There is something to be said for thick, dark and defined eyebrows.
In fact great eyebrows alone can be enough of a game changer to warrant a makeup-free routine and doesn’t that sound appealing! Who wouldn’t love to have eyebrows like Liz Taylor or Audrey Hepburn? Their arched heavy brows accented their eyes in the most alluring way. But before you run off to mimic the style of these icons keep in mind a heavy eyebrow isn’t for everyone—like anything else it’s what you are comfortable with.
Personally, I prefer a dark eyebrow, which I have naturally. However, for years I noticed my brows becoming a littler thinner and a shade lighter (ha-ha, that’s not all I’ve noticed changing since turning 50). I began experimenting with waxing, brow fillers, threading and dyeing. There are some simple options for delivering great brows. Here are a few tips to get your eyebrow game on.
~Start by getting professional help with shaping before you attempt it yourself. When offered the option of waxing or threading always choose threading. The skin on the eye is very thin and continued pulling can prematurely strip the area of its elasticity. Benefit is a good place to start as eyebrows are their thing. I have also had good luck getting a nice shape from small neighborhood salons (that are less expensive). However, before you make an appointment just anywhere get a recommendation first!
~The quickest and easiest cosmetic that naturally fills in your brow without looking as though you painted them on is a product by Benefit. Gimme Brow works like mascara. Simply brush it on with the thin fibrous applicator that is included. To keep their shape you can apply a layer of their Brow Setter. It works like hair gel only it does not leave a stiff or sticky residue.
~If you are looking for something more permanent go for dying your brows. Start with a shade darker than your hair color. If you have ever had your eyebrows dyed before prepare yourself as you may be a little shocked at how dark they look at first. Remember, it’s better to have them a little darker in the beginning as they mellow every time you shower and wash your face. Benefit offers this service as well but check out other options that may be less expensive or more convenient. And as always, get a recommendation from a friend first!
~You can also do it yourself. Before you decide to take the plunge solo I highly recommend that you have them professionally dyed a few times first and pay close attention to how your brow professional applies the dye. To do this at home you will need vaseline, a clean mascara brush and beard dye. That’s right. . . drug store beard dye. First, cover the area around your brow with a heavy coat of vaseline. Prepare the dye by following instructions on the packaging. Use the mascara brush to apply the dye and let it sit for the time specified on the instructions.
Until next week.