How I Do My Eyebrows

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I am no authority on beauty products or how to use them correctly (no really! go visit brooke-elise's blog if you're looking for someone who knows their shit), but two people in the same day asked me how I do my eyebrows. So I thought I'd share my method. 

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STEP ONE

Use an eyebrow pencil (choose a shade that closely matches your natural brow color) to pencil in any thin areas. My eyebrows are incredibly over-plucked anymore because of my trichotillomania, so you personally may even be able to skip the pencil step. Though, pencil can also be helpful if you are looking to fill in your brows a little more dramatically and play up their natural shape a bit. I sharpen my brow pencil every time I sit to do my makeup so that I'm working with a sharp tip. Also, it seems more hygienic. 

STEP TWO

Powder time! It makes such a difference. Use an angled brush and go over what you did in pencil and fill in your brows. Wiggle the brush a bit so it is applied to the skin beneath your brows. I use a makeup wipe or a cotton swab if I need to fix any areas I may have applied too heavily. Don't go too crazy, or you'll look like you have caterpillars above your eyes. 

STEP THREE

The final step, which is super important in my experience, is to set with translucent powder. I find this helps to blend your brows in making them look much more natural. It also seems to help set the brow powder so it stays put.  However, your brows will most likely still smudge should you decide to take a lunch break nap, which I have been known to do. I keep a brow pencil in my purse for touch ups, just in case.  


Also, quick word about all these eyebrow-shaming memes floating around instagram and tumblr. {Example.} This pretentious eyebrow trend is making me nuts. If you take pride in your brows in either their natural or made-up state, I'm very happy for you. Can we leave 8th grade bullying tactics out of the equation? 

"Stop! I don't want my hair cut! I don't want my eyebrows up or down. I want them right where they are! And I see no functional advantage in a marvelous mouth. I'm leaving now, and if anyone so much as makes a move to stop me, there'll be plenty of hair cut and it won't be mine!" --Audrey Hepburn as Jo Stockton in Funny Face

"Stop! I don't want my hair cut! I don't want my eyebrows up or down. I want them right where they are! And I see no functional advantage in a marvelous mouth. I'm leaving now, and if anyone so much as makes a move to stop me, there'll be plenty of hair cut and it won't be mine!"

--Audrey Hepburn as Jo Stockton in Funny Face