Your eyebrows are the first thing that people see when you meet them. Having good eyebrows is essential to making a good first impression. You want to leave a lasting impression and not a bad one. For example, I still remember my neighbor’s girlfriend from twelve years ago. I never spoke to her. She had drawn on, pencil thin blue eyebrows. You don’t forget things like that. Likewise, you don’t want to be remembered for that either.
The Most Common Eyebrow Mistakes You Don’t Want To Make
If you’re just learning how to do your eyebrows, you’re bound to make a brow mistake or two. However, you can avoid some of the most common eyebrow mistakes by learning from these 11 tips.
1. Focusing on your brows being identical when tweezing
Yes, you want your brows to look as much alike as possible. However, if you hyperfocus on that you can accidentally over tweeze your eyebrows. The end result is that they will be too thin, and you’ll have to wait forever for them to grow back.
If you’re having a hard time getting them how you would like, fill them in with a pencil and go back to them the next day.
2. Using a brow filler that is too dark
It makes sense to use a brow filler that is the same shade as your natural hair color. However, that is going to be too harsh and bold. For example, my natural color is black. I use a medium or dark brown instead and blend it with a spoolie brush. Opt for a shade that is two shades lighter than your natural hair color.
3. Filling them in with the wrong brush
You can’t use just any brush to fill in your eyebrows. If you use the wrong brush, you can create an unnatural or messy brow.
You want to use a thin, angled brush. Most brow powders and pomades come with one. If not, you can pick one up on the Billion Dollar Brows website. A small angled brush will help you create precise strokes that look more natural.
4. Not blending your brows
When we think of blending, we think of blending eyeshadow colors together or our face makeup. You also need to blend your brows after applying makeup.
To blend your brows, comb over them with a spoolie brush. These are also called brow wands. It will help the color blend evenly throughout your brow for a more natural appearance.
5. Not using brow gel
Brow gel helps hold your look in place. It can make sure that all of your brow hairs stay put. There is nothing that will make your brows look perfectly groomed like them all laying flat in the same direction. This is especially true if you have thick brows. A quick swipe of brow gel is a critical final touch.
6. Being too heavy handed
Less is more when it comes to your brow makeup. Applying too much or pressing down too hard when using a brow pencil will give you a harsh brow. Instead, use light feathery strokes when applying your brow makeup. This applies to using brow pencils, brow pomades, and any other brow product.
7. Putting your arch in the wrong spot
Your arch is supposed to be at an angle towards the outside of your face. Check out this article to learn how to find where your arch is supposed to be. If you are drawing on your eyebrows, this is especially important. An arch that is too close to your nose will make you look irritated. If it’s too far away from your nose, it’ll look odd.
8. Using the wrong brow stencil
Using brow stencils is a great way to get a perfectly shaped eyebrow. However, you want to make sure that the brow stencil flatters your face. Thick eyebrows are usually thick because they work with that face shape. Likewise, if you accidentally make your eyebrows too thick they’ll overpower your face. Use stencils and products to enhance your natural brows instead of accidentally going overboard with the wrong stencil.
9. Grooming your eyebrows in a hurry
Don’t touch eyebrow scissors if you’re in a rush. Stay away from the tweezers. You’re more likely to overdo things and accidentally make hairs too short or over pluck. Instead, wait until you have the time to sit down and groom them properly.
The only exception to this is if you have fine little hairs in between your eyebrows that give you a slight unibrow. There’s nothing wrong with running a brow razor over them before heading out the door.
10. Tweezing them into a shape
The tadpole shape is not flattering on anyone. It’s a trend, much like other eyebrow shapes. Once the trend is over, you have to wait on the hair to grow back. Here’s a big problem: it might not grow back or it can grow back very slowly.
Over five years ago, I had my eyebrows waxed. I told the technician I just wanted the stray hairs waxed. Unfortunately, the eyebrow trend was to have shorter eyebrows at the time. So, she waxed off the end of my eyebrows to make them significantly shorter. To this day, the ends of my eyebrows are extremely sparse compared to the rest of them. Even on days I don’t wear makeup I at least fill in my eyebrows thanks to that one mishap. You don’t want that to be you.
11. Only using a magnifying mirror to tweeze your eyebrows
Using a magnifying mirror is great, especially if you have poor eyesight as I do. However, if you only use a magnifying mirror you can wind up over plucking. Instead, use your magnifying mirror so that you can see what you’re doing. Then, step back every few hairs to look at your brows with a regular mirror.