Top left and right: Backstage at Nicole Miller and Behnaz Sarafpour, both courtesy of MAC; Bottom right: Backstage at Michael Kors, courtesy of Shiseido; Anastasia brow kit, courtesy of Anastasia Beverly Hills; Anastasia scissors, courtesy of Nordstrom.
What’s the biggest mistake you’ve seen women make when it comes to brow-grooming?
“They over-tweeze in-between their brows. What that does is makes your nose bridge too wide and makes your eyes look too far apart. So don’t over-tweeze! A bad eyebrow wax or tweeze is not like a bad haircut because sometimes you destroy the hair follicle and eyebrows don’t grow back. Another issue is shortening the eyebrows. You don’t have a perfect frame to your face if the eyebrows are too short. Too-short eyebrows look as bad as too-long eyebrows and maybe worse.”
What can you do if you go overboard and over-tweeze?
“You can use an eyebrow stencil and by using that, you see where you’ve over-tweezed. If your eyebrow doesn’t end here or start there, you’ve done something wrong. We actually have a protein serum that stimulates hair growth that you can use. And we also have a brow pen that’s almost like a marker for the eyebrows. A lot of people who have alopecia or have undergone chemo use that.”
What are the rules for tinting your eyebrows?
“If you have blond hair, your eyebrows should be one shade darker. If you have dark hair, your eyebrows should be one shade lighter. If you have dark eyes, you can go with darker eyebrows. If you have light eyes, it will look a little too harsh. Overall, it’s really a balance between your eyebrows and your eyes. You see totally dark eyebrows at fashion shows right now, but if you do this at home, you need to remember to not wear a lot of makeup on your eyes, since the statement is with your eyebrows. And vice versa, if you want to make a statement with your eyes, you need to go lighter with your eyebrows. The advice I give to every woman is to take a picture of themselves and study it. That way you can be very objective.”
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