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Brow Routine: 2015

March 18, 2015

Hi Everyone!

Today I decided that I’m going to share my brow routine. Lately, I have been getting stopped often by people asking me about my brows- what do I use, how did I get them to look like that? Etc. I think I’ve finally nailed down a routine that I really like, so it’s the right time to share it. I will be using Anastasia Beverly Hills products in this tutorial since these are the best ones that I’ve found. Of course this is just what works for my brows and my face, but it should be helpful for those of you experimenting with filling in your brows.

Tools

  • Facial Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • A Brow Brush
  • Spoolie

Grooming

In terms of grooming, I do maintain my brows myself for the most part. I’m not a professional, but this method has been working well for me. I will occasionally get them threaded to clean them up, but usually I just do it myself. I have never gotten my brows waxed because the thought of someone yanking on the skin around my eyes scares me. Maybe irrational, but I can’t shake the thought.

The best piece of advice I can offer you in terms of brows is to maintain them and maintain them often. Pluck and trim often. I will pluck almost every time before I do my makeup because it’s way easier to see where stray hairs are than if you leave them and then try to do one big groom. If you leave it too long, it can be super hard to see where to tweeze and that’s when you pull out hairs that you shouldn’t.

In addition to tweezing, I also trim pretty often. My brows grow wild in the front so trimming is a must. The best thing you can get to help you with this is a spoolie. You can find them pretty inexpensively, but mine came on the end of my brow brush. To trim them, you’re going to want to do a little at a time, this will help prevent mistakes. If you’re not comfortable trimming yourself you can of course get a professional to do this part and just do the tweezing on your own.

I’ll first comb through my brows with the spoolie. Then I will take my spoolie and comb all the hairs down. My brows have a pretty rounded arch so it’s easy for me to see what’s long. I will then take my scissors and trim any hair that is below the arch. I then repeat for the other brow. Sometimes I’ll comb down again and trim a little extra if there is any. Then I repeat the same process but this time I comb the hairs up and trim anything that is above the top line of my brow. For this step all hold the spoolie there while I trim to keep the hairs up otherwise the hairs won’t stay up and in place for me to trim.

Combing down:

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Combing up:

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Once i have the main part of my brows trimmed, I will carefully trim the front part of my brow. This is challenging because the hairs in the front of my brow grows in different directions, but I just trim enough so it’s not super noticeable. If there are some that are obviously out of place in the front, I’ll pluck but I try not to pluck too much because it can make your brows look really bizarre and harsh if you mess up the front.

Filling in

My natural brows:

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Now onto the good part. Filling in your brows. You can fill on your brows to do a variety of things, even if your brows aren’t sparse. My brows aren’t really sparse, but I fill them in to even them out since one arch is higher than the other, make them look polished and make them a little thicker. I do dye my hair darker than my natural colour, so this helps my brows stand out against my hair as well.

As I said in the beginning I use Anastasia Beverly Hills products so I will be using the DipBrow Pomade in the shades Medium Brown and Soft Brown. I will also be using the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Brush #12, which is my favourite brow brush.

Step 1

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First I’ll take my spoolie and brush the hairs into their natural places, so I can see exactly where to fill. I actually begin with the tail of my brow using the darker of my 2 shades, Medium Brown. I will create a ‘hard’ line to outline the outer tail of my brow and then feather in about half my brow. I will use light, short strokes when filling in so it looks natural and be a little firmer when creating the outside line so it looks defined. Just guess how far to take the darker shade if you’re using 2 like I am and you can always touch up later.

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Step 2

Now I’m going to take the shade Soft Brown and start sculpting the inner half of my brows. To begin I will create a ‘hard’ line right at the front of my brows going back in the direction of the tail. I place this line slightly higher than the lowest hair in the front, because I find if I line it up with the lowest hair it makes my brows curve down the front, kind of a unibrow effect.

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I will then do the exact same thing along the top of my brow connecting the line with where I stopped the Medium Brown.

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Step 3

I will then fill in all the ’empty’ space with Soft Brown. I will use soft strokes mimicking hairs. The brush I’m using is the perfect size so if I just need to fill in all over, I’ll turn it sideways and fill in that way.

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Step 4

Now all that’s left is the very front. For this I will use the brush vertically with a very light hand and run the product through the front. I will usually leave a few hairs at the very front with no product just to make the brows look natural. Plus like I said my brow hairs at the front are wonky, so filling in right to the end just doesn’t look right. You can now use the spoolie to blend out the product if you feel it’s necessary. At this point I will often touch up with Medium Brown and deepen my arch a little.

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If you need you can set your brows with brow gel at this stage. The dipbrow lasts on me all day so I usually don’t bother.

Here is the finished brow! Soft, yet defined. I’m not really into the carved out brow look on my face.

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And of course your brows are sisters not twins so some days they just will not look the same. We all have uncooperative brow days. I swear some days my brows are distant cousins not sisters.

So there you have it, there is my current brow routine! What brow products do you love? Leave them in the comments below!

Bye for now!

Chelsey

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8 Comments

  • Reply theworldofcos March 18, 2015 at 5:28 pm

    No wonder you get stopped your brows are awesome!

  • Reply plus+beauty27 March 18, 2015 at 5:44 pm

    You have great brows!! 🙂

  • Reply Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade: Review | Makeup By Chelsey April 12, 2015 at 11:17 pm

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  • Reply alisonfrombestbuy June 23, 2015 at 4:17 pm

    Hi Chelsey! Just bought the Anastasia eyebrow combo powder you recommended. The colour is super natural and it looks great with heavier eye makeup. It also has stayed put during some sweat sessions! Thanks so much for the recommendation 🙂

    • Reply Chelsey June 23, 2015 at 5:49 pm

      You’re welcome! I’m glad it’s working out!

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