For the relatively small amount of real estate they take up, our brows sure do have a lot of impact on how we look. Any makeup artist or beauty editor will tell you that good brows can transform a face for the better. As for bad ones? They don't do anyone any favors.
Yet arches can be stubbornly sparse, patchy, or generally haywire. Whatever the state your brows may be in, we spoke to the resident experts at Blink Brow Bar in New York City for their tips on getting the best brows of your life. Keep scrolling to learn how to whip them into shape!
"Everyone has their own natural shape, which we advise to follow and maintain," says Jaimineey Patel of Blink Brow Bar. "Generally, arched brows are the most common, but the thickness and positioning of the arch will differ with each individual," she advises. "We see many clients at Blink who come to us with gaps in brows or thin or overplucked brows, and they're struggling to achieve a desired shape. To all of these problems, the key is to leave the brows alone. Let them grow out, and allow the hairs to come through," she says.
"Tweezing is okay, but overtweezing is a problem," says Sabah Feroz, manager of Blink Brow Bar. "Pluck only the stray hairs far away from the brows so they still look defined," she says. "Once you go into the eyebrows themselves, you pull one hair out, and then you’re going to be like, 'Okay, there’s one more; let me tweeze this one.' And then you overpluck, and that's how you end up with a gap or the shape that you don’t want," she explains.
"If you get your brows done professionally, normally a person can come back every six weeks or two months," she says. "The bigger the brows, the better the shape you can get with them, so we try to tell our clients to wait longer."
"Brow tinting is suitable to all brow types, whether you want a bolder appearance or want to add slight color to your brows so that they are more visible," says Patel. "You can even color-match to your exact hair tone. If you have light brows or blond brows, having your brows tinted can be very beneficial, as it can add volume that you never thought you had. It makes all the thinner, finer baby hairs visible to increase the look of fuller brows," she adds.
As with plucking, it's a big brow no-no to overtrim your brows. “You only need to trim the tips of your brows, and the rest can be tamed with a brow gel,” says Patel.
Last but not least, both brow experts say to always use a product to accentuate your brows. "Every handbag should have a brow pencil, brow gel, or both, depending on your brow needs," says Patel. "The best way to use both products is to follow your natural shape when applying—and accentuate," she says. "You can add length to shorter brows with a brow pencil by just taking the pencil a little further than your actual length."
Feroz’s expert tip? Use a pencil to outline your brows; then use a spoolie to smudge the color. "It will give you the look like you just got your eyebrows done. After outlining the shape and smudging, use a brow gel one shade darker than your natural color to keep the hairs in place. If you have any lighter stray hairs on the bottom of your brows, use a lighter concealer to cover them up," she says.
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