Eyebrow Make-Up Tips - Easy Cosmetic Lesson

Kate Middleton and Trendy Eyebrows

Gorgeous, strong, and still feminine.
Gorgeous, strong, and still feminine. | Source

Fashion, Thou Art a Fickle Creature


Women just need to keep mixing it up, don’t they? In the 1920’s eyebrow styles were thin lines, then in the 1950’s and early 1960’s brows went thicker. Oddly, the hippie era of the ‘70’s ushered in thinner eyebrows despite people being natural with almost every other feature. After many decades of this, eyebrows are changing again. At least the eyebrow trends move much more slowly than the changes in dresses, necklines, and shoes. Nonetheless, this year has seen a quick switch which is not difficult to make.

Sisters, Not Twins

Most of us have an asymetrical face. Our eyes are not perfect matches in shape and perhaps size. Our nose may not be exactly identical on each side. And, our eyes may be different distances from the nose. Please see Diagram 1. As I expressed this frustration in learning “EYEBROWS,” my wonderful stylist calmed my fears with this remark: “Your eyebrows are sisters, but they are not twins.” Worries abated. (Thanks, Kristen!)

The Eyes

1.   Please  note that I have drawn an asymetrical face for this lesson.
1. Please note that I have drawn an asymetrical face for this lesson. | Source

Outer Limits

Thank goodness there is one guideline which has not changed. The outside edge of one’s eyebrow should end at the imaginary line drawn from the nose past the outer edge of the eye and continuing up until it intersects with the brow. Please see Diagrams 2 and 3.

Outside Eyebrow Boundary

2.   The reliable line from the nose to eye to brow.
2. The reliable line from the nose to eye to brow. | Source
3.   Tweeze any hair going outside this imaginary line.
3. Tweeze any hair going outside this imaginary line. | Source

Longer

However, fashionistas now permit their eyebrows to grow closer into the middle of one’s forehead. If you have eyebrows which are skinnier in that regard, there will be the awkward growing in stage. Please see Diagrams 4, 5, and 6 for the guideline on drawing where the inside of the brow may touch. It is found with an imaginary vertical line drawn from the OUTSIDE of one’s eyelid.

Making the Inner Edges of the Eyebrows

4. Draw up from the lids.
4. Draw up from the lids. | Source
5. Okay, let's show both eyes.
5. Okay, let's show both eyes. | Source
6. Now see the inner edge guideline for eyebrows.
6. Now see the inner edge guideline for eyebrows. | Source

Think Comma

The new eyebrows have a thicker part at the nose. It is as if each brow is a comma laid on its side. Now you must exercise subjective taste. Somewhere below the top of the brow draw a horizontal line about 1 centimeter (a little finger width) wide. Please see the green lines on Diagram 7. This will be the thicker dot of the comma, although not a perfectly round circle as is found in the world of fonts and typesetting. If you need some growing in, then you must wait. Others may need to pluck. Define this horizontal line lightly with powdered eyeshadow which matches your eyebrow color or which is ever so slightly lighter.

PLEASE make sure that you are working in very bright light as you draw with eyebrow shadow. Otherwise there is a great risk that you will apply color too darkly and come out looking like a clown.

Glamourous Eyebrow Shaping

7. Note the green horizontal lines.
7. Note the green horizontal lines. | Source

Thicker Part

Now one plays a sort of connect-the dots game. Draw another imaginary vertical line from the outside of each eye’s iris (the lovely colored part). Please see Diagrams 8 and 9. Use a sturdy make-up brush to draw this line with the same powder described above. This is the region in which eyebrow hair must grow in.

Draw a Defining Line

8. See the guideline for the lower border of the eyebrow.
8. See the guideline for the lower border of the eyebrow. | Source
9.  It is starting to look chic.
9. It is starting to look chic. | Source

Brush the Comma Dot and Final Touches


The hair in the “comma dot” part is being brushed straight up – vertically. One can do this with a make-up brush, or an ordinary comb. Affix this hair in place with either clear mascara or an eyebrow gel matching your eyebrow shadow. Then, for the region in which eyebrow hair must grow in: color it in LIGHTLY with the powdered eyeshadow. We do not want the Groucho Marx effect of total, solid greasepaint. Remember that in the natural state, often one’s skin can be seen through the eyebrows. Please see Diagrams 10 and 11.

Brushing and Applying Gel

10.  Brush and gel or mousse the thickest parts of the brow.
10. Brush and gel or mousse the thickest parts of the brow. | Source
11.  Lightly color in with shadow.
11. Lightly color in with shadow. | Source

With such strong eyebrows, my opinion is that a bit of mascara on the lashes is in order, actually almost mandatory. Otherwise, one might feel like Groucho or Tiny Tim.

Groucho Marx

This look worked for Groucho's comedy acts.  Is it the look you want?  Probably not.
This look worked for Groucho's comedy acts. Is it the look you want? Probably not. | Source

Adapt and Personalize

Of course, feel free to change any part of these instructions which do not feel right for you. I hope this article has been helpful for obtaining a sense of the new look.

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Diagrams and text copyright 2011 Maren E. Morgan.

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Jessica 4 years ago

In total frankness, this is quite wrong. Sorry! Can't allow the dissemination of such hideous eyebrow lies!! Lose the weird point on top, lower the arch and we've got ourselves an eyebrow worth blogging about!


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Maren Morgan M-T 4 years ago from Pennsylvania Author

Jessica - Thanks for the comments. I'll agree with softening any of the lines I made in my simplistic drawings. The arch, I feel, is both a matter of how one's body grows the eyebrow hair plus personal preference. Thanks for stopping by.

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