This may sound a little bizarre, but I love the feeling of freshly waxed eyebrows – nothing beats it! I usually avoid touch-up tweezing leading up to my self-appointed quarterly appointment so I can get the biggest bang for my buck when I walk into the salon (side note: I apologize for the untamed looks of mine in recent posts).
Many makeup artists swear on the transformations that properly-groomed brows can make on a person. Truthfully, brows can make a big difference in framing your face and (sometimes) make a statement. Take “famous” brows like my list of the top 5 celebrity brows:
1. Camilla Belle – thick arches that are styled and well-groomed
2. Audrey Hepburn – thick and tamed for an awesomely defined arch
3. Charlize Theron – thinner than the other two, with a nice arch and face frame
4. Rihanna – beautiful shape and arch
5. Emma Watson – slightly untamed, but still chic and beautiful
3 Steps to Nicely Groomed Brows:
1. Go to an eyebrow specialist to initially shape your brows. An aesthetician at your salon may be a good choice – just make sure that you look at the person’s brows who is shaping yours, as it may be a good indicator of her work. A professional with experience in brow design will help you find the best look for your own brow shape and natural arch, and you don’t have to break the bank either – I’ve found you can find someone to wax your brows nicely for as little as $15! Schedule an appointment for brow waxing every 3-4 months to cleanup and maintain your eyebrow shape.
2. Tweeze stray hairs below your brows to maintain their shape and keep it “clean” whenever you feel it’s necessary. Never tweeze above the eyebrows, because you can easily over-do it and create holes and uneven spots – leave that to the professionals when you schedule a clean-up every fews months.
3. Use a brow pencil, eyeshadow, or a wax/powder combo (like Benefit’s Brow Zings brow shaping kit) with a slanted brow brush (like Sephora’s Pro Brow Brush #20) to fill in the gaps and define and frame your brows. Choose a powder or pencil one shade lighter than your brow color, unless your hair is light blonde – in which case, try one shade darker.
Here’s to show what a big difference nicely groomed brows make:
Me pre-brow wax “cleanup” (Yikes!):
Me post-brow wax:
Me post-wax using Benefit “Brow-zings” brow shaping kit (wax and powder) to define and frame:
As you can see, brows make a big difference! Below is another before and after view to illustrate what a nice, sharp effect a clean brow can have.