Better Brows and Lashes

How to Get Perfect Brows

Craving a movie star’s eyebrows? The perfect brow size and shape for your face depends on your own features. If your brow were divided into thirds, the thick end should start at the base of your nose. The arch should be around the middle of your eye. The thin end should go just past the corner of your eye.

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Get Thicker Brows

Fill in sparse brows with a powder, pencil, or gel. Go two shades lighter than your hair color if you’re brunette, two shades darker if you have pale blonde or silver hair. When in doubt, taupe works on almost everyone. Use tiny strokes over your arches and blend with a brow brush to remove extra color.

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Skip the Stencils

The perfect brow is based on your unique bone structure. Using a stencil to draw on your brows may seem like it takes the guesswork out of shaping. But you may not like the results. A stenciled brow that’s just a little bit off can make you look angry, surprised, older, or even lopsided.  No thanks! Better to work with your natural brow shape.

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Make Brows Match Your Hair

If you make a dramatic hair color change, your brows should change, too. You’ll want to see a professional colorist. Don’t dye your brows at home, even if you have a really steady hand. Need a quick fix? Blend mascara or concealer into your brows to instantly go darker or lighter.

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Get The Natural Look

Actress Camilla Belle proves you don’t need whip-thin, sculpted brows to look modern. To get yours as lush as possible, don’t pluck a single hair for three months. Then have them shaped professionally or pluck only the most obvious strays yourself. Use a brow filler for better definition.

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Use the Right Tweezers

Rounded tip or pointy? Experts like a pointed, slanted tip, especially if you haven’t plucked before. You can hold that shape easily and grab longer hairs. For those short, stubborn hairs, turn the tweezer at an angle and pull from the pointed edge.

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Can You Pluck The Tops?

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It’s OK as long as you focus on the peach fuzz there and on your temples. Most of the real shaping should happen underneath to lift the brow up. Pluck too much off the top and you could get flat brows that make you look scowly.

When to Put the Tweezers Down

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If you see a teeny little dot of hair growing under the skin, resist the urge to pull it. You don’t want to break the skin and risk a scar. Wait a day and that little hair probably will poke through the surface, ready to be plucked. In the meantime, if it bothers you, cover it with concealer.

Let a Pro Guide You

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If you aren’t sure about your own brow judgment, a salon specialist can find the best shape for your face. Snap a few photos for reference at home. To keep your new look fresh, lightly pluck new hair growth once a week. For best results, make another appointment four to six weeks later.

Open Your Eyes

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Curled lashes make you look wide-eyed. Do it before you put on mascara. Use firm pressure but don’t clamp down too hard. You don’t want to pinch your skin, crease your lashes, or pull them out. You may get better results from curling in stages, moving out from the lash roots to the tips. A corner lash curler can get to hard-to-reach outer ones.

Brush Up on Your Mascara

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Your mascara matters for making lashes look fuller or longer. The brush matters, too! Rubber bristles coat even the tiniest lashes from root to tip, adding length. Plastic bristles give you a clean, natural-looking lash line. Fiber bristles build lash thickness and boost the fringe. If you like your mascara but want a new look, try using a different brush. You can buy them at beauty stores.

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