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- Brow Raiser
Your tweezers called. They want a vacation. They need a vacation. There’s been a lot of over-plucking going on. Big brows are back and there are new products to help you enhance your face framers.
A full brow looks younger, softer, more modern. Consider just a little shaping and grooming. Notice I said a little. That means the next time you’re getting a pedicure and you’re asked if you want your brows waxed, politely decline.
The thing to keep in mind is this: the brows you were born with work naturally with your face shape.
Now, how to make the best of what you were born with …
First, look at yourself. Step away from the magnifying mirror and look at your entire face. The top of your brow is the natural line you should use as your guide and is best left alone. Your brows should begin near the inside corner of your eye. The thickness is dictated by this starting point, and should be consistent until you reach the arch (at the outer third of the eye), where it tapers slightly. Step outside of these guidelines and you’ll be making it harder than it has to be. Plus, you’re less likely to be happy with the result. It’s that easy.
Next, do some careful clean up. Grab your Tweezerman and remove any hairs that are crowding your arch or hanging out between your eyes. Maintaining the shape should be part of your daily makeup application, so things don’t get out of control.
Need to fill in a bit here and there? Here are products and tools to help you help Mother Nature.
Giorgio Armani Eye & Brow Maestro a tiny jar of multitasking goodness. It can be used to fill in your brows and act as an eyeshadow, eyeliner and root touch up. It can also make dinner but won’t do the dishes. Typical.
The colors are great and have the slightest shimmer, which works beautifully in your brows because your brow hairs aren’t matte. The result is really natural.
Giorgio Armani’s Eyes to Kill Eye & Brow Shaper tool has a spiral brush on one end and an angle brush on the other to fill in brows and line your eyes.
Maybelline Eye Studio Brow Drama is a brow tint and gel in one. Just run the rounded brush through your brow using short strokes.The shade selection is limited but they’re lightly pigmented so they work well on a range of brow colors. When in doubt, always choose a lighter shade. Ideally your brows should be a shade lighter than your hair color. Blondes should choose the shade closest to their brow color.
Loreal Sculptor by Brow Stylist is a pencil with brow color on one end and a wax and brow brush on the other. Again, tiny strokes with the pencil are key, followed by a brush through to get everything in place. A quick pass of the wax is last, for staying power.
HEY, NICE BROWS
The goal is a look that is refined and natural and it’s achieved by doing less, not more. Don’t you love it when that happens?