Who here has TimeHop installed on their phone?
If, like me, you’ve downloaded this hideous app, you’ll be faced daily with your terrible makeup choices from years ago, that you’d hoped would never resurface again. My looks from 4+ years ago are pretty spectacular (spectacularly horrendous), but what stands out to me the most isn’t the dodgy eyeliner, concealer lipstick or mismatched foundation: it’s the distinct lack of brows.
Here’s a beauty confession: I only realised I should be doing something to my eyebrows about two years ago – and only figured out how to do it well recently. It took a lot of trial, error and tutorials before my eyebrows have actually started to resemble – well – eyebrows. Good ones.
So today, I’ve decided to share my eyebrow tutorial with you all. (Now, I’m no makeup artist, so please let me know your tips and tricks – this is just what I’ve cobbled together over the years, and most of the time it looks pretty good.) If it saves just one person from a brow-tastrophe, that’s enough for me!
Surely you just need a brow pencil, right? WRONG.
An eyebrow comb with a spoolie end
An angled liner/shadow brush
A flat edged detail brush
Your favourite brow product. Mine is, of course, the famous Dipbrow Pomade by Anastasia Beverly Hills in Dark Brown
Conceal & Highlight
A heavy duty concealer – I’m using Phwoarr Paint by Seventeen in Fair
A matte white shadow – I’m using Natural Collection in White Opal
A matte nude shadow – I’m using MAC Vanilla
Finishing Touches (Optional)
Translucent setting powder
Step by Step
1. Using a brow comb, make sure your brows are tidy, and ready for action!
2. I’m using Dipbrow by ABH, so taking a small angled brush, I outline my brows. I like to start the outline about 0.5 inches in – I find the first stroke of the brush can look a little severe, so you can risk a Scouse Brow otherwise.
3. I don’t put any more product on my brush here – instead, I manipulate the colour already on the brows to fill them in. I use little strokes to give a more natural effect: I also gradually buff the colour towards the start of the brows.
4. Using the spoolie end of my brow comb, I brush the colour through the brows, so that it’s nice and even. I find this gives the most natural look.
5. Now, here’s where the magic happens! Taking a flat edge detail brush, I load it up with a light concealer. (Phwoarr Paint by Seventeen is my absolute favourite – it’s cheap, hardcore and lasts forever.) Conceal all around your brows, making the lines crisp and sharp.
6. Blend out your concealer, either using a brush or your finger. I find a finger is easier, as it manipulates the product in the best way.
7. Using a shadow brush, apply a white shadow to your browbone (underneath the eyebrow). Before you panic – we’re only using this shadow as a base! Blend down onto the lid.
8. Take a nude shadow such as MAC Vanilla or Natural Collection Shell, and apply over the white shadow. Blend down onto the lid.
9. Here, I like to comb some clear gel through my brows, and pat some translucent setting powder above the eyebrow, to set the concealer. This step is always optional, as it depends on the rest of your beauty routine.
An Added Note…
Before you even touch your brows, have a look in the mirror. Do these babies need tweezing? If the answer is yes, break out the Tweezermans and go to town. I’ve realised that tidy brows = good brows – if they’re straggly, overgrown and messy, no amount of clever brushwork will make you look like Cara Delevigne. Personally, I prefer to get mine professionally threaded, which is always under £10 and lasts for a good few weeks.
This week, you’ve got a double whammy for Friday Favourites – a tutorial and a review in one! (Sorry, kids – this week has been super hectic. I’ll pull my socks up next week, I promise!)
Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade
I’ve already written a glowing review of this product here, but the short version? This stuff is fab. It lasts for ages, gives lovely coverage, doesn’t smudge and is easy to apply. What more could you ask for?
Seventeen Phwoar Paint
My new absolute favourite concealer! After damning the YSL Touche Eclat here, it was time for a change. The cute packaging and promise of ‘heavy duty concealing’ drew me to the Phwoarr Paint – and I’m so impressed! It really conceals brilliantly, the colour is perfect and did I mention – the super cute packaging?!
MAC Shadow in Vanilla & Natural Collection Solo Shadow in White Opal
I recently wrote a post reviewing the Natural Collection Solo Shadows, and comparing them to their MAC counterparts (read me here). Both shadows are brillant, and this is one product I would definitely recommend from the super cheap brand of Natural Collection. (Psst – for a MAC Vanilla dupe, why not try Natural Collection Shell? I compare them here).