When it comes to an (almost) instant beauty boost, nothing can beat 10 minutes spent grooming your eyebrows. The right shape, and a little cheating with an eyebrow pencil or powder, has a huge impact. Your eyes look bigger. Your skin looks more alive. Fill out a skimpy brow and you can look years younger. Tame a thick, unruly brow and under-eye shadows disappear.
If you're a brow novice, it's a good idea to start with a professional grooming. Many ULTA stores have a pop-in Benefit Brow Bar where experts will create a pair of perfect arches with a combination of tweezing and waxing. Also, Benefit Cosmetics Brow Zings details kit is like taking that pro home with you. It contains everything you need to maintain your brows: pigmented wax for shaping, powder for setting, mini-tweezers, two brushes, a mirror and a how-to lesson.
These days, brows are going fuller and more natural, with stars like Megan Fox and Mila Kunis leading the list of Hollywood's most-wanted arches. A full brow will work for all face shapes. If your face is round, you'll want to keep your arch a little more angular. Heart-shaped or square-shaped? Balance the angles of your face with a softer brow that has a slight bend. Anything goes for oval faces, including a brow with a more dramatic arch.
Before you tweeze a single hair, brush your brows in place with a spooly brush (a mascara brush minus the mascara). Anastasia Beverly Hills Duo Brush has a spooly brush on one end and an angled, cut brush on the other for applying powder. Tweeze just a couple of hairs at a time, stepping back to get a long view of yourself in the mirror before you continue. Focus on the stray brows underneath your brows, leaving the top intact.
You'll also want to pluck any stray hairs between your brows (a unibrow is never a good look!) Tweezerman Slant Tweezers is the go-to tool of the pros.
A Little Filler to Be Fuller
Once you have your shape perfected, you can fatten up your brow with a pencil or powder. Whichever you choose, use short strokes to mimic the appearance of hair, says Hollywood makeup artist Brett Freedman, whose clients include Catherine Zeta-Jones, Amy Poehler and Stacy Keibler. "Choose a brow fill that's lighter than the hairs themselves," says Freedman, "so you don't end up with a brow that looks drawn in and flat." If you like to switch between powder and pencil, consider Too Faced Brow Envy Kit. It contains both, as well as every other tool you need for killer brows.
If your brows just need a little color boost, you can achieve that in a flash with a swipe of a colored brow gel, like Anastasia Beverly Hills Tinted Brow Gel. It's available in five shades from blonde to espresso. To set your gorgeous brows, use an angled brush to apply a touch of colorless wax. Try Smashbox Brow Tech Wax. The final result: brows that are bold and beautiful!
Benefit Brow Bar
Drop in to an ULTA newar you to experience the Benefit Brow Bar, a one-stop brow-beautifying hot spot. Whether you need more arch, just a tweeze or simply have a brow inquiry, the Brow Bar is your place. Find an ULTA near you here.