Brown eyeshadow… we all have it, whether it’s your favorite fail-safe color or the free gift with purchase (fave!) color that’s now residing in the makeup graveyard drawer. We’ve all been wearing brown eyeshadow for so long, I thought I’d give you some ideas to shake things up a bit and give this old-timer a new life!
The first and most obvious way to wear brown eyeshadow is, well, as an eyeshadow! However, the challenge to change it up a bit is to look at it in a new light. Wear your brown with a plum, navy, or green eyeliner. Better yet, mix it together with different eyeshadow colors and see what happens. Maybe you’ll find a new favorite color!
Another cool thing to do is to use your brown eyeshadow as your eyeliner. You can either do it old school as a cake liner (wet a eye lining brush with water and mix it in the eyeshadow for a liquid liner look), or use it dry as a softer alternative to a pencil. You can also smudge the eyeshadow on top of your eyeliner pencil for a soft, smokey eye.
The last suggestion I have for you is to use your brown eyeshadow as a brow color to help fill in and define your eyebrows. Pencils can look harsh and can be difficult to blend, and an eyeshadow will look soft and natural. You’ll also find you have much more control using the eyeshadow vs. a pencil.
To apply, use a small, stiff brush, a Q-tip, or the eyeshadow applicator itself. Start with smaller strokes and blend the brown eyeshadow into your brows, building the color as you go. (Important: It’s much easier to start off lighter and go darker.) Everyone can wear brown on their brows; how much and how dark you go will depend on your hair color.
TipMixing in a little brown eyeshadow is a great way to tone down and neutralize a color that’s too bright or strong.
So what do you think? I hope this has inspired you to use your plain old brown eyeshadow in a new way and look at it with fresh eyes.
Now that you have perfectly shaped brows (you did read Part 1 of Fabulous Brows – Eyebrow Shaping, didn’t you?), you might think that your brows are complete… but not yet!
It’s time to fill in those beautiful brows with a little eyebrow color. A brow color helps to define your brows and make an even more fabulous frame for your eyes. Are you excited?! Well you should be because now your brows will be more gorgeous than ever!
OK, first, you’ll need to choose a color. You want to match your brow color to your hair, so you will be either blond, brunette, red headed, or gray/white. Those of you with lighter hair (blond, red headed, or white) need to be careful not to go too light on your brow color. If your brow is too light, it will wash you out, so you’ll want to go a shade darker than your hair. Darker hair will have the opposite problem, you don’t want to go too dark because it can look too harsh as well be aging, so you’ll need to go a shade lighter than your hair.
There are a several different forms of brow color. Here are some of my favorite:
A classic! You have a lot of control with a brow pencil and can be very precise. Just be careful that it doesn’t look too harsh and artificial. I really love the Anastasia Brow Pencil because it goes on velvety smooth and blends easily.
This is actually my favorite way to get color on my brows because of how quick and easy it is to apply, it stays on forever and looks very soft and natural. Some eyebrow powders come with a wax, but I find those to be messy and a bit hard to work with. Give me my plain ‘ol brow powder any day! I can’t be without the Elizabeth Arden Dual Perfection Brow Shaper and Eyeliner. (I get mine in Sable)
These are lightweight gels that brush on your eyebrows with either a tint of color, or they can also be clear. You can use them alone, or over a pencil or powder. One that I like is the Lancome Modele Sourcils Brow Groomer.
Whatever formula you choose, just make sure to apply it in short, feathering strokes in order to mimic or imitate your natural brow, especially if you have little or no brow hairs. The idea is for the brow color to look like a part of your actual brow, not drawn in or traced on.
Tip If you’re in a rush and can’t find your eyebrow color, you can use an eye shadow instead. Just pick a shade close to your hair and apply it to your brows with a brush or Q-tip.
Still having doubts about using eyebrow color? Well then here’s a fun little experiment: Apply the eyebrow color to only one brow and take a step back. Look at your eyes in the mirror, not your brows. Which one do you notice first? I promise you it will be the one with the brow color. Not only will it stand out more, but the color will be more prominent. Believe me yet?
I hope I’ve helped to shed some light on the subject of eyebrow color and why you should use it. I know it can be scary if you’ve never done it before, but once you start, your eyes will feel naked without it!
Imagine, if you will, that your eyes are a beautiful picture… the windows to your soul, so they say. Now imagine your eyebrows as a frame to that beautiful picture. That’s what a well-shaped brow can do: Enhance and bring out your eyes, just as a frame does for a beautiful painting. Taking the time for a great eyebrow shaping can make all the difference in the world to how your eyes look.
As you may have noticed, eyebrow trends tend to change from thick to thin. I say don’t stress about what’s in with eyebrow trends, but rather focus on what works best for you. Don’t fight Mother Nature! If you have naturally thick brows, then go with it! If your brows are thin, then that’s okay too. What you don’t want is a messy, unkempt brow. You want your brows to be neat and trim; your eyebrows should be natural looking, not over groomed.
So how do you achieve this perfectly shaped eyebrow? Well, you can go to a salon or a licensed aesthetician to get your brows done professionally. Or, if you’re brave or just want to save some money you can do them yourself. Here are a few simple guidelines for those of you who want to try your hand at eyebrow shaping:
Nobody’s brows are perfectly symmetrical so don’t waste your time an energy trying to get them to look exactly the same. Someone once told me your brows should look like sisters, not twins.
A great way to find out is to hold a long pencil or brush against the side of your nose and where the brush meets the brow is the starting point. You can mark the spot with an eyeliner or brow pencil as a reference for a starting point. To find out where they should end, once again take the pencil or brush and place it against your nose, but this time extend it to the outer corner of the eye. Where the pencil meets the brush is where your brow should end. Again, mark it with a pencil to help as a guide.
Most people have a natural arch to their brow line, but if you need help finding it, once again hold our good friend, Mr. Pencil against your nose. But this time angle the pencil diagonal across the outer half of the iris, where the brow meets the pencil is where your arch should be. Don’t forget to mark the spot with a pencil to help guide you.
Now that you know where to stop and start, you’ll need a good pair of tweezers… preferably ones with a sharp, slanted tip to help grab the little hairs. (My favorite one is the Slant Tweezer by Tweezerman) Use the pencil marks as your guide for shaping your eyebrows, and remember to keep the brow thicker on the inner corner, and taper it out to be thinner on the outer corner. Don’t tweeze your eyebrows too much! You can always go back and tweeze some more, but you can’t (as I’m certain we’ve all unfortunately discovered) add more hair on!
Tip If you feel you need a little help with your eyebrow shaping, there’s a tool called a brow stencil. This is an actual stencil that you hold up to your face and trace the shape onto your brow and use that as your guide. It’s a great tool to take some of the guess work out of how to shape your brows. Anastasia at Sephora is a great company for brow stencils as well as anything that’s brow-related.
Eyebrows are often ignored or overlooked, but they can make a huge impact on your overall look. A well shaped eyebrow is so much more sophisticated and sexy than an unkempt one. So now that you have the know how, go out there and wow ‘em with your beautiful brows!