Do your brows have the WOW factor? For many of us, eyebrows are an afterthought. But perfectly shaped eyebrows can transform your look and take years off your face – like a eyelift with a tweezer.
“For eyebrows to look naturally beautiful, you have to work with the brow shape you were born with,” says makeup artist Tonya Crooks of L.A.’s Mirror Mirror Beauty Studio. “Most brows are either an arc, like Madonna, an arch, like Eva Mendes or straight, like Natalie Portman’s.”
Tonya suggests that you have brows waxed professionally to determine the best shape. Then accentuate with light strokes using a brow pencil or brow powder. To help you add pizzazz to your eyes, take a look at the 12 products below to give you the brow WOW factor.
WORK THAT SHAPE
Safe, painless and simple to use, the Noxzema Eyebrow Shaper is a tiny razor with a protective Skin Guard to shape eyebrows quickly and painlessly. Although it’s designed specifically for styling eyebrows, you can use it for unwanted hair on face, neck and down below, too. The three-pack is $3.04 at www.myotcstore.com.
PERFECTLY SCULPTED BROWS
Jemma Kidd Essential Brow Shaper Kit includes tweezers and a curved magnifying mirror for expertly shaping and grooming brows. The angled ergonomic tweezers are comfortable and precise for plucking. They travel together in a stylish leatherette carrying case for gals on the go. $35 at www.beautybar.com.
GROOM & GO
Ardell Brow Grooming Kit is a quick, easy and safe way of creating or defining the perfect brow. The kit includes a trim & shape razor to use between and above brows, a precision shaper with a smaller head for beneath the brow and a comb/brush for grooming, plus a brow pencil and instructions. Handy and affordable. $6.99 at www.sears.com.
Bobbi Brown Natural Brow Shaper is a cream-gel formula that effortlessly defines and fills in brows, while controlling and contouring unruly hairs. The Shaper comes in auburn and blonde and can be used for instant hair touchups as well. $20 at www.saksfifthavenue.com.
ADD SOME ZING
Benefit Brow Zings contains all the tools you need for clean, smooth perfectly defined brows. The kit includes a soft pigmented wax that defines and shapes brows and a color complementing settling powder to keep them looking great. It also has tweezers for pesky stray hairs as well as hard angle and blending brushes. Comes in light, medium and dark. $30 at www.sephora.com.
STENCIL THEM IN
If you want to experiment, or if you’ve plucked out more than you should have, try Dior Backstage Brow Design Brow Shaping Stencils Kit. This combination of easy-to-use stencils and pencils allows you to have perfectly groomed and shaped brows. The kit contains 6 silicone stencils and two pencils for elegant brows. $40 at www.sephora.com.
OIL ‘EM UP
As we age, our eyebrows thin, just like the hair on our head. That’s why it’s a good idea to try Renew Revitalizing Eyebrow Oil. This highly concentrated and effective serum helps cleanse and dissolve dead skin cells that clog pores, which slow hair growth. Expect stronger, fuller brows within 4 to 6 weeks. $27.95 at www.nicepriceusa.com.
A HINT OF COLOR
If your brows are thin like mine, you’ll want to try Jane Iredale PureBrow Colour. Simply brush lightly to add or highlight color. You can use two colors for maximum effect and use it to touch up roots between salon visits. Comes in blonde and brunette. $16.50 at www.astonishingskincare.com.
Use the Shiseido Makeup Eyebrow and Eyeliner Compact for sexy sultry brows and lids. Brush pressed powder on brows or lids for soft dramatic eyes. Colors blend easily and complement one another. Comes in two palettes, deep brown or light brown, two shades in each. $29.50 at www.sephora.com.
Clinique Brow Shaper contains fine pressed powder and a special angled brush to help you fill in sparse areas. Simply stroke the brush backward against the brow hairs to lay down color. Then brush in the correct direction to set. Available in shades to match your brows. $15 at www.boscovs.com.
BE THE ENVY OF OTHERS
Too Faced Brow Envy Brow Shaping & Defining Kit is a customized color palette for brunettes and blondes. The complete kit contains everything a glamour gal wants to shape, define, fill and set brows, including slanted tweezers, stencils, angled brush and brow comb, plus pressed powder and directions for creating perfect arches. $35 at Dillards stores or www.dillards.com.
THE BEST FOR LAST
Be the cat’s meow with Anastasia Beverly Hills Kit for Perfect Brows and Eyes. This spectacular kit includes cooling eye brightener – a delicate cream-serum to help tone, soften and de-puff around the eyes. It also has mini lash lifting mascara, stencils, brow powder, precision tweezers, clear brow gel, matte highlighter, mini duo brush and a DVD so you know how to use all these great items. Available in taupe, medium and dark brown. This $151 value is $75 at www.sephora.com.
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