Want a mini face-lift? Find the right eyebrow shape. Here’s how.
Who Wears It Well
Artfully arched brows flatter absolutely every, face shape. They are a no-fail way to make eyes appear larger, giving you that wide-awake look. The high arch is a favorite of women, such as Julianna Margulies, who have naturally full brows, but who want to give their face more of a frame.
See a professional aesthetician for the initial shaping, says Terri Ann Unger of The Green Beauty Guide. You’ll avoid a constantly surprised expression (both arches raised permanently to unnatural heights) or a fixed, come-hither look (one eyebrow raised a la Marilyn Monroe). Whether you prefer tweezing or waxing (each costs, on average, $15), it’s worth it. After all, eyebrow mistakes can’t be washed away with soap and water. Warning: Never wax if you’re using Accutane, RetinA, or any prescription retinol product. They could cause your skin to come off with the hair. Ouch.
Keep brow hair trimmed to make it stay in place. “Brush hair up; then snip off the .very ends with brow scissors, holding them so they’re angled slightly down,” advises Beverly Hills–based makeup artist Bobbe Joy. Between trimmings, keep your best arch with clear mascara or brow gel.
LONG & THIN
Who Wears It Well
Although pencil-thin brows can look anemic on rounder faces, a narrow shape works wonders to “open up” eyes on long, angular faces. “Slender brows are the most flattering with well-defined features, like Lisa Kudrow’s,” advises Eugenia Weston, an L.A. makeup artist and founder of Senna Cosmetics.
Yes, you can be too thin. Once you start plucking, it’s easy to get carried away, and the next thing you know, your brows look as bald as Jesse Ventura’s head. To prevent this from happening to you, situate yourself in natural, direct light. Tug out one hair at a time with slanted-edge tweezers. Look closely at yourself after plucking out each hair, to ensure that brows look exactly even. Remember: Each hair makes a big difference, so proceed with caution. And stop before you think you’re through. You can always do more later.
Get friendly with your tweezers. You’ll need to do upkeep at least every other day to keep your brows perfectly pruned. For a more finished face, the brow pencil is your best friend. Choose a color that’s the exact shade of your natural hair, or if you’re blond, go slightly darker Simply stroke hairlike lines into areas that need it.
FULL & NATURAL
Who Wears It Well
Love your bounteous brows? The pros do too. “Thick but groomed brows have always been, and will always be, beautiful and flattering,” says Bobbe Joy. So if you were lucky enough to be born with ample eyebrows, don’t try to go against nature. You should definitely learn to play them up like Denise Richards does!
Too much of a good thing? If your brows are really overgrown, don’t be afraid to subtly clean them up. The old saying that you should never pluck above your brows doesn’t apply anymore. Just be careful not to go overboard–don’t change your natural shape. Tweeze that area (numbed with ice first) carefully about once a month, or more often if you need it. Also, feel free to pluck stray hairs between and below brows. Or, for the sleekest skin, visit a salon to have the extra hairs and peach fuzz waxed away.
Your brows are like a wash-and-wear hairstyle: They require minimal fuss. Just keep an eyebrow brush handy to control and straighten individual hairs. Add drama for the evening: Use an angled brush dipped in brow powder that matches your natural color to darken the hairs. It will make your eyes really pop.