December 14, 2012 2 Comments Makeup

Louise Roe, it’s time to step away from your brow kit. Enough is enough.

Louise Roe has shown us all that you really can have too much of a good thing, in this case, having brows that are too bold, and too beautiful, with an end result mirroring that of the mid-afternoon soapie. That being big on drama, and little on reality. We know those are not your real brows Lou, and that’s not a good thing!

Don’t get me wrong, I love Louise and have been her fan for a long time, even in the beauty stakes.

I’m also a huge brow lover. Look to super weight models like Bambi and Cara Delevingne. Their perfectly groomed arches are what set them apart from their photogenic counterparts.

However, sometimes beauty trends can sometimes be taken too far. Yes, I am looking at you Louise. If we glance at a red carpet photo of you before you got too jiggy with a brow kit, we can all see that you already have naturally thick brows, with a flattering shape.

You must have heard all the fuss about filling, defining and drawing attention to brows, that you developed body, or shall I say facial, dysmorphia. Did you think yours were on the smaller side?

Dear oh dear. Louise put your hands up and step away from the brow kit. Enough damage has been done.

Here are my tips to make sure you strike the right brow balance:

You’ve gone too far if:

  1. You’re brows are almost as big as your eyes. (Half the width of your eyeball is more proportioned).
  2. The shape is so well defined that it’s almost three dimensional due to the amount of powder, pencil or gel you have applied.
  3. You’re worried to lie down on the couch, in fear of leaving a permanent stamped-on-print of said brows. (This may be a good thing; you will always remember that you went too far.)
  4. You’ve left the house without brushing out your arches with a spoolie, and now it’s obvious in your rear-view mirror where your natural brow starts and where your drawn on powder, gel, pencil begins.
  5. You’ve lost your natural arch from too much filling in. Your eyebrows now resemble facial rectangles.

Make a quick fix:

If you’re reading this and suddenly realise “hey this is me!” don’t stress. Take a makeup wipe and remove your beauty sins. However, this doesn’t apply to those who have gone one step too far and had your arches tattooed in. You can stress. Dat Shi is fo lyf!

  1. Sit in a well lit space, preferably with filtered natural day light, and hold up a mirror to your face.
  2. Take your spoolie and brush your eyebrow hairs up at where they start in the centre of the face, and across at the end of the arch.
  3. Use a brow powder opposed to a pencil or gel. The powder sits on the hair follicle and doesn’t look as if it has been drown on with a chubby brown crayon.
  4. With a small angled makeup brush, apply a tiny amount of the powder in upwards strokes where the brow begins. Continue to colour in the brow with your natural brow shade till the end of the arch.
  5. Take your spoolie and brush brows again to make sure the pigment is uniform.
  6. Catch a close look in the mirror. Are they thick enough? If the honest answer is no due to years of over plucking, then gently fill in any sparse gaps, and line just under your natural brow shape, never above.
  7. Take a clear brow setting gel and brush onto your new and improved set.

Finito! Never again will you look like your face has been imprinted with a one-size-fits-all brow stamp.

What do you guys prefer? Louise with her natural brows or her defined ones?

Do you use brow kits?

SS x