Friday, August 1, 2014

Brows 101

how to get the perfect eyebrows, brow tips, how to properly wax eyebrows, eyebrows

After popular demand I finally have a special brow tutorial here for you all!

I have always gotten tons of requests to do a brow tips and tricks for you all and it's finally here! Yay!


As many of you know, (and for those of you who don't) I am a licensed Esthetician and it's actually what I do for a living so these brow tips come from a professional stance and I am going to share with you all my little secrets to achieving the best brows around town.

First, let me tell you all a little background on me and my brows...for giggles. I have always...and I repeat always had extremely big, dark and bushy brows. No I don't dye them, no I don't fill them in and yes they grow at an alarming rate, but I love them regardless. Somewhere between my mom's (French) and Dad's (Middle Eastern) sides I developed these large brows and let me tell you, I paid the price growing up. I cannot tell you how many times I was made fun of in Middle School about my brows. I honestly would run home crying and my mom would always ask what was wrong. I refused to tell her because I was embarrassed until one day I finally did let it out. She reassured me not to worry (as she was an Esthetician) and cleaned them up for me immediately.

Problem solved? You would think but.. no.


After I fixed the bushy-ness problem I was now being made fun of because my brows were TOO perfect. HA! You can never win with these kids can you?! Fast-forward 5 to 10 years later and I now had/have the most coveted brows. Sheesh, at least all that humiliation paid off, right?! ;)

Growing up my mom always always told me, "Olia never ever let someone touch your brows or tell you they were too big," and I'm glad I listened. Never in my 26 years have I ever had someone other than my Mother (or myself) wax, tweeze, pluck or thread my brows. Now that's not to say that you shouldn't, I'm just lucky because I had someone to do them for me. What I will say is do your research, be adamant and don't ever ever pluck too much!!

That leads me to Rule #1: Do NOT over-pluck


There is nothing and I repeat nothing worse than overly tweezed brows, brows that have been oddly shaped or razored and penciled in eyebrows. OK, OK, OK.. we all make mistakes and for that, I forgive you but moving forward here are my tips on how to achieve the most beautifully shaped eyebrows you could imagine!

1. I always suggest having a disposable mascara wand on hand to brush your brows into place. If you have any very long brow hairs that you cannot tame, use cuticle scissors to carefully trim them. 
**TIP** Too many people trim their eyebrow hairs way too often. I only do it once every few months when they are getting a little out of control. Trimming or cutting your brow hairs will cause them to grow and lay in funky ways. You can also cause more gaps and such. It's better to only trim when absolutely necessary.

2. Tweeze obvious hairs above and below the brows. I have noticed some people will only wax/tweeze the hairs below the brow and not on top. It's important to remove from the top as well otherwise you could end up with that "surprised look" which we all do not want. 

3. When plucking, I always tell my clients to only pluck what is obvious, try to stay away from plucking too close to the brows otherwise we can tend to get a little "tweezer happy" and make some mistakes. 

4. To determine where your brow should end, take a makeup brush and angle it at the outer corner of the eye.

5. Definitely wax or tweeze in between eyebrows. Some of you may be lucky and not grow hairs in that area in which I am forever jealous. Unfortunately for me, if I let it go, I would very well have a unibrow. Just make sure you don't go too close to where the brows should shart..which leads me to the next tip.

6. To determine where your brows should start, take a makeup brush and hold it along one side of your nose. Where it crosses the inner corner of your brow, that is where it should begin.

Keep in mind, brows can TOTALLY make your face so be cautious and if going somewhere do your research. Make sure to tell them exactly what you want! If you have made a mistake or are desperately trying to grow out your brows I would say to use a growth serum like this one. Also, another important thing when it comes to growing them out -- I know it's hard but put the tweezers down! I don't know how many clients try to grow them out and can't handle it and pick up the tweezers again. Just do clean ups in between and it will make the growth process way more manageable.

If you have any questions leave me them in the comment section down below and I will answer them all! 

16 comments:

  1. Great tips! Thank you for sharing. I admire those who can do their eyebrows themselves.

    XX
    Miri

    http://currentlywearing.com

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  2. I've always really struggled with my brows. First, they are extremely difficult to get symmetrical because they grow differently. Secondly, I've never been able to shape them or draw them in like all these tutorials say because they don't exactly grow along my brow bone. I've always hated them. Any advice?

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    1. Jalene-
      Don't worry about them being symmetrical.. It's virtually impossible to have two identical eyebrows.. If you look closely at mine you will see they are slightly different (and one is higher than the other).. Most everyone has this problem so don't worry too much about that! Let me know if you have any other questions! If you have a pic for me to see your brows, email me & I can help give you some advice!

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    2. I just wanted to say that this reply helped me, too. Also, I just had to comment on your kindness and your sincere desire to help people through your blog! After I read this, I couldn't go without telling you how nice it was to offer her to give advice by looking at a picture.

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    3. Aww thank you so much Rose!! That made my day :) I really do care & I am so honored to have you all come to my space everyday =)

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  3. Wish I had your eyebrows. I don't over pluck by any means, they're just thin....like my hair. Yours look great.

    www.stylegonerogue.com

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    1. Thin brows are still beautiful!!

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  4. your brows are amazing!

    xxoo,
    nikki

    www.dream-in-neon.com

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  5. You do have gorgeous brows!! I've always had dark bushy brows too and was made fun of non-stop in elementary and junior high school. But now people love mine too ;) I do have to fill mine it a tiny bit on the insides where years of plucking made them a little sparse so you're lucky your mom was there to keep you from losing those beauties!!


    Jessi
    www.haircutandgeneralattitude.com

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    1. Hehe! Mom is always right, ...right?!

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  6. This was really helpful :) xx

    https://books-and-memories.blogspot.com/

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  7. Awesome! This is such a helpful post! Just one question: do you have any recommendations for those of us that aren't as lucky to have dense eyebrows? Any oils or something that might help with hair growth? Thank you! Love your blog! :)

    http://fashamorphosis.blogspot.com

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    1. Ada-
      Absolutely! I put a link above but I like to recommend this to people as a growth serum: http://rstyle.me/n/m86yesiie
      it's all natural so you don't have to worry about irritating your skin, and I recommend taking Biotin to help as well!

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  8. Do not over pluck is so the most important rule. We have heard some crazy horror stories over that one. Thanks for some amazing tips :)

    xx 365hangers

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  9. Thank for the tips! My eyebrows are incredibly thin and sparse naturally. Any tips or tricks for filling them in without them looking super fake & penciled in?

    xo,
    -Allie
    http://lunavida23.blogspot.com/

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  10. Thank you for sharing these tips! I'm so sorry you had to endure teasing when you were younger but it is definitely worth having such coveted brows now!

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