When it comes to makeup, you probably put a lot of attention on your eyes and your lips. But what about your brows?
The eyebrows are one of your most important facial features. In fact, they have the power to completely change the look of your face.
What does this mean for MTF transgender women and crossdressers? It means that you can’t ignore your brows!
In this post, I’ll share how to feminize male to female eyebrows, including how to shape and groom your brows as well as how to use eyebrow makeup to create your most feminine look.
Tips For Shaping MTF Eyebrows
As you can see from the photo of Laverne Cox above, gorgeously shaped brows add so much definition and feminine beauty to the face. Here’s how to achieve this effect for yourself:
Have your eyebrows professionally shaped
My #1 tip is to have your eyebrows professionally shaped if possible. An eyebrow artist will know exactly how to shape your brows to create the best shape for your face.
While eyebrow waxing is popular, I personally prefer eyebrow threading. This creates a more precise shape. It also tends to be more cost effective.
You can often find affordable eyebrow threading kiosks at the mall or in shopping centers. Just be sure to read reviews to find the best providers.
Shape your own eyebrows
If you prefer to tweeze your own brows, you can get great results if you follow some simple principles. The last thing you should do is start plucking random hairs without a plan.
Before you start tweezing, you need to figure out the shape of your eyebrows, including where the arch should be and where the brows should start and end. This is called “brow mapping.”
Using the above diagram for guidance, follow these steps to determine your ideal eyebrow shape:
- Hold an eyeliner pencil along the outer side of your nose. This line indicates where the eyebrows should start. (Note: The pencil should be aligned with the “bulb” of your nose, not the outer edge of the nostrils.)
- Then, angle the pencil across your eye, directly in front of the pupil. This is where the eyebrow should arch.
- Finally, angle the pencil from the outer edge of your nostril to the outer edge of the eye. This is where the tail of your brow should end.
After you have mapped out your brow shape, you are ready to start tweezing.
Use an eyebrow brush or spoolie to brush your brow hairs straight up. Then carefully tweeze any hairs that fall outside your ideal shape. Pluck the hairs one-by-one, tweezing in the direction of the hair growth.
It’s very important not to overpluck. Step back and look in the mirror every few hairs to check your progress.
How To Groom Your Brows If You Can’t Tweeze
While beautiful feminine brows can transform your face, I understand that this can be challenging if you have to maintain a male appearance. It might not be practical to completely reshape and feminize your brows.
If you can’t give yourself a complete brow makeover, you can still groom your brows. This will make you look better in female AND male mode. Here is how to do it:
- Use an eyebrow brush or spoolie to brush your brow hairs straight up. This will allow you to see any long hairs that extend past the top of your brows.
- With a small scissors, trim any hairs that extend out past the rest of your eyebrow. (Be sure to cut away from the brows so you don’t accidentally cut a hole into the eyebrows.)
- Tweeze any stray hairs that fall outside the natural perimeter of the brows.
The most important thing is not to over-tweeze your brows, especially if you are trying to maintain a masculine eyebrow shape. The goal here is to clean up the brows rather than completely reshape them.
Also, be sure to refer to the brow map above and keep in mind where the brows should begin and end.
Eyebrow Makeup Tutorial
After you have shaped or groomed your brows, the last step is to fill in your brows with eyebrow makeup. This is the finishing touch to creating perfect MTF eyebrows.
See the video above for step-by-step instructions on how to fill and feminize your eyebrows – featuring makeup artist Chris Scott.
Beautiful brows are a powerful tool for achieving your best female look. So, play with these techniques and get ready to wow the world!
As always, I’d love to hear what you think in the comments below. Take my poll and then show us your best eyebrow look by sharing a selfie!
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