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

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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