Natalie Rohman

A Chicago Girl Paving Inspiration

Your One way Ticket to Brow Town | Tips to All Things Brows

All things brows today! I haven't really ever talked about brows on my blog all that much. They are still super important when completing any look. Nowadays, filling in brows has been emphasized across the beauty guru land (the internet) and now I can never forget to make my brows look #onfleek. I think doing your brows can help to really frame your face and sculpt it out as well. Brow sculpting (along with all other makeup skills and things) is an art and it takes a lot of time to get right. So, how can you mess up filling in your brows? Many ways. I'm here to give you guys some tips and helpful products for some of you struggling to master your "perfect brows". 

I'm no brow expert but, I have learned a lot through years of waxing and plucking my big uni-brow (since fifth grade) the rights and wrongs of all things brows. I have over plucked, over waxed, and have over filled my brows enough to know what is right for me. I can't speak for everyone because every body has unique brows but, I hope this helps you guys achieve what you want your own brows to look like!

1) Brows are Sisters not Identical Twins
First things first, assessing your brow type is the first step to doing your brows. Knowing the natural shape of your brows can help you prevent any mishaps in the future. Not all brows are the same, and your right brow might be a little bit more arched or thinner than your left. It all depends and that's okay! You don't want to try and manipulate your brows a different way that looks totally unnatural. I have tried to pluck my brows even and ended up over plucking one of them and regretted it when I had picture day the next day. 

You can talk to a brow expert at a Benefit Brow Bar and they can help you assess your brow shape and help you get to know your brows and how to treat them. 
2) Grooming, Plucking, Waxing, and Shaping
I try to groom and do my brows every couple weeks because mine grow in super fast. Not a lot of people have this problem; since my brows are darker than a lot of peoples', I have to do it more often. If you have lighter or blonder brows, you could probably get away with doing them once a month (you're so lucky). 

Getting your brows done at a salon can be a pricey investment. Let me be honest, I have only gone twice to a Benefit Brow Bar and that was it. I have been doing my own brows since and I think it's a totally better way to spend and save my money. I get that if you are a beginner or have no intent of experimenting or trying to groom your brows, you want to just have a pro do it. And that's fine. For those of you who don't care to drop $20-$30 every couple weeks, here is what I normally use to wax and pluck my brows. 

Starter Kit:
Danielle Rose Gold Tweezers- Everyone has to have at least one pair of tweezers in their bathroom cabinet somewhere. It's just a necessity to have! I start by plucking the really obvious, stray hairs and work my way under and above both of my brows. Plucking can hurt sometimes so putting Vaseline on them before might help with the pain. Another tip that I kind of remember is that your pain tolerance after you've had your period can actually minimize the plucking pain!

Sally Hansen Hair Remover Wax Strip Kit- If you are wanting to get on the wax bandwagon then by all means, these strips are pretty much the best and easiest ways to wax! You can cut them and form them to your brows and you don't have to worry about hot wax and all the mess. Plus, it's really quick to do! Sometimes when I can't get out my whole hot waxing kit, Parissa Hot Wax is my favorite by the way, I use these little guys and they work so well! Always remember to dab a little bit of Neosporin or an antibiotic ointment to help close your pores so no bacteria gets locked in your hair follicles and around your forehead. 

I would also recommend some type of eye brow brush or Spoolie brush to help brush and shape your brows before and after you pluck or wax them. It sounds kind of weird when you have to "brush" your brows but, hey, you gotta do what you gotta do! You can find these types of brushes pretty much anywhere, too. 

3) Filling, Penciling, and Gelling
After you have shaped your brows and you want to start filling them in, there are many ways to do so. You can use brow kits, pomades, gels, pencils, and even eye shadow. 

Starter Kit:
Essence Eyebrow Designer Pencil- for only $2 this pencil is so great and easy to use for beginners. It has a little brush on the cap which is helpful when I am travelling! 

Nyx Eyebrow Cake Powder- You can use the mini slanted brush to define your brows with one of the two powders or even mix the two for a natural shade. Then I go back to set them with the mini round brush and the little wax pot in the kit! Also a great idea for travel. 

Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade- Personally, out of all the Anastasia products, this is the one I love and feel like you would get the most out of. You get a pot of great brow pomade in any color that matches your brows. I bet this could last me a year or more! I have heard raves about this and it is truly amazing. Using an angled brush, lightly dip it into the pot and use small strokes to frame and define your brows! One of my favorite brow products.

Mary Kay Brow Gel- I have used this for so long to set my brows. A swipe across the brows and they never move or get messed up! There are many brow gels out there so, find the one that works best for you. 

Urban Decay Naked 2 Basics Palette- Sometimes eye shadow can be a hit or miss when doing brows. For a long time when I didn't have any brow products, I would take an angled brush and find a matte brown shade that I thought would match. Eye shadow does not have a waxy formula like brow pencils, powders, or pomades so they can tend to move around on your face if you don't set it with a gel. I found that this palette has the right type of shadows if I ever wanted to just toss it into my travel bag and use it for my whole eye look.

Your "brow journey" does not have to consist of all these components; maybe just plucking your brows or using just a brow pencil works for you and that's great! Not everyone has the same brows and it's important to treat them right by doing them right so you don't make any mistakes. It's taken me a while ever since I started grooming mine but, I think I have found the right methods for my own brows. Less is more! So, start out small and pluck a little here and there or wax a little in the middle of your brows to get comfortable with it. I hope this helped any of you brow-beginners out there who have no idea where to start with their brows! 

What are some other tips you guys remember or use when doing your brows?

Xoxo, Nat


  1. I've been there when I've overplucked my brows and tried everything under the moon to get them to grow back quickly haha!
    Kathy x

    1. I was so uneducated about brows when I was younger! X


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