Doing your brows is hard. For me it’s one of the most difficult parts of doing my makeup. I’ve been doing my brows for years and years and year and I still regularly mess them up. It’s just so many things that have to be right in order for them to look really good. One of these things that is really important when it comes to brows is the colour. The shade of the product you use to fill them in. You read a lot of things about it, but it’s still really difficult to determine what works for you. I have to say I’m no expert on this, I’m still struggling to determine what my perfect shade is. However, in this post I wanted to share some tips on how to find the perfect shade to fill in your brows. So, if you’re interested in reading my tips, make sure you continue reading!
Never use black!
The number one tip I can give you guys is to never, ever use black. Okay, you might have black hair and maybe even your eyebrows are black. But black is a very harsh colour and it hardly ever looks natural. It can create very harsh lines that make your brows look very unnatural and well, you’re at risk of creating sharpie-brows with it. Of course you can do everything you want and if you do master your techniques, I’m sure you can work with black. But if you think doing your brows is difficult, like I think it is, go for a very dark/deep brown shade. It’s almost the same, but it’s just not as harsh as black is.
Another reason why I’d prefer deep brown colours over black is that black can have a very greyish undertone. Brown not as much. And I think that the undertone a brown product has will look way more natural compared to the grey undertone of a black product.
Of course, you do you and you definitely don’t have to listen to me. But in my experience and from what I’ve read online this is the case and you’re way better off using a dark brown product!
One thing that is very important when looking at brow shades, especially if you have somewhat lighter hair, is looking at the undertone. Lot’s of brunette and blonde shades have a very orangy tone to them. Unless you have orange toned hair, this will end up looking really, really unnatural and add. I have had a lot of experience with this and obviously only noticed it much, much later, but it just isn’t a good look if that doesn’t suit you.
The most flattering kind of undertone to use in brow products is an ashy, cool undertone. Obviously I don’t know the complete science behind this, this is just a tip I learned from someone on the internet. But according to her cool undertones in brow products look great on everybody. And warm undertones only suit a hand full of people. So beware of that!
Beware of the texture
One thing I have experienced A LOT throughout the years is that pencils seemed like the right shade for me, but because of the formula of them they ended up being extremely dark. What I mean with that is that some are very, very smooth and waxy and therefore you get a lot of product onto your face. Resulting in a much darker looking brow. Or on the other hand, when you have a pencil that requires a lot of time to apply properly and that makes you go over the same areas a million times, it can end up being a bit too bold.
So if you know a pencil is like that, make sure you go a shade down. It might look like a too light shade for you, but if you apply a lot of product it will end up looking darker than it seems in the bullet. And if you really don’t want to go for a shade down, you might want to check out another product that does have a great texture.
Don’t get fooled by the names
For the longest time I always bought shades called ‘brunette’ or ‘medium brown’ because my hair is in that area. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean that brow products in those shades are going to look great on you. To be real here, I have walked around this earth with way too strong brows for a long time because I did this. Only recently I decided to go one shade down in my favourite brow product, the Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil, and this made a huge difference for me.
Now my brows look way more natural and not as harsh as they used to. It’s not like those shades were super wrong for me, but more often than not they weren’t completely perfect for me.
Better too light than too dark, but don’t take it too far
One thing that is important to keep in mind if you’re doing this, is that you shouldn’t go too far. I once bought a pencil for blondes and even though it wasn’t as bad as too dark brows, it did look quite odd. The main reason for that was that the blonde tone really didn’t match with my hair, which made them look very off. It was still easier to correct compared to the times when I was wearing way too dark pencils, but still. It just wasn’t a good look.
ASK A FRIEND!
Honestly, the best tip I can give you is find a good friend of yours that’s always going to be real with you and ask her. Sometimes it is hard to judge it yourself, because you’re looking at it for too long and you’re most likely way too critical on yourself. If you ask a friend, they will have a fresh view and they’re able to see what’s really going on. In addition to that you can ask them when you’re outside in natural daylight, which is a much better situation to judge your brows in!
Never, ever, do your brows in the dark
These were pretty much all of my tips. I know these aren’t mind-blowing tips at all, but they did actually help me so I thought they might be worth sharing. Anyway, thank you so much for reading today’s post, and be sure to share your tips on finding the perfect brow shade!