Makeup

How to work with eyebrows that are going grey.

My last post on working with mature skin had a lot of you asking about more specific makeup application techniques, specifically when it comes to brows. As we all know a good brow can make a face. Good brows mean less eye makeup and a fuller groomed brow can make you look younger – but brows are not immune to going grey. For both MUA’s and anyone dealing with brows that are starting to go grey it can be hard to figure out what to do when you are presented with a brow that contains a few grey hairs.

The first thing to remember is that you need to use quality products that contain enough pigment to actually stay on your brows all day. Say goodbye to your cheap $2 brow pencil. The second thing to remember is that you need to use a product that will grab onto the hair and coat the hair follicle. This is what helps to seamlessly blend the grey hair into the rest of the hair in the brow. The third thing to remember is that grey hair is usually more coarse than regular hair, so something that provides colour and control is what is going to get those brows in check. Finally, make sure your brows are trimmed and not overgrown, this will make it so much easier when applying product. MUA’s if you are reading and are dealing with someone with longer brow hairs, you need to brush through them before applying product to ensure your product can actually be blended into the brows.

Here are a couple products you may want to introduce into your life and makeup kits:

Tinted Brow Gel: I mentioned needing something to control the hair as well as coat it in product – brow gel is the answer to all your prayers. For some of you it may be all you need to get those grey hairs under control and looking like the rest of the brows they are a part of. Some brow gels even come with fibres in them to add to sparse brows. My faves are from Benefit, Anastasia Beverly Hills, Maybelline, and Essence Cosmetics

Brow Primer: That’s right – brow primer. I am a huge fan of filling in brows with powder (makes for a softer look). Brow primer will get that powder to grab on to those brow hairs and never let go. Because brow primers are usually waxy in texture they will also help keep brows in place. My favourite brow primer and brow powders are both from Anastasia Beverly Hills.

Don’t be afraid to layer products either – if you are a fan of a specific brow pencil, set it with a tinted brow gel for added coverage.

The last and most important tip I have is to make sure you are choosing the correct colour for any of your brow products. Stay away from anything that looks to0 warm (unless you have red hair) or too dark, and if you or your client are 100% grey, use something neutral or ash toned in the brows. This will make for a much more believable look when you are filling in brows.

xo A.

 

 

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4 comments

  1. Hi Angie,
    For clients who don’t have any brows do you fill them in the way they are used to wearing their eyebrows or do you fill them in the way you think they look the best? I know sometimes it is an obstacle when doing a client……lets use a bridesmaid for example, has no hair or barely hair or worse…..their eyebrows look like sperm and when they fill in their eyebrows the fill them in looking like a darker & longer sperm. How do you handle this? Please help. By the way…you are amazing and your you tube videos are great! I wish they were around when I first started. I could have saved thousands of dollars on makeup! Especially on all the foundations I purchased! I have the MUFE foundation palette and I barely use it, what are your thoughts on it? I would rather have purchased the RCMA foundation palette after watching your video!

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  2. Hi Catalia! Great question. It will differ from client to client and you really have to get their brows to a point where they are comfortable and confident in the shape and look. I find with brows it is a give and take – I find myself slightly nudging my clients in the right direction. I try to stay away from completely changing the brow shape they are used to and go with a happy medium. With sperm brows I usually just refine them, make the shape into something that looks more natural with no hard edges and leave it at that. That client will be used to their brows looking thin so you don’t want to throw them off too much. As for the foundation – the MUFE palette is great! Use it up and then move on to something different if you feel like it. I know tons of artists that work with it often and they turn out beautiful work.

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