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Six Tips For Beautiful Brows

When plucking (or is it tweezing?) your eyebrows at home, do you get less-than-stellar results? Whatever your case might be, the Chicago Sun-Times has some great tips for achieving beautiful brows from Benefit Cosmetics' brow expert, Hillary Foote.

I think we've all experienced baldy brows from going overboard with the tweezers at one time or another. Find out what you need to do to avoid wimpy brows and discover six ways to create enviable arches when you

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  • Before tweezing: "Fill in your natural brow line with a brow powder or wax before you do any reshaping. Seeing a full brow will help you pluck only must-go stray hairs and prevent you from over-tweezing," says Foote. She recommends Benefit Brow Zings ($30) to get the job done.
  • On trends: Foote encourages sticking to what works for you, instead of following the latest trends. "Slightly thicker brows are better than too skinny, barely there brows," she advises. I agree.
  • Tweezer happy: If you happen to get a little too overzealous with that tweezer, just wait patiently for those brows to return. "Growing back your brow hair usually takes two to three months," Foote states.
  • Don't tweeze above: "Always tweeze hairs beneath the brow line, instead of along the top of the brow," Foote forwarns. "This prevents you from creating an over-manicured shape and ruining your natural arch," she adds.
  • Arch support: "Use brow filler to emphasize your arch, which you can measure by aligning a pencil along the side of your nose at an angle and pointing the end toward your iris. The tip of the pencil should point to your natural arch," Foote says.
  • Matchy-matchy?: Opt for a brow filler in a color that is one shade deeper than your darkest hair tone. "Avoid using a harsh dark pencil to draw any hard lines across the top of your brow line, which should look slightly soft and fuzzy," Foote advises. She recommends Benefit Instant Brow Pencil ($20).

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hills hills 6 years
i agree about thin eyebrows, its far sexier to have a fuller brow....not bushy though. i tend to use a bit of hairspray to keep the shape as well.
hills hills 6 years
i agree about thin eyebrows, its far sexier to have a fuller brow....not bushy though. i tend to use a bit of hairspray to keep the shape as well.
foudini foudini 6 years
I've always disagreed with the no plucking above rule. Ridiculous. Just cleaning that area up a little not only created a cleaner/better shape but allowed me to have a better arch than if I plucked below only.
plasticine1 plasticine1 6 years
polkadots567, the best tip of those 6 in order to come up with your own shape that isnt the standard is the first tip. fill in your eyebrows in different shapes. wash off. repeat til you find a good shape and then pluck all the outside hairs. i even use black pencil eyeliner to do this as my eyebrows are black. that's the best way i can think of to "test" different shapes without using that nose-to-eye line guide. even if they dont look natural while testing (they probably wont if you're using eyeliner), it will give you an idea of how those lines work with your facial features. remember to try to work with your natural shape and go with your hair flow.i know ive written a lot of comments, but i am obsessed with eyebrows. i may as well share what i know. hope this helps someone
plasticine1 plasticine1 6 years
polkadots567, the best tip of those 6 in order to come up with your own shape that isnt the standard is the first tip. fill in your eyebrows in different shapes. wash off. repeat til you find a good shape and then pluck all the outside hairs. i even use black pencil eyeliner to do this as my eyebrows are black. that's the best way i can think of to "test" different shapes without using that nose-to-eye line guide. even if they dont look natural while testing (they probably wont if you're using eyeliner), it will give you an idea of how those lines work with your facial features. remember to try to work with your natural shape and go with your hair flow. i know ive written a lot of comments, but i am obsessed with eyebrows. i may as well share what i know. hope this helps someone
plasticine1 plasticine1 6 years
yes lizlee89, there are trends for eyebrows. i think if this big brow trend hadn't arrived, i would have never stopped to think about the permanence of plucking eyebrows. hey, if you're not into trends then pick a shape that you really like and pluck. pencil-thin eyebrows were in once, you know. and now the ladies who spent all their years plucking (like my mom, but hey, at least it suits her) have no brows left! very sad!
lizlee89 lizlee89 6 years
trends? for eyebrows? my eyebrows stay the same way - the way I like them and the way they naturally grow...
polkadots567 polkadots567 6 years
I agree with burotuckman, can there be a story on how to best create a shape that doesn't look to manicured?
plasticine1 plasticine1 6 years
Peachykeen, i can't imagine what they did to you that makes you so sad just thinking about it, but i do know that when my eyebrows are just three hairs off from being perfect, i feel hideous. so i can sort of imagine what you are going through. also, i think i read eyebrow hairs take 6 months to fully grow back. eyebrow hairs take SO long to grow, so even when it looks like they arent growing back they could be. you have to be patient. massaging them must help some. also i think facialists manipulate a sort of current that actually stimulates hair growth. if you have a facialist ask them about it and see if they can treat your eyebrows with it.the first time out of two times i went to get my eyebrows waxed, the guy also didnt know what he was doing. he tried to match both eyebrows and ruined my shape, which even he commented was unique and nice (so why would you screw it up!?). after that, i never went to get them done again, and in my eyebrow trauma, i let my eyebrows grow out fully again (let's just say i had a hairy eyebrow phase) to see what shapes i could and could not achieve. finally, i let my friend at the salon wax them for me, and i freaked out because they looked SO thin to me, but they actually weren't at all. i was used to my natural brows which were too big. after that, i even took out some more and now they are, in my eyes, perfect. oh, one more thing, i don't tweeze or wax, EVER. i shave them with a razor. no chance of any of my hairs dying on me and never coming back. you never know what kind of eyebrow trends there will be in the future and i want to be ready to try all of them, and not married to one shape for the rest of my life.
plasticine1 plasticine1 6 years
Peachykeen, i can't imagine what they did to you that makes you so sad just thinking about it, but i do know that when my eyebrows are just three hairs off from being perfect, i feel hideous. so i can sort of imagine what you are going through. also, i think i read eyebrow hairs take 6 months to fully grow back. eyebrow hairs take SO long to grow, so even when it looks like they arent growing back they could be. you have to be patient. massaging them must help some. also i think facialists manipulate a sort of current that actually stimulates hair growth. if you have a facialist ask them about it and see if they can treat your eyebrows with it. the first time out of two times i went to get my eyebrows waxed, the guy also didnt know what he was doing. he tried to match both eyebrows and ruined my shape, which even he commented was unique and nice (so why would you screw it up!?). after that, i never went to get them done again, and in my eyebrow trauma, i let my eyebrows grow out fully again (let's just say i had a hairy eyebrow phase) to see what shapes i could and could not achieve. finally, i let my friend at the salon wax them for me, and i freaked out because they looked SO thin to me, but they actually weren't at all. i was used to my natural brows which were too big. after that, i even took out some more and now they are, in my eyes, perfect. oh, one more thing, i don't tweeze or wax, EVER. i shave them with a razor. no chance of any of my hairs dying on me and never coming back. you never know what kind of eyebrow trends there will be in the future and i want to be ready to try all of them, and not married to one shape for the rest of my life.
juliarose23 juliarose23 6 years
thaank you bella i really needed this!
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 6 years
I love tweezing my brows. I do it minimally because I like (and so does hubbie) my natural brow shape. I remove obvious strays, and that's all. Simply doing this really refines the natural shape of my eyebrows. I like it.
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 6 years
Filling in your brows before tweezing is a great idea. I never thought of that.
candy-rain candy-rain 6 years
I'm not sure about that last tip - I've always heard that you should go a shade LIGHTER than your hair color, unless you are blonde, in which case you go a shade darker.
PeachyKeen19 PeachyKeen19 6 years
I left out some things but I don't want to go there or I'll cry. Thanks for the article Bella, I'm sure a lot of people know that (but a reminder is always good) and it's good for everyone the is just learning the ropes too. I wish I had stuck to my guns, I knew this was important and was to afraid to speak up and you know what happens then...anyhow, thanks again.
PeachyKeen19 PeachyKeen19 6 years
I left out some things but I don't want to go there or I'll cry. Thanks for the article Bella, I'm sure a lot of people know that (but a reminder is always good) and it's good for everyone the is just learning the ropes too. I wish I had stuck to my guns, I knew this was important and was to afraid to speak up and you know what happens then... anyhow, thanks again.
PeachyKeen19 PeachyKeen19 6 years
I used to have great brows and then a Brazilian man waxed ALL of the above, this post puts it mildly...it's not just "over manicured" waxing or plucking above gives you a tranny look. He didn't know what he was doing and I was depressed at the time. I keep thinking that if things had been different, I would have walked out and still have my natural shape. So now they are 'frowning' and thin on top but full on the bottom...an aesthetician would have to thin them out or round them and that would only make them look worse. I did some research and they have a procedure called an eyebrow transplant, but the thought of that just makes me feel worse. This is why it's important to go to someone who knows what they are doing and seriously, DON'T trust Brazilian people. I don't care what people say...the are OVERZEALOUS. I want to a spa for the first time that did a great job and I wish I had kept going there.
dragonlady920 dragonlady920 6 years
If I don't remove hair above the arch, I start to look like a wolf woman! I get seriously hairy brows! I went to a spa and had them waxed initially for the shape, and now I maintain with tweezers (with the occasional trip back to the spa when I start getting overrun).
kulikuli kulikuli 6 years
i agree about eyebrows being too thin, however i am still trying to find out how to balance my eyebrows. I this article is they say never too pluck above your eyebrow, but i have special reasons for doign so. I have a scar on my eyebrow above my right eye, but not my left, and so i constantly look like one eyebrow is higher and more arched than the other. So i still want an article on how to create an eyebrow shape, or what products to use to fill in my eyebrow so i can pluck or wax them to the same size and same height. It's hard not everyones are naturally shaped well enough to just groom. Some of us need some re-shaping.
TidalWave TidalWave 6 years
I don't understand how eyebrows can get so thin that you need to fill them in!
clew001 clew001 6 years
pencil thin eyebrows are sooo tacky!
queenegg queenegg 6 years
Instead of using a wax to do my eyebrows (I'm cheap), I put extra face lotion on my eyebrows to "tame" them and then I can shape them from that. I can shape them before I pluck. Since I have black eyebrows which form a uni, it's easy to over tweeze.
emalove emalove 6 years
Bad brows are the WORST...I hate super-thin, overplucked ones and drawn-on ones the most.
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