Give yourself BETTER BROWS
When nicely groomed, they open up your eyes and brighten your entire face. Eyebrow guru Manana Dzhanimanova shows you how to shape them yourself with total confidence
1 MAP OUT YOUR FRAME
For the most flattering look, your brow should start at the point that aligns with your nostril [ a], the arch should line up with the outer edge of your iris [ b] and the tail should end so it hovers just past the outer corner of the eye [ c]. Use a bright eye pencil or lipliner – something that will stand out against your brows – to mark these three key points with a dot. Then connect the dots under your brow following the natural curve of your browbone to outline your shape.
2 FILL IN YOUR BROWS BEFORE YOU TWEEZE
Take a brow pencil that’s one shade lighter than the colour of the hairs (for light blonde or light redhead brows, go one shade darker) and, using short feathery strokes, fill in your brows within the coloured borders. This will prevent you from over-tweezing.
3 START PLUCKING
Set yourself up in front of a magnifying mirror. (If your skin is extra-sensitive, tweeze right after you shower – the steam opens up follicles, making hairs easier to pull out.) With slant-tip tweezers, begin removing any hairs that fall outside the borderlines. Go slowly, plucking one hair at a time, and check your work in a regular mirror after every couple of tweezes to make sure it all looks even. Don’t remove any hairs within the borderlines or above your brows.
4 ADD DEFINITION
Once you’ve finished shaping, wipe off the borderlines and then use your brow pencil to fill in any areas that you may have rubbed off while tweezing. Finally, run a spoolie brush through your brows in an upward direction to blend everything together for a natural, beautiful finish. 5 L’ORÉAL PARIS Brow Artist Maker (R159,95) in Dark Brunette
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