Arches done right can make eyes seem bigger and brighter,
visually lift sagging lids, revving up hair color and giving you an
all-over gorgeous look. “Eyebrows are so important, they
really help shape and define your face,” notes brow expert
Anastasia Soare, who does brow shape-ups for celebrities like Penelope
Cruz, Jennifer Lopez and Jennifer Garner. Get pretty arches that are
perfect for you with these tips.
Eyebrow Shaping Tools What
you’ll need: slant tip tweezers, a spiral brow brush (it looks
like a clean mascara wand), and a stencil with brow powder and a brow
Shaping “The idea is to find balance between your brows and
other features,” says Soare. “Take your time and
step back from the mirror as you pluck every few hairs, to make sure
you’re creating as much symmetry in your brows as
1. Look into a
regular mirror (a magnifying mirror will make it look like
there’s more hair to remove than there really is) and gently
brush brows up and outward with the spiral brush to get a sense of your
natural brow shape.
2. Brow stencils
are a foolproof way to maintain your brows. Align the stencil over your
brow (choose one that allows the most hair to come through). As you
hold it there, use the brow brush to fill in your brow with brow powder.
When you’re done, remove the stencil and tweeze the stray
hairs beneath the powdered area for a clean, shaped line.
While you can clean up the fuzz between your
brows, don’t tweeze from the actual brow itself or you risk
over-widening the space between the eyebrows. Leave tweezing above the
brow to a pro. “It’s a tricky area and can lead to a
flattened arch if not done perfectly,” says Soare. An expert
knows how to brush the brows up and trim just the very tips of the tiny
hairs, but it’s hard to do it yourself, and a mistake can lead
to bald patches.
Follow these steps every four weeks and try not to over-pluck -- brows
with a more natural look are in.
Day-to-day Eyebrow Grooming Blessed with
full brows? Just use a little brow gel (waxy lip balm works in a pinch)
to fix them in place and impart a healthy sheen. If your brows are
sparse in spots, you may want to fill them in regularly with brow powder
or pencil. Choose powder or pencil one shade lighter than your brows
(unless they’re very pale) and use feathery strokes. Or
consider a tinted brow gel as a one-step color-and-taming
Short brows can be
extended carefully with a brow pencil. Draw a line that’s just
long enough to accentuate the arch. Making the line too long can close
in your eyes or make a heart-shaped face appear top-heavy, and a thin
tail will leave your eyes looking droopy. Go half as far as you think
you should and step back to survey; you’ll know when it looks
Far? If you’ve repeatedly tweezed
too aggressively, the bad news is that some of the hairs may not grow
back. “Plucking exerts a traction force on the hair follicle
that can scar the follicle over time,” says dermatologist
Francesca Fusco. The good news is that some of those absent hairs may
simply be in their rest cycle. Fusco adds that certain ingredients in
brow serums, like peptides, can nudge skimpy arches back into the growth
cycle. Look for a serum that also contains saw palmetto -- small
studies have indicated it may inhibit an enzyme that contributes to hair
loss. Paint the serum on brows twice a day and give it about two months
to do its magic.
Wendy Schmid spent eight years at Vogue magazine, where she became beauty editor. Now a freelancer, she continues to write for numerous magazines, including Vogue and Marie Claire.
This post was originally published in the The Style Glossy
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