be a shade lighter than your hair color.)
Or you’re using too much product.
Remember, less is more when it comes to brows. As a general rule of thumb, concentrate your strokes in sparse areas only. Once you’re done, brush through your brows with a brow brush to soften the strokes.
You’re (probably) applying highlighter incorrectly.
Adding a highlight under your brow can accentuate your arch and add some drama—if you do it right. Use a gentle highlight underneath the brow, and apply it in a windshield wiper motion following your brow’s natural shape.
You’re trying to make your brows identical.
This was one of the hardest things for me to stop doing. But trust me, you have to stop obsessing over making your brows look exactly the same. After all, your brows are sisters, not twins. For quick, natural-looking brows, brush them upward with a light coat of gel to make your brows look fuller and thicker.
You expect your brows to look perfect every time.
Finding the perfect look for you can take time, especially since hair grows back. Just keep in mind that it takes time to master your brow look—lots of trial and error. Take time to play with your brows, because as they say, practice makes perfect! But, at the end of the day, don’t take it too seriously. They’re just eyebrows.