By Ally Dean
Achieving the bold eyebrows that fulfil the new fashion for fullness can feel more challenging than going Paleo.
“The ability to perfect brows is a skill every women should master,” says Tim Quinn, Giorgio Armani’s celebrity makeup artist. “Brows frame the face and give a look of elegance and sophistication.”
Here, Hello! rounds up the top easy-to-use products so you can create brows that look as natural as they are distinguished.
For a subtle, naturally enhanced look like Keira Knightley’s, choose an ultra-fine brow pencil to fill in gaps in over-plucked brows. Begin next to the bridge of your nose and work outward using short, upward strokes to fill in colour. Sweep a brow gel on top to blend pencil lines and create lasting hold.
TIP: A tinted brow gel creates instant definition and can be layered over pencil for added hold and fuller looking brows.
If you like Eva Mendes’ look, pencil alone might not be bold enough, so add a layer of powder shadow to deepen and intensify your arches. First, create your ideal shape with a brow pencil (powder won’t fill in holes convincingly), then use an angled brush to apply powder using the same short, upward strokes. Avoid the stark “caterpillar” look by mixing two shades together and using a slightly lighter powder on the inner section of your brows followed by a darker shade from the centre outward.
TIP: Brunettes should choose a powder that’s one or two shades lighter than their natural hair colour. Women with fair colouring can go one to two shades darker. Set the powder with a clear or tinted brow gel.
To get the kind of look-at-me brows that made model Cara Delevingne (above) famous, opt for a highly pigmented gel formula. Gels mask sparse areas and create thickness (like a pencil-powder duo) but their opacity creates a stronger look. Use a firm, angled brush and brisk upward strokes for eye-catching results.