Patrick Ta is a hugely influential celebrity make-up artist, working with the likes of the Hadid sisters, Rosie Hunting-Whiteley and Chrissy Teigen – who, having spent time in his chair, radiate on the red carpet with lustrous glowing skin. That, and perfectly defined brows. Whether full yet fluffy or precise, they are always the right side of defined.
Naturally, brows are so personal to not only your features, but your preference, so what suits one person won’t work for everyone, Ta tells us. However, there are some tips we can all heed which he shares with Bazaar below:
Adopt a ‘less is more’ approach when grooming
Ta says that grooming your brows should ideally be done “as little as possible – and only ever by a trained professional”. In line with his signature glowy skin, he loves seeing real brow hairs, he explains; “I want the make-up to enhance features, not overpower them.”
He adds that natural, raw beauty is really having its moment, “which is why the bushy brow trend is thriving.” Therefore, Ta says, “whatever your brow-grooming technique, always adopt a ‘less is more’ approach”. Put the tweezers down.
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Take the time to shade-match your products
One of the biggest mistakes Ta sees when it comes to brows is people using the wrong make-up shade to enhance them. “Finding the perfect colour match is essential because there are so many different undertones of brunette, blonde and auburn,” he explains. So take the time to marry your shade to your brow hairs, thinking about them specifically (not just your overall colourings). Also, “try not to over-fill with colour,” he says, which “can look quite harsh”.
Consider changing the way you wear your brows to suit your style that day
“I approach each face differently to find a style that suits their features and bone structure best, but changing how you brush and set the brow is the easiest way to switch up a look,” Ta notes. “For a natural or more romantic make-up look, feathery full brows complement the glam. A graphic eye or winged liner paired with a precise, defined brow balances the angles beautifully.”
Different looks require different products and techniques
Of course, when adopting a different vibe with your brows, from ‘no make-up’ make-up, to fully done, you need to use different techniques. Ta schools us on how.