Monday, August 23, 2010

Let's Talk Brows!

Brows~ The most most important feature on everyone's face to me. Your brows frame our face and can improve the appearance of your skin and make it appear more youthful.

Brow shapes have evolved over time and changes with fashion. There was a time when pencil thin brows were in but now thick brows seem to be the trend. Honestly the ideal brow shape varies depending on the shape of your face as well as the spacing between your eyes.

There are several methods in which to achieve your ideal brow shape:

Tweezing: can take out one to a few hairs out at a time, is relatively inexpensive and quick, but can be painful and often leads to over-tweezing. Great for quick clean-ups.
Waxing: warm wax is placed on the brow area using strips of cloth to remove several hairs at a time. Best performed at a salon or with a trained eye and hand. Not ideal for those with sensitive skin or those using dermatologist prescribed skin care treatments like Retin-A or Accutane. I used to get my brows waxed years ago but due to my sensitive skin the wax would tear my skin off leaving nasty res inflammation under the brow.
Razor: a tool that looks somewhat like a shaving razor is used to remove stray hairs and sculpt your
brows. The razor can be super sharp so be sure you’re very comfortable with this method first and know that your brow hair will grow back very fast and untamed when using a razor.

Threading: a method which has origins in India and other areas of Asia. Actual thread is used to remove entire rows of hair from the brow area. It’s more precise and not as painful as waxing, in my opinion. This is my preferred method of grooming my brows, it last longer and is the least painful to me.

I recommend getting the brows professionally done at least once a month. A fabulous eye look without a well groom brow is not fabulous at all. For the in-between times, grab a razor or tweezers to keep the brows presentable. If you rather not chance over plucking your brows but don't have time to stop by your brow professional just grab your concealer and cover up the sparse hairs.

If you already have over plucked brows or have naturally thin brows don't fret, just fill them in. Here are some of your options:

Brow mascara/gel: comes in hues to closely match your hair color and is in mascara form. Use this to both tint and keep brows in place. Take the wand and carefully use it to comb through your brows. Use a disposable mascara wand to remove any excess. Clear brow mascara works wonders on keeping unruly brow hairs in place.

Brow pencil: using quick, hair-like strokes, you can fill in the sparse areas with this. The idea is not to simply draw on brows but to mimic the way brow hairs look. To blend the pencil in with your natural brows, use a clean, disposable mascara wand to “comb” through the pencil.

Brow powder: can be as simple as a matte eyeshadow close to your hair color applied with an angled brush.

1 comment:

  1. ok i like waiting for more tips for a real beginner


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