In the past few years, even the most makeup-challenged of us have
understood that brows can make or break your face. However, despite the
plethora of brow products in the market, the vast number of eyebrow
tutorials, and so many examples of celebrities and beauty gurus doing it
right, many of us are still making the same old eyebrow mistakes. Here,
we list some common ones, and explain what you should be doing instead.
1. Picking The Wrong Color
A common problem among most women, we automatically end up picking a
color that is way too dark for our brows. Apps says that if you
naturally have a dark eyebrow color, your aim shouldn’t be to match it.
It should be picking a color that is two shades lighter than the natural
color of your brows. This helps in defining the eyebrow shape without
it coming off as too strong.
2. Over-Defining Your Brow
Over-defining your brow means shaping in a sharply angular fashion,
either making them appear too dark or too thick. Such eyebrow styles can
be very hard to pull off and can make you look very awkward, almost
cartoonish. Also, don’t use black eyeliner if you’re keeping your brows
thick and dark. The effect will be too overpowering.
3. Getting The Arch Wrong
Eyebrow arches when done right can look very sexy! To get the perfect
arch, you should start by holding up your brow pencil and using your
side nose as the point to pivot from. Next, hold the pencil in a manner
so that your right eye views it as passing through your iris’s side.
That’s the line you should follow up to your brow, creating an arch
where the two intersect. However, before you draw the arch, check
yourself in the mirror to see if the arch looks good at that point on
4. Having Mismatched Brows
Naturally, the human body is almost always asymmetrical and the same
is true for your brows. However, mismatched brows don’t look good and
you can make them symmetrical with a simple trick. If either one of your
eyebrows is higher as compared to the other one, you should thread the
portion lower to this brow to give an illusion that it’s lower.
Likewise, thread the upper portion of the lower brow to make them of the
same height. Don’t remove too much of hair on either eyebrow though as
it can make it thin and the desired effect should be to have fuller
5. Too Much Of Eyebrow Powder
As always, choosing the right shade of powder is a must. That said,
the powder buildup shouldn’t be too heavy once you’re done. To achieve a
light, natural look every time, you should clean your brushes regularly
so you never get excess powder on your brows. You could also brush off
excess powder by dusting the brush at the back of your hand before
application. It’s a great way to build up natural depth.
6. Not Blending Well
If applying a pencil or powder to your brows is a part of your makeup
routine, you should ensure that you don’t apply an excess of either.
When applying powder, brush off the excess by shaking it and as for your
pencil, always keep it sharp and pointy. The light application of these
products will enable you to build up on the color. Once applied, you
can brush through your eyebrows to achieve a soft effect. Always make
sure that you’ve evenly blended all products that you’ve applied to your
7. Not Having The Brow Shape For Your Face
Every face shape is meant for a certain kind of brow shape. You might
be tempted to experiment but it’s best to stick to what suits you.
Here’s a mini guide to help you out:
- Oval face: You can try any brow shape!
- Long face: Long, straight brows will suit you best.
- Square face: Arched brows with a soft curve.
- Round face: Short brows with a well-defined arch.
8. Over-Plucking Your Brows
In an attempt to get their brow shape just ‘right,’ most women end up
over-plucking their own brows. That is a big no-no if you want thick,
well-shaped brows. While it’s okay to pluck out the odd stray strand,
you should leave the rest of your eyebrow shaping process to the
professionals. That’s because if you pluck too many, you will be left
with oddly shaped brows.
9. Over-Trimming Your Brows
Again, if you intend to trim your own brows, you should do so with
extreme caution. You might think you’re trimming just a little but it
may end up as a lot! Trimming should only be reserved for cases when
it’s absolutely necessary. If you’re doubtful though, visit your parlor
and let a professional do it.
10. Wrong Brow Placement
When drawing your brows, you should be careful not to draw them too
high or too low. Both of these looks are unflattering. The brow you draw
should be in alignment with your brow bone. That’s where it’ll look
Making your brows look good can be tricky business. But avoiding these 10 mistakes will ensure you always look spectacular!