How to perfect your brows at home: Your pre-video call guide

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Perfecting your arches has gone beyond just the tweezing and threading—it has its own dedicated aisle at beauty stores and everything from wax to pomades, pencils and gels to do up your arches are up for sale. On the other hand, daily video calls for work and to catch up with friends and family are becoming the new norm thanks to the pandemic we’re all living through. Since you may not want to wear a full face of makeup while you’re home, even if you’re going to be on a video call, simply having your brows done can make a huge difference. Your eyebrows frame your face and having the best possible arches for your face shape are half the battle won. Here, Navreet Josan, national artist at MA..C Cosmetics India shares her step-by-step guide to perfecting your brows.brow makeup, makeup tips, makeup trends, brow gel, brows for video calls

How to shape your brows at home

Turns out, the most efficient way to get rid of extra brow hair is to—as painful as it is—tweeze them. “If tweezing isn’t your cup of tea, this is a great time to let your brows grow to their full potential,” says Josan. “Once salons open, you can visit your aesthetician to discuss the brow shape you’ve always desired.” If you know your brows well and are ready to take to the tweezers, Josan shares the steps you should follow.

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    Use a handheld mirror in a well-lit room that has natural light. Avoid magnifying mirrors as they focus on just one brow vs giving you a full picture of what both brows do for your face. That can lead to over-tweezing and both your brows can end up looking different.

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    Start by mapping your ideal brow shape and length by using a concealer pencil and holding it straight against your nostril. This is where your brow will start. For your arch, point the pencil across the outer edge of your pupil. To determine where your brow ends, hold the pencil from the outer edge of your nostril to the outer edge of your eye.

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    To avoid hair breakage, gently stretch your skin, grabbing your brow hair by the root and plucking in the direction of hair growth. You may also need to trim the longer brow hair with nail scissors. Brush up with a spoolie brush and snip any hairs that are too long.”

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    Ensure that you check both your brows often through the process to make sure that you don’t over-tweeze or miss out on any hair.

How to fill your brows

Don’t fret if you’re just starting to learn how to fill your brows or don’t actually own any brow products. “You can use an eyeshadow close to your hair colour, brow pencil or brow gel to fill your brows,” says Josan. “Start with combing your brow hair with a spoolie brush. If you don’t have one, you can repurpose the brush of an old mascara by cleaning it and using it to brush your brows. A toothbrush or a thin comb also does the job.” When filling in your brows, especially if you’re just starting out, make sure you only add colour to the areas that look sparse. Apply a little and build as you go—it’ll save your brows from looking too bold and you’ll be able to stop when you know you’ve filled enough. To start, “outline the top of your brow using soft strokes followed by outlining below the brow. Next, fill in the middle section and then fill any sparse areas. Remember to merge the brow makeup with the hair. As a final step, comb your brow hair into place.”

How to relax your eyes and look fresh

A major spike in screen time comes with a sizeable impact on the skin around your eye area. Think fine lines, wrinkles, puffiness and the dreaded dark circles. We got Josan to take us through a guided session of the eye pinching massage—one that’ll help your entire eye area—brows, under-eye area et al—look healthy and rejuvenated by promoting blood circulation in the area. According to the Mumbai-based makeup artist, “It targets key pressure points around the brow to help reduce puffiness, rejuvenate eyes and relax fine lines, while working to elevate the strain that builds through endless hours of staring at a computer and phone screens.” Here’s how to do the massage:

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    Using your thumb and forefinger, start by pressing and rolling your brows all the way to the tail of your brow. Massage your temples clockwise and then anticlockwise using your middle finger and forefinger.

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    Next, massage the area between your brows using the same movement. Repeat each step a couple of times, for up to 10 minutes.

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    To finish off, spritz your face with a hydrating mist and cover your eyes with cucumber slices. Lie down and relax for 10 minutes to feel rejuvenated and refreshed.