Monday, October 8, 2012

Wow Your Brows: Shaping & Maintenance Tips

Eye-popping beauty back in the day. 

My grandmother, Ruth J. Wilson, was blessed with natural beauty. She parlayed her creamy complexion, high cheekbones, wide-set eyes and tall, slender frame into a career as a fashion model before settling down to raise a family. Her legacy eventually included two children, five grandchildren, four great grandchildren and one great great grandchild.

What I remember most about her appearance is the shape of her brows. They were softly rounded with low arches and cleverly enhanced her heart-shaped face. The style of her brows--and how she plucked them--served as my first beauty lesson.

It turns out she was way ahead of her time. We've since learned that in addition to defining the eyes, well shaped brows can complete your entire look. Here's how to pluck them based on the shape of your face.

Round: High arches to elongate the face.
Oval: A variety of shapes suit this type.
Heart: Rounder shapes help to soften the sharp angles of the face.
Long: Flatter and horizontal shapes make the face appear shorter.
Square: Curved or angled brows soften strong features.

Although these guidelines seem simple, many women have taken brow hair removal too far. As a result, thousands suffer from years of over tweezing or waxing. To help you achieve beautiful arches like my grandmother, check out the latest celebrity looks and must-have brow products below. Keep in mind, tweezing works best following a steamy shower or after applying a warm washcloth for a few minutes.

Photo by Eva Rinaldi
Rachael Taylor: Dark and dramatic.

Photo by Christopher Macsurak
Ashley Greene: Higher and haunting.

Photo by Georges Biard
Amber Heard: Fuller and flirty.

Photo by Luke Ford
Kerry Washington: Rounder and romantic.

Photo by Georges Biard
Salma Hayek: Thicker and ethereal.

Photo by JJ Duncan
Shay Mitchell: Lower and lovely.

SHINE: Elizabeth Grant Light Up Your Brows. BEAUTY: Makes tweezing a breeze with an LED light to help pluck hidden hairs and a gold case that features a built-in mirror. BEACON: No animal testing. Supports Boobyball and Look Good...Feel Better

SHINE: IT Cosmetics Brow Power Perfector (universal taupe, auburn, blonde and dark brown). BEAUTY: Give your brows the red carpet treatment with this five-in-one tool--waterproof pencil, fill-in powder, taming gel, conditioner and brush. BEACON: No animal testing. Free of parabens and artificial fragrances.

SHINE: Joey Healy Brow Renovation Serum. BEAUTY: Stimulates growth and thickens the hair follicles of malnourished brows with hyaluronic acid, vitamins A, C and E, and peptides. BEACON: Free of parabens. 

SHINE: Milani Brow Fix. BEAUTY: Pluck excess hairs from brows with the mini tweezers, and then define arches by applying highlight powder to the brow bones with sponge brush. BEACON: Cruelty free.

SHINE: RapidLash Eyelash & Eyebrow Enhancing Serum BEAUTY: Hyaluronic acid, pumpkin seed extract and peptides help replenish and rejuvenate lashes and brows. BEACON: No animal testing. Contains no parabens or artificial fragrances.

SHINE: RevitaLash RevitaBrow Eyebrow Conditioner. BEAUTY: Promote thicker-looking brows for a fuller appearance with calendula flower extract, peptides and biotin. BEACON: No animal testing. Supports Susan G. Komen for the Cure and Cancer and Careers.

SHINE: Sorm√© Treatment Cosmetics BrowLift Brow Highlighting Pencil. BEAUTY: This creamy pencil allows you to highlight your brow arch, as well as brighten your eye area. BEACON: No animal testing. Supports the Noreen Fraser Foundation and Look Good...Feel Better.

SHINE: TouchBack BrowMarker (blonde). BEAUTY: Fill in brows and conceal grey hairs with lasting coverage. BEACON: In honor of chemotherapy patients who have lost their eyebrows during treatment, 100% of the proceeds from this item will be donated to the National Breast Cancer Coalition during this month. 

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