I've spent countless hours glued to my bathroom mirror with the intention of perfecting my brows. But I can't get them to look completely symmetrical. Turns out, there's no need!
It's time to put down the tools and products and back away from the sink.
Brow expert Tonya Crooks explains, “I’ve shaped brows for over 16 years, and I’ve never met anyone who has perfectly symmetrical brows. I hate to say it, but no one’s brows will ever be 'identical.' This is due to several reasons, but many times it's because the muscle movement varies per brow. For example, some people can raise one brow but not the other. Our faces aren’t perfectly symmetrical on each side, so completely identical brows look artificial and forced.
But what should you do? Crooks continues: "I work to balance the brows and make them appear more symmetrical—kind of like a scale—slowly taking a little volume from one and adding a little to the other. Over time, you can create the illusion of balance. I always say, ‘Brows are sisters, not twins, but I like to dress them alike.’
"You need a great brow pencil and an enhancement serum! Finding a good pencil that is undetectable in the brows is vital, that way you can adjust the shape of your brows to look more symmetrical—this is your instant fix. Next, I always recommend to my clients that they try an enhancement product." Crooks has an amazing product that both stimulates the hair follicle and vibrates to allow the product to penetrate deeply into the skin (The Browgal Second Chance Brow Enhancement Serum, $95). It will thicken your brows so, eventually, less pencil is required to achieve your desired look.
Jared Bailey, Benefit's global brow authority, suggests brow mapping. The three-step technique helps you to find the perfect shape for your brows (taking all of your facial features into account). Bailey gave us a quick and easy run-down.
Here's how it works:
1. Grab your favorite brow pencil (we love an ultra fine brow pencil like Benefit's Precisely, My Brow Pencil, $24) and follow these three steps.
2. Measure straight from the dimple of your nose to the beginning of your brow. This will create a slimming effect on your nose and balance your eyes.
3. Look for your arch: Beginning at the edge of your nose, pass through the pupil to the highest portion of your brow. This will give maximum lift to your eye area.
4. Measure from the outer edge of your nose past the outer corner of your eye. This is where the brow should end to create an eye-opening effect.
5. As you identify each point, make a small mark with your brow filler. Once all three marks have been made, begin connecting the dots following a slight gentle taper all the way to the end. And voilà! The (natural) illusion of symmetry is complete.
But, Crooks makes a point to assert, balancing your brows is tough, especially if you’re trying to do it yourself. "Even I struggle with shaping my own brows sometimes, Crooks says. "So if you’re serious about your brows, the best advice I can give is to go to a professional. Specifically, someone who will really shape the brows, not just remove excess hair. We even offer services on TheBrowGal.com where you can send in a photo, and we’ll draw in your ideal brow shape and send it back to you. That way, you'll have some guidance on what to go for. Education is key!"
If your brows are drastically different, Crooks explains, you can use a neurotoxin, like Botox, to freeze the movement in one brow. "It'll more closely match the other, but usually, if they get a good shaping and pencil, this becomes unnecessary."
To learn more, read through these 10 little-known facts about your brows.