The Perfect Eyebrow

To me a perfectly shaped and maintained eyebrow is one of the most important parts of a beauty routine, after daily cleansing and moisturising (with high SPF) and weekly exfoliation and masks.

Neat and tidy brows open up the whole eye area, creating a guideline for makeup.  A well defined brow also makes you look younger.

There are many brow trends, for instance the 1920′s shaved and drawn in brow, the ’80′s bushy brow, the extremely thin brow which, for some reason, is still quite popular.

Although there are a basic shape/guideline to shaping a well defined brow, it still needs to go with your facial features.  Following your natural brow line and just enhancing your natural shape is ultimately what you want to go for.

Most notable natural eyebrow shapes

My natural brow shape is rounded, which I hate, but I am learning to live with it.

Shaping a classic eyebrow

The Classic Brow

  • The brow starts (line D / 1) a little bit in towards the centre of your face from the corner of your eye. It ends at line F / 3, which is roughly a 45 degree angle that starts at the brow beginning and runs alongside the outside edge of your eye. Use your brush to estimate this.
  • The bottom of the brow (line B) is at the same height as the top of your eyelid. Both ends of the brow should be at roughly the same height, with the tail end perhaps a little higher.
  • Your eyebrow’s arch (line E / 2) should be in line with the outside of your iris (the coloured part of your eye) when you’re looking straight ahead, or measured from the corner of your nose angled to somewhere between the outside of your pupil and the outside iris.
  • Your brow height (line B to line C) should be about the same height as from the top of your eyelid to the bottom half of your iris (line A to line B). Another way to look at this is while looking straight ahead with your eyes open normally, the height of your eyelid should be about half the height of your eyebrow.
  • To help you, you can draw the measured guite shape with a white eye pencil.  Tweeze hair outside of the perimeter.

Tweezing Tips

  • Sterilize your tweezers with peroxide or at least wash well with antibacterial soap. It’s a good idea to sterilize your brow brush as well.
  • Wash your eye area gently but thoroughly. Do not put cream or anything around the area as it could cause infection. If your eye area begins to swell while tweezing then stop immediately.  Rose water can be applied to alleviate redness and irritation.
  • Brush your brows straight up so you can find the bottom line. You want to tweeze below the main brow line, not above it.
  • Pull skin out to tighten, this will get you closet to the root, and lessens pain
  • Tweeze one hair at a time.
  • Tweeze in the direction the hair grows with one fast, smooth motion.
  • Always start at the beginning of the brow and tweeze outward. Tweeze in rows and alternate brows as you go; tweeze one row from the right brow, then one from the left. Brush them constantly so you can see how you’re doing.
  • Grab the hair as close to the base/root as possible. This is where it is thickest and less likely to break.
  • Don’t get carried away and over tweeze.
  • Between sessions, stand back a little farther to inspect/evaluate the work.

Have fun creating your perfect eyebrow shape.  Remember not to over tweeze.

What is your personal style?

A personal style is the expression of our personality through our visual appearance.  It is also our own interpretation of fashion and how we like to wear clothes.

Style comes from more than just our clothes, it comes from knowing who we are and who we want to be.  Style is the expression of your personality through your appearance.  Someone who feels comfortable and confident in what they wear will create a better impression.  And as we all know, you only get one chance to make a first impression, and they do last.

As the legendary Coco Chanel once said:

Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.

People are affected and influenced by your appearance whether or not you (and they) realise it, and whether or not you (and they) think appearance is important.

We all have a personal presentation which includes our appearance, communication skills and mannerisms.  These automatically influence people’s behaviours towards us.

The first and most important step to developing style is to project confidence.  I’m talking about the kind of confidence that tells others that we respect ourselves, love ourselves, and dress up for ourselves, just because we can, and it makes us feel good.  When you look good on the outside, you automatically feel better on the inside.  It is not necessarily about being beautiful, but about being comfortable within yourself.

Your personal style is determined by many different factors such as personality, lifestyle, age, body shape, living environment and of course your personal taste.  Just because I like something, and happen to look good in it, is not to say you’re going to like it or look good in it.  And sometimes, even though you don’t like it, you might look better in it than I do…so sad but so often true.  We are all different with individual wants and needs, and that’s ok.  We don’t need to fit into a ‘one mould fits all’…how awful would that be, to not be an individual, an one of a kind beauty.

The trick is to know yourself, not overcomplicate things, and to know what is appropriate…for your age, figure and/or occasion.

Once you know who you are and where you are going (or want to be), it is as simple is figuring out what you like and dislike.

Page through fashion magazines.  Take out the pages with styles/clothing you like and create a collage.  Through doing so you will soon start to notice the commonalities in the pictures, for instance colours you’re drawn to, type of overall look you like etc.  This will help you figure out your true individual custom made style.

Some have a defined true style, and others are a combination between different styles, and that is ok.  You just need to figure out how to incorporate your different tastes.

According to me there are 7 main styles:

  • Classic/Conservative
  • Sophisticated/Chic
  • Trendy/Fashionista
  • Creative/Eclectic
  • Dramatic/Bombshell
  • Romantic/Feminine
  • Natural/Earthy
  • Sporty/Active

In the next couple of weeks I will be outlining and discussing the different styles as well as giving examples.

Have fun discovering the stylish you.

xoxo

(Images from Google Images, Concept from The Wardrobe Academy)