Finding the Perfect Shape for your EyebrowsAbby Smith
Let’s talk about eyebrows shall we? I feel like you’re either born with fabulous eyebrows or… your not. My husband has the best eyebrows. I mean they are thick and have the most perfect arch. Sure, they’re a little high maintenance but they’re so beautiful. And mine? I was born with “barely there” eyebrows. I would watch my mom pencil hers in and thought she was crazy. What’s the big deal with eyebrows? I look juuuuust fiiiiinnne!
This past year eyebrows have made a huge come back. Or maybe they’ve just always been in and I’ve been too ignorant to know. Nonetheless, the thin, pencil drawn eyebrow is totally out and the thick, dramatic brow is in. It’s important that we recognize how important eyebrows are in our daily routine. They should not be forgotten about! As you can tell from my before and after picture, where the only thing I added were defined brows, they can make such a drastic difference in your appearance.
So how do you get the perfect eyebrow? Well I’m glad you asked. Let me introduce you to my friend Anastasia. Before I get to the at home kits I want to briefly touch on the Anastasia Brow Studio exclusively at Nordstrom. At the studio a brow expert will help you achieve the perfect brow arching, brow reshaping and sculpting. If your eyebrows are a hot mess I would recommend heading to the brow studio and they will fix you right up!
So the at home kits. Oh I’m so excited to share this I can’t hardly stand it!
The Stencils 1 of 10
It all starts with the stencils. These amazing stencils allow you to achieve and maintain a true Anastasia shape at home. Each stencil is marked to help make alignment easy, they are pliable, durable, easy to use and to clean and they're perfect for brow shaping. They basically do the work for you.
Anastasia’s Signature Stencils 2 of 10
These one-of-a-kind stencils are available in five shapes so they suit suit all face shapes.
Petite Arch — Recommended for small facial features
Slim High Arch — Recommended for brows in training, growth challenged, thin or sparse brows
Medium Arch — Recommended for brows with a softer arch that naturally creates less space between the bottom of the brow and the top of the eye
High Arch — Recommended for brows with a higher arch that naturally creates more space between the bottom of the brow and the top of the eye
Full Arch — Recommended for the fullest shape and larger facial features
Medium Arch Stencil 3 of 10
I will be using the Medium Arch. It's the most flattering on me and fits my natural eyebrow shape. And don't mind the chipping nailpolish. My polish remover has gone missing :)
Hold it up 4 of 10
Now you are going to align it. Do you see the dashed lines? (I) should fit straight up from the center of the nostril. This is where the brow should begin. (II) This should be diagonal from the center of the nostril to the outer corner of the eyes, basically where the brow should end. And (III) should be placed diagonal from the center of the nostril crossing through the pupil of the eyes. This is where the arch of the brow should be.
Fill it in 5 of 10
Take your angled brush and fill it in using your brow powder duo.
Remove 6 of 10
Next remove the stencil and touch up.
Apply Brow Gel 7 of 10
Lastly, apply the Clear Brow Gel by using the brush on the applicator in gentle, upward strokes to condition and hold the shape of the brow all day. This stuff has quickly become one of my favorite beauty tools. Who knew?!
Can you believe it?! 8 of 10
I can't believe how much it opens up the eye. Drawing in my eyebrows literally takes one extra minute and it makes a world of difference. If you aren't pampering your brows, now's the time! Anastasia has two great kits to help you get started.
5 Elements Brow Kit 9 of 10
This is the Anastasia 5 Elements Brow Kit ($65) that I was given to review. All thoughts an opinions are my own. I absolutely love everything in this kit. The Anastasia Brow Kit has really transformed the way I put on my makeup and I love experimenting with the different shapes. The stencils are very durable and will last forever. I do love that this kit comes with the brow gel. It's the perfect finishing touch as it combs through my eyebrows, conditions and holds them in place. I've since purchased a tube for my husband... lol! The precision tweezers are seriously amazing. They grab every stray hair, I've never had a better pair of tweezers. With all that said, I'm not in love with the actual case. I find it's annoying to zip open and I end up throwing all it's contents into my makeup bag. It's pretty bulky and I feel like it wastes a lot of space. The Beauty Express kit seems to be a much bigger bang for you buck. Continue reading!
Beauty Express Kit 10 of 10
This is the Anastasia Beauty Express kit. I nearly bought it in Sephora a couple weeks ago because it's so compact and user friendly. It's $40 and comes with the brow powder duo (middle), brow wax cream (left), eyeshadow duo (right), stencils, and an angled brow brush. It's in this really compact leather flip case with a mirror and instructions. I just feel like this kit has everything and more. It opens easy, it's slim design is perfect for travel, and you get a bonus of the eyeshadows. Sadly this kit is being discontinued. The previous kit is the upgrade. So grab this kit while it's still available!!