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How to get HD Brows at Home

HD Brows at Home

I think I may've mentioned in the past that my eyebrows are beyond rubbish.  For some odd reason, even though my hair is naturally dark, my eyebrows think they belong on a blonde bird.  And, even though I never pluck them (except a tiny bit, but more of that later) they are fine, sparse and just basically a bit crap.

The world has gone crazy for eyebrows at the moment - it seems to be the bigger and bolder, the better.  Well, that's not strictly true and I don't want to go all "Groucho Marx" but I do want some more definition and colour to my rubbish brows.  The term HD brows seems to encompass the seven step process of shaping, tinting, then filling in the brows to leave the owner in brow nirvana.

I'm not saying that this process I'm going to describe below will work for everyone - simply, if you're brows are overgrown or bushy then you need a professional to tackle them for you.  However, if yours are somewhat insubstantial like mine, then these steps can improve your brows no end.

Step One.

Cleanse your face but don't moisturise as this will prevent the dye from clinging to your brows.

I like to use the 1000Hour Lash and Brow Tint which is readily available at Priceline and comes in three shades.  I generally use the Brown Black for my brows.

The set comes with a little spool brush for application which is great for eyelashes but not for brows.  As you can see, I use an old Mac angled liner brush.  If you don't have one then ELF cosmetics which are sold at Kmart do one for less than five bucks.


HD Brows at Home


HD Brows at Home


You need to paint the dye onto your brows, don't worry about going onto your skin, this is actually a good thing as a little dye under the brow hairs will give some depth.

HD Brows at Home

As you can see, I put quite a lot of dye on…..

HD Brows at Home


HD Brows at Home



HD Brows at Home


Now, this might be a bit controversial, but whilst the dye is on, I shape my brows.  The reason I do it now is because my brows are so sparse, it's really difficult to get a good shape.  Doing it during the dyeing process means I have a guideline to work with, which can only be a good thing!

HD Brows at Home


Leave the dye on for around ten minutes (not sure what it says in the pack, but any less than that does absolutely nada for me.

HD Brows at Home

HD Brows at Home


As you can see, after ten minutes, my brows have deepened in colour just enough to make them still look natural - are you over looking at my naked face yet??

The next bit is the fun part and you should probably wait a few minutes to let any redness from the plucking go down.

The below three products are the ones that take my brows from nada to Prada.  


  • Any eyebrow pencil will do the job - this is a Covergirl one in dark brown.
  • Savvy highlighting stick
  • Essence brow shaping kit.

HD Brows at Home


The process is as follows:


  • after applying foundation and powder, lightly pencil in your brows, starting at the middle and working towards the inner edge and then the outer tip.  Don't start at the inner edge or you'll end up with too harsh a line.
  • Using the brow stencils and a mix of the brow powders, lightly fill in your brows.  I find that I tend to work towards the top of the stencil, and leave the bottom line of my brow a little more natural.  I think this works on older women like me better as a too-harsh brow wouldn't be all that flattering.  If I'm planning on a full face of make-up, then I'll go darker with my brows, but for everyday I tend to use the the lighter colour in the kit.
  • Use the highlighting pencil to trace a line just below the brow.  This gives a nice neat finish to the brow (without looking harsh) and makes your brow bone pop.too.
This is the finished look - the photos were taken a couple of weeks ago before I chopped my hair off - it seems weird looking at myself with long hair now!

How are your brows?  Do you get them professionally done or are you a DIY-er like me?


HD Brows at Home


HD Brows at Home


6 comments:

  1. " . . . from nada to Prada" - GOLD! I love it. Mine are super sparse too and I get them tinted professionally but not as often as I like because I get it done when I get them waxed and I can't get that done the same time as I get my legs done (before work or during a workday lunchtime) because who wants angry red upper face for half the day/facing people you know. And I'm not going to drag a toddler into a salon and expect her to sit patiently in the waiting area while Mum gets her face fiddled with. Maybe a home job is the solution . . . !

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    1. Oh, also because my brows are petite, I could never do a big bold brow, I'd look ridic. I also can't understand the appeal of the unkempt look and I have no time for Cara Dele-whatsit.

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  2. Love this and you are looking gorgeous! I really need a brow expert to whip mine into shape. I have a few issues going on with them right now. Mainly gaps and spaces from over plucking in the 80s. I tried the whole growing the rest out and doing an almost comb over but it didn't go too well.

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  3. Haha Beth, I get it with the petite brows - it's so difficult to strike the right balance. Definitely give it a go at home, and show me the results!

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  4. Vicki, u look gorgeous with and without make-up! I would have never thought of doing my own brows at home. I do like that Essence eyebrow kit.....my make-up artist actually prefers it over her Anastasia Beverly Hills :)

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