Easy steps to beautiful brows
At 19-years-old Asia Perry was diagnosed with Lupus and began losing her hair.
“It was hard for me,” said Asia, now 28. “I worked around people my age and no one understood what I was going through. I was always fighting to mask a sick, tired look. Youtube videos helped me with different methods for hair care and makeup. Soon I was filling in my eyebrows like an expert, and it totally changed how I felt about my appearance.”
In 2007, those videos piqued Asia’s interest in makeup. Nearly ten years since that difficult period in her life, she is the co-founder of The Artistry of Makeup, a small beauty boutique in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Here are Asia’s tips for creating a natural eyebrow when you’re losing your hair… and don’t know the first thing about makeup.
Eyebrow pencil. “A pencil allows more control over the intensity and shape of the brow,” said Asia.
Stencil. These are cheap and you can find them in the beauty section of any convenience store. “I started with stencils,” added Asia, “because they allow you to experiment. There are several different eyebrow shapes, so you’ll find the one that best suits your face.”
Concealer. “This helps to clean up any imperfections. Be sure to select concealer that is one shade lighter than your skin tone.”
Align the stencil over the space where your eyebrows (should) appear.
Holding the stencil in place, trace the outline of the brow.
Remove your stencil and begin to fill the brow. Make short, quick strokes and use a soft hand when coloring to achieve the most natural look. If you’re comfortable with a more advanced technique, try your hand at an ombre effect. This involves applying more pressure and color toward the outer tip of the brow, and gradually lightening the pencil when you reach the inner section of the brow. This takes practice.
Grab your concealer and place a small amount on the tip of your ring finger. Use that finger to pat it around the outside of the brow, closely around the perimeter of the brow. Gradually pat and blend until there is a soft and subtle “glow” around the brow.
Give yourself permission to experiment and time to fine-tune your technique. Before long, you’ll be drawing those brows like a pro.
For more of Asia Perry’s makeup tips, visit TheArtistryOfMakeup.com.