Power Brows and How To Master Them

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A great brow product is worth its weight in gold. From Audrey’s squared edges to Brooke’s brushed out beauties and Kim’s perfectly polished pair, eyebrow trends may waver but a product that can do it all is a beauty bag staple. Having your eyebrows shaped professionally to suit your features is essential, but once you’ve left the salon, the pencil (or gel, or palette) is in your hands.

Brow Blog Image3If you’ve been naturally blessed with full brows, then a brow gel is a must. jane iredale PureBrow Brow Gel can be combed through the brows to set unruly hairs in place, and the tinted formulas (blonde, brunette & auburn) can be used to match your hair colour between tints or simply to give the illusion of thicker, fuller brows. Brow gels have been known to set quickly and give the hair an almost “crunchy” texture, but our mineral formulas have a conditioning effect on the hair, moving with your brow hair for a truly natural look. PureBrow Brow Gel also comes in a clear formula, perfect for “no makeup” days or for setting your look after using a pencil. Our tip? Brush up the hairs at the inner edges of your eyebrows for a fresh, youthful look.

If your brows are sparse or simply need a bit of filling in, then a pencil is your ideal brow tool. A fine pencil will allow you to physically draw on hairs where you feel you may need them, allowing you to be as precise as you need. The jane iredale Retractable Brow Pencil has a very fine tip so you can really create thin, hair like strokes. The pencil also has a spoolie on one end, meaning you can use it to groom your brows prior to using the pencil, and brush the colour through the brows for a blended, feathered finish. This waterproof brow pencil comes in three natural shades, blonde (warm golden brown), Brunette (reddish brown) and Dark Brunette (Rich chocolate brown).

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If versatility is important to you, be it for the hip pocket or for a lack of beauty bag space, then a regular eye pencil can double up as a great brow tool. jane iredale’s Eye Pencil in Taupe is perfect for filling in the brows on the go, and also doubles as an eyeliner to add subtle, natural looking definition to the lash line.

The GreatShape Eyebrow Kit is a favourite among our jane iredale fans, because its great for those who want to create both shape, depth and texture. First, use the spoolie to brush the brow hairs upward and out to make it easier to work with their natural shape. Use the fine brush to apply the clear wax where you need more depth of colour/fill, then use the same brush to apply the tinted brow powder where you’ve just applied the wax – the powder will adhere to the wax to create a texture that almost mimics that of natural hairs. Finish by combing the hairs to blend the product.

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Brows can do wonders for your overall look, and we can’t stress enough how critical brow maintenance is for preserving your natural brow shape. Our tip, put the tweezers down, book an appointment with a brow specialist and embrace your perfect brow shape, that suits your face, your eyes and your hair colour.

It’s all in the detail – to view our entire range of brow and lash products click here.

Words and images by Gemma Watts @gemkwatts

3 Easy Steps to Beautiful Brows

Full, perfectly arched eyebrows are always in style, but sometimes it may feel like they are impossible to achieve. That’s why we went straight to the pros – our Global Makeup Educators – to get tips on how to pull-off a smokin’ hot brow.

Shape & Define your eyebrows like a pro

Brow shape is unique to everyone’s face. Eyebrows are not a one size fits all situation; what looks stunning on your best friend or favourite celebrity, may not be the best shape for you. Here are three steps to help you find the most perfect brow shape for your face:

1. To find out where your brow should begin (point A), align the flat edge of a straight Brow shapingmakeup brush to the outside of your nose/inner corner of your eye.

2. Your true arch (point B) is found by taking your brush and laying it diagonally from your nostril to the outside edge of your iris.

3. Determine where your brow should end (point C) by using your brush to create a line from the outside corner of your nose diagonally to the outside corner of your eye.

The Perfect Brow for your Face Shape

  • For a Round Face: To minimise the curve of a round face, direct the outer third of your brow towards the top of the ear.
  • For a Square Face: If the face is square, direct the outer third of your brow toward the middle of the ear. This helps balance the face.
  • For a Long Face: If the face is long, keep the brow more straight across, directing the outer third above the ear.
  • For an Oval Face: An oval face already looks balanced, but to enhance this harmony, you can direct the outer third towards the ear lobe.

The Perfect Brow for your Eye Shape

  • For Wide Set Eyes: Make sure the inner corner of your brows are closer together. First, mark where your brow should begin by using the Eye Pencil in Taupe to make a small line towards the center of your nostril. Then, use all your other angles to determine where the brow should arch and end.
  • For Close Set Eyes: Try not to make the mistake of over tweezing the area between your eyes; this will throw off the symmetry of your face. All you need to do is extend the true arch point out further, to give the eyes more of a wide set appearance.
  • For Hooded Eye Lids: Your ideal brow is thinner. This will open up the eye area and make it appear larger and wider. Try to avoid a large, heavy brow because it will create the illusion that the eye is being pulled down further.
  • For Deep Set Eyes: Your goal is to offset any of the shadows seen around the whole eye area. Too dark eyebrows will make your eyes appear deeper set than they really are. So, try working with a lighter brow shade, and keep your brow shape more angular. If the brows are too round in shape, they can actually accentuate dark circles.
  • For More Mature Eyes: The trick is to not drag the end tail of your eyebrow down; no need to assist gravity. First, find your true arch. Then, slightly lift the tail of the eyebrow as you create the end point. This will create an illusion of a more youthful eye.

How to Fill in Your Eyebrows

  1. Line. Using an eyebrow pencil with a fine tip (try our Retractable Brow Pencil) to line the top of your eyebrow. First, locate the starting point of your eyebrow. To do so hold the pencil vertical to the bridge of your nose, right next to your nostril; mark that spot with the pencil. Then, mark the ending point by pivoting the pencil so it aligns with the outer corner of our eye. Connect the two dots with one light, even line.
  2. Fill. Start at the tail of your eyebrow, and use short, feathery strokes to fill in your eyebrow. Be sure your strokes begin at the underside of your eyebrow and move outward toward your temple for the most natural look.
  3. Blend. Use a spoolie brush at a 45-degree angle to blend your pencil strokes into your natural hair.