Posts Tagged ‘eyebrows’
Tuesday August 4th, 2009
I got my eyebrows done last week and she did a great job, I have very sexy eyerows right now. (Shawna at Le Petit Spa in Vancouver if you’re curious.)
However I’m very lucky. I grow in lots of hair. A full on Burt Unibrow if I don’t touch them.
People get nervous having their eyebrows done. Next to a hair cut it would be the most noticable Beauty Horror if it went poorly. Try and find an esthetician you’ll feel confident going to, it may take a couple of tries, same as a hair stylist. Talk to the esthetician about your concerns, but be willing to listen as well. You’ve come to them because they’re a professional.
I can’t count the number of times people come in and essentially say “I want you to do exactly what I would do at home”. This is pointless. If that’s the case then continue to do what you do, at home. Work with the esthetician and you could very shortly have drop dead gorgeous brows.
The BEST tips I can give are:
- If you want to change the shape, you have to grow them in. There is no way around this other than drawing them in. Eyebrows are made of hairs, if you keep yanking out the same ones because you hate the look of them growing in, you will always have the same shape. Suck it up for three weeks and don’t touch anything. It will be worth it.
- Get them done professionally. At least once in awhile. Once you’ve let them grow in a bit, got to spa. Use referals, internet forums or even just walk into one if you’re feeling courageous. They’ll be able to to give you a great shape and show you what to take and what to leave.
- If you have light hairs, or feel you don’t have enough hairs, get them tinted before they’re shaped. You’ll have a lot more to work with.
- The standard guidelines are as follows: brows should start straight up from the inner corner of each eye, the arch placement comes from a line from the nostril to centered pupil to brow, and then outer edge from nostril to outer corner of the eye.
- Adjust those according to face shape. Wider set eyes can have the brows come towards the centre more. Close set eyes can have them set back a bit, but not much. Arches can be moved outwards for a more dramatic look. These are subtleties that you should play around with to see what looks best on our face.
- Eyebrow width: Whether you like them thick or thin, try to avoid extra corners. You want straight, smooth lines. No NIKE swooshes, tadpole shapes, pencil thin, or more than one arch. Eyebrows are meant to enhance the face, they shouldn’t be distracting. Take a look at some of the most beautiful women in the world and really look at their eyebrows to get an idea of those straight lines and smooth curves
- If you have thin or sparse eyebrows: use an eyebrow pencil or powder to fill in where you need shape. You can use stencils if you’d like but it’s important to have a light hand and a color that matches.
- Brush the eyebrow hairs straight up with a spoolie, eyebrow brush or even extra toothbrush. This will usually reveal a natural arch. If nothing else you’ll be able to see the extra long hairs. Carefully trim them a little at a time. Every so often brushing them back into place. This can make a big difference, especially for the front part of the brow.
- Step away from the mirror. When people do their brows an inch away from their reflection, it’s not taking into account then entire face. Also no one ever looks at you that closely. Every three hairs, take a step back and assess. You would be surprised at the difference 1 hair can make.
- You can use a white pencil to practice what hairs to remove. Draw over any excess until you get a shape you like. Then tweeze those hairs! f you use pointed tweezers you can use them to part the hairs to ensure straight lines. This is one of my favorites techniques I learned in esthetics school.
Everyone’s eyebrow growth is different, so you can really only work with what you’ve got. I really do believe that getting them done professionally whenever possible, especially if you find a great esthetician, is the best option.
Don’t be scared to grow them in and change it up. If you haven’t found your perfect brow yet, that’s the only way to do it.
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