Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Trends Report: Take A Brow

Brows are one of those areas where a little change can make a HUGE impact. Well groomed brows can frame eyes better than all the mascara, eyeshadow, and liner in the world. Here are our no- fail tips for perfectly framed peepers.

If your face is Angular (rectangle, square, diamond, or triangular), you’ll want well-arched brows; Curved (round, oval, heart, or pear) faces benefit from softly-rounded shapes.

• For a natural look, take a thin makeup brush and place it in front of your tear duct. This should be your brow’s starting point – pluck any hairs that extend beyond this line. Always tweeze in the direction of the hair growth to prevent ingrown hairs.

• To find your arch, take the same brush and place it in front of the center of your pupil – your arch should be at this point.

• Finally, place the brush diagonally across your face from the tip of your nose to the outside corner of your eye, your brow should end here. If it doesn’t, fill in the area with a powder or pencil that closely resembles your natural color. Use a light touch and feathery strokes.

A few words of caution…put the tweezers down and step away from the magnifying mirror. Overzealous brow plucking can lead to a look that is perpetually perplexed. If you have overdone it there are gels available that encourage re-growth.

On the flip side no one has rocked the unibrow quite like Frida Kahlo so don’t even attempt it. Brezhnev brows won’t cut it either. Comb brows with an eyebrow brush (an old toothbrush works fine too). Use a small scissor to cut any stray hairs. If there are any strays above or beneath the brow line pluck them.

Style your brows by dabbing a tiny bit of highlighter in the arch for further definition and highlighting. Brush and set them with a little brow gel. You can also substitute hair spray or clear mascara in a pinch.

Voilà, the perfect frame for your face.


Cotton Twill Short Trench Coat
Ann Taylor

Jane Iredale Super Super-Shape Me Eyebrow Kit


Benefit High Brow

Anastasia All About Brows Kit


Laura Geller Eyebrow Tint and Grooming Gel Tamer

brow6.jpg Eyebrow Scissors Damone Roberts

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