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Correct technique for applying eyebrow pencil

Eyebrow pencil should be applied after you have finished applying your eye make-up. This will avoid the possibility of smudging your work when you are applying eyeshadow and mascara.

Comb your eyebrows neatly into shape using the comb side of your eyebrow tool. Comb up at the start of the eyebrow then across, following the curve. Try to follow the direction in which your eyebrow hair naturally grows. This usually involves combing up then across as you work around the curve.

Starting at the beginning of your eyebrow, apply small strokes of pencil just under the top row of hairs. Find where the topmost hairs join the skin and apply the pencil to the hair at that point. Each stroke of the pencil should be firm but not too heavy. Your aim is to feather the pencil on in small strokes. Do not be concerned if the pencil marks the skin as well as the hair – this is to be expected. Do not attempt to cover every hair. Start with a minimal number of strokes spaced apart as the effect can be built up as desired. On this first application, stop feathering the pencil on at the highest point of the eyebrow curve, leaving one third of the eyebrow (closest to the ear) free of colour. Using the brush side of your eyebrow tool, brush the pencil marks to blend the colour into the eyebrow. Take care not to disturb the eyebrow shape you so neatly combed earlier. Work within the definition of the eyebrow as you do not want to end up with smudges above or below the area.  As you blend you will notice that you are working the colour along the eyebrow – this is why you should leave the final one third free of colour initially. Sit back and check your work in the mirror. If you need more colour apply the pencil in feathered strokes where required and then repeat the blending with the brush. If you have applied the pencil too heavily, simply turn the brush on the eyebrow tool to the other side. Brush through as before with the clean side of the brush to remove excess colour. Remove any smudges with a cotton tip or orange tip (See Preparation and tools post). Blot off any excess oil with a clean tissue. Remember to check your make-up in different lighting and make any adjustments to the colour or your technique.

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Preparation and tools for applying eyebrow pencil

To prepare for applying eyebrow pencil you will need a good quality kohl pencil in the colour of choice, an eyebrow tool consisting of a comb and brush combination (see photograph) and a special make-up pencil sharpener suitable for kohl pencils. Normal pencil sharpeners are not suitable as kohl is softer than lead. Sharpen your pencil but not too sharply as the tip may break off. It is fine to have a slightly rounded edge on the tip of the pencil as long as it is not too broad. Always sharpen your pencils slightly before use to prevent any build up of bacteria. Cover the pencil tips with the lids provided for storage. Keep a cotton bud handy for touching up errors – slightly dampened with a couple of drops of make-up removal oil. An orange stick (used for manicures) is also useful for this purpose – lightly wrap in a small amount of slightly dampened cotton wool with a couple of drops of oil.  A make-up mirror with magnification on one side will also be very useful.  Note: the black pencil featured in the photograph is actually a soft dark grey/black combination however any black pencil should be avoided on eyebrows.

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Eyebrow pencil – how not to apply

Many people apply eyebrow pencil incorrectly. The most common mistake is to draw a hard curved line over the eyebrows (see photograph). This error is often seen on women with thin or light coloured eyebrows. The method of application looks very unnatural, especially in daylight and photographs. The eyebrows dominate the face, rather than enhancing other features, and the person may even look  ‘surprised’ – not a good look!

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