You want long-lasting eyebrows that frame your face and complete your look, but it’s not as easy as drawing on a pair of arches and calling it a day. This eyebrow tutorial will ensure that your brows complement your face and your eye makeup, look groomed but not too perfect and last all day long.
How to do eyebrow makeup
Long-lasting eyebrows are three simple steps away.
- Tint them.
To give your brows a good foundation, start off by temporarily tinting them with gel. Apply it directly from the tube or—for more precise application—use a brow brush and swipe the product into your brow hairs with light strokes. The colour should last a couple of days, through workouts, rain and sleep—which means you’ll only have to reapply every two or three mornings.
- Fill them.
Use a fine-tipped brow pencil to perfect the shape of your eyebrows, whether that means filling in sparse patches with light, feathery strokes, elongating the tail of each brow or sharpening your arch. Once you’ve finished, brush them through with a spoolie brush to blend the colour and create a natural finish.
To determine your ideal brow shape, all you need is a straight edge. Take a ruler (or even your eyebrow pencil) and hold it vertically against your face, with one side running along the inner corner of your eye. That’s where your eyebrow should start. Next, look straight into a mirror and hold your ruler from the edge of your nose and over your pupil. Where the ruler hits your brow is the most flattering place for your arch. Finally, for the tail of your brow, hold a ruler along the side of your nose to the outer corner or your eye. Where the ruler falls along your brow is where your eyebrow should end (or extend to, if you have naturally short brows).
- Trace them.
For an extra-clean look, trace along the edges of your eyebrows with a concealer that matches your skin tone and then blend outward with your fingertips. This extra step will make your arches appear more defined. Add a bit of highlighter to your browbone as well to catch the light and give your makeup that finishing touch.
Your long-lasting eyebrows tool kit: The best eyebrow products
To create beautiful brows with staying power, you’ll need a brow tint, brow pencil, concealer and highlighter. Try these three L’Oréal Paris goodies for complementary formulas that will create a clean, natural look.
This long-wear gel fills and thickens brows for up to 48 hours, tinting the hairs to create hues that range from natural to intense. It’s formulated with polymers that provide a waterproof film that seals the pigments onto the hair to prevent smudging and colour transfer. Choose from five shades: Black, Dark Brunette, Brunette, Light Brunette and Blonde.
Drawing delicate brow hairs is easy when you have a pencil with a 0.5 mm ultra-fine tip. Fill in gaps and fine-tune your shape and then brush your brows with the attached spoolie. Try it in Soft Black, Dark Brunette, Brunette, Light Brunette, Dark Blonde or Blonde.
While you can trace around your brows with any concealer, this dual-end pencil with a matte concealer on one end and shimmery highlighter on the other will add an extra dimension to your eye makeup. Use the creamy matte end to disguise stray hairs and add definition to the arch and tail, and then swipe the highlighter over your brow bone for a bit of eye-catching light. Brow Raiser comes in three shades: Light, Medium and Deep. Sharpen as needed.
Ready for jealousy-inducing eyebrows? With these quick steps (and a few choice products), full, long-lasting eyebrows can be yours.