How to give good brow

Nikki Parkinson Beauty, How to 23 Comments

I’m a reformed brow owner and carer.  If my brows were children, I would have been locked up for seriously neglect.  Yes, I would pluck the odd stray, feral hair and sometimes remember to wear a bit of brow pencil but that was about it.

Then, I met The Eyebrow Expert, Liz See.  Liz introduced me to the concept of eyebrow threading and she also introduced me to the concept of giving good brow.

Now, I no longer underestimate the power of the brow to frame my face and make the rest of my makeup look just right.

And you shouldn’t either.

A celebrity brow history. Photo: Pinterest

So in the interests of good brows everywhere, I grilled Liz about all things brows. She was only too happy to download about her favourite topic.

Why are good brows so important? Eyebrows are one of the most expressive parts of our faces that we all use. They help with human communications and interaction. You can tell how a person is reacting to something just by the way they move their eyebrows. Having good brows is so important as this helps us express how we feel (remember that look your parents might have given you as a child … part of that expression came from their eyebrows). Eyebrows are also a part of our bodies that everyone sees, so ensuring they are shaped nicely is important in how we want to portray ourselves to the world.

What are the common mistakes that people make with their brows? The common mistakes I see that people make with their brows are that they are too thin, have incorrect alignment and are shaped in a way that doesn’t suit their face shape.

How do you work out what shape a person’s ideal brow shape is?  I look at the natural brow shape of the person and accentuate or minimise the shape to suit that individual, taking into account the person’s body structure, facial structure, hair type, eye and face shapes. There are specific brow shapes that suit each face shape type and then this is tailored according to the individual’s features.

Should we follow trends in brow shapes? Eyebrow trends are just that – trends. Everyone needs eyebrows that suit them. Why have a brow shape that everyone has? We are not all born the same, we don’t have the same hair color, face or body shape and as you become clear on that point it will also become clear that we can’t all have the same brow shape. Think about it like this: if we put the same photo frame around every photo, pretty soon all the photos will blend in and none will stand out. However, if we designed “frames” for every individual photo according to the photo then each photo and its frame would stand out individually.

Eyebrows are no different than the frames and should be designed to suit each individual not the latest fad or what shape your friend’s eyebrows are. Eyebrows should never be the focus of the face but instead frame and draw people to your eyes. If eyebrows are the first thing you notice on a person then they are usually the wrong shape.

If someone has over-plucked is it too late to save the brow? It is NEVER too late. I will never tell a client to don’t touch, start growing and come see me in a few months. Who wants to walk around looking like that? What I have found very successful is to work with the client to find the correct shape and thickness for them. I will apply a brow dust to the eyebrow so the client can see what we are aiming for so they are part of the process and so they also don’t accidentally pluck a line at home that I need to grow in.  We then aim to grow in a line or two of hair at a time and bring the brow back to life. It is like “brow rehab” – one step at a time! Sometimes depending on how long the brow has been over-plucked, the hair just does not grow back and the use of brow products can blend and enhance the brow while still maintaining a natural appearance.

Which female celebrities give good brow? My all time favourite celebrity brow is Julia Roberts. Her soft angled brow is aligned and balanced perfectly, the thickness is in harmony with her features and the colour is one to two shades darker than her light hair colour, which is exactly right.

Rachel Bilson’s rounded brow is also a favourite in this photo (she normally has more of a arched brow which emphasises the point of her chin). Again the alignment is spot on, the rounded shape perfectly balances the point of her chin area and the colour is one shade lighter than her dark hair.

Both Julia and Rachel’s eyes are the feature of their faces and it is only when you look at the brows you notice how stunning they are.

Rachel Bilson and Julia Roberts give good brow

Rachel Bilson and Julia Roberts give good brow

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Liz has just launched an online service that offers you a personalised brow consultation, emailed to your inbox so you can either work on them yourself or take the suggestions to your brow shaper.  For $24.95, you’ll receive information about your face shape, current brow shape, brow shape recommendations, as well as recommendation on colour and thickness.  For more information, click here.

The Art of Shaping Perfect Brows

And if you’re in the beauty industry and want to hone your brow knowledge, Liz also offers an online course, The Art of Shaping Perfect Brows ($149).

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Have you given much thought to the shape of your brows?  Do you use and recommend a brow product you’d like to share with other Styling You readers?

Comments 23

  1. Shape is important but what about colour? I am finding stray greys, what should I do? I was tempted to pluck, but that could be the road to disaster. It’s only one or two now. Will this change?

    1. Sara, It is very hard to say without seeing your brows.

      If the brow is dense and you can get away with losing just a couple I tend to pluck those grey hairs out to start with….once there a more this is not an option and tinting the brows helps with the covering of them.

      Eyebrow grey hair is usually very strong resistant hair, so tinting sometimes does not allow full coverage of the grey but does blend it through. Each person is different though.

      In regards to will more come…it is really hard to say as everyone is different. Some people get more while others don’t.

      If you do decide to pluck them, make sure to only get the grey ones (which can be tricky) as you don’t want to leave a gap in the brow from accidentally removing the others.

      Hope this helps!
      Liz
      Get Threaded/The Eyebrow Experts

      1. Thanks, that was a comfort and good advice. For now I will try plucking, then tinting. Based on genetics from my mum, I probably won’t get too many more so I will try not to panic!
        Sara

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  2. It’s like you read my mind. I was thinking on Thursday when I went to get an eyebrow wax (no threading salons remotely close to me) “I wonder if Nikki has something on eyebrow shaping?” Because having gone blonde from my naturally very dark hair I have found I need to make my eyebrows thinner than normal so it’s not these big black caterpillars on my face, but it’s also hard because you don’t want to go too thin.
    Lots of good advice here.

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    2. If you’re worried about going thinner, you could always have them lightened a little to take the dark edge off too, Miss Pink 🙂

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  3. Oh I am brow-obsessed. I go to a brow specialist and, despite my husband thinking that is a ridulous waste of money, she really makes a difference to my face.

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  4. Despite years of having my eyebrows shaped I have only recently found a brow expert that really knows her stuff. She put me in “brow rehab” to regain the thickness and shape I needed. The difference is remarkable.

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  5. Apparently when I was born the nurses all commented favourably on my eyebrows.

    I *think* they are OK.

    I have never ever touched them.

    I am paranoid now. I need to have a review of my brows…

    1. I am exactly the same. Never ever touched them and this is coming from someone who has been genetically blessed with the worlds hairiest legs ever.

      I always get my waxer to confirm every now and then that they are okay and don’t need to be touched. Lets just say that after waxing my legs and they hear me sprout about my virgin eyebrows their own raised eyebrows lead me to believe they are doubters.

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