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Should You Shape Your Own Brows?

Written on January 30, 2012 at 3:45 pm , by

Straight, curved, angled: Arches come in all different shapes. I’ve always had thick eyebrows with hardly any hair on the ends. It just doesn’t grow there (weird, I know!) After years of waxing, my crazy brows have inevitably thinned out, so I recently began filling them in for the a fuller look— and the illusion of having hair where there isn’t any. The results? Amazing!

Eyebrows frame your eyes and grooming them can make such a difference. My technique:

  • Brush the hairs upward and trim any that extend beyond your natural arch.
  • Take out the tweezers and pluck any unwanted stray hairs.
  • Use a brow pencil as close to your natural color as possible to lightly draw in individual hairs.
  • Top with a coat of eyebrow gel to set and polish off your look. Try Revlon Fantasy Pencil and Gel, which comes with both products in one package.

Tell us: Do you shape and fill in your brows, go au naturel, or visit a pro?

-By Wanda Rosa, beauty intern

Favorite Find Friday: NARS Soft Touch Shadow Pencil in Goddess

Written on November 18, 2011 at 3:45 pm , by

There aren’t many products that earn permanent real estate in our makeup bag, but NARS Soft Touch Shadow Pencil in Goddess is one of the lucky few. We use the chubby champagne pink eye shadow stick every morning to brighten the inner corners of our eyes— detracting from dark circles and making us look refreshed— and blended under our brows to instantly lift and conceal any strays. It can also be applied all over the lids or close to the lashline for an illuminated look in seconds. And it really lasts: We’ve been sharpening the pencil for years and still have half of it left!

Tell us: What’s your secret for looking instantly awake?

Wow Brows!

Written on February 17, 2011 at 11:41 am , by

Famed makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury once called eyebrows “the pillars of the face.” And the Fashion Week gods agree: We’ve been seeing full, thick arches all over the fall runways. Here, a few tips for getting your best brows:

  • Always get a professional brow shaping and be specific with the technician about what shape you want (bring a photo of your favorite brow look if that helps), then use a tweezer like Tweezerman Slant Tweezer to grab strays in between visits. Money-saving bonus: Tweezerman offers free sharpening for life when you purchase their tweezers.
  • Then, use a powder or soft pencil (such as Anastasia Go Brow Universal Brow Pencil or Benefit Brow Zings Kit) in light, feathery motions to fill in any sparse spots for a full, perfectly-shaped look.
  • Slick a bit of brow gel over hairs keep them in line—both tinted and clear versions do the trick.
  • Finish with a dab of highlighter, like Smashbox Eye Beam Double-Ended Brightener, under browbones to conceal any strays and give arches a flattering lift.

—By Maite Gonzalez, beauty intern