Want a polished look that’s super low-maintenance? Having a set of shapely, sexy brows is a great start.
Professional makeup artist Margret Avery (who has catered to the needs of celebrities like Goldie Hawn, Brooke Shields, Helena Bonham Carter and Rebecca Romijn) explained how to get sophisticated, flawless arches. Here’s what she said:
Buck the trends. Design your brows based on the shape of your face, not the shape of someone who happens to be gracing the cover of Vogue this month. Avery suggests defining your natural arch and then working it into a subtle, tapered line. Hello, individuality!
Invest in the right tools. Start off with a professional shaping and then select a great tweezer to pluck strays between visits. Your best tool is one that’s easy to use, advises Avery. She likes Luma Tweeze ($9.99, Walgreens), which illuminates and magnifies the eye area as you tweeze. Cool gimmick, I guess, but they’re a bit cumbersome and I haven’t used them since the day they arrived. I love the classic Slant Tweezer by Tweezerman ($20, www.tweezerman.com), a company that stands behind its products by offering to sharpen dull tweezers and by guaranteeing that the pair you purchase will be the last one you ever buy. So good are these babies that I see no compelling reason to try another brand of tweezer ever again.
Easy does it! Don’t get obsessive with stragglers or you’re likely to over-tweeze. We’ve all seen that woman who has to paint on brows every morning because she plucked a pinch too many hairs over the years! Avery suggests staying within your brow’s natural boundaries and avoiding plucking hairs that are essential to maintaining your signature arch. My own sister has lush, full brows and though several stylists have suggested a thinning out, she’s stood by her natural fullness. She sees the beauty of ’em and so do I.
Take cover. Always keep tweezers covered to prevent bacteria from reaching the tips, which can lead to ingrown hairs and infection. Tweezer covers also keep blades from dulling in your makeup bag. Again, here’s where those Tweezermans come in handy. Each has a stay-put cover that slides easily on and off (but is easy to misplace because it’s not only tiny but also clear).
Finish off with great product. Products such as powders, pencils and gels can be the perfect fix for unruly brows, says Avery. Choose colors that complement your skin tone and hair color and never go too dark. The brow pencil that I tried wasn’t great because it was a shade lighter than the rest of my brow hairs. Then I got creative and used my basic black eyeliner to apply featherlike strokes and it worked just fine. What I NEVER skip: a coating of taming brow gel. Without it, my natural waves will make for some choppy waters!