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Oct. 23rd, 2007

What's a good way to hide eyebrows?

That probably sounds like a strange question. This year, I'm dressing up as the Bride of Frankenstein for Halloween. When I dress up, I really, really get into it. I like to be as accurate as possible. Before Halloween, I like to watch horror movies and study my character's movements and things so I can be spot on. Etc, etc.

Anyway the point is that I really have to be Elsa Lanchester, and in the movie, the ends of her eyebrows went up. My eyebrows do not point upwards, but they need to learn how. I'm dedicated to pulling off my costume well, but I'm not quite dedicated enough to pluck over a half an inch off the ends of my eyebrows. (I'd like to not look like a loony once November gets here.)

What would be the best way to cover my natural eyebrows so that I can draw them on as pointy? I could cover them in the makeup I'll be using for my face, but I'm not sure how well that would come out. I'm thinking you'd still be able to see quite a bit of texture. I remember hearing somewhere a long time ago that some drag queens use soap for the same effect? I don't really know how that would work, though.

Basically, I don't want to draw on eyebrows and then have my natural eyebrows all crazy and visible as well. Forked eyebrows are not good! Any ideas?

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deadpoet83
Oct. 23rd, 2007 10:31 pm (UTC)
http://www.rockyhorrorcostumelist.info/anlmkup.htm

Scroll down to the "Columbia" section--lots of good advice on covering eyebrows there.
catchstars
Oct. 23rd, 2007 10:33 pm (UTC)
If you aren't allergic, you could use narrow strips of thin latex tacked down with spirit gum over your eyebrows, blend your makeup over top, and draw on the new eyebrows. It would be slightly lumpy (like a bit of a pronounced brow), but not too noticeable.
sarar
Oct. 23rd, 2007 11:22 pm (UTC)
or liquid latex, maybe?
vicious_circles
Oct. 24th, 2007 08:19 pm (UTC)
liquid latex + hair of any kind = hell.
sarar
Oct. 26th, 2007 06:15 am (UTC)
I thought maybe that was the case. Can't you remove it with oil, though?
frankcheez
Oct. 23rd, 2007 10:33 pm (UTC)
Makeup is my best simple suggestion - and lots of it. But you could also cover over your eyebrows in liquid latex to give it all one texture, and then makeup over that the eyebrows you want to have...I have no personal experience with liquid latex, but I've witnessed its usage many times. I know you can do just about anything with it.
miss_westenra
Oct. 23rd, 2007 10:34 pm (UTC)
you might want to ask a makeup community, perhaps eyeshadowsluts. I think there's eyebrow wax out there, or just SFX wax that you can put over your eyebrows to make them disappear. I'm not sure how to use it, myself.
ravestarr
Oct. 24th, 2007 01:16 am (UTC)
I second this, their memories section is full of useful tips :)
mrswonka
Oct. 23rd, 2007 10:39 pm (UTC)
Glue stick! Just cover them until they lay down flat, wait for the glue to dry, and then cover with concealer. Also, these might help:

http://community.livejournal.com/mac_cosmetics/17571317.html
http://community.livejournal.com/mac_cosmetics/18557663.html
mrswonka
Oct. 23rd, 2007 10:41 pm (UTC)
I found a tutorial that looks really helpful: http://community.livejournal.com/makeuptutorials/6940.html
hydrolagus
Oct. 23rd, 2007 10:46 pm (UTC)
Ok, for all you clever folks--how do you get the gunk OUT of your eyebrows afterwards? I've tried several methods and had them work with varying success, but had a hard time getting the wax/spirit gum/liquid latex out of the hair at the end of the night.
mrswonka
Oct. 23rd, 2007 10:50 pm (UTC)
Oil-based makeup remover or just straight mineral oil. If it doesn't want to come out easily, let it soak a while. I would recommend the glue stick method instead-- it's much easier to wash off.
agentaeonfiux
Oct. 23rd, 2007 10:47 pm (UTC)
This might be a bit harsh if you have sensitive skin but a friend of mine who is a trannie in those vegas celeb impersonator shows uses rubber cement. Keeps em' down and smoothes them out really well. Not sure what he used to remove it though. Probably something oil-based.

Good luck!
duckgirlie
Oct. 24th, 2007 12:08 am (UTC)
White wax crayon.
book_em_danno
Oct. 24th, 2007 12:51 am (UTC)
That's what I'm being, too! Fortunately, I have reallllly sparse eyebrows so it's not hard for me to hide them. HOw are you doing your hair? (You might have answered this in a post below... I haven't read all the replies yet.)
duchess_of_pie
Oct. 24th, 2007 06:16 am (UTC)
had to do this every night for a show once:

use an eyebrow comb (or tooth brush) and comb your eyebrows STRAIGHT UP so that the hairs like in a single layer (rather than they usually do, on top of each other.) use a wax stick (you can usually get these from makeup retailers like ben nye), soap, or *shudder* yes..a glue stick...and paste over them so they stay.

then use lost of foundation/makeup/powder to cover. you won't even know they're there...especially if you're doing your whole face over in another color.
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