So much of our communication is through our eyes. The eyebrows frame our eyes and guide others to our eyes. They are always going to be noticed, so it's best not to neglect them in your make-up application.
If they are shaped correctly, they can make our eye area look much younger, by creating a ‘lifting’ illusion above any heavy or tired skin, and they add a really chic appearance to the eyes and face.
This diagram is the basis for creating an ideal eyebrow shape.
The eyebrow begins on a line running more or less through the inner corner of the eye to the outside of the nose. If there is any hair outside this line (on the bridge of the nose), we would remove that.
The outer point of the eyebrow ends more or less on a diagonal line, running through the outer corner of the nose and eye. Any hair beyond this line needs to be removed.
The highest point of the eyebrow arch is about two thirds of the distance of the entire eyebrow length. Even if your eye brows don’t have a natural arch, by tweezing in the right area, you can create an arch.
This diagonal upward line should be longer than the downward line – offering a greater ‘lifting’ illusion than a downward ‘dragging’ illusion above the eye. It’s also interesting to note that a flat eye brow will emphasise heaviness of the skin above the eye, just like a horizontal stripe in clothing will emphasise heaviness in the body.
To further increase the upward illusion and avoid focus on the downward line, taper the eyebrow to a thin, light end.
Everybody can have the perfect eye brow shape! Don’t let your eyebrows’ natural shape deceive you into thinking you can’t!
Once you’ve tweezed your brows, read the following steps below to neaten and define:
Brush eyebrows into shape with a mascara wand applicator or eyebrow brush.
Choose a dark matte eye-shadow or eyebrow pencil in a similar or slightly darker shade to your natural hair.
If you’re using eye-shadow, use an eyebrow brush with minimal shadow on your brush, building up colour using light sweeping strokes. Pay special attention to the gaps in between hairs and aim towards an even shadow coverage throughout the whole shape.
If you’re using an eyebrow pencil, ensure it’s freshly sharpened. Apply colour in short, adjacent, hair-like strokes within the desired shape.
Joy Terri and her team of professional make-up artists can help you to create perfect eyebrows.
Visit her website for more details www.beyondartistry.co.za.