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Feb 20, 2015

Tips & Tricks: All About Brows

Do you keep your brow game strong? Those two rows of delicate hair that block sweat, water, and other stuff from dripping into our eyeballs have been getting a lot of attention in the past few years in the beauty world. I love this addition about brows found on Wikipedia, "It is not uncommon for people to modify their eyebrows by means of hair addition, removal, makeup, tattoo, or piercings." That last bit made me giggle.

For this week's UnitWise Tips & Tricks blog I want to go over three main brow topics: maintenance, products, and purpose. So let's get started...

Maintenance
You can easily maintain your own brows if you're not into all that waxing, or threading. You simply remove the hair that is not in your natural brow shape. If you're not sure of your natural brow shape, take a spoolie brush and comb your eyebrows up revealing the bottom of your brow. You will be able to see your natural bottom brow line and can clean up any hairs that are outside of it. Then comb your brow hair down to see the top arch clearly. You will do the same thing and clean up any hairs outside of your natural brow arch. Remove any hair in between your eyebrows; no unibrows please. When cleaning up the front of your brow, be sure to not go past the inner corners of your eyes.

I have naturally long eyebrow hairs, so if you are like me, you may need to trim them. I simply comb them up and trim the hair that is super long. You never want to trim lower than you top brow line when the hair is combed up.

If you have thinner brows and want to make them thicker, or fill in spaces, the MK Lash & Brow Building Serum would be perfect for you.

Products
This is where it can get over whelming. I know I was overwhelmed until I found exactly what worked for me. There are a lot of different brow products on the market now. You have brow pens, pencils, volumizing gels, pomades, powders, serums, waxes, highlighters, tints, shapers, and more. It's a lot. My best advice is to start with the oldies-but-goodies. Keep it simple with a brow pencil. Brow pencils are easy to use, travel well, create a natural look, and are the best "starter brow product". When choosing the right shade, always think lighter rather than darker. You don't want sharpie brows.

When using a brow pencil, you want to lightly flick the pencil in the same direction as the hair grows and create tiny little lines. Then brush through your brows with a spoolie brush to blend everything, and you will have a natural looking full brow. If you have brows that don't like to stay perfectly brushed down, then you can set them with a wax or gel. I'm a big fan of brow gels. They are super easy to use and keep my brows from going all wild n' crazy.

If you don't feel like you need to fill in your brows, then a simple comb through with some clear brow gel will give you a perfect brow in one easy step.

Brow pomades and powders will give you a lot of volume and/or can densely fill in your brows if you don't have a lot of hair to work with. These are great to give you a natural looking brow when your brow hair is really light or sparse. They can be a little tricky to work with at first, there is a learning curve with these products, but once you master the technique applying these types of products is super quick.

Purpose
The purpose of well-groomed and defined brows is simply aesthetics. It is said they help frame the face. For me, I think brows have the power to bring any makeup look you are going for together. If you want a natural look, then a simple comb through and filling of any sparse areas is all that is needed. It just adds the finishing touch. If you are going full face and total glam, then you might need to a bit of defining of the brows with a little extra filling in to compliment your eye look. You can even test this theory with some selfies; compare your natural no-makeup-makeup look with nothing done to your brows to one with your brows done. You will really be able to see the difference. You can do the same experiment with a full face and really see how much a well-defined brow changes your entire look.

I hope this helped answer some of your brow questions. Share your brow tips in the comments below or on our UnitWise Facebook & Twitter pages.

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