Brow Raiser

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This entry is part 15 of 15 in the series: The Thing About Beauty

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.


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?

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Tonya Riner

Tonya Riner started doing makeup as a teenager in her two-stoplight hometown in Kansas. From there, she declared herself a professional, and has spent the last twenty-five years on fashion shoots and shows, on both coasts, and in Europe. Tonya's work has been featured in Harper's Bazaar and Vogue. She was included in Allure Magazine’s Directory as one of the best makeup artists in the United States. Her long list of celebrity clientele includes Heidi Klum, Erin Wasson, Julie Anderson, Rachel Hunter, Chandra North, and Lauren Bush. Backstage, she has worked alongside Frederic Fekkai and Ted Gibson. She was a member of the beauty team for Beyonce’s Blow video. For Tonya, one of the most rewarding parts of her job is spending time, one-on-one, with models and clients. She finds that ordinary barriers fall away within minutes of the start of a makeup session, leaving space for instant intimacy and the shared pursuit of beauty. Connecting with extraordinary people from all walks of life fuels her passion for her work. As a consultant, Tonya works with creative teams to devise strategies for beauty brand product development, most recently for the company, Beauty for Real. She enjoys working with products from both the manufacturing and marketing ends. Moving forward, she would like to be instrumental in the development of the kinds of beauty products she, herself, would want to use.

3 thoughts on “Brow Raiser

  1. Sandra Benson

    After using a pencil for years, I’ve been wanting to try something new, but didn’t know what to buy! Thanks for this article, I’m going to buy the Georgio Armani Eye & Brow.
    I wish I’d never started plucking my eyebrows in the first place! 🙁 They never grow back the same!

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