Alright, I’ll admit it. I am obsessed with eyebrows. In terms of real estate, they take up very little space on your face but boy can they make such a difference! Before we dive into my favorite treatments and brow products, let’s talk about what constitutes a “perfect” brow.
Eyebrows should frame your face. They should highlight your beautiful eyes. They should lift and flatter your features. Yes, but how can you achieve this? What is the precise formula? What are the techniques you should employ?
When I’m shaping a client’s brows, I rely on brow mapping techniques to help guide the process. I also rely heavily on the client’s facial features to determine a suitable shape. While this sounds quite precise and scientific, it’s important to remember that brow shaping is an art form. Brows are sisters, not twins. Perfect symmetry is rare and the art of designing and shaping brows, many times, is an effort in creating “a more perfect brow” not “THE perfect brow”.
Once I have identified the points on both eyes, I step back to compare the overall look. It’s easy to miss the forest for the trees. You get so focused on locating the precise points and designing around those points, only to realize that when you step back, you have two vastly different brows. Again, perfect symmetry is rare. If you took a picture of your face and did a split screen, there is almost always some sort of imbalance.
Here is where the science ends and the art begins. You make tweaks on both brows so as to compensate for any asymmetry. These are usually very fine adjustments – a slightly early (or later) start to the brow, an adjustment in the height of a brow or a tweak to the tail. As you make these adjustments, you are observing the overall look. It really is a careful balancing act.
Now that the brows are mapped and shaped, let’s talk about treatments and products that help to further define and add dimension to those brows.
While these products should be a staple in anyone’s make-up kit, they are very temporary solutions for filling and defining your brows. I will never forget the time I attended an important meeting with one eyebrow. Why? I was so nervous and stressed about the meeting that I had literally wiped one off. If you exercise, you’ll likely sweat a brow off. If you swim, it’s coming off. You get the idea. Lots of my clients simply don’t want to devote time every day to their brow design. Lucky for them, there’s a plethora of treatments that provide more long-term (even semi-permanent) design results.