So, We've Been Doing Our Brows All Wrong

Illustrated by Anna Sudit.
At some point, usually three-weeks-post-professional brow shaping session, we all fancy ourselves arch-eologists. Tending to your own brows between grooming sessions is inevitable. Despite advice to leave them alone a la Chris Cocker re: Britney, you’re about as likely to deliver on that promise as you are the one regarding keeping your hands off a ripe whitehead, i.e., not at all.

But, did you know that the lighting in which you go about your DIY plucking can have an immense impact on your results? Simply put, it can mean the difference between Drew Barrymore’s current arches versus her look circa Mad Love.

In our increasingly Instagram-ready world, living in an all-white bright-as-fuck photo studio of an abode seems like it’d be dope for all possible outcomes, but Sania Vucetaj of Sania’s Brow Bar says you should only be using your tweezers in dull light. Cue the whaaaaaaat?     

Vucetaj says you should always have soft lighting in your bathroom. “The more lighting you have, the more chances you have to tweeze too much and get obsessive,” she says. “My clients who have homes in suburban areas all have that natural, bright light that comes through the windows and it causes them to tweeze more, resulting in thinner brows,” she explains. Vucetaj advises dimming those bathroom vanities. “Let your hair follicles breathe, and you’ll see your brows come in fuller.” 

While you’re off the sauce, or at least solely tweezing the most obvious stray brow hairs, try penciling in your brows using two colors for the most natural effect. To mimic the texture and hue of naturally full arches, layer a brow pencil like Sania’s Brow Bar Mechanical Angle Pencil under a warm-toned brow gel, like Maybelline Brow Drama Sculpting Brow Mascara.  

So, in the words of Bob Marley, turn your lights down low.

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Illustrated by Anna Sudit.

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