I am rubbish when it comes to shaping my brows and sometimes cannot make them look exact same if my life depended on it. If you’re lucky enough to have your brows in perfect shape, then this post is probably not for you. I am certainly not that person. I guess I lack imagination at drawing this perfect line and achieving ideal shape. I know how everyone seems to be against the ‘Instagram brows’, looking fake and overdrawn, but I actually think they (well, some of them anyway) look really neat and pretty.
Yes I know you can have them professionally threaded and I had in the past too, but each time I was not completely happy with the result…Maybe it’s just me, I don’t know. Or maybe the professional looks at my brows thinking ‘woooah what the hell do you expect me to do with this? …’ Have I sparked your interest? No, it’s really not That bad!! I came across something that is simple, straightforward and really helps me a lot.
The truth is, my brows are definitely victims of me being very tweezer happy a while back and since then, I don’t seem to find the shape that I’m completely pleased with. It’s not just about plucking a few hair in the right places, believe me, I can do that ok. It’s about growing some hair back which seems to be the problem for me, so for now, the situation looks a little bit like this…
I couldn’t resist… Anyway, I wanted to get another one of ABH ‘Brow Wiz’ in Dark Brown, as I always do, and I am pretty sure that I must have seen these stencils a bunch of times, either separately or as part of other ABH kits. For some reason I never gave it a second thought until now. When I first looked at the brow shapes, I thought none of them will suit me as they all seemed very thin. My brows are perhaps not the most bushy, but they’re not thin either and I kind of like it that way. I used to have them much thinner and I didn’t like it. Luckily, I found a stencil that suits my current shape perfectly, for me it’s the Full Arch one.
The kit comes with 5 different stencils, from Petite Arch to Full Arch. The point is, to pick one that fits the most of your brow inside, and work your way round it. Take a Brow Wiz, or any other brow pencil or powder and fill in your brow within the lines. You can make the lines either softer, in which case the look will be more natural, or you can draw a stronger boarder line and fill in the inside, which will make it look much more defined. Whichever look you prefer. The shape will also allow you to pluck any hair outside of the line, making sure that you get your perfect shape. It will also allow you to grow some hair where it’s needed, while at the same time, covering the patches in all the right places until the hair grows, which is my biggest issue. Before you take your makeup and brows off at night, grab some good tweezers and only pluck those hair outside the line. The shape will allow you to see what you need to leave, so you don’t get tweezer happy. I know I do, a lot…
The Stencil works as a guideline and it’s very easy to work with. It allows you to see exactly what needs to be removed. Without actually seeing it, it can be a dangerous game to play and it’s easy to get to the point of no return, where you’ve plucked half of your brow and still going…. Sounds familiar to some, I’m sure. All stencils are soft and flexible and easy to manoeuvre around the brow. What I do, is work on the front of the brow first and then position the tail where I want it to be and work on that. If you’re happy with the front of your brow, then perhaps you just need a bit of an end to be shaped. It’s about what you like at the end of the day. Just make sure you play with it first, drawing the brows on, checking the shapes and seeing what suits you best, before you grab for those tweezers!!!
If you think your brows are too thick, you can get the stencil that is a bit thinner and get completely new shape. This little kit has quite a lot of possibilities. I think it will be useful from those who have hardly any brows and have to draw them on, to those with a more bushy brow situation, who perhaps don’t quite know how to control and shape it. I am in no way an expert in drawing and shaping my brows, but then again, if I was, I probably wouldn’t need these stencils at all. I really like the shape options that this kit gives, none of them look unnatural or over the top. You can find some cheaper ones out there, such as the Eyelure, or Chelsea Beautique. ABH is the first one I’ve come across and tried, and to be honest I don’t see why I would need any more. For £16 per set, I’m sure a lot of people would appreciate a cheaper alternative, but I trust ABH when it comes to brow products and this little set is brilliant. Available at Cult Beauty, Sephora, Net-a-porter, Beauty Bay