A gorgeous well-groomed brow does wonders. It opens up the eyes and helps define features.
But, many of us may be sporting the wrong eye brow shape for our face type. We talked with owner Malynda Vigliotti of New York City’s Boom Boom Brow Bar, on how to get the right brow shape for your face type and ways to keep brows looking fab this holiday season.
“A properly groomed brow highlights the good and downplays the bad—it’s the perfect non-surgical tweak you can do to brighten up and look younger,” says Vigliotti. There are so many options with eyebrows—thick, thin, dark, natural, arched and straight—and the right shape can bring out your best features. “Brows are always about balance and proportion, and the most natural brow is best.”
Those with oval face shapes like stunning actress Marion Cotillard have longer faces than wide, with the jaw line, cheekbones, and forehead being the same width. If you have this face shape, Vigliotti suggests, “going with a strong defined brow, which draws attention to the eyes, away from the longer chin and forehead.” She likes to use Boom Boom Brow Boostier ($16), a mineral-based powder that is applied with a brush, to make brows appear more lush and give definition. If your brow color is hard to match, try Anastasia Brow Powder Duo ($23), which lets you mix and blend to perfection.
Heart shape faces like celebrity Vanessa Hudgens have narrower chins while the upper part of the face—the forehead and cheekbones—are about the same width. Vigliotti suggests heart shape faces go with a softer arch, which can lessen the point of the chin and help balance the face.
New mom and singer, Fergie, is a great example of a round shape face, and can benefit from a more angular brow to help bring out facial bone structure. “Well defined brows with a high arch is best for round faces as you want to create angles to break up the roundness of the face,” says Vigliotti.
Square face shapes like actress Demi Moore have a square jaw line, and the forehead, cheekbones and jaw line are about the same width, so it’s best to go with an angled arch with a sharp peak. “A well-defined angular arch can help draw the attention up and away from the jawline,” says Vigliotti. She likes to use Boom Boom Push Up brow highlighting pencil ($16) on the brow bone to highlight and define the arch. You’ll also find a highlighter pencil in the Two-Faced Brow Envy Brow Shaping & Defining Kit ($35).
After you go in for a professional shaping and find your best shape, it’s important to groom brows once a month. “Ideally you want hair growing in on the same growth cycle so it can be removed at the same time all at once, only one time during the month,” explains Vigliotti. And, if you over-tweezed and need to thicken up your brows, Vigliotti recommends putting down the tweezers and using an over-the-counter conditioner with vitamins and peptides like Brow Job ($49) two times a day. Even some eyelash conditioners like City Lash Growth Enhancer ($49) can help enhance brows.
Most hair stylists and colorists recommend not washing hair every day as it can strip oils. I often follow this rule, but after one day of not lathering up, my fine color-treated hair looks limp and greasy. That’s why I’m a huge fan of dry shampoo. It not only refreshes hair in between washes, but also adds great body and texture to fine hair like mine.
Most of the time I shy away from hair products that are overly scented, but the new Alterna bamboo style cleanse extend translucent dry shampoo ($22) in mango coconut and sheer blossom smell heavenly and soak up my greasy roots without leaving any chalky residue. A few spritzes of the light aerosol spray to roots added tons of volume and leaves my hair smelling clean and fresh.
The new scents are part of the bamboo style line from Alterna, a collection of shampoos, conditioners and stylers, featuring nourishing eco-certified organic bamboo extract, rich in natural silica to help make hair stronger while also boosting flexibility. Another key ingredient is blue yucca root, which is high in starch content, so it gives hair hold where needed, absorbs oil and product buildup, and adds texture—all without weighing hair down. Nourishing kendi oil, omega 3, 6, and 9 and color hold technology work to smooth and protect tresses, making it suitable for all hair types.
The new scents are not overpowering and I like how they add a little freshness to my unwashed hair, especially after a sweaty spin class. I’m favoring the mango coconut for its pleasant tropical smell with top notes of white nectarine, blood orange, and ruby red grapefruit; middle notes of Brazilian mango, Cataleya orchid, white jasmine petals, and coconut milk; and base notes of white amber, coconut palm. and creamy musks. The sheer blossom is light and floral with top notes of Asian pear and bergamot; middle notes of Sakura blossom, mimosa, and water lily; and base notes of sandalwood, incense, and vanilla rice.
It’s been over a week now that I’ve been using both of the new scented dry shampoos and I’m able to stretch hair washing to three days—a huge timesaver! I’m loving the way my hair looks on days two and three and I’ve also been able to style my hair better—whether it’s up, down, or in beachy waves.
Are you tired of looking like you are in need of some solid shuteye? The skin around the eyes is usually the first place to show signs of aging such as lines and wrinkles, under-eye bags, and puffiness. The good news is that there are many ways to reverse these signs thanks to potent multi-tasking eye creams, collagen-building treatments offered by dermatologists, and the right makeup. Here, in honor of BITB’s five-year anniversary, we give you five ways to make eyes standout and look younger.
Use an Eye Cream Daily
Lines and wrinkles form from years of squinting, sun damage, and the breakdown of collagen. Eye creams can help plump delicate skin and tackle a variety of issues without being harsh. One we like is vbeauté Eye Never Nourishing Repair Eye Crème (ARV $43), containing caffeine to reduce swelling, alpine rose botanical technology to repair cell damage, and sensytens (a muscle relaxer) to instantly fill in fine lines. Lumixyl Revitaleyes Brightening Eye Cream (ARV $65) contains decapeptide-12 to treat dark circles without irritation as well as botanicals and moisturizers to fight inflammation and crepiness. Apply eye cream along the orbital bone in the morning and evening for best results.
Conceal Discoloration and Brighten
As we age, skin loses elasticity and blood vessels begin to show through, revealing darker under-eye circles. A creamy concealer camouflages darkness, illuminates the under-eye area, and makes eyes appear well rested. “Add concealer to the inner and outer corners of eyes for an instant wake-me-up effect,” says celebrity makeup artist Mally Roncal. Stila All Day Concealer ($23) gives full coverage while going on smooth and stays put throughout the day. Apply Mally Beauty Lightwand Eye Brightener ($25) after eye makeup to fake eight hours of sleep. Use the creamy pencil in the inner corners of the eye to brighten, and the illuminating powder under the brow bones to make eyes appear more lifted.
Get An In-Office Treatment
While makeup and eye creams can help the appearance of aging eyes, in-office treatments will give dramatic results in little time. One of the top treatments for crow’s feet and under-eye wrinkles is Pellevé, which uses radio-frequency energy to heat up tissue deep in the skin, making it contract and produce new collagen and elastin.
“Pellevé is a great treatment for people in their 40s, 50s, and maybe 60s, who don’t want to go under the knife,” says Massachusetts plastic surgeon Christine A. Hamori. “It gives you an immediate tightening of the skin, and in response, the body makes new collagen in the dermis that is more compact. If you treat the forehead to shrink it, the brow goes up and it can be significant. And better yet, it is not painful and you can go to the work or to the gym right after you have had a Pellevé treatment because there is no downtime.”
Results are noticeable after just one treatment, but a series of three treatments spaced out a month apart may be recommended. Cost can range from $500 to $800 for one treatment around the eye area.
Pump up Lashes
“Mascara can really make your eyes look awake,” says Roncal. Choose a formula that is both volumizing and lengthening with bristles that lift and separate. Benefit They’re Real! Mascara (ARV $23) is a glossy formula that lifts and lengthens with short and long bristles. To get an eye-opening effect, Roncal suggests taking the wand and stroke it onto the lashes towards the bridge of the nose (instead of the outer corner). Just because it’s been around for practically forever, don’t forget Maybelline Great Lash, one of the great all time selling mascaras. A new one from Maybelline, Volum’ Express Falsie Big Eyes Washable Mascara (ARV $9.49), offers a dual-ended brush that pushes up top lashes and grabs the tiniest of the bottom lashes.
Accentuate with Liner
Choose a dark-colored creamy liner on lids to make the white in eyes pop. Roncal likes to draw some eyeliner on the back of her hand and with a small brush dip smudge it onto the top and bottom lash line. “This softer, smudgy line will make eyes appear larger.” Try Rimmel London Scandal Eyes Waterproof Kohl Eyeliner ($4.49) for soft, deep color. Or for pure drama, use Lancôme Artliner 24H Precision Point Eyeliner ($30) for a dramatic and long lasting vinyl finish.