I’m a major proponent of the full brow trend and glad to see it remains popular as ever. From Audrey Hepburn to Cara Delevingne, a full, strong brow has always been classy and youthful. Like a good high-heel, a well-kept eyebrow instantly adds refinement and professionalism to your look. Pulling it off is simply a matter of having your eyebrows well-shaped—preferably by a pro—and to always keep them groomed.
The good news is it’s easy to keep up the look if you invest in the right tools, and make sure they stay clean. (This is true for all your make-up tools—if you let them build up with product they just won’t work so well.)
When grooming make sure you find good lighting, and don’t over-pluck. Eyebrow hair does not always grow back, and this is how you end up with holes. So stick to catching strays, and leave the front of the brow to the professionals. (I typically prefer a softer front brow and a more defined tail, as an overly straight or rigidly drawn-in brow can be pretty distracting.)
My strategy for beautiful, balanced brows is all in the details. For a closer look at how I keep both my clients’ and my own eyebrows neat and stylish, here’s a peak inside my toolkit:
A quick brush immediately gives you a more polished look. Always have a spoolie on hand! You can tame a wild brow in a pinch by adding a spritz of hairspray to the brush before you sweep. And if there’s no spoolie in sight, a toothbrush will do the trick.
After you brush the hairs up with a spoolie, trim the excess with a pair of mini scissors. You’ll want to do this every week or two depending on how fast your hair grows.
This is an ultra fine-tip pencil that creates a hair-sized stroke. It’s super easy to use, and comes in one universal color that looks natural on almost every brow. I especially love it on-the-go, as the pencil gives you as much precision as you’d get from a brush, it’s always sharp, and there’s even a spoolie hiding in the back of the tube.
This is a great drugstore find that works really well as a brow gel. After brushing and filling in your brow, sweep this over the hairs to hold them in place.
Once you put this on you can forget about your brows—they aren’t moving. Apply with an angle brush and and comb though with a spoolie to tame, fill, and hold. The genius formula combines five different technologies to get you full, natural looking brows with just one product. It also comes in a great selection of colors, and is budget-friendly to boot.
On a trip to Japan, I saw someone using one of these on a train and realized how handy they are for grooming on-the-go. They’ve since become my secret for cleaning up fuzzy hairs around the brow area. Those fine little hairs can be the culprit of an unrefined look, plus, removing them helps for a smoother make-up application.
For every day use, these are the best universal tweezers I’ve found.
My favorite tweezers for the brow that has mini stubble or ingrown hairs. They’re also great for fine tuning along the eye, giving you a better viewpoint of the brow hairs without the tweezer edge in the way.
You can’t go wrong with any tool or product from Anastasia’s line. She’s made her mark in the brow business and her brand covers the map in colors, kits and tools.
It’s important to wait a few days for botox to settle before a brow shaping. And note that when it’s injected in the middle forehead crease, it tends to push the brow muscles south. I recommend applying at the hairline instead for a natural lift.
To help balance extra shine around your forehead, I suggest using a matte or powder make-up to fill in your brows. The Dior Brow Styler is a great product for this, or your brow powder of choice. Also keep some blotting papers handy and don’t be afraid to press them gently right over your brows and forehead. My favorite are the Tatcha Japanese Beauty Papers.