There may be few beauty goals more worthwhile than that of achieving perfect eyebrows. If you’ve ever seen the viral images of celebrities with their eyebrows removed by Photoshop, you know how powerful a set of great arches can be to a face. (And if you haven’t seen them, Google ASAP.) Brows are also key to looking younger, more awake, and healthier. Just look at celebrities like Cara Delevingne, Lily Collins, and Megan Fox. To get bold, perfect eyebrows, try these techniques for short- and long-term filling and shaping.
Eyebrow powder is almost as easy to apply as an eyebrow pencil, but the diffused color looks a little more natural. Apply powders with an angled brush in a stroking motion. Consider using two shades that are both similar to your natural hair color, as this will help you create a more realistic, dimensional look. For an all-in-one kit, try Powder Eyebrow Kit by Love + Halo.
A brow pomade is like an eensy-weensy mascara for your arches, combining the benefits of a spooly brush, flexible setting gel, and eyebrow makeup. No wonder it’s become a makeup bag go-to for It Girls everywhere. Trick: Use the wand to brush your brows up first, and then use the tool to angle the hairs toward your temples to create a fresh, full look.
Peel-Off Eyebrow Tint
Need something that will last while you’re on the beach? Semi-permanent brow tints from Korea can stain light-colored brow hairs over the course of two hours before the formula is removed by gently peeling it off. The tint from these types of products can last for a few days.
Professional Brow Tinting
For a solid month of well-tinted brows, a trained aesthetician can permanently dye your lighter hairs, which means your arches will look full, defined, and impactful until the hairs naturally fall out over time.
If you really want to kick your brow game up a notch, you should look into a popular semi-permanent makeup technique called microblading, which is administered by a professional. Each fine, hair-like line is created by artfully scratching a blade made of ultra thin needles along the skin in tiny strokes. The ink enters the small scratch to dye the skin for up to two years. If you’re wincing, don’t be too alarmed: Topical anesthetics make the treatment virtually painless. But choose your pro wisely: Always ask to see before and after pictures (including afters from the weeks and months after the tattoo is first applied), and opt for a professional who is also a licensed cosmetologist or aesthetician.
And the Finishing Touches…
Sometimes great brows are all you need to look polished and put-together, but if you’re adding eye makeup, as well, you should keep your look simple and clean so that you can complement your arches instead of competing against them. Go for the classic black liner and mascara in the Eyes Essential Set by Guerlain, which also comes with an anti-aging eye cream so your entire eye area can look fresh and youthful.