Let's Talk Brows

We’ve all heard it before. Brows are the frame for your face. So, put down the tweezers and let’s talk about how to make your brows the perfect frame for your pretty face.

Repeat after me: “The best brow for my face is my natural shape.” The shape you were born with is the one that will create the prettiest frame for you. Whether your brows are straight, arched, full, or not-so-full, they’re the right brows for you. 

Now, that’s not to say you don’t have to do anything to your brows! But, always create a brow that follows the shape and fullness of your natural brow. And, your brows do not need to be twin sisters. It’s perfectly all right for one to be straighter than the other. Most people’s brows aren’t naturally exact twins. There are a few things you should know about creating a great brow, though, and here they are.

Brows should not start too far back from your eyes at the inner corner. Look at where your brows naturally begin and start there. If you have a “uni-brow” a good rule is to start your brow where your natural thickness begins and only remove the finer, sparser hairs that are growing across your nose.

The tail of your brow, or the outer edge, should extend to its natural end. Some people have longer tails, some are a little shorter, some are thick and some are thin, and that’s OK. Only remove the fine hairs and strays that grow above and below the tail and out towards your hairline.

Arches are talked about all the time. I’ve even heard people call getting their brow wax done getting their brows “arched.” Guess what I’m going to say? Your natural arch is the one you should have. Some people have arched brows, some people have straighter brows, some have one brow that’s more arched than the other. All fine! The only time I add any arch to a brow when I wax at the salon is the rare case where someone has very small eyes and an extremely full, straight brow. I may create a very slight arch to help the eyes look larger.

If you’ve over-tweezed or had an over-zealous waxer remove too much brow, don’t despair! Leave them alone for a while. You will survive the growing back out stage. And, keep in mind that if the hair follicle is damaged from constant hair removal you may need a little help with growth. My favorite product is the ZO Ossential Lash Enhancing Serum (available at Glow Skincare) that can be used on brows and lashes. It’s amazing!

Then, see a brow professional for a shaping. Before he or she touches you with the wax or tweezers, talk about his or her philosophy of brows. Explain that you want to keep your natural shape. The right brow expert can send you out the door with the prettiest eye brows you’ve ever had.

Stay tuned for more on brows. And, I’d love to see you and do your brows!

Stay pretty,

   Helen Gaye

   Aesthetician and Makeup Artist

   for appointments call Glow Skincare at 615-226-4627

   email me at helengaye@myglowskincare.com

   Emilia Clarke photo from WSJ