The eyebrows are very important to the face both in form and function. In function, they protect the eyes from moisture like sweat and rain. In form, eyebrows contribute to the overall appearance of the face and provide important visual cues for expression. Eyebrows also help balance the face, and they frame the all-important rock star of the face – the eyes. While the reality of temporarily losing one’s eyebrows while undergoing cancer treatment can be very difficult, below we offer the information and tools needed to duplicate the appearance of natural and beautiful eyebrows.
In my 25-plus years of doing makeup, I always address the eyebrows. Seriously, whether I have five minutes or 50, whether it is a friend or fashion model, or whether the person is 8 years old or 80, the eyebrows get attention. Every eyebrow gets glorified in some way – brushed, filled-in, tweezed, darkened, lightened, thickened, thinned, more prominent, less prominent, straightened, curved. After all, the eyebrows have the important roles of drawing attention to the eyes and assisting with expression. Many times, the true transformation of the face happens with shaping the eyebrows.
Whether you have completely lost your eyebrows or if they have really thinned out, this technique will help you restore the appearance of your eyebrows.
First, I prefer using an eye shadow versus a pencil to draw in eyebrows. Pencils have a tendency to bleed or spread and do not look as natural or wear as well as shadow. In order to create or enhance eyebrows, you will need an eye shadow in the color of your desired brow and a tapered angle brush with thin and soft bristles.
To choose the right eye shadow, select a color closest to your hair or wig color. You can also go a little lighter than you think. If you are a red head or a dark brunette, I prefer a soft brown, which will complement most skin and hair or wig choices. If you have red hair and use red, it can look too exaggerated. If you have really dark hair, a darker color may be too harsh for the changes in your skin at this time or may attract too much attention to the eyebrows if not perfectly executed. Finally, choose a shadow that is more flat than shimmery.
Once you have selected the color, take the brush and wet the end with a little water, using a tissue to wipe away any excess moisture. Run the damped brush through the product, testing it out on the back of your hand. The consistency should be not too wet, powdery or dry, but give the look of watercolor. Using the edge of the brush, make short, sweeping, feathery motions to fill in or to draw. If you are drawing in eyebrow, just a hint of a brow in a few soft strokes of color and shape can look more natural than a perfectly drawn eyebrow. If you are filling in existing but sparse eyebrows, remember the underneath side of the eyebrow is the most forgiving. You can use a little more product in this area. Once you have the desired shape, decide if you want to soften or lighten the effect. To soften or lighten the brow, take a little loose or pressed powder on a small eye shadow brush and place it over the drawn eyebrow. Let the powder set for a few seconds, then take a flat toothbrush and lightly sweep away the loose powder. This should give you the shape you need with a softer look. If you remove too much, repeat the process until you receive the desired results. Start small, adding layers to achieve the desired effect.
With a little practice, the results are more natural looking and longer lasting.