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Eye Makeup: Five Brow Mistakes You Can Turn Around Fast

Stop over-tweezing and other brow mistakes you can change fast for more perfectly shaped eyebrows.

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First mistake: Over plucking. Many people remove too many hairs at once. Instead, draw a line to use as a point of context. Take away hairs only one row at a time above this line rather than in groups. This helps you not to over pluck.

Next mistake: Being misled by the term brow shaping. You don't really want to change the shape, just enhance it. Start by finding your brows' natural highpoint. That's the spot right here above the outer corner of your iris. If it's higher than the rest of your brow, remove a few hairs underneath to emphasize the arch. If your arch is in line with the rest of your brow, skip this step.

Next mistake: Pulling the wrong direction. Grab the hair close to the skin and give it a gentle, quick tug in the direction of natural hair growth. Tweezing against hair growth damages the follicle causing it to regrow in the wrong direction.

Next mistake: Long hairs. Brush brows directly up with an eyebrow brush and trim the long ends with scissors. Even perfectly shaped brows can look bushy when hairs are too long, which can lead you to over pluck.

And the final mistake: Color. It's too easy to overfill with eye makeup, like a pencil, so go with a powder instead. The trick is to pick the right shade so choose a powder that's one shade lighter than your eyebrow color -- not darker. Use short, feathery strokes with a small angled brush to blend the eye makeup into the strands of hair.

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by jessicaviolett Friday, May 31, 2013 at 07:03PM Report as inappropriate

I like to use a combination of eye brow pencil and powder with the angle brush. I think it gives a more full look and less drawn on. However, sometimes you have to go darker with the brow color if you have light brows. Good tips though!

by flirtygirl214 Tuesday, August 21, 2012 at 06:34PM Report as inappropriate

This video would be more helpful if it would actually load. What I could see of it was pretty simple techniques. I do my own brows. I don't see a point in wasting money on something you can do yourself.

by Taylerbootz Thursday, May 24, 2012 at 12:23PM Report as inappropriate

I just got my brows reshaped yesterday at Nordstrom trendshow with the girls from Anastasia.

by beautybody Sunday, April 1, 2012 at 12:07PM Report as inappropriate

I don't really like doing my own eyebrows, I go get it threaded from time to time.

by MissXu Thursday, August 11, 2011 at 02:15PM Report as inappropriate

haha one time my mom made all those mistakes with a friends and shaved of almost the whole eyebrow!

by zoie_barnes Wednesday, July 20, 2011 at 12:01PM Report as inappropriate

over plucking, worse mistake as a youngster.

by rosie1123 Thursday, June 23, 2011 at 01:56PM Report as inappropriate

better than paying to have it done!

by Amy0701 Wednesday, June 15, 2011 at 06:31AM Report as inappropriate

I like how they barely plucked any hairs, that's why when I see pictures of myself when I was younger I notice that my eyebrows look a lot better when they are full and not overplucked so now I am leaving them alone and they are looking better!

by RoleModel Monday, June 6, 2011 at 02:23PM Report as inappropriate

Never knew I could use powder on eyebrow! What a great idea.

by Jhanooman Thursday, May 12, 2011 at 01:43PM Report as inappropriate

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