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10 Eyebrow Mistakes You Don’t Know You’re Making

10 Eyebrow Mistakes You Don’t Know You’re Making

Brows can make or break a face. It’s why those photos of celebs without eyebrows are so hilarious! And with eyebrow superstars rapidly emerging like Cara Delevigne, Emilia Clarke, and Rita Ora, inspiration for expertly-shaped brows is everywhere. But celebs have beauty stylists. Left to our own devices, the average person isn’t exactly a master eyebrows craftsman.

These are some of the most common mistakes people make when shaping and maintaining their brows. Find out why they’re no-nos, and see if you’ve been making these mistakes yourself!

1. Mistake: Fixing a unibrow by over-widening your eyebrow gap

Why: Often when people are taking care of a unibrow or just extra shaggy ends, they end up plucking a gap between their brows that’s wider than the Grand Canyon. It looks incredibly unnatural and just plain bad.

The Fix: Hold a thin makeup brush or pencil and line it up vertically with the edge of your inner tear duct. That’s the farthest an eyebrow should be plucked.

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    2. Mistake: Matching your brow color to your hair exactly

    Why: This is mostly a problem for people who dye their hair. You dye your hair auburn and you buy an auburn eyebrow pencil. You bleach your hair and you think that your eyebrows must now be bleached. Eyebrow and hair shades don’t have to be an exact match to look good!

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    The Fix: Whether it’s dye or a brow pencil, picking a shade of brown with a slight tint that goes with your hair color is usually your best bet. For blondes, you can opt to go several shades darker than your hair; in fact, that’s how most natural light blondes look.

      image source: Eduardo Gallegos via 500px

      3. Mistake: Ignoring your natural arch

      Why: Just because your eyebrows don’t have a sharp 45 degree angle arch doesn’t mean there’s zero arch there. Check your brows out, there’s probably at least a slight arch along the top edge. Plucking your brows in a rounded or straight line keeps that arch hidden when you could be looking fierce.

      The Fix: When plucking, match the bottom edge to that top arch. You’ll find the arch becomes more distinct when you shape it’s opposite side.

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        4. Mistake: Sparsely-haired brows

        Why: Eyebrows with hairs sparse enough to let the skin underneath show could be overly softening your features or just looking straight up messy.

        The Fix: Fill those brows, girl. Invest in an eyebrow pencil in an appropriate shade. No clue which shade to buy? Go to a department or makeup store and ask one of the beauticians walking around for advice. They’ll be happy to help or even fill in your brows right there to show you how it looks. You’re not obligated to buy the makeup.

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          5. Mistake: Over-tweezing the top edge of your brows

          Why: This can easily go wrong and mess up the natural shape of your brows. You could lose that arch I was talking about.

          The Fix: If the top edge for sure needs to be tamed, get your eyebrows waxed or threaded by a professional. For home maintenance, stick to underneath the brow.

            image source: Tracy O’Connor via Livestrong

            6. Mistake: Laying the eyebrow makeup on thick

            Why: It looks like your brows are painted on, for one thing. And it’s probably drowning out the rest of your face.

            The Fix: Use light, short strokes instead of pressing down or dragging lines all the way across. It’s easier to control what you’re doing that way.

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              7. Mistake: Trying to match your eyebrow shapes perfectly

              Why: You’re going to end up over-plucking in your quest to make your brows look identical. It’s okay if they have slight differences.

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              The Fix: Remember this common mantra: “Eyebrows are sisters, not twins.”

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                8. Mistake: Plucking brows too short or keeping them too long

                Why: Eyebrows that are too short can make your eyes and nose look too big; eyebrows that extend too far out shrink your eyes and dominate your face.

                The Fix: The golden rule for length is to take your makeup brush or a pencil, line it vertically against the side of your nose, then tilt it away from your nose so the other end rests at the outer corner of your eye. The top of the pencil/brush handle is where your eyebrows should end.

                  image source: makeupandbeautyblog.com

                  9. Mistake: Doing your brows before doing most of your makeup

                  Why: Your complexion looks different after you’ve put on foundation and/or blush. You’re doing brows for a different complexion if you do them before any of that.

                  The Fix: Make coloring/filling in your brows one of the very last steps in whatever makeup routine you do. That way it will match the rest of your face better!

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                    image source: Palafoxxia via YouTube

                    10. Mistake: Tweezing before a shower

                    Why: The hot water in your shower sometimes loosens up hair follicles and a few eyebrow hairs likely slip out as you wash. Might have a noticeable effect on your newly-plucked brows, might not. It’s a potential risk unless you have dense brow hairs that are stronger than an ox.

                    The Fix: Simple, don’t pluck if you’re taking a shower or bath in the near future.

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                      Featured photo credit: Instructional photos/Sarah Scotford via theskiny.com

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                      Last Updated on November 20, 2018

                      10 Reasons Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail

                      10 Reasons Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail

                      A new year beautifully symbolizes a new chapter opening in the book that is your life. But while so many people like you aspire to achieve ambitious goals, only 12% of you will ever experience the taste of victory. Sound bad? It is. 156 million people (that’s 156,000,000) will probably give up on their resolution before you can say “confetti.” Keep on reading to learn why New Year’s resolutions fail (and how to succeed).

                      Note: Since losing weight is the most common New Year’s resolution, I chose to focus on weight loss (but these principles can be applied to just about any goal you think of — make it work for you!).

                      1. You’re treating a marathon like a sprint.

                      Slow and steady habit change might not be sexy, but it’s a lot more effective than the “I want it ALL and I want it NOW!” mentality. Small changes stick better because they aren’t intimidating (if you do it right, you’ll barely even notice them!).

                      If you have a lot of bad habits today, the last thing you need to do is remodel your entire life overnight. Want to lose weight? Stop it with the crash diets and excessive exercise plans. Instead of following a super restrictive plan that bans anything fun, add one positive habit per week. For example, you could start with something easy like drinking more water during your first week. The following week, you could move on to eating 3 fruits and veggies every day. And the next week, you could aim to eat a fistful of protein at every meal.

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                      2. You put the cart before the horse.

                      “Supplementing” a crappy diet is stupid, so don’t even think about it. Focus on the actions that produce the overwhelming amount of results. If it’s not important, don’t worry about it.

                      3. You don’t believe in yourself.

                      A failure to act can cripple you before you leave the starting line. If you’ve tried (and failed) to set a New Year’s resolution (or several) in the past, I know it might be hard to believe in yourself. Doubt is a nagging voice in your head that will resist personal growth with every ounce of its being. The only way to defeat doubt is to believe in yourself. Who cares if you’ve failed a time or two? This year, you can try again (but better this time).

                      4. Too much thinking, not enough doing.

                      The best self-help book in the world can’t save you if you fail to take action. Yes, seek inspiration and knowledge, but only as much as you can realistically apply to your life. If you can put just one thing you learn from every book or article you read into practice, you’ll be on the fast track to success.

                      5. You’re in too much of a hurry.

                      If it was quick-and-easy, everybody would do it, so it’s in your best interest to exercise your patience muscles.

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                      6. You don’t enjoy the process.

                      Is it any wonder people struggle with their weight when they see eating as a chore and exercise as a dreadful bore? The best fitness plan is one that causes the least interruption to your daily life. The goal isn’t to add stress to your life, but rather to remove it.

                      The best of us couldn’t bring ourselves to do something we hate consistently, so make getting in shape fun, however you’ve gotta do it. That could be participating in a sport you love, exercising with a good friend or two, joining a group exercise class so you can meet new people, or giving yourself one “free day” per week where you forget about your training plan and exercise in any way you please.

                      7. You’re trying too hard.

                      Unless you want to experience some nasty cravings, don’t deprive your body of pleasure. The more you tell yourself you can’t have a food, the more you’re going to want it. As long as you’re making positive choices 80-90% of the time, don’t sweat the occasional indulgence.

                      8. You don’t track your progress.

                      Keeping a written record of your training progress will help you sustain an “I CAN do this” attitude. All you need is a notebook and a pen. For every workout, record what exercises you do, the number of repetitions performed, and how much weight you used if applicable. Your goal? Do better next time. Improving your best performance on a regular basis offers positive feedback that will encourage you to keep going.

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                      9. You have no social support.

                      It can be hard to stay motivated when you feel alone. The good news? You’re not alone: far from it. Post a status on Facebook asking your friends if anybody would like to be your gym or accountability buddy. If you know a co-worker who shares your goal, try to coordinate your lunch time and go out together so you’ll be more likely to make positive decisions. Join a support group of like-minded folks on Facebook, LinkedIn, or elsewhere on the internet. Strength in numbers is powerful, so use it to your advantage.

                      10. You know your what but not your why.

                      The biggest reason why most New Year’s resolutions fail: you know what you want but you not why you want it.

                      Yes: you want to get fit, lose weight, or be healthy… but why is your goal important to you? For example:

                      Do you want to be fit so you can be a positive example that your children can admire and look up to?

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                      Do you want to lose fat so you’ll feel more confident and sexy in your body than ever before?

                      Do you want to be healthy so you’ll have increased clarity, energy, and focus that would carry over into every single aspect of your life?

                      Whether you’re getting in shape because you want to live longer, be a good example, boost your energy, feel confident, have an excuse to buy hot new clothes, or increase your likelihood of getting laid (hey, I’m not here to judge) is up to you. Forget about any preconceived notions and be true to yourself.

                      • The more specific you can make your goal,
                      • The more vivid it will be in your imagination,
                      • The more encouraged you’ll be,
                      • The more likely it is you will succeed (because yes, you CAN do this!).

                      I hope this guide to why New Year’s resolutions fail helps you achieve your goals this year. If you found this helpful, please pass it along to some friends so they can be successful just like you. What do you hope to accomplish next year?

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