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Dramatic Brows with a Pencil Liner


Don't go too heavy or too light with your pencil.
Don't go too heavy or too light with your pencil.
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If our eyes are the windows to our souls, then our eyebrows could be considered the decorative valances. And how you style your, er, valances says a lot about you. Eyebrows are much more than the strips of hair above our eyes that help divert sweat. They make a huge contribution to our facial expressions to help us nonverbally communicate a feeling. They're also a legitimate fashion accessory with dozens of beauty treatments and tools specifically designed to determine their shape, density and even color. And, just like with hair, there are yearly trends in the size and length of brows, often determined by runway styles.

Big and bold brows are the name of the game this year, but not everyone is blessed with dark and dramatic eyebrows à la Audrey Hepburn. Fortunately, with a few tools from the cosmetic aisle, you can achieve them anyway. Pencil liners are excellent makeup tools for creating a temporary eyebrow look. They come in a range of colors, from dark blond to deep black, so you can switch them up to coordinate with your hair color or to toggle between your day and night looks. Using them to create different brow shapes takes a little practice, so be patient if you're just getting started. And keep in mind that when you're going for a dramatic brow look, darker is always better. Read on for some easy techniques to draw in a dramatic brow


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