Before I start, this technique isn't going to go into how to alter eyebrows that need serious correcting, etc. I will go into that in another post. This is merely just the base technique that I apply to most brows I encounter.
It's so true when people say that your brows can completely change the structure of your face, get them right and you really don't have to put much effort into the rest of your make-up look. Get them wrong and no matter how amazing the rest of your make-up is, your brows will overpower and ruin the look.
Without further ado...
1. Comb up your brows.
If you're not doing this before you start your brows then you either are the 0.0001% that have perfect brows (we all hate you) or you're setting yourself up to fail already, I have news for you love... the reason why you're finding styling your brows so hard is because you are skipping this step, COMB YOUR BROWS! You wouldn't usually style your hair without giving it a brush so why skip this step for the brows? Exactly.
When you comb your brows, you not only make it easier to do anything from there on, but you can clearly see the shape of your brows and where you have irregularities, where you have gaps, where you need to maybe trim those long unruley hairs down (Don't lie, we all have them.) do this and you are less likely to go overboard with your brow products.
2. Fill in your brow 'background' with eyeshadow.
What do I mean by this? Well, This step isn't really for shaping or defining to be honest, it's more to fill in the gaps in the middle of your brows. I find when you shape with eyeshadow it is a very soft look, which is great still! But if you want that defined look, you generally need to use a product with a little bit more oompf.
Use a shade that's slightly lighter than your brows and not the exact same colour! Never use the same shade as when you build up colour the shade naturally gets darker, so your brows will end up being darker than intended, start of with a lighter shade and you will build up to your intended shade effortlessly and without having to be super precious over your brows. Don't mistake this with a different TONE, make sure the tone matches your brows still. (cooler toned, or warmer toned etc.)
3. Set your brows with brow gel.
Now generally you use brow gel at the end once you've finished but I like to do this step in the middle as it adds texture and structure to your brow before you go in and fine tune your look.
4. Define with brow pen. (liquid)
I started doing this about 2 years ago and honestly can't do my brows with normal pencils now! Liquid pens give you the opportunity to actually draw 'hairs' into your brows, giving you that super defined look but keeping it looking natural as well! The reason why defined brows can be hard to achieve without it looking over the top and artificial is because you're using a pencil that doesn't have the sharpness you need to recreate 'hairs'. It's like trying to draw a fine tip pen line with a sharpie. Not. Going. To. Happen.
Start on the bottom underneath your brows and on the outer corners and fill in any more gaps you may have missed with eyeshadow.
5. Rub any harsh lines.
If you have maybe over done the liquid pen, use your finger to soften the harsh line out so it doesn't look too sharp!
6. Check for gaps by raising your brows!
This is a little trick that I always do! When you raise your brows, you can really see where you have missed and the slight gaps that make a massive difference depending how full and defined you want your brows to look! I like mine personally to still have slight gaps and not to look completely opaque, but doing this trick means I get my desired level of 'fullness' even across the whole brow!
7. Last final comb.
Just incase any hairs went out of place, fix 'em up love!