The Importance of Shaping and Filling Your Eye Brows

I know you have all probably heard this before, but the importance of your brows on the outcome of your overall look is really paramount. They really do “frame the face”.  Until I found my holy grail brow combo (which I will review soon) I never thought it was possible to have nicely shaped brows. I have very sparse brows without much of an arch to speak of. I always envied the beautifully shaped brows I would see on others and think it was hopeless. We it’s not! You just have to find what works for you. I actually get complimented on my brows now which still blows me away every time.  I don’t go to have my eye brows waxed, threaded or shaped in any way because I really don’t have anything to shape. I really wish I did. I only have a few stray hairs I pluck every now and again as I notice them. I have to do a lot of filling and shaping and create the brow I want. Unfortunately the day I took these pics wasn’t my “best” day, but you get the idea.
If you haven’t already found an eye brow “technician” that you love I suggest you try. If you see someone that has brows you envy then give them a compliment and maybe they’ll be approachable enough for you to inquire where they have theirs done. Try and get recommendations for someone that others you know are happy with and give them a shot. If that doesn’t work you can always do it yourself at home. I would suggest outlining the shape you want to go for and then gradually pluck away anything outside of your goal shape. Attacking your brows for the first time with DIY wax may not be the best approach for a beginner. I won’t pretend to be an “expert” and instruct you myself because there are a lot of great resources out there on obtaining your best brow shape. There is a great diagram at the end of this post from the Anastasia website. They have great products for brows and it’s the brand where I finally found my holy grail product from after years of searching. You can see I have A LOT of filling to do so having the right product for me is very important. I found the line at Sephora. 

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  • Daisy
    July 8, 2011 at 1:35 PM

    Wow, your eyebrows look great either way! I have quite big eyebrows and they’re both extremely unsymmetrical so are a nightmare haha I usually just cover one with my fringe! xxx

  • PerilouslyPale
    July 8, 2011 at 1:43 PM

    Thanks Daisy! It’s pretty darn impossible to “draw” mine in symmetrically every day let me tell you! Maybe you could find someone who could shape them symmetrically for you? If you have a lot to work with there should be lots of room to fix them to match 😉

  • BlushingNoir
    July 8, 2011 at 1:48 PM

    This is a GREAT post. My brows have all but disappeared after I had babies, so I have to fill them in with the DiorShow Brow Styler every morning. Such a pain, but worth it.. makes a huge difference!!!

  • Crystal
    July 8, 2011 at 1:54 PM

    It’s so hard to find a tech that doesn’t scalp me, I finally found one. I have always admired your brows and I can’t wait to hear what your holy grail combo is!

  • Ammie
    July 8, 2011 at 3:12 PM

    You do have nice brows in the before shot but I can see what a difference filled in brows make in the after shot. Your eyes are framed so much better.

  • Charlie
    July 8, 2011 at 3:16 PM

    Your natural brows are virtually the same as mine! I fill mine in too but would love to be braver..

  • Replica
    July 8, 2011 at 3:48 PM

    They look great, my brows actually have gaps in them as they are so sparce so it makes them very hard to work with and I have to be careful with what I use as it can often look to fake. I’ll look forward to your Anastasia review 🙂

  • Shannon (Lipstick Musings)
    July 8, 2011 at 3:49 PM

    Great post! I’m a HUGE believer in the importance of brows. Mine are nicely shaped but are blonde, so they don’t show up well. Add to that the fact that I color my hair nearly black and you have a recipe for disaster if I don’t fill them in with a dark powder/pencil/wax/marker. I don’t currently have an HG product for brows, but I’m religious about doing them every single day.

    It’s amazing what a difference the correct color and shape can do for your face!!


  • Phyrra
    July 9, 2011 at 3:17 AM

    I am always shocked by how much of a difference good brows make. I definitely love filling mine in, even though sometimes it’s difficult to find the right shade when my hair is an unnatural hue.

  • Zuzu's Petals
    July 9, 2011 at 10:37 AM

    Excellent post. I am also a fan of putting on eyebrows (unless they are full and well shaped naturally, which they often are in teens and 20s). There is also the importance of NOT overplucking in your youth. It really *is* possible that they won’t grow back.

    PP, your natural brows are quite ashy, as are mine. When I look for a brow product, I have to hunt for names like charcoal, granite, and the like. Bobbi Brown’s Grey eyeshadow actually works well, but her others don’t, as they are too warm. Two others I have good luck with are MAC Coquette and Mystery.

  • The Make-up Fairy
    July 9, 2011 at 11:24 AM

    It does make a massive difference even when not wearing much makeup. The first time I had mine shaped professionally, I couldn’t believe how much difference it made!

  • Hopelessly Devoted To Makeup
    July 12, 2011 at 12:37 PM

    I totally agree that brows are so important and something we shouldn’t overlook when doing “our face”. I’ve been several times to the Nordstrom’s Anastasia girls to have my eyebrows done and I’ve been happy, every single time I’ve gone to get them tweezed (my skin is too sensitive for waxing). I love Anastasia’s brow products like her stencil kit and brow gel, but my ultimate is my LMDB brow pencil!!!! You remind me I’m over do for a brow appt. and that just won’t do now that I’m a beauty blogger – lol!


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