Fact: Well-groomed brows is as much a necessity and goal as is beautiful skin for many Filipinas today. Having unkempt ones just won't do, while overly dark, unnatural-looking brows and horrific shapes must be avoided, too. One of the things you'll notice about today's loveliest celebrities, be it royalties like Kathryn Bernardo and Kim Chiu, or burgeoning actresses like Sofia Andres and Janella Salvador, is that their eyebrows are always on point—natural-looking, but beautifully shaped.
By now, you most likely have basic ideas regarding eyebrow grooming and makeup, what with all the information available from various media. It's crucial that you don't get overzealous though, so we're listing down five things you should watch out for when doing your brows to avoid looking like a caricature, according to brow connoisseur Cheryl Tan-Chua, Philippine distributor of iconic Japanese eyebrow and eyeliner product line K-Palette (a fave of many celebrity makeup artists and celebs alike!):
1. “For the eyebrows to look very natural and not drawn, the shading from the inner to the tail should be from lightest to darkest. I have seen the opposite in many, many women and it gives a very drawn look and the eyebrows will look flat if the eyebrow makeup is in one solid shade."
2. “Your eyebrows should be sisters not twins. Don't aim for them to be very identical as it may look very unnatural."
3. “The eyebrows should be one shade lighter than your hair.”
4. “Always use an eyebrow mascara if you have colored hair.”
5. “Overdrawn or over darkened eyebrow makeup is just so wrong—please don't do the traditional permanent eyebrow tattoo.”
Woman, never underestimate the power of your kilay—it may just be your ticket to perfecting that power woman look, or to catching that cutie's eye.
Photographs courtesy of Instagram.com/iamsofiaandres, Instagram.com/bernardokath, and Instagram.com/maxenemagalona.