Getting your brows tweezed into a that perfect arch is not always an appointment away. Here are some of my tricks for the perfect brows. Note: Although my guidelines are the same for every eye and face, each person’s brows will differ and need tailored attention based on hair texture, color, density and it’s natural shape.
Rule #1: Fabulous eyebrows are not always perfect or symmetrical. Little variances give eyebrows a modern edge.
Rule #2: Brows should begin directly in line with the inner corners of the eyes and feather in about 1/8 inch towards the center.
Rule #3: The arch should peak about 1/8 inch past the outer edge of the iris (the colored part of the eye).
Rule #4: Maintain uniform thickness from the inner start up to the arch, then taper thinner towards the outer points.
Rule #5: The length from the inner edge of the eyebrow to the arch is roughly the same as the length from the arch to the end of the eyebrow. This balance extends and opens the eyes.
Rule #6: The ending tip of the brow should never drop below the level of the beginning of the brow. They sit on the same horizon line or the slightly higher, but never lower.
Rule #7: Brush hairs up and out towards the end of the brow in a lazy “c” formation. I love the inner edges brushed straight up á la Brooke Shields in the ’80s.
Rule #8: To balance wider set eyes, start brows a little closer together. For closer set eyes, slightly farther apart.
Rule #9: Begin tweezing from the outside in. Pull skin taut to ease discomfort and tweeze hair in quick, swift motions in the direction of growth.
Rule #10: Step back and check progress from a distance in the mirror. Avoid a magnifying mirror if possible, as it can distort the hairs and tempt over-tweezing.
Rule #11: Using an eyebrow grooming tool (the little part brush, part comb one), comb hairs up and trim in small increments using manicure or brow scissors.
Rule #12: If your eyebrows are strong and/or very dense, remove every other hair to achieve a softer edge.
Rule #13: Choose a powder or pencil in a shade or two lighter than your brows’ natural color to fill in for added strength and boldness, if desired.
Rule #14: A clear mascara or brow gel is perfect for controlling and grooming any stray hairs.