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You can’t get around it: full dark eyebrows are one of 2013’s hottest beauty trends. So forget about thin drawn on eyebrows and instead go for full statement brows à la Cara Delevingne. On the catwalks the full eyebrow trend is often taken to the extreme and on the runways you will see lots of exaggerated versions that would – lame joke alert – raise many eyebrows in real-life. Yeah, I did that on purpose >:-) But the toned-down version of this catwalk trend is very wearable and can look really beautiful. Just look at Hayden Panettiere and Keira Knightley for example. Full dark eyebrows add character to your face and give you a strong, powerful look. And because I am already blessed with a good set of dark eyebrows, I can only be happy with this trend.
Today I am showing you step by step how to outline, shape and fill in your eyebrows to create perfect full eyebrows.
Many people use an eyebrow pencil on their eyebrows, but I personally prefer using wax and powder to create a softer and more natural look. That’s why I like working with e.l.f.’s Eyebrow Kit. This palette contains an eyebrow wax that is used to outline and shape your brows, and a powder that is used to set the wax and fill in your brows. The palette comes in four shades, ranging from light to dark. I personally use the e.l.f. Eyebrow Kit in Dark because my eyebrows are black. But even if you have light eyebrows you can choose a darker-colored palette: going a shade darker than your natural eyebrow color is totally on-trend in 2013.
- e.l.f. professional brow comb & brush: an eyebrow comb and brush to comb your brows into shape.
- e.l.f. small angled brush: a fine angled brush that is normally used to apply eyeliner, but that also makes a great eyebrow brush.
- e.l.f. small smudge brush: a rounded precision brush for detail work that can also be used to fill in your eyebrows.
Feel free to pick any shape you want for your eyebrows, but if you want to keep it looking natural I suggest you use your natural shape as a basis and don’t stray too far away from that. If you have a sharp angle, then keep that. Are your eyebrows more rounded and softer? Then don’t try to change that too much.
Start off by combing your brows into shape. This is especially useful if you have wild unruly eyebrows like I do. I use e.l.f.’s brow comb for this. It puts all the hairs more or less into place and makes it a lot easier to determine the natural shape of the eyebrows, and that is really important for when you start defining and outlining the contours.
Now this is where it gets serious. Use the angled brush and the eyebrow wax to outline the contours of your eyebrows. Start at the bottom inner corner and work your way to the tip. I personally like drawing short strokes instead of one smooth line because I think it looks more natural. Do the same at the top. Now connect the bottom and the top of your brow at its starting point. You can make the starting point rounded or make it go straight up, that is completely up to you. The latter gives you a strong look and is very on-trend, but beware, because it can also look a bit harsh. A rounded starting point looks softer and more feminine. Make the tip of your eyebrows as thin as possible. If you feel your eyebrows are a bit too short, then just draw the tip a bit further than where it would naturally end.
The filling in
We’re almost there. Use the wax to fill in any bald or sparse spots in your eyebrows. Once the contours are nicely defined and all the bald spots are filled in, it’s time to set the wax and to add the finishing touches. Use the eyebrow powder and a fine precision brush for this. Just go over the hairs in the direction of the hair growth using small short strokes. Make sure the powder doesn’t just sit on top of the hairs but really gets between them. This gives the nicest and fullest result. And make sure to stay within the contours you defined earlier.
And that’s it, you are done! If you have stubborn eyebrows like me, you can add an extra final step and apply an eyebrow fixing gel to keep everything in place. That way you will get to show off your perfect trendy full brows all day long. I hope you enjoyed the tutorial!
The e.l.f. Eyebrow Kit, the e.l.f. professional brow comb & brush, the e.l.f. small angled brush and the e.l.f. small smudge brush are all available in the e.l.f. webshop.
What do you think of the full eyebrow trend?