Beyoncé’s makeup artist tells us how to solve the 3 most common brow issues
If the eyes are the windows to the soul then eyebrows are the curtains.
The trends in thickness in shape have gone back and forth over the years, from Brooke Shields’ full, natural brows in the ’80s to the thin brows of Kate Moss and Cameron Diaz in the 90’s and early 2000s.
Now, they’ve come back full circle with brow inspo from Cara Delevingne and Lily Collins. As we brace ourselves for Instagram “trends” such as braided and squiggly brows, the freedom to do whatever the hell you want with them seems endless. If you find yourself in doubt, however, take some queues from Beyonce’s trusted makeup artist, Sir John.
Asymmetrical or Sparse Brows
Sir John’s Solution: Do not try and pluck or tweeze the brows any further. Instead, Sir John says “it’s all about those baby hairs.” He recommends applying warm castor oil at night to help with hair growth. As you wait for your brows to grow in, don’t try to draw new eyebrows on, simply enhance their overall shape with the Brow Stylist Shape and Fill Pencil.
Thick, Untamed or Curly Brows
Sir John’s Solution: To add definition and shape, St. John says to brush hairs up with a spoolie and trim the edges. To fill the gaps in between curly brows, start with a pencil, such as Brow Stylist Definer Mechanical Pencil. Sir John says powder products will react against the movement of the curls. Another insider trick is to condition the brows in the shower with Hair Expert Smooth Intense Ultimate Straight Conditioner to relax the curl.
Finding Your Best Shape
Sir John’s Solution: If you have no clue what brow shape works best for you, Sir John suggests to stay away from dramatic arches. Stick with a straight brow, or what he calls the universal shape, which enhances all eye shapes.No matter what brow look you decide to go far, begin with lateral sweeping movements using Sir John’s favorite Brow Stylist Frame and Set pot, slightly tapering down as you reach the outer eye.