I admit it. I have an eyebrow obsession. Nothing can ruin your looks easier. Your eyebrows frame your most important feature: your eyes. They also show expression. Don’t underestimate the power of the eyebrow. Beautiful brows can be yours if you follow these steps.
o One of the biggest mistakes aspiring models, and women in general, make is over-plucking their eyebrows.
o Check out the models in the magazines. Are the eyebrows pencil thin? I don’t think so.
o Let your brows grow out. It will be visually painful, but you’ll get used to it.
o If you have been over-plucking for a long time, it will take a long time for them to grow back.
o While your brows are growing out, use a stencil (see below) and
powder to fill them in.
o They may not grow back at all. I know several women with bald spots in their brows. They use a lot of eyebrow powder. More on that later.
o If your eyes are close together, pluck so the space in the center just a bit wider.
o If your eyes are very far apart, let the brows grow slightly closer to the center.
o Go to an upscale salon for a professional wax. Don’t try to do it yourself. It’s dangerous and it hurts!
o Make sure the esthetician understands you want them thicker rather than thinner.
o Once you have the proper shape, you can follow the lines.
o Use slant-tip tweezers. Tweezerman makes awesome tweezers. Go to http://www.tweezerman.com for more information.
o Check for new, unwanted growth daily and plucking will never be a chore.
o Never pluck right before a job or go-see since redness may occur.
o As an alternative to professional shaping, you can buy really cool eyebrow stencils at http://www.eyebrowz.com. But stay away from the curved and thin stencils. Stick with the medium and thick choices. Just don’t pick anything odd. Try to follow your natural shape as much as possible.
o “Unibrows” (aka “Monobrows”) are nasty.
o You certainly don’t want your brows so neat they look feminine, but you will need to pluck in the middle and the strays under and over the brows.
o Look at Details and GQ magazines for eyebrow shapes.
o You, too, can buy really cool eyebrow stencils at http://www.eyebrowz.com. Don’t pick anything feminine. Try to follow your natural shape as much as possible.
Just pluck it.
o Apply witch hazel to the area with a cotton ball.
o Use a pencil to line up the points.
o The eyebrow should start directly above the inner corner of your eye.
o The arch should be just a little beyond the outer edge of the iris.
o It should end at the corner of the eye.
o Brush your eyebrows in a natural shape with a new toothbrush (not the one you use of course) or brow brush.
o Use a magnifying mirror, but keep checking in a regular mirror. It’s very easy to overpluck.
o Pluck right after a shower. It’s easier.
o Pluck in the direction of the growth.
o Anbesol (tooth numbing gel) works to ease the pain. Just don’t get it in your eyes.
o Color is as important as shape.
o You can alter the color of your eyebrows with powder specifically made for this purpose.
o If your hair is dark, choose a powder one or two shades lighter.
o Light haired people should go one or two shades darker than their hair.
o If you insist on pencil, use it in small, feathered strokes. Use a light hand since pencil can look obvious.
o Never get your eyebrows permanently tattooed. Eyebrow trends do
change, albeit slowly. I knew a 飄眉 tattooed girl whose eyebrows looked like a clown’s, and she was stuck with a constant look of surprise.
o Please never draw them on with a pencil. Powder is a much better choice.
o Spray hairspray on your finger tip and smooth on unruly brows.
o Never dye your eyebrows unless you don’t value your eyesight
Tracy Whiteside is a freelance writer living in the Chicago area. She is currently a licensed talent agent and former owner of an award-winning modeling and talent agency. Tracy has trained Elite, Wilhelmina and Ford models as well as Miss Preteen New Jersey 2005 and Mrs. New Jersey 2005. Her agency’s clients included MTV, Nickelodeon, Ogilvy and Mather Advertising and Court TV. She has worked in the entertainment industry and the fashion business for over 25 years. After graduating from Ray Vogue College of Design in Chicago, she began