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Get your eyebrow game on point

Audrey Hepburn, Brooke Shields, Cara Delevingne, Lily Collins – all beautiful women in their own right... but what do they have in common? Eyebrows that make a statement! And some serious brow envy on my part... but never mind that. We are here to discuss your eyebrows... so, if eyebrows really do frame your face, they better be on point. Going with the theme of sisters, not twins that your eyeliner took, your brows deserve the same. It doesn’t mean they need to be distant cousins. They need to be related, just not the same. So here are a few little things you can do to be browtacular!

Pluck ’em bad boys

Now, before you roll your eyes at me, hear me out. I know threading is all the rage at the moment, but take a step back and really think about it. The more you thread them, the thinner they get, the thinner they get, the less there is to frame your face. So think twice before that bimonthly threading – unless you can find someone who understands your brows and lets them be, threading away only the excess and no more. Be it hair or brows, you need to understand how your hair grows and how to work with what you have, rather than trying to make it comply with your whims. Our bodies tell us what we need to know, we just need to listen. We want our brows looking naturally luscious, bold, strong, but still well-groomed – like your hair. Here’s what to do:

Fill them

Filling them in might seem a little scary, and often end up in an over-the-top unibrow that just doesn’t look right; so let’s start slowly. For the beginner, a brow powder can give you a much softer defined brow than a pencil ever will. It also looks much more natural. When looking for brow powder, always look for something that’s cool-toned (ashy, almost grey-brown) because those will come off looking closer to your natural hair than something that’s warm-toned.

While filling them in, use an angled brush to draw each hair in. This is not a colouring book where you fill inside the lines. You need people to think it’s hair, not war paint. And when in doubt, follow the way your hair most likely grows – upwards in the front, sideways in the middle and towards the ears in the ends. Once you’re done filling them in, use your spooly (that spikey thing that looks like a mascara wand) to comb through your brows and soften them even more, distributing the powder better. In case you like your pencils (which work just as well) remember to make sure you use that spooly more than once to ensure they don’t look blotchy or worse – drawn in.

Set them

This step, though seemingly unnecessary, can make all the difference. Clear brow gel, or tinted brow gel (if you’re someone with strong brows that don’t need filling) can set your eyebrows in place so they remain that way all day or night long. Once again, set them in the direction of hair growth... and you’ll have eyebrows that will be the talk of the night – in a good way.

Shrutilaya Ramanathan is a make-up artist and hairstylist

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