Over the past few years, eyebrows have become a subject of every beauty lover’s conversation. It seems that we’ve come a long way since the days of the teeny-tiny 2000’s arches that all the celebrities sported. In fact, today, it’s all about a full, thick defined brow! But although eyebrows are making headlines, the topic of how to properly care for your own brows is often neglected.
As we try to emulate the eyebrow looks from our inspirations, we forget about what looks best on us. And that’s why we decided it was time to discuss some common eyebrow mistakes you might be making.
Ignoring Your Natural Arch
A popular eyebrow misconception is that not every eyebrow shape has an arch. The truth is, you do not have to have a perfect 45 degree arch in your brows to achieve a polished eyebrow shape. We can almost guarantee that if you were to look in a mirror right now and analyze your brows that you will find an arch no matter what shape they are (even if it’s very minimal).
So, now that you have discovered your very own eyebrow arch, avoid over plucking them into a straight-line or completely curved contour. We know that when you follow your natural arch, you will be much happier with the overall appearance.
Choosing Trendy Over Flattering
What works for Cara Delevingne or Lily Collins may not work for you. We do understand that the fuller and beautifully defined brow look is in, but if you don’t have the face suiting to that feature you could end up looking like Groucho Marx. However, the good news is that everyone has a unique shape that will enhance their features for the better.
Next time you feel like sulking over your eyebrows and the fact they might never look like so-and-so’s lavish brows, remember that a flattering shape is more important than being “on trend.”
Squaring Off Your Brows
Carrying on from our last point, it looks to us that a growing trend is filling in your eyebrows quite bluntly. And to even take it a step further, many seem to be squaring off the front of their brows which leads to a very fake appearance. Most women know that when filling in their brows, you should do so with fine, hair-like strokes that mimic the natural effect. However, that method seems to have been forgotten as of late, and we’re here to remind you!
There is nothing wrong with strong, prominent brows- but taking the time to blend out your lines with an eyebrow spoolie will make a world of a difference.
Over-widening the Eyebrow Gap
When taking care of a unibrow or straggly ends, many women end up over-plucking the gap between their brows creating a large gap which can leave them looking highly unnatural.
Proper grooming technique for addressing “the unibrow” is to vertically line-up the front of your brows with your inner tear duct. They should never be plucked any further than that.
Matching Your Brow Color Exactly to Your Hair Color
This problem pops up all the time, especially now that colouring your hair is the norm for many women. It seems that many think your eyebrows need to match your hair shade to a T for them to look good, but that’s not the case! In fact, it’s better if your eyebrows and hair are a slight shade apart when going for a natural look.
We recommend choosing a shade of brown with a slight tint that matches your hair color when filling in your brows.
Forgetting to Groom Them Into Place
Those fuzzy little caterpillars aren’t going to groom themselves! It only takes a moment to brush your brows into place and doing so will pull together your entire look.
The best tool for holding them in place all day, without making it look like you glued them into place, is a brow pomade. Trust us, grooming your brows is something you do not want to skip out on.
Bonus Mistake: Skipping Your Eyebrow Appointment
Did you know that all of these mistakes could be avoided if you let a professional do the job? By booking an eyebrow appointment, you could be saving yourself time, money, and trouble when it comes to your brows.
In fact, at Merle Norman, we are home to Kelowna’s very first brow bar! This means that you can come into our cosmetic studio and have someone take care of shaping, tinting, and tweezing the most important feature on your face. You can now never go a day without perfectly groomed brows by dropping by the Merle Norman Brow Bar.