Doing your eyebrows can be an intimidating task because, well, any mistake you make is literally plain to see on your face. That’s why it’s so important to take the process seriously and use techniques to ensure you get exactly the look you want. Still, that’s easy to talk about, but how exactly do you do your eyebrows properly if you’re a beginner?
If you’re ready to upgrade your look by learning how to do your eyebrows effectively, look no further, we’re here to help. Below we will start by suggesting ways you can advance your knowledge of how to do eyebrows so you can continue to practice later. Then we will dive straight into our step-by-step guide, that will get your eyebrows looking great in minutes.
How Can I Learn to Do My Eyebrows?
Fortunately, in the information age it’s easier to learn how to do your own eyebrows than it ever has been before. There are loads of YouTube tutorials for those who have a preference for audio or visual learning (like ours at the bottom of the page!)
Beginners can start to practice doing their eyebrows by getting the right accessories and learning a few basic techniques. To do your eyebrows in a way that is easy but looks professional, you will want to add tone and shape with a brow pencil, and make it look natural with makeup.
Of course, even if you do watch a tutorial, it’s also a good idea to have the steps in writing so you can always double back and make sure you didn’t miss anything if it’s not looking the way you want it to.
Happily, we’ve got you covered with both a video and written tutorial. While the basics of doing your eyebrows are simple, learning to do it well takes some practice. Feel free to bookmark and so you can return to this page and review next time you try to do your eyebrows.
How Do You Do Eyebrows: Step By Step for Beginners
So, onto the main event. How exactly do you do your own eyebrows? Or better yet, how do you do your own eyebrows well?
In a nutshell, the answer is carefully and with intention. When people are trying to do their eyebrows for the first time, it’s not uncommon for them to feel like they’re just guessing and hoping things turn out well.
Sadly, while that might work out every now and then, you won’t get the kinds of consistent results you get when you have a well practiced, step-by-step process. On that count, you’re in luck, as we’ve got just that prepared for you.
Below we’ve divided the process of doing your eyebrows into 6 easy steps:
Step One: Gathering Supplies
Even if you’re pretty sure you’ve already got all the supplies you need, it’s always a good idea to double check. Fortunately, when it comes to doing your eyebrows at a beginner level, you only need a couple inexpensive items. Of course, on top of the things we go over in this section, you should also consider investing in a good vanity. Solid lighting and a clear mirror is always better.
You will want to make sure you have a small brow pencil with a spoolie on the opposite side before you sit down to do your eyebrows. If you’re not sure exactly what shape and shade pencil to get, don’t worry because you will have plenty of time to experiment with others later. For this particular method a flat brow pencil is recommended.
For the steps that follow you will also need a concealer and brush of your choice. With this just choose whatever suits you. Of course, you’ll also want your usual makeup powder and brow gel for finishing touches.
Step Two: Preparing Your Eyebrows
The first thing you want to do is use the spoolie end of the brow pencil to bring a little organization to your eyebrows so you know what you’re really working with. Gently brush upward in short strokes until they look orderly and you can clearly tell what areas need the most work. You don’t have to do it for long before they’ll look good again
This is important because when we haven’t done our brows in a while, the hairs can get a little messy and mixed up to the point where it’s hard to tell what’s empty and what’s not. If you get everything straightened out at the beginning you’re setting yourself up for more success.
Step Three: Create a Consistent Tone in Your Brows
Next you want to take the brow pencil and make very fine lines in the areas where you have hair.
This will inevitably move around the hairs you just straighten up with the spoolie. To avoid making a mistake because you can’t see where your eyebrow hairs are, you’ll want to periodically run the spoolie through again. This will also help to ensure greater consistency.
During this step you don’t have to do any shaping outside of where your natural eyebrows are at. You simply want to get a consistent tone so that your eyebrows don’t have a patchy feel to them.
For a more natural look, go with lighter strokes, and for a more defined look go a little bit darker. The key is simply remaining consistent however light or dark you want to go.
Step Four: Shape Your Brows
This step is one that can seem a little intimidating when you first encounter it. You’re going to need to draw the shape of the brow you would like to have where your natural eyebrows end.
The following tips will help you to shape and fill in your eyebrows so you can be ready to move on to using makeup in the area around them:
- Start at the bottom:To shape their brows, many people find it easy to start at the bottom of their eyebrow and work upward from the inside out. Just follow the line of where your natural brows go, making adjustments for the eyebrow shape that best fits you.
- Choose a shape: On the edges you should be, in a sense, creating an outline of the shape of eyebrow you want. This will usually end in a triangular shape that meets back with your natural eyebrow on the far end. The shape you chose to outline of course is up to you.
- Define the edges: You now want to make sure that the edges of your eyebrows are nicely defined. For a more natural look you should use short, easy strokes. If you do want a little bit of naturalness, avoid really sharp lines. Of course do the opposite if you really like that well defined look.
- Even out the tone some more: Once it’s there you want to continue to even out the tone of your brow with short hair-like strokes until it looks how you want.
If you want to be adventurous and try out different ways of shaping your eyebrows, there’s something you should know that will make it far easier to find a starting place. There’s a rule of thumb in cosmetics that says you should always shape your eyebrows in a way that is opposite the shape of your face. While it’s not 100%, its tendency to work makes it a great place to start.
Step Five: Applying Concealer
Next you need to focus on the area around your eyebrows, so it brings the best look possible out of them. For this we’re going to start with the concealer, so you’ll want to make sure you have that and your brush handy for when you finish the shaping step.
The following tips will guide you on how you can effectively use concealer to bring out your eyebrows even more:
- Break out the concealer: Put a dab of concealer on your back hand so you can easily get to it with your brush. You really only need a small amount for this–just a little dot of it.
- Coat the brush in concealer: Next you need to take the brush and gently graze it flat against the concealer until one side is covered with concealer. Flip it over and do the same with the other side. To be clear, in the end both sides of the brush head should be coated with concealer.
- Underline the bottom part of your brow: Use the edge of your brush to create a fine line of concealer underlining the bottom edge of your eyebrow. With the line in place you can add more concealer underneath and use your fingers to blend it together.
Just to reiterate, the key to the concealer is not to use too much. While you do want to coath the whole brush, that should be a very thin coat.
Step Six: Put On the Finishing Touches
Finally, it’s time to put on some finishing touches. This is where the powder and brow gel come in.
Briefly powdering your brows is a good way to ensure they maintain their look throughout the day. After that if you want even more extra protection, you can add a touch of brow gel. Then you really won’t have to worry about it starting to come undone before the day is really over.
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If you’d like to see a visual representation of what we’ve described in this guide, look no further than this tutorial. It will help give you a better idea of what the process actually looks like and it will reinforce what you’ve gathered here.
In the video Kait Nicole goes over the entire process, while demonstrating with one of her own eyebrows. As a really nice bonus she tells you what particular products she uses herself. If you’re not sure what you want specifically, it might help to see what she uses.
So Really, How Do I Do My Eyebrows?
Even a beginner can have stunning looking eyebrows if they follow some basic steps and work with a certain degree of intentionality. If you keep a simple plan, work carefully and consistently practice, you can get it down in no time. Plus, most of what you need to do your eyebrows is relatively accessible and inexpensive.
Now that was a lot of info. Let’s briefly review. You start by using the spoolie on the end of your brow pencil to straighten up your brows. With the pencil you first add texture and then shape to your eyebrows. When your brows are done use concealer under (and optionally over) them. Finally you can finish off by powdering and adding a little brow gel to keep things together.