Polished Brows: Your No-fail Style Accessory

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Tips and must-haves have for brow perfection.

Eyebrows are just as much a defining facial feature as a strong chin or a wide forehead—except of course, that splendid brows can be shaped and even faked when necessary. So once you’ve established the arc (or arch depending on what look you’re aiming for) of perfection, how do you maintain your frame between appointments? We tapped Nicky Mayers owner of The Brow Lady for her tips on maintaining a better brow.

Brow How

Her first bit of advice is that while the some stylecasters appear to have taken a ride on the bushy brow bandwagon, it’s not a look for everyone. Thick, bold brows give you a more youthful look but beware of the crossing the line into Neanderthal land. Opt for a natural, defined look.

Nicky says the first rule of home maintenance is to only tweeze hairs that have grown outside of the brow line, and only underneath the brow. She recommends tweezing both eyebrows at the same time, taking a few hairs off each side at a time, rather than going overboard on one side and enduring the nearly impossible task of matching it on the other side.

Shaping up unruly brows can be a bit trickier. Her rule of thumb is that eyebrows should start before the eye on the nose side and not after. Keep the shape even all the way across to avoid the odd but all-too common “tadpole sitting on top of your eyes” look. When applying makeup to your brows, less is more—you should never be able to see where the makeup starts and the hairs stop.

Maintenance Must-haves

Nicky has poured her passion for the perfect brow into two signature products: BrowLady Growth Eyebrow & Eyelash Enhancing Serum ($60) and BrowLady Fix & Shape brush-on brow color ($25). Products are available at thebrowladyusa.com.

Other products to consider adding to your arsenal:

 

 

SHAPE: Tweezerman Stainless Steel Slant Tweezer, $23 at tweezerman.com and Sephora stores. They’re top rated, easy to handle, precise and all you need to snag stray hairs.

GROW: Talika Eyebrow Lipocils Eyebrow Conditioning Gel, $44 at dermstore.com and Nordstrom stores. Stimulates eyebrow hair follicle growth to develop thicker, fuller brows in 28 days.

FILL: Blinc Eyebrow Mousse, $24 at sephora.com. A water-resistant tint that tames, shapes and fills in brows. Available in nine colors including clear.

REFINE: Bobbi Brown Perfectly Defined Long-Wear Brow Pencil, $42 at bobbibrowncosmetics.com and most department stores. A new wax-based creamy brow definer providing all-day waterproof wear for a fresh, polished look. Comes in eight colors.

Story originally appeared in the November 2015 issue of So Scottsdale magazine.