I feel like I’m always having change-your-life eyebrow episodes (eyebrow epiphanies, if you will).
Buuuuuut any time someone who’s known you for years — in my case, like-minded beauty lovers like my friend Alis, who cuts my hair, and Kim here on the blog (haaaay, Kim!) — and they notice something different about your look, it says something.
The very first thing Alis said to me when I saw her last week was, “Did you do something different to your brows?”
Why, yes, I have. 🙂
I’ve been doing more of an ombre brow lately, and I have to say, it’s been kind of — YES! Life changing.
Soft and subtle, yet bold at the same time, ombre brows are perfect for spring and summer because they can look really full and lush but not overdone.
The ombre effect comes from using two different brow colors, one lighter than the other. I learned about the technique from MAC Senior Artist Victor Cembellin at the MAC Pro Store a couple months back, and I use the same approach he showed me, with a slight brush modification.
For the inner part of my brows (the side closer to my nose, as opposed to the outer part toward the ear), I apply the lighter color, in this case MAC Cork, a neutral matte brown, with a MAC 214 Short Shader Brush (Victor likes to use a pencil brush for this instead), filling from the far inside end of the brow to just about the peak of the arch.
After that, I brush through my brows using a small amount of Antastasia Clear Brow Gel to mellow out the powder a little, and set the brow hairs so that they don’t go dancing in the wind!
The idea is for your brows to be a little lighter on the inside and gradually darken toward the arch and outer tail for natural, lush-looking brows.
For the lighter color you use on the inner portion of your brow, aim for a color close to your natural brow color, because if you go too light or dark, the gradient transition may look less natural.
So, yeah! Give it a try sometime if you like the look of bold brows but don’t want your fuzzy li’l caterpillars to look too harsh or severe. 🙂
Ombre brows 4-life, girlfriend! (Or boyfriend, if you’re one of the five dudes reading this.)
Your friendly neighborhood (brow) addict,
P.S. Happy Thursday, BTW.