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Perfect Your Brows With Makeup Artist Stefanie Syat’s Tips

Makeup artist Stefanie Syat gives Mollie some much-needed brow advice.

We’re on set with Birchbox Man today, lending a helping hand and moral support. Pre-Dame founder and all-around awesome makeup artist Stefanie Syat is here too, and we’re selfishly picking her brain. In addition to her commercial and editorial work, she also hosts tons of makeup tutorial parties. At her most recent one, Syat taught seven girls how to master their brows. “Most of the girls were either not filling them in or using a pencil the same color as their hair.” Syat says that’s a common mistake. You should be using a lighter pencil/brow color and aiming to shade in the skin underneath the hairs to give the brow a fuller, more fresh look. “You don’t want a harsh, defined brow,” Syat says.

Syat has a foolproof technique for applying color. Start at the inner corner of your eye and apply in an upward diagonal motion until you hit your arch; then, change directions and continue applying but in a downward motion. The reason, Syat says, is that you want to use the color to create lift in the middle and then lengthen the brow toward the edge. After you’ve applied the color, you can smooth any wonky hairs with a clear brow gel. Click through for Syat’s top three brow pencils!

In Syat’s kit:

MAC Eye Brows: They’re wax-based pencils so they stay on longer than powder and come in great shades.

Anastasia Brow Wiz: These are a little drier so they’re great if you have oily skin. Plus, I like to use the comb to soften the color. 

Bobbi Brown Dark Brow Kit: This kit is great for darker skin tones: the shades are really easy to blend and it comes with my favorite brow brush. For extra dark brows, try Espresso Eye Shadow. 

—Mollie

Visual learner? Watch our video for a step-by-step brow pencil tutorial.

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