Brows – From Meek To Fleek!

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Growing up I was pretty self conscious of my eyebrows. I had these thick caterpillar like bushes with no shape to them at all; honestly, they looked like those fake ones you can buy in fancy dress shops!

At school I was constantly bullied & made to feel inadequate over my brows. That continued through secondary school, it really effected me as stupid as that sounds! Kids can be SO mean! Once all the popular kids began to taunt me (especially the lads) it hurt just that little bit more and I started to hate the way I looked!

 My mum use to worry about us growing up too fast so she’d try (and I use the word try because no matter what she said I still felt shit about myself) to convince us that physical looks weren’t that important. My mum really just wanted me to enjoy my childhood.

When I stopped enjoying being a kid I’d regularly return home from school sad and upset over all the nasty comments that had been thrown at me that day. Eventually my mum had no choice but to give into my constant nagging requests to sort the bushes out, and she finally allowed me to get them sorted!

My first real experience of all that ‘beauty is pain’ mantra was the first time I had my brows waxed, I hated the pain but loved the fact I couldn’t be bullied anymore #worthit! I grew obsessed with needing my eyebrows noticeably thinner and shaped, then I started plucking because waiting for the hairs to grow back was just as bad as having those thick caterpillars stuck to my forehead! The more obsessed I became the more hairs I plucked and I plucked until I over plucked, this cycle continued.

You’ll know if you constantly remove your eyebrow hair that after time it begins to grow back patchy and some hairs don’t come back at all. As a result my natural brows are terribly patchy, thin and couldn’t be any less full!  Thankfully now I’m complimented on having ‘fleeky’ brows and its all down to this little art!

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BARE THE BROW!! YIKES!

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Step One

Using a shade similar to your natural hairs (I use a dark brown), line the under part of the brow from front to back following the natural arch of the brow. I have gone from using pencils, to gel liquids, to powdered shadows and of all of them I’d definitely recommend a shadow. I get the best results with these they work great especially if you prefer a more natural looking brow (however I do really want to try the Anastasia Beverley Hills Dip Brow).

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Step Two

Now start to line the top of the brow, I recommend starting at the highest point of your brow (arch) and taking that down to the end. Now start towards the front of the brow leaving about half a cm at the front where all the bushy hairs are.

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Step Three

Begin to fill in the brow between both the top and bottom outlines. When you get to the front of the brow comb your hairs up and then brush your shadow in an upwards motion. To fill any visible gaps use a fine pencil or brush to create small hair looking strokes. I then line underneath my brow with a concealer for a sleeker, cleaner looking brow!

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xox

111 Comments

  1. talontedlex October 2, 2016 / 2:59 pm

    I have very blonde brows so have to always fill them in. I like the Anastasia Beverley Hills Brow Wiz but it takes a while to get used to it otherwise you end up with very block-y and unnatural looking brows (may just be harder for lighter haired people like me – I envy your dark brows!)

    • cheskaaanels October 2, 2016 / 5:44 pm

      Awwwh thank you! Ahh I totally get what you mean about the fake unnatural look thats the kind you get with a pencil so I stopped using it!

  2. Stressed Mum October 2, 2016 / 3:37 pm

    I have never done this with my brows, I just go and have them waxed or threaded and thats it for me. In honesty I have never known how to do this so your post is very helpful x

    • cheskaaanels October 2, 2016 / 5:45 pm

      Thank you! Glad you enjoyed it! I’d love to have brows I could just thread and not worry about!

  3. Gemma Fat Frocks (@Gemma_DS) October 2, 2016 / 3:53 pm

    Your brows look fab, I find it hard to not go over the top and end up looking a bit silly. Make Up revolution do a great kit for £3 with a few shades or brown, setting gel, a brush and tweezers.

    • cheskaaanels October 2, 2016 / 5:46 pm

      Ooo that does sound great I’ll have to try it thank you! I love makeup revolution!

  4. Amy Elliott (@o0amynoos0o) October 2, 2016 / 4:18 pm

    This is such a useful set of instructions with great clear images, thank you! I have just started doing my brows (terrible! So slow on the bandwagon) but this is really useful as a novice. Fabulous brows here I come! 😀

    Yours look fantastic!

    Amy
    xx

    • cheskaaanels October 2, 2016 / 5:47 pm

      Hahaha awwwh thank you!! I’m glad his can help! People have asked me for ages how I do my brows, I started doing them at 16 but I must admit I was quite heavy handed with it for a long time!! Oops!

  5. Gemma Fat Frocks (@Gemma_DS) October 2, 2016 / 4:43 pm

    Your brows look great! I always end up going a bit over the top with mine. Makeup Revolution do a great brow kit for £3.

  6. Rhian Westbury October 2, 2016 / 5:43 pm

    I can’t believe that people would be mean to someone because of their eyebrows, yours look great now though x

    • cheskaaanels October 2, 2016 / 5:48 pm

      I know right? When I think about it now I realise how ridiculous that is but honestly at the time when its you everyone is talking about and being mean too its just makes you feel so insecure and horrible! Thank you! At least they are alright now they were quite bad before haha!

    • cheskaaanels October 2, 2016 / 5:53 pm

      Hahaha thanks girl! Well with this guide now you can 🙂

  7. Milly Youngman October 2, 2016 / 6:00 pm

    OMG this title. You are epic. And that’s pure brow envy, they look amazing!

    • cheskaaanels October 2, 2016 / 6:18 pm

      Hahahaa thanks!! Awwh thanks so much well they’d need to be to shut up the haters lol

  8. The Kats Paws October 2, 2016 / 6:01 pm

    This is such a fab step by step guide to beautiful brows, I shall definitely have a go at the outline as normally I whack the powder on and it’s never very precise xx

    • cheskaaanels October 2, 2016 / 6:19 pm

      Haha its a common mistake but really glad to hear you like the step by step xox

  9. Nikki October 2, 2016 / 8:45 pm

    Your eyebrows look fab! I feel rubbish if i miss a brow wax haha 🙂

    • cheskaaanels October 2, 2016 / 9:08 pm

      Yeah I feel crappy if my brows aren’t looking as fierce

  10. Kira C October 2, 2016 / 9:04 pm

    I don’t do my eye brows because I have extremely blonde hairs and there’s barely anything there. Plus I don’t really know what I’m doing so this will really help me out! It’s amazing to see the difference!

    • cheskaaanels October 2, 2016 / 9:10 pm

      Glad it can help you out Kira! 🙂 I know the before and after is a shocking reality haha

    • cheskaaanels October 2, 2016 / 9:40 pm

      Honestly it really is! The more practise the more perfect 🙂

  11. Dani October 3, 2016 / 4:44 pm

    Your brows are gorgeous! 🙂
    I have to get HD brows, now I’ve started I can’t go back!

    Dani x

    • cheskaaanels October 3, 2016 / 7:28 pm

      Thank you!! Oh I’ve heard great things about HD brows!!

  12. Kacie October 3, 2016 / 7:33 pm

    I’ve always used a pencil, but a shadow does look neater – wish I had more time in the mornings!

    • cheskaaanels October 3, 2016 / 7:43 pm

      I use to use pencil but it comes off quite harsh on me! Honestly with the most practice you’ll be able to do it super fast! Mine only take 5 mins

  13. dearmummyblog October 3, 2016 / 9:41 pm

    My mummy used wax and powder on her brows and loves them dark. You have beautifully shaped brows xx

  14. MELANIE EDJOURIAN October 3, 2016 / 9:45 pm

    Wow what a difference. Great tips, I need to try doing this myself.

    • cheskaaanels October 3, 2016 / 10:58 pm

      Isn’t it!? Highly embarrassing baring the brow I have to admit haha!

  15. hannahhowell912 October 4, 2016 / 5:05 pm

    Oh my gosh! Your brows look fab – I need these products!!

    • cheskaaanels October 4, 2016 / 11:39 pm

      Well I’ll be sure to share what products I used in another post 🙂

  16. WhatLauraLoves October 4, 2016 / 8:39 pm

    Wow your brows really are on fleek! I’ll definitely be trying out some of your tips xxx

    • cheskaaanels October 4, 2016 / 11:39 pm

      Haha thanks girl! Hope they work for you! Xox

  17. Le Coin de Mel October 5, 2016 / 11:18 am

    Oh wow, what a difference you manage to make with a little makeup! I absolutely love what you do with your brows. So sorry you were bullied when you were little. Kids can be so cruel. x

    • cheskaaanels October 5, 2016 / 12:16 pm

      They really can, even over something thats so petty!! Thank you 😀

  18. Daniella Keating October 5, 2016 / 12:18 pm

    That’s awful that you were bullied for your eyebrows. You have such a lovely natural shape!

    • cheskaaanels October 5, 2016 / 1:14 pm

      Thank you!! Well at least I take care of them now huh!

  19. LaaLaa (@LaaLaaMonroe) October 6, 2016 / 1:01 pm

    I love bold brows, just like you I had the teasing over mine – kids can be so cruel. I tweezed, threaded and waxed mine until I decided I wanted my natural brows back and now I barely do much to them. You’ve got filling your brows into a simple and fine art lovely, they look good xo

    • cheskaaanels October 6, 2016 / 1:10 pm

      Thank you! Yeah kids can be mean, they don’t realise the consequences of what they say! I’m glad they look okay now, my bare brow is just, ahhh!

  20. Emily Thorpe October 6, 2016 / 1:22 pm

    For someone like me who is a complete brow novice, this is SO useful and I really mean it! Your tips are simple and really informative and easy to follow, thank you!

    Musings & More

    • cheskaaanels October 6, 2016 / 1:51 pm

      Aww thank you I’m very glad you enjoyed it!! Glad it can help too 😀 xox

  21. Milli grace October 6, 2016 / 1:25 pm

    People laugh at me because I’m so self conscious about my thin pale brows but it’s amazing what affect they can have on your self esteem! I will definitely be following your guide to get my brows on fleek!

    • cheskaaanels October 6, 2016 / 1:52 pm

      Oh yes I totally understand what you mean! If I went out with my bare brows I’d feel crap about myself all day!!

  22. Rachel October 6, 2016 / 4:12 pm

    I have just got the hang of doing my brows, but they look no way near as good as yours x

    • cheskaaanels October 6, 2016 / 7:08 pm

      Oh no I bet they do! Hope these tips can help a little!

  23. Rachael October 6, 2016 / 7:13 pm

    Oh they look so good!! I need to do some thing with my brows asap

  24. jojo140883 October 6, 2016 / 7:29 pm

    Your natural brows are a lot better than mine used to be, love your finished look. I got semi permanent brow tattoo’s last year 🙂 x

    • cheskaaanels October 6, 2016 / 8:11 pm

      Ahhh I’m jealous I wish I could get semi perm brows!!

  25. Sarah (Mum x3x) October 6, 2016 / 7:30 pm

    Ohh your eyebrows looks amazing!! I find it hard to find the right shade for my eyebrows and don’t do them very often! Your post has inspired me to try again and find a shade that matches my brows 🙂 I’m sorry to hear about you being bullied, that’s terrible. Bless you. xx

    • cheskaaanels October 6, 2016 / 8:12 pm

      Aww thank you so much, glad this has helped to inspire you! Try a shade that looks a shade lighter than your brow hair, it should look more natural that way, however be careful not to go too light!

  26. jenny October 6, 2016 / 9:26 pm

    This is a great tutorial, I love the way you do your eyes!

  27. Liz Mays October 6, 2016 / 9:43 pm

    Wow, great work. This sounds like a simple enough process. I like the final look!

    • cheskaaanels October 6, 2016 / 10:16 pm

      Thank you! Its really easy when you get usr to it!

  28. stephanie October 6, 2016 / 10:12 pm

    Wow your brows look amazing! I have semi-permanent makeup done on my brows a few months ago because I wanted to have perfect looking brows all the time x

    • cheskaaanels October 6, 2016 / 10:17 pm

      Ahhh so lucky! Wish I could have semi perm makeup!

  29. Elizabeth October 7, 2016 / 9:37 am

    I’m so sorry to hear that you were bullied for your eyebrows! That’s terrible! As a natural redhead with invisible eyebrows I got to avoid all that eyebrow hassle. I have such eyebrow envy for those, like you, with beautifully sculpted brows. I did get mine waxes and dyed once and then I cried and refused to leave the house as I looked so ridiculous with red hair and dark eyebrows.

    • cheskaaanels October 7, 2016 / 10:13 am

      Hahaha it takes a while to get use to a difference doesn’t it!! When I first got mine waxed they were so much thinner I cried because I thought I looked like a Bratz doll!

  30. Jessica October 7, 2016 / 10:38 am

    Why must you make it sound so easy, then when I try, it won’t work for me!

    But so sad with your story and so relatable, I’m so hairy on my forehead and my brows we’re just Woah, ended up doing them self at such a young age and boy did I ruin them and even had lines for brows at one point. Now, meh they’re better but they still need help. Help me? Haha thanks for sharing!

    Your eyebrows are fleeky babes!

    Jessica
    Foodandbaker.co.uk

    • cheskaaanels October 7, 2016 / 10:42 am

      Hahaha you’d do it great!! Its really simple when you’re use to it I promise!! Ahhh yes you know the struggle, damn brows!!!

  31. Emily Leary October 7, 2016 / 11:47 am

    Your nude brows are a great shape! I love how you’ve accentuated them and the step by steps are really helpful. Thanks 🙂

    • cheskaaanels October 7, 2016 / 12:37 pm

      I let mine slip during pregnancy too!!

  32. Zoe L October 7, 2016 / 2:09 pm

    Your brows look amazing, jealous here! Need to seriously shape mine up

  33. Georgia October 7, 2016 / 9:55 pm

    Oh your brows are insane, in the best way possible. I’ve never had mine shaped and after seeing yours I need to ASAP!!! I have very light brows too and it’s hard to find anything that matches, I use a combination of two powders which does the job for now, I envy darker haired ladies like yourself! Great post and gorgeous brows!! 😁

    • cheskaaanels October 8, 2016 / 8:29 am

      Awwwh thank you!! A few people have expressed their struggle with lighter hair actually and I’d never thought of that being an issue before but as long as you have found what works for you! 🙂

  34. Sarah Bailey October 7, 2016 / 11:05 pm

    Your brows look fab! Such a great shape

  35. nicol October 8, 2016 / 4:01 pm

    you brows are amazing! i need to up my brow game haha more like still improve

  36. Rachel October 8, 2016 / 5:46 pm

    Your eyebrows truly are on fleek, what are your favourite brow products to use? xo

    • cheskaaanels October 8, 2016 / 6:12 pm

      Hahaha thank you!! Well at the moment I’m currently using a brown Younique eyeshadow and a good liner brush! However I have some new brow products to try so I’ll have to let you know how they go!

  37. TheLondonMum October 8, 2016 / 7:33 pm

    Your eyebrows look mazing!! I’m going to have to try and do my the same!

  38. melissa major October 8, 2016 / 11:40 pm

    brilliant brows, i need to try this because my brows don’t look brilliant at the moment

  39. Olivia Thristan October 9, 2016 / 1:45 pm

    I love this post! Your eyebrows effeminately look fleek now! xx

  40. Harriet from Toby & Roo October 9, 2016 / 7:56 pm

    This is such a transformation! I love the way it thickens and totally changes your brow! WOW!

  41. Yaya (@mydreamality) October 9, 2016 / 8:39 pm

    Aw, I’m sorry you suffered in childhood cause of your brows. You are definitely having the last laugh. Your brows are on fleek!!! xx

  42. Jodie October 25, 2016 / 11:58 pm

    Kids are cruel and over so many stupid things! Your eyebrows are gorgeous 🙂 i always overpluck mine! Always have since paranoia of getting monobrow when younger!

    • cheskaaanels October 26, 2016 / 9:31 am

      I know right!? Ahh well we can be over pluckers together! Oh don’t that was a fear of mine also!

  43. Iza (@IzaAbao) November 17, 2016 / 11:15 am

    Your eyebrows look great. I wish I can do the same. I like eyebrow threading.

    • cheskaaanels November 17, 2016 / 11:16 am

      Awwh thank you!! Ooo I’ve never had mine threaded!

  44. luxundpoppy January 5, 2017 / 10:39 am

    I think this is the best tutorial about normal looking brows on the internet!

  45. Typically Kirsty January 16, 2017 / 8:31 pm

    FOUND IT! Brow goals girl!
    Sounds like you and I were pretty alike, I had terrible brows growing up… never really took care of them, hair grew far too quickly and I was too lazy to keep maintaining them! I ended up getting picked on over how bushy my brows were so I finally took control of them! It’s taking a good few years but I finally have a shape that I am pleased with!

    – K xo

    http://www.typicallykirsty.wordpress.com

    • cheskaaanels January 16, 2017 / 9:14 pm

      Ahhh kids can be so horrid can’t they!? Glad you have fallen in love with your brows now though! Its weird how important they are!!

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