So you know those really skinny, high-arched eyebrows – the kind we’ve seen on Pamela Anderson, adult film industry performers and on women who, bewilderingly, shave off their eyebrows only to redraw them back on again in mismatched colored pencil? Well, don’t do that anymore. In 2013, sexy eyebrows are thick and bold.
Full and Defined
“For the last 10 years I’ve been trying to get people to re-grow and rehab their brows,” says Tonya Crooks, aka The Brow Gal, who’s groomed the brow of many a celebrities – including Megan Fox, Gwyneth Paltrow, Naomi Campbell and Eva Mendez.
“Brows naturally thin as we age. A thin brow ages you so the fuller, thicker brow is a younger brow,” says Crooks, adding that our hairline also starts to slightly recede as we age so our forehead becomes larger. Fuller eyebrows help to balance it all out.
We’re not talking about a Frida Kahlo uni-brow, but the bold eyebrow beauty trend featured in a bevy of spring and summer 2013 runway shows, such as ones for Marc Jacobs, Jason Wu, Carolina Herrera, Rachel Roy, Narciso Rodriguez, and Zac Posen. “The difference between a female brow and a male brow is that on my male clients I leave what I call the rough or the ragged edge. It’s a straighter brow and then you don’t look metro,” Crooks says. “With women, it’s a fuller but shapely brow – just like our bodies.”
Step 1: Grow back your eyebrows
Step away from the tweezers. Over-plucking can be an addiction. “Sometimes I joke and say that you’re in the Betty Ford for eyebrows. We’re in rehab here,” Crooks says. “What’s most important at this stage is to have patience.”
She recommends using products that grow brow hair, specifically RevitaBrow Advanced Eyebrow Conditioner, and not to pluck any hair between consultations, usually about a month apart. “I want to see what your brows are capable of. Also, plucking just a few wrong hairs can make it all go wrong,” Crooks says. Brows won’t grow back overnight, “But it’s going to happen. Wait a little bit and your eyebrows are going to transform.”
Step 2: Go to an eyebrow professional to get started
If you’re doing it yourself and your brows have lost their way, Crooks recommends looking at photos of yourself at 10, 11 or 12 years old – pre-tweezing years – to understand your natural brow shape. Don’t try to re-create someone else’s brow shape on your face. “Build on the eyebrow shape that’s natural and most flattering to you specifically,” Crooks says.
Step 3: Color
A brow professional might suggest first tinting your eyebrows for greater depth. Otherwise, start by filling in eyebrows with a brow color so it can be your guideline before tweezing. Concentrate on filling in patchy areas.
“I prefer a sharp pencil,” Crooks says. “It lasts longer than a powder and a pencil can define the arch better.” You don’t want your brows to look like they’ve been colored in with crayons, so apply the color using thin, short and light strokes.