Thursday, June 6, 2013

The Importance Of Perfect Eyebrows

[As published on Emmagem.com HERE]

If you Google ‘celebrities without eyebrows’, you would be taken aback by how crazy they look.
Case in point:
Enough to give you nightmares for the rest of your life.
Our eyebrows are probably one of the most-neglected parts of our face. I only discovered the magic of eyebrow pencils not too long ago, which means I had been going out with bare brows for the past few years (and with full eye makeup on to boot). All my photos taken back then are positively cringe-worthy.
Because I had no brows.
Asians are blessed with less bodily hair (less time needed to shave ‘em legs, yay!), but the lack of hirsutism also give us considerably sparse eyebrows. And because our brows are usually so ‘bald’, we tend to just ignore their existence and allow them to grow into unruly caterpillars, since nobody can see them anyway.
A great example of Asian-style brows. 
Ladies, from today onwards, make your brow pencil your best friend. If you don’t have one, don’t worry – Daiso stocks really good quality brow pencils at a ridiculously cheap price of RM5 each (we wrote about it here). I confess: all my brow pencils are from Daiso!
Why you should love your brows
Every professional makeup artist we asked said that the eyebrows are a very important part of the face. Without well filled-in brows, your makeup just isn’t complete. Your eyebrows act as anchors to balance out the proportions of your face, so that your features look more three-dimensional. Even if you’re not wearing any makeup, don’t forget to fill in your brows and add a pop of blusher!
Examples of brows gone mad
Too dark and too angular – Demi Lovato looks 40 here.
Pamela Anderson’s signature witch-inspired brows

Tools of the trade
To create natural-looking brows here’s what you need:
#1 – An automatic brow pencil in dark brown
Why: best for shaping that tapered tail, because conventional brow pencils have nibs that are too wide.
Note: try not to go for black, the colour is too harsh. If you have light-coloured hair, choose a light brown pencil.
#2 – Matte brow powder or eyeshadow
Why: to set the wax from the pencil, and to soften the look. Stay away from sparkly powders!
#3 – An angled brush (like the ones used for gel eyeliner)
Why: for shading in the front part of your brows. The angled shape gives better control compared to a round brush.
#4 – A spoolie brush (looks like a mascara brush, but with softer bristles)
Why: to give your brows a final comb-through, removing excess colour for an even more natural finish.
In order to achieve the perfect length, all you have to do is follow this chart:
Source: zibafranchise.com
The most important thing to note: blend, blend, blend! As long as there are no stark edges or lines, then you’re doing it right. With a bit of practice, you’ll be able to create super-natural brows.
Total eyebrow perfection!

(Images: barnorama.com, lovelyish.com, stars-without-eyebrows.tumblr.com, missbonnified.wordpress.com, realasianbeauty.com, theluxuryspot.com, beautyriot.com, shop.janeiredale.com, davisondraft.com, beautezine.com)

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