Eyebrows, Make-Up 101 Series

The Worst Eyebrow Shapes…

After many requests, I am putting together a post on brow shaping. I learned a little about brow shaping at a  Make Up For Ever make-up course about 8 years ago (how times flies). Before this I was very confused about eyebrow shape and was guilty of over-plucking and god knows how many weird brow shapes. I’m no expert but will share what I now know.

In the meantime, a little look at some widely accepted ‘do nots’…

1. Avoid over-plucking or making your eyebrows very thin, unless that is the look you’re going for. I found this picture in google images to demonstrate how over-plucking can completely change the face (I searched and searched but could not find the original source of the image to credit it, I linked the google page above).

I think this comparison says it all!


2. The ‘tadpole brow’ –  I don’t know about the rest of the world but this is a common one in Ireland. It happens when you leave the thickness at the beginning of the brow but then pluck an arc right after it instead of waiting until you get to the arch.


There are thousands of women in this country alone with this eyebrow shape, the above image is quite mild. It always looks ageing. I don’t think it has ever been a fashionable eyebrow shape, it just happens after years of over plucking and confusion over where the arch should be. If you’re trying to correct a tadpole brow, grow the hair from the beginning of the brow to the arch. In the meantime fill it in with some matte shadow. I guarantee you will look 10 years younger. The tadpole shape is a clowns secret weapon, best left to them.


3. Shaved and drawn on – Unless you’re a make-up artist this is a humongous no no. Think Jodie Marsh!


I have seen a few girls from the local secondary school donning this look. Just don’t.

My post on eyebrow shaping will be up tomorrow. I hope it helps. Man I missed blogging!

Have you battled with your eyebrows over the years?

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