Six mistakes you're probably making
In today's beauty world, it's hard to imagine a time when we wanted anything other than the biggest, baddest, boldest brows in town à la Cara Delevingne and Lily Collins. So to keep this hot trend from looking like a hot mess, we reached out to brow expert Maribeth Madron from Maybelline New York for six ways to you might be ruining your fabulous arches.
You wax or thread your brows: Apparently, these methods are generally not right for your face. "Waxing and threading are a fantastic method for cleaning up body hair or chin hairs-but not brows," says Madron. "Waxing rounds your brows, which in turn can make your face appear older. As for threading, when one thread is in the technician's teeth when they're pulling the hairs, they end up looking over their shoulder-so they can't even see what they're doing."
You only tweeze once a week: So, wax and thread are out. But if you think a quick tweeze every now and then should be able to keep you in top shape, it's time to reconsider your brow-maintenance strategy. "A couple of hairs should be pulled every single day," says Madron. "It's the only way to maintain your arches. If you wait a week or two, you're going to have hair sprouting everywhere, and it'll be hard to know what's new growth and what needs to stay." The best solution? Tweeze between taking a shower and putting on your makeup.
You match your arches to your hair color: The only people who can really get away with this simple option are ladies with dark hair that's all one shade. But if you're a brunette and have highlights, you should be matching your brows to those lighter strands. "By making your brows lighter-with a brow mascara, for example-your eyes will really pop," says Madron. If you're a blonde with fair to medium skin, it's the opposite rule. "Anyone with light everything needs to go a little bit darker," says Madron. "Look for the absolute darkest lowlight of your hair, and match that."
You do your brows first, then the base: Considering how brows are the frames of your face, it's understandable why you might do them before applying blush, bronzer, and the like-but that's a major faux pas. "It's important to finish your complexion first," says Madron. "If you're washed out, with no blush or color, you're going to totally overdo the brows. It's similar to the way ladies always end up overdoing liner and mascara if they've left their brows until last." The formula for success: base, bronzer, blush, brows, and then everything else.
You use just one brow product: Remember how proud you felt when you bought that very first brow pencil? Well, imagine that feeling times three-because that's how many brow products you should be using daily. "Pencil for structure, powder for color, and then a gel to settle the hairs and keep them in place," says Madron.
You start from the outside and work your way in: Logic would say the best place to start anything is, well, at the start. However, beauty logic often disagrees. "What you really want to do is start in the middle of your brow, where it's naturally fullest," says Madron. "From there, work lightly toward the tail. When you're done, go back to the start of your brow and add a few fine flicks so the inner corner is lighter and more natural-looking than the outer one."
The writer is a beauty expert and journalist.The write-up has also appeared on www.womenshealthmag.com