Your brows frame your eyes and set the overall mood of your face, so their shape very much determines the final result of your make up look. At the moment, they’re all the rage right now since everyone’s trying to master the Kardashian-type brow, with perfectly sculpted edges and a high arch. But the truth is that it’s not the best look for everyone.
The way you shape your brows affects the other features of your face. One cool trick that I’ve learnt over the years is making the nose look narrower by manipulating your brows.
We’ve all heard of using contouring techniques directly on the nose, but you can actually get an instant nose job just by adding a few strokes to your eyebrows. I recommend using an eyebrow pencil for this particular trick, as it normally gives more definition than a powder would. However, if applied correctly, pencils can give a more natural look than a brow gel or pomade can.
If you’re a brunette or have medium to dark coloured hair, choose an eyebrow pencil which is one or two shades lighter than your hair colour. On the other hand, if you’re blonde, choose something that’s one or two shades darker.
This trick is actually fairly simple and quick. Simply take your pencil and draw two vertical lines next to the inner edge of your brows in line with the sides of the tip of your nose.
Fill in the space between your natural brows and the lines you’ve just created by feathering small strokes with your eyebrow pencil. Make sure not to make the lines too harsh, and also feel free to fill in the rest of the brow to make the end result more natural and cohesive.
So basically, all you need to do is extend your brows inward, and this reduced space between both brows gives the illusion of a slimmer nose. Since you’ll be applying the strokes to areas where there may not be any hair, it might be a good idea to use a product that has a waterproof formula, in order to prevent smudging throughout the day.
Some will also say that close set eyebrows give a younger and more youthful look, as do fuller brows in general. I personally like doing this trick just because I feel like nose contouring takes so much time, and on most days, I opt for more basic and natural looking make up. After all, the joy of it is that it can always be wiped off if you’re not happy with the result. It’s just a question of trial and error!