You can’t deny that the focal point of makeup these days is the brows. We spoke to Beno Lim, Senior Artist of M.A.C on how you can keep your brow game strong, even if you’re a newbie with makeup.
How has eyebrow trends evolved over the years, and where do you see it going?
Over the years, I have noticed less overly arched brows. It can make you look old and it doesn’t feel modern. This season, the brows have a definite strength to the face. The modern brow is structured, straighter and strong. There is also an emphasis on bringing the brows back to their natural colour and giving it enough definition.
What are some of the biggest mistakes you have seen Singaporean girls commit when it comes to drawing their eyebrows?
Here are the top 3 mistakes that I’ve observed:
1.) The arch of the eyebrow is overly exaggerated.
2.) Using an eyebrow pencil that is too dark or picking a shade that doesn’t match the hair colour.
3.) Not making an effort to groom their eyebrows.
What would you recommend a teenager who just started out make-up do when it comes to grooming and drawing her brows?
My top recommendation would be for her to make an appointment with a M.A.C artist to have their eyebrows groomed and shaped. This will then be easier for her to upkeep the brows. For a beginner, I would suggest using the M.A.C Eye Brow Pencil in Delineated for those with medium brown eyebrows, and the M.A.C Eye Brow Pencil in Stylized for slightly darker eyebrows to shape, colour and add density. You can add the shade onto the M.A.C Brush 266 to shape the brows, especially at the start of the eyebrows. Always brush the eyebrows upwards for a more definition.
There are so many different types of products for filling in your brows. Would you be able to explain what each one is good for, and how we should choose the products based on our needs?
The M.A.C Pro Longwear Waterproof Brow Set (gel) is great for girls who have fuller eye brows to groom, define and providing a healthy-looking sheen. You can also use it to brush the inner eye brows without making it look too intense. To avoid having too much product on the eye brow, I like to lightly tap the M.A.C Pro Longwear Waterproof Brow Set with a piece of tissue to remove the excess product before brushing the eye brows.
Eye Brow Pencils are great to fill in the eye brow to add shape, colour and density in one streamlined tool. After filling in the eyebrows, I like to brush the eye brow with M.A.C Brush 266 for a smoother blending.
M.A.C has a Fluidline Brow Gel Creme, which is a long-wearing waterproof brow gel, available in a pot to give precise definition to brows. Use the M.A.C Brush 266, to fill, lengthen and shape brow for a subtle to dramatic look.
From left to right: M.A.C Eye Brow Pencil in Delineated($31), M.A.C Eye Brow Pencil in Stylized ($31),M.A.C Brush 266, M.A.C Pro Longwear Waterproof Brow Set ($31), M.A.C Brow Set Clear ($31), M.A.C Brow Gel Creme ($31)
What’s your take on the Korean flat eyebrow look?
The Korean eyebrows might be popular now but it is not suitable for all face shapes. If you are not careful, you can end up looking sad with these straight eyebrows. You can brush up your eyebrows to increase the thickness of the eyebrow, but adjust the shape of the eyebrows according to the face shape. Girls with a long face shape, look best in straight and thick eyebrows. If you have a round shape face, gently taper the eye brow at the end. For an oval face shape, it is more ideal to have a slight arched eyebrow.
Should guys groom their eyebrows too? If so, which products would you recommend for them so that they don’t look like they’re putting on makeup.
Yes guys can groom their eyebrow too. Stick to the original shape and just pull off the extra hair under the brow or any excess hair in between the eyebrows. Guys tend to have full brows; they just need to brush up the eyebrow with the M.A.C Clear Brow Gel to shape and sculpt without adding color. For guys who have sparse eyebrows and need to darken the eyebrows, they can go for the M.A.C Pro Longwear Waterproof Brow Set in Bold Brunette. When filling in the gap of the eyebrows, use the M.A.C Eye Brow Pencil in Stylized, in gentle, light strokes.