Dos To Don't: 3 Expert Brow Tricks That Fail IRL

Don't let questionable advice derail you in your quest for #EyebrowsOnFleek.

When my imaginary grandchildren ask me what it was like living in 2014, the first thing I'm going to tell them is "Well, society demanded that everyone have perfect eyebrows."

Doesn't it feel like that? Every day there’s a new article trumpeting the best shape and proportion, new trends, or a previously unknown mortal brow mistake that we’re probably making right now.

I love good eyebrows, but oh my god, RELAX. No-one has ever died of not being Cara Delevingne.

But just in case I'm the first, I decided to consult some Internet experts and take their “perfect brow” wisdom for a spin in real life. Who knows, maybe there's a proportion trick out there that will change my life...or at least my selfie game.

Before we start, here are my natural brows. #theywokeuplikethis

Will I discover a new brow secret that will change my face forever? Let’s find out.

1. Wayne Goss

In the comments of my Kalle Kardashian Kontouring post, several of you mentioned Wayne Goss’ video about using brow shape to change the proportions of the nose. Naturally, I was intrigued.

Wayne tells us that the distance between your brows in the middle is what cues us in to how wide the nose is. Brows closer together give the appearance of a very narrow nose. Brows further apart make it look like your nose is wider.

A fun theory. But does it work?

First, let’s see if I can make my narrow nose look broader. I used a gluestick and concealer to hide some of the hairs at the inner corner of my brows, then filled them in.

The end result was...odd.

I’m not sure my nose looks wider, but this certainly changes the proportions of my face (and not, I would argue, for the better).

Now let’s see if we can make my already narrow schnozz look even narrower.

I defined my brows and then drew the inner corners much closer together. I noticed you could really see where my brow hairs stopped and where I started drawing on straight skin, so I used my LORAC Front of the Line PRO liquid liner in Charcoal to draw in some tiny, delicate hairs. This made the brows flow a lot better.

The results were HILARIOUS.

Oh god.

The Verdict…

This technique, though interesting, is a no for me personally. I have a sneaking suspicion it works better on someone with wider-set eyes, a rounder face and a less “tall” nose, but alas. Earwax.

2. Anastasia Soare

I’m a big fan of Anastasia’s brow products, but I didn’t know very much about the woman herself. It turns out that she has trademarked a “mathematical” diagram showing how eyebrows ought to be shaped.

How will these mathematically perfect brows work off this diagram and on my face? Let's find out!

I began by marking where my brows should begin, arch and end per Anastasia’s Golden Ratio™.

I used Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade in Ebony to fill my brows and alter the shape, covering up the mathematically too long “tail” with heavy concealer and powder.

The result was a little Uncanny Valley.

The Verdict…

This was strange. I didn’t look bad, but I didn’t look like myself. It really made me appreciate how even a slight brow change can make one’s entire face look different.

However, like Wayne Goss’ brow trick, Anastasia’s “Golden Ratio” presumes a face shape very different than mine. I have a narrow, slightly crooked nose, and I do not dig these close-together eyebrows, math be damned.

3. Instagram Eyebrows

Because really, isn’t social media the ultimate eyebrow expert?

Glance through the #EyebrowsOnFleek hashtag and it’s clear what Instagram considers perfection in brows: A defined bottom line, a pronounced double-gradient and a high arch. Let’s see how they work in real life!

First I drew a thin line under my brow, starting at the very inner corner. Then I drew a second, equally sharp (but lighter) line along the top, making sure to really exaggerate my natural arch.

I filled in my brows, making sure to blend so that they are darker along the bottom line AND ALSO darker at the tail than the front. Yay double-gradients!

Finally, leaving the visible bottom line alone, I lightly filled the front of my brows and combed the hairs upward with a clean spoolie brush.


The Verdict…

OK, I’m saying it: I don’t like the visible underline at the inner corner. I found that, like hardcore contouring, these dramatic brows work best in photos--they're overpowering in real life. They also require a lot of other makeup to properly balance them, and that’s a time commitment I’m not making for under 100 likes on Instagram.

So while this was a fun experiment, I don't think I'll be switching up my normal brow routine. Because seriously, no matter what beauty experts and social media says, “perfect brows” are what YOU like and what makes YOU happy. And I cannot be happy with brows that look like they’re running away from one another.

I don’t care WHAT it does to my nose.

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