STEP 1: Plot Out Your Shape
Before you begin plucking, filling in or faffing around, it's essential to find your best possible brow shape. Hold a brow pencil vertically from the outermost part of your nostril straight up to your eyebrow; the place where the tweezer hits is where the head (or innermost part) of your eyebrow should begin. Hold the pencil diagonally from the outermost part of your nostril to the outermost part of your eye; where the tweezer extends past your eye is where the tail (or outermost part) of your eyebrow should end. Make small marks on your brow using the pencil to plot out the length of your perfect brow, which will help guide you in the following steps.
STEP 2: Fill In Your Brow
Filling in your brows before you start plucking will ensure you don't overdo it. Using a pencil that is about one shade lighter than your natural colour, gently fill in the head of your brow using short strokes to mimic your natural hairs. (I'm currently loving Delilah Brow Line £20.00 and Mii Perfect Brow £9.95 for hardworking and precise brow pencils that last all day.) Move toward the middle of the brow, where hair is often most dense, and fill in any sparse areas for a stronger look. Finish with the ‘tail’ which should follow the contour of the eye, extending to the previously marked spot where your brows should naturally finish, taking care to create a thinner line that also lifts the brow.
STEP 3: Pluck & Trim
Using a sharp tweezer, pluck out any stray hairs that are outside of the natural shape you've created. Remove one at a time, focusing on underneath the brow first to 'lift', stepping back to check out your progress in a mirror as you go. It's also a good idea to do a little from each brow at a time, moving between them to ensure you have a symmetrical and natural finish. Don't over-pluck or remove more than a few stray hairs from above the brow, as this will cause your natural arch to 'droop' and age you instantly. (There's a reason why eye lifts are becoming more popular than face lifts!)
STEP 4: Finish, Perfect & Set
Use a spoolie brush or clean mascara wand to brush through both eyebrows. This will blend in the pencil with your hairs to make everything look uniform and natural, as well as lifting hairs up for volume and a natural arched finish - teasing them upwards a little works wonders. Fix everything in place with a transparent brow gel, or a tinted formula such as Benefit's Speed Brow (£13.00, to ensure your look stays put all day long. Ta-dah! You're ready to face the day.
Do you have any top tips for styling brows, or favourite products to use?