Brow soap is where it’s at for fabulous brows these days—and it’s a beauty technique that’s been beloved by professional makeup artists for years. But if you’re new to the trend, it may take some trial and error to get your brows looking perfect. That’s because there are a few common brow soap mistakes that can leave you with unflattering results.
First, you’ll want to make sure your brows are clean and free of oil, makeup, or dirt before beginning. Then, wet your spoolie brush with water or a mist. Once damp, rub the spoolie over a bar of eyebrow soap to lather it. Next, comb your brows upwards with the spoolie, being careful to coat each hair thoroughly. If you find that your brows are too lathered, simply wipe them off with a tissue and start again. Keep going until you’ve got beautiful, feathered brows.
Soap brows are super easy to master, but the key to getting them right is in your ingredients. “The best product to use for your brows is one that’s gentle on the skin and has healthy, nourishing ingredients,” says cosmetic dermatologist Melanie Vij. She recommends a mild, transparent formula that’s loaded with glycerin to help your brow hairs appear fuller.
Unlike traditional soap, a good brow soap should have a light, paste-like consistency. “If your soap is too thick, it will create a waxy, crispy texture on your brows,” says celebrity brow specialist Joey Healy. “To avoid this, I suggest starting with a clear, transparent gel that has the ability to set your brows without feeling stiff or crunchy.”
Another way to ensure a smooth application is by using a spoolie brush with soft and flexible bristles. This will allow you to comb your brows and shape them how you want them to look. A softer spoolie will also be less likely to smudge or leave a white residue.
Once your brows are looking how you like, a little bit of clear mascara and some translucent powder will seal everything in place for the day. And of course, micellar water and a cleanser will remove any residual brow products at the end of the day.
Soap brows can be tricky to get just right, but with a little practice you’ll be able to rock this beauty trick like a pro! Just be sure to use a gentle, transparent product that’s loaded with glycerin and free of harsh ingredients. And remember to use a small amount of product at a time, as too much can leave your brows looking unnatural and flakey.