The bold brow trend is in full swing and we’re seriously digging the boyish brow look spotted at Alexander Wang and Chloé. What’s not love to about straight and shaded arches? They add structure to the face and feels androgynously sexy but not mannish.
We asked LA-based celeb makeup artist Kerry Malouf (who primps the likes of Emmy Rossum, Amanda Seyfried and Ginnifer Goodwin) to spill her brow-shaping secrets. Side note: she also happens to be Martin Scorsese’s occasional primper (now those are some serious brows). Wondering what that's like? Malouf dished to us that she’s not even allowed to trim those bad boys: “I can only brush.” But when it comes to your own face, you should feel free to trim, just a little bit. Read on for Malouf's super-simple tips to boyish brows — we promise they won’t end up looking like Scorsese’s!
Step 1: Use a clean mascara wand and comb (try this Mac Lash Brush) through the brows to make them look groomed and neat. Follow by using tiny scissors to trim away any wild hairs.
Step 2: With a brow pencil or a matte powder eye shadow (we suggest Clinique Brow Shaper), fill in your brow with feathery strokes to create your desired shape. When it comes to matters of the brow, always be light-handed for a natural (not drawn-on) effect. Malouf suggests practicing on a piece of paper until you get it just right.
Step 3: For that boyish effect, keep the shape as straight as possible, all the way across, with no arch. Fill in the gaps and minimize your natural arch with your pencil—Kerry personal pick is Maybelline Define-A-Brow Eyebrow Pencil. Be sure you have a couple of Q-tips and a hard-working makeup remover handy, just in case you have any screw-ups.
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