The Editors Answer: A Brow-Mapping Guide for Beginners
Every day, we get questions from our customers about all things beauty. It can be about anything, from which products we personally swear by to exactly how to use them for best results. So this week, the BeautyMNL Editors are answering a few inquiries that came in through the mail. By that, of course, we mean our email: firstname.lastname@example.org. There’s no Q too big or too small, too strange or too simplistic, so keep ‘em coming, beautiful!
WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO SHAPE YOUR BROWS?
Jeri: “I have very sparse brows and it’s hard to follow their natural shape. I end up drawing them too thick or they don’t match at all. What else can I do?”
ANSWER: All brows are unique and there’s no one right way to draw your perfect pair. That said, there is a way to shape them flawlessly every single time—and that, girls, is brow mapping.
Now, don’t let the fancy name intimidate you. The process itself is simple. Basically, brow mapping creates a template for your ideal brow shape by plotting out 3 important points: your brow head, arch, and tail. This process is actually Benefit’s signature technique—and as the world’s leading brow experts, no one does it better than they do.
In the mean time, try it yourself with our step-by-step guide to brow mapping, below!
WHAT YOU’LL NEED: A brow pencil. For this demo, we used the Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil.
STEP 1: Map out the head (front) of your brow.
Position your brow pencil vertically along your nose bridge. Hold it in such a way that the pencil tip points straight up. The point where the tip hits is your brow head. This is where your brows should begin. Draw a faint line to mark this spot.
STEP 2: Map out the arch (angle) of your brow.
Starting from the same position in STEP 1, pivot the tip of the pencil outwards so that it falls across the center of your eyes. The place were the tip hits indicates your arch. This is the highest point of your brow shape. Draw a faint line to mark this spot.
STEP 3: Map out the tail (end) of your brow.
Position your brow pencil alongside your nostril. Then, move the pencil slightly outwards so that it falls across the outer corner of your eye. The place where the pencil tip hits is your brow tail. This is the slimmest point of your brows and indicates where each brow should end. Draw a faint line to mark this spot.
Ta-da! You just mapped your brows! Now you can see exactly where they should start, arch, and end.
STEP 4: Fill in the map!
Using the marks you made as a template, trace your brow shape and shade it in.
Erase any excess brow color that may have gone outside of the “map.”
And there you have it! With this simple shaping process, you get well-defined, perfectly-matched brows every single time. Pow!
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