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Eyebrows 101

This is my very first tutorial here… Yay!

When it comes to eyebrows there are different types , shapes and people want different things. Some want a brow that is groomed but looks like it isn’t, some don’t groom their brows at all and others (like me) want a clean sculpted brow. As requested by Joan here is how I do my eyebrows

                                                                      Step 1 The Guide lines:

Place a brush or pencil (anything long and slim) by the corner of your nose straight up past the inner corner of your eye to your brow: this  is where your eyebrow should start.
Next hold it at an angle from the corner of you nose to the outer corner of your pupil and up to your brow: this is where your arch should be (I make a mark at this point with a white pencil). 
Finally from the corner of your nose to the outer corner of your eye marks where your brow should end. Your brow should end on the same line where your brow starts.

DON’T ignore the guidelines. A brow that is too long  gives the impression a caterpillar is crawling on your face and I’m guessing you don’t want that.

Step 2 The out line:

With a white pencil, out line the shape you want for your brows, following the guidelines marked above. Take your time with this step and be sure to make them symmetric. Your brows do not need to be exactly the same but they at least need to be similar. I do this with the help of a stencil. You can buy one, Anastasia Beverly hills  has some impressive ones or you can make one (like I did).
DON’T ignore your natural brow shape, go for a shape that fits with your natural brow.

DON’T get overly creative and make you arch too high or you may end up looking like this…
I don’t get how anyone with a miror and/or access to professional MUA would walk around looking like this

Step 2 Hair removal:
There are several systems you can use to remove the unwanted hairs (all that falls outside the white lines)
Here are some of them
Wax: this is one of the methods that remove the hairs right from the roots, so they don’t grow back quick. I like the home kit from Veet because its not harsh and unlike others it can be washed off with water. So it easy to remove any mistakes or left over’s.
Tweeze: this is one of my preferred methods because its a gradual process, reducing chances of taking off too much plus it yanks the hairs out right from the roots so they don’t come back in a hurry. I use flat tipped tweezers because they make it possible to pick up several hairs at once.
Razor: this is the fastest method. It takes off the hairs fast but they grow back fast too. 

Threading: this like waxing and tweezing yank the hairs from the roots. However it is reputed to be the most painful of them, all…which is why I have never tried it.

Pick the method you are comfortable with and roll with it. For first timers I recommend tweezing because its gradual so a mistake would mean a few hairs and not a whole patch. For a semi groomed brow, only clean up the hairs below your brow. For a cleam scultped look clean the bottom and the top.

DON’T over do the hair removal or you will end up looking more like an insect than anything else.

DON’T take off all of your natural brow in the hope of drawing on a new one. This will never look as natural as your own brow.

Step 3 The fill in a.k.a the cover up:
Once your eyebrows are groomed you want to fill it in to make them look fuller and cover up any scanty patches or mistakes. If you have really full brows you may not need this especially if you are trying to achieve a natural look.
You can fill in you brows with pencil or eye shadow (with the help of an angular brush), color is important though. You should use the color of you hair or a shade or two darker.

NEVER USE BLACK!!! I can’t shout this loud enough! I don’t care how dark you or are!!! They will not look natural and it might make you look mean.

Personally I prefer to work with a sharp pencil because I think it gives me more control. You want to work in short hair like strokes as opposed to just drawing them on. After I have filled in the brow I brush through the brow to even it all out. Then brush the beginning of the brow out ward towards you nose to create a fad out effect. You can use a brow brush or angular brush for this.

Step 4 Sculpting:

At this point your eyebrows should look pretty good. You can stop here or go for the full on sculpted look.
For this you apply concealer about two shades lighter than your skin tone on your brow bone and blend it down toward your eyelid. Outline the top of the eyebrow with concealer that matches your skin tone perfectly (you can also do this with foundation but concealer will create a more dramatic effect). You can then set this with powder or a light colored eye shadow (preferably a matte shade).

There you have it eyebrows a la Stella. Like I said this is what works for me so you don’t need to do everything the way I do. My system is a combination of many tips I have picked up along the way, so feel free to mix and match as you see fit. 

Hope this helps….

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TTFN Divas



  • Anonymous
    Posted May 22, 2010 at 12:51 PM

    Great tips. Razor was my number 1 option . . . guess now i can choose.

    I definitely vote for make-over videos :=)


  • Stella
    Posted June 14, 2010 at 8:47 PM

    Thanks Nadesh, more make overs coming right up!

  • Patrice
    Posted December 13, 2010 at 4:28 PM

    Wow!! That was a great tut. U made everything easy and clear. Thanks i cant wait to try it by myself. 🙂

  • Stella
    Posted December 13, 2010 at 4:38 PM

    Thanks Patrice, i'm glad it helped you

  • Diane
    Posted December 16, 2010 at 7:20 PM

    Those are Brandy's normal eyebrows.

  • Stella
    Posted April 6, 2011 at 9:44 AM

    @ Diane I'm pretty sure Brandy's brows were groomed and filled in to look the way they do in this picture…

  • Tundz
    Posted September 15, 2011 at 12:38 AM

    omg iv been wonderin how to do this for ages!!! thanks o!!! im teachin all my cousins how to do dis soon i dnt hav wyt pencil ill use blue.. nd ur sincerely d best MUA i kno jus stumbled on ur site wer do u work? so i can recommend u..:) i love u(nohomo) lool im a makeup junkie too!! sigh…

  • Tundz
    Posted September 15, 2011 at 1:10 AM

    stella pls teach us how to do individual lashes the ones dat u hav to do one by one den ders dse ones dat cme in lyk little clusters and u fix em individually too pls try to do both.pls recommend lash brands. do u think the ones they sell at casabella r gud? oh and do u know anythin bout products that make lashes grow longer if u do pls share….thanks for all d tips ur sooo talented (i even think ur betta than ms freemantle erica freemantyle that is) also pls review nouba cosmetics.. they r relatively new in nigeria … tnx one mre thing… I strongly believe u need to hav ur own makeup line ur jus too much xoxox

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