Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Mapping Out Eyebrows

To me, eyebrows are the frame of the face. Even if the rest of your face is bare, having strong eyebrows still give a sense of completion and beauty. Eyebrows come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, although some people are more blessed than others with naturally thick and arching brows which I unfortunately am not as I have thin and primarily straight eyebrows. This is where my eyebrow pencil steps into the picture. I use Rimmel London's Professional Eyebrow Pencil which helps accentuate shape and give volume to my brows in a way that still looks natural. 

I use only a few simple steps to create my perfect eyebrow, so in the morning when I'm putting on my face, applying my eyebrows just becomes a quick, easy part of my routine. So, here they are!

1. Start with your natural eyebrow; all artists need a blank canvas! Take this opportunity to pluck a few stray hairs but don't ever go overboard with the plucking as this can permanently damage your eyebrows. Once your eyebrow is complete you'll have an ideal shape stencil, so go back and tidy up at the end rather than plucking too much at the start. I'd just use this step to remove any pesky under the brow hairs that you know you don't want as you don't want to cause smudging by attempting to pluck them after all your hard work.

2. After prepping your brows, the first actual step with your eyebrow pencil is a strong line on the underside of your brow. Use this line to map how sharply you want your eyebrow to slant but bare in mind some people's eyebrows will slant more naturally than others, so don't worry if yours are fairly straight like mine. I tend to extend this line a tiny bit further than the front of my eyebrow to create a bit length for my brows, but depending on how natural you want your eyebrows to look you can alter your line length; the closer to your natural brow the more natural they will look. 

3. Next, draw your arch. You can make this as long or a short as you like depending on your eye shape and just personal preference. I recommend making this line the thinnest part of your brow to avoid dreaded 'slug' eyebrows. Making this part of your eyebrow thinnest will also accentuate the arch whilst keeping your brows looking natural.

4. Similar to image number 2, you now want to draw a line on the upper side of your eyebrows. Doing this gives new definition to the shape of your eyebrows and experiment with the boldness of this line to work out how dramatic you like it to look. This part of the eyebrow can really make or break the arch of your brow too depending on where you connect this line with your arch. The lower this line and further towards the back of your eyebrow the softer your arch will be so have a play to create your ideal arch.

5. Last but by no means least, fill in the front of your brow! Draw a line connecting your under side and upper side lines and then if you have any gaps lightly fill them in with your pencil. You can do this in any way you like; some times I do them rounded, sometimes square so it's really up to you how you do the front of your brows. Finish up by tidying up with your tweezers to just get rid of any hairs that aren't inside of your shape, fix with a smear of brow mascara and you're done; your perfect eyebrows and now applied quick and easily.

Voila! It's really that simple to map out your eyebrows and create your perfect shape. Add a hint of highlighter on your brow bone to exaggerate your arch and complete your eyebrow's look.



  1. This is such a fab guide! I always struggle with pencilling in my brows, it's something I'm yet to master! X


  2. I definitely agree that eyebrows frame the face, your pencil colour is gorgeous what do you use? I use a brow palette but I still give myself that straight line :)

    India / Touchscreens & Beautyqueens

    1. I use Rimmel London's Eyebrow Pencil, I've re-bought it so many times, I'm obsessed!! Xx

  3. Eyebrows are so my thing I love them! Your's look so natural!

    Emily xx

  4. Great tutorial, thanks!


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