While Mona Lisa’s famous brow-less look is probably due to paint erosion, not plucking-gone-wild or a medical issue, what about us? We’re stuck at 50 with weird tadpole or comma-shaped curves, skinny arcs and skimpy brows that never grew back; affectionately referred to as “bad brows.” And let us not forget those long wild and wiry hairs or greying brows either. “Good brows” can make us look more youthful. They’re full and elongated – and you can get them, with strategic makeup. Lancome makeup artist Sandy Linter of the Rita Hazan Salon in NYC helps her celeb and everyday clients deal with mature brows gone awry. Her three tips and my product suggestions can improve your own in minutes.
TRIM AND GROOM THEM. Snip the tips of long, curly, straggly hairs with a small, straight blunt-tip scissor to clean up and define the shape. Brush brows up and use the top line as a guide to see where you should be trimming. Then, brush them down and cut the excess along the bottom border as well. This works for you and your guy so do his too! Use a tinted brow gel to help blend in greys and hold hairs in place. Try: Revlon Brow Fantasy Brow Pencil & Gel ($8.49, walgreens.com)
STRETCH BROW SHAPE OUT TO A HORIZONTAL. The whole idea is to elongate a bad or short brow shape and straighten it rather than aim for a diva peaked look. Lightly pencil a gradual incline building up to a subtle arch just past the outer edge of your pupil (no exaggerated peaks or swoops). Then keep the descent and tail as horizontal as possible to lift the eye. You may need to tweeze hairs that droop, sag or curve at the tail and reshape this part a bit. A taupe or blonde shade works for almost everyone except true dark brunettes who should work with brown pencil. Skip black and reddish brow makeup -they are major agers! Don’t stress about perfect symmetry. No two brows are exactly alike. Try: Maybelline Define-A-Brow Eyebrow Pencil in Light or Dark Blonde ($7.99, walgreens.com)
FAKE BETTER BROWS REALISTICALLY. Restore bare or sparse areas in brows with a powder pencil or a waterproof gel applied with a small, firm tipped brush. Both solutions work to fill gaps, recreate fuller brows near the nose and add missing tails. These products are pricey but come in authentic colors and last all day so definitely worth a splurge. Try: Make Up For Ever Aqua Brow ($20, sephora.com) and Lancome Le Crayon Poudre Powder Pencil for Brows ($25.50, sephora.com).
Start brow rehab today and give your eyes a fresh new future!
Mona Lisa: snaithprimary.eril.net
Julianne Moore: beautylaunchpad.com
Tip #1 To Shape Your Eyebrows: Leave Them Alone
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Some of us get “tweezer happy” and have the need to tweeze our eyebrows everyday. However, this prevents your brows from reaching their full potential. Especially if you want to achieve fuller and thicker eyebrows, let your brows grow out! This includes no tweezing or touching them for a good 6-8 weeks. By leaving them alone, not only will your eyebrows get longer, but you will start to see your natural eyebrow shape.
Tip #2: Find Your Shape
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You can’t properly shape your eyebrows unless you see and discover the shape you want. Whether you let your eyebrows grow on their own or not, you can easily shape your brows properly with these steps. To find the beginning of your brows, hold a brow pencil vertically at the middle of each nostril, then mark that spot with an eyeliner pencil for later reference. Next, pivot the pencil to the outside of your iris to find your eyebrow arch, then make another mark. Finally, swing the pencil until it grazes the outer corner of your eye to find the the tail end of your arch. Now you’re set to start on your brows!
Tip #3: Give Them A Trim
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Not only do you have to remove unwanted hair, you need to trim those long eyebrow hairs. Use a small scissor made for nails or specifically eyebrows, and get to clipping! You only want to cut down the long hairs that standout, without giving your brows too close of a crop. To easily do this, brush your eyebrow hair up with a brow or mascara brush first. Then trim those pieces, one hair at a time.
Tip #4: Use Oil & Gel
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To prep for plucking your eyebrows, you should use a generous amount of your favorite facial oil. Gently massaging this on the brow bone will prevent your hair from breaking, along with calming down your skin and hair follicle. This will take the edge off the skin’s sensitivity from tweezing, too. Afterwards, you can calm any more irritation and redness with a cooling gel. This cream also tightens the pores, immediately making your brows look better after doing them.
Tip #5: Less is More
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You can skip the waxing or threading session, for tweezing actually creates a more natural effect. It’s also less painful if you pluck hairs in the direction of the hair growth while holding the skin taut. Only tweeze stray hairs at the beginning of your brows, beneath your arch, and beyond the end of the tail. Make sure to do this in natural lighting, stepping away from your mirror to gain perspective and to prevent overdoing it. Now you’re ready to fill those babies in! Watch an easy tutorial here.
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