The brow maketh the face. It’s a fact of life.
They frame your entire face. A good, well arched brow can lift the most depressed and sallow of complexions, can add a hint of mischief, can be sexy or menacing, and can make you look younger and fresher. A fat, slug-like brow laid sloppily and shapeless across the face is one of my most hated things. If I see one, my Tweezermans start hopping around in my make up bag like jumping beans, eager to get to work.
My new favorite website is www.celebswithnoeyebrows.com, which is, YOU GUESSED IT, photos of celebs with their eyebrows Photoshopped off. It’s a sight to behold. Surprisingly, Aguilera actually looks half decent with no eyebrows, but others can end up looking like an egg in a wig. Anyway, I digress.
Some of my favorite brows (yes, I have favorite brows. I am not ashamed) were on the faces of now mostly dead Hollywood beauties. Liz Taylor's full, sexy brows with the most perfect arch EVER. Marilyn’s tawny, gently brushed brows. If we’re talking modern-day, Beyonce gives massively good brow. Check that arch, it’s so sharp it’ll CUT YA.
But how do I get such a beauteous brow? I hear you cry. WELL, I am here with some tips and tricks to sort your face out so it doesn’t look like a bag of spanners.
Your perfect brow shape is essentially as they come naturally, with a little tidying up. None of this over plucking where you end up with a tiny line that leaves you looking permanently startled, like someone just showed you a photo of your parents naked.
This style was actually popular when I was at school and I was a massive devotee to it at the expense of the rest of my face. The trouble with over-plucking is that, MAN, eyebrows take a long time to grow back! I mean, for real. You need to not touch them for like 8 weeks. In the meantime, you can pluck the stray hairs from the very underside but NOT from the main path of the brow. Leave that shit alone!
If you need some help, and can’t wait, try some RevitaBrow, from the makers of the massive RevitaLash. They quickly worked out that people were using the lash product on sparse brows, and made a special brows version. You apply the brow conditioner once a day in short strokes over the brow and the formula speeds up the hair growth.
If you can’t hack the little stragglers while the hairs are growing back, use a light concealer over the brow area, covering the little blighters. Pat down with tissue and the buff some powder over. This should hide them, or at least not make it look like you’re smuggling two fighting ferrets on your forehead.
During this difficult time, you’ll need a brow gel to make sure all the growing hairs are pointing in the right direction. TOP TIP -– there’s no need to spend mega bucks on a special brow gel. They all get gunky and disgusting after a while anyway, so spend as little as possible on a simple clear mascara. This e.l.f. Cosmetics Wet Gloss Lash & Brow Clear Mascara $3.99, Amazon, will do the job as well as any high-end specialty brow tamer.
Sometimes the simple things are the best!
My personal brow savior is Benefit’s Brow Zings, $30, Sephora, pictured clutched in my paws in the photo above. It comes in three shades: light, medium and dark. It's a sleek compact comprised of a pigmented wax, a setting powder and a pair of teeny tiny tweezers -– and two mini brushes to do the job. I, of course, always use my trusty Tweezermans -- the equal of which I have yet to find. If you’re in the market for a pair, they are doing a CYNTHIA ROWLEY COLLECTION!!! ZOMG. I am dying that I can’t get these in the UK. Argh.
I use my Brow Zings set every morning, and it perks up my mess of a morning face, and transforms my naturally ash blonde brows into a beefier, more wholesome offering. I hate spindly brows. Pointless.
Another great eyebrow tool worth investing in if you need a little help includes this nifty little kit ($19.95, Beautybay.com) from "Queen of Eyebrows," Shavata Singh -– the kit includes 4 different eyebrow shapes (with 3 pairs of each style), as well as a double-ended (light and dark) pencil. You essentially stick it on your face and tweeze and color around it, leaving you with a perfect, Shavata-approved shape. Excellent.
Had any brow disasters? Found a wonder product you want to share? Get going in the comments, wondrous beauties!
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