Thursday, 11 June 2015

Eyebrows ‘On Fleek'... Or Not?!


If you have not seen black girls/women with eyebrows like this, then thank your God! Wow! What can I say? Now, I am not one to judge anybody on their personal choices, provided those choices do not harm me or my loved ones.... BUT THIS HARMS ME AND MY LOVED ONES! PLEASE STOP IT!!
I confess, that I am definitely no make up guru and I definitely rely heavily on YouTube for my make up knowledge, but even I am not this bad! Come on girls.... If you or anyone that you know commits this crime against black women's faces... please report (yourself) to your nearest make-up police! Lol!

Funny enough, when thinking about topics for my upcoming posts, I was in two minds as to whether or not to post about this eyebrow concealer trick gone wrong. You know us girls can be quite sensitive about how we look, and I know that there are bound to be some sistas reading this who do look like this and probably hate me right now, but this is for your own good. If you do your make up like this, and nobody has told you already, I am telling you now... NO! *shaking head sorrowfully*

Trust me, I have support from the good ladies at Essence magazine who to my surprise had actually covered this topic *breath sigh of relief*. Let me hide behind them and tell you what THEY say... But before I do that, for those of you who are looking at the pictures quizzically, like huh what's wrong? (Yes that's you mum...) let me explain what the ‘trick' is.

So, gone are the days when black women used black eye pencil to draw on their brows (thank God) and say hello to the latest popular method of getting those eyebrows ‘on fleek'... concealer! This method is not actually new at all. Apparently make-up artists have been using this method for years in order to perfect eyebrows. Basically, a make-up artist will use concealer to lightly highlight the area surrounding the brow in order to create a sharper, more defined brow outline.



ESSENCE magazine writer Briana Mccarthy has this to say on the matter (*wink wink*) ‘Now, let’s be honest, while this method is an excellent technique for beating your face, it is a dangerous weapon in the hands of an ill-equipped make-up enthusiast. When used properly, you’ll be left with a set of fabulous brows. When used improperly, you’ll be left looking like an angry bird…and I’ve been seeing a lot of angry birds lately. The bad thing is that most ladies don’t even know that their brows are overdone. I see them walking down the street strutting their stuff like they know they look good. They have no idea that their brows already yelled “hello!!!” before they even parted their lips to a say a word.'

Believe me now?!! *smug look*

However, Briana was also kind enough to provide some tips on how to get a good looking brow using the concealer trick.

Find the proper shade of brow penci
The whole point of the concealer method is to create natural looking brows. If you have dark hair you should use a pencil that is one or two shades lighter than your hair color. If you have lighter hair, you should use a shade that is one or two shades darker than your hair color. No one under the sun should own or use a black eyebrow pencil. No one. If you are having a difficult time finding a brow pencil shade that works for you, try a matte eyeshadow. There are literally hundreds of matte shades to choose from, so you are sure to find the best shade for you. 

Select a concealer shade that works for your skin tone 
One of the biggest issues women have when trying to perfect their eyebrows is using the wrong concealer color. Don’t just buy the first concealer color you see. Find a tone that complements your skin. Don’t go too light. Select a concealer that either matches your complexion exactly, or if you want to give your brows dimension select a color that is one shade lighter. Using a shade that is too light is a surefire way to tell the world that you draw on your brows. 

Less is more 
People tend to get heavy-handed with makeup these days and add too much concealer or brow pencil. I suggest building up to your desired look gradually to ensure you aren’t overdoing it. There’s nothing sexy about Cruella Deville Brows. Trust me on this one. 

Use a spooly to finish your brows
A spooly is that brush that looks like a mascara applicator. Use it after you’ve applied your eyebrow pencil and concealer to buff out any harsh lines. This will ensure that your brows look flawless and natural.

So there you have it. Learn to do it properly and you'll be fine. There are a ton of tutorials on YouTube, and I would love to recommend some, but it's probably best that you find your own path on this one. Whatever, you do, be careful... there are a lot of 'angry birds' on YouTube too, so choose wisely and bare the above advice in mind. If you do find a good tutorial, please feel free to share with others here. Thank you! :)

In the meantime, let me leave you with some funny pics of brows that I found on the Web. Hilarious!







Sisters, we love you, but noooooo noo no! Lol!


Stay confident and beautiful.

Anthonia






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