Fall’S Biggest Brow Trend
By Brett Freedman, Celebrity Makeup Artist and Owner of Vanitymark |
I've got one word for you, ladies: fuller. Fuller brows are back. Why is that good news? Because there's less upkeep! Not to say you can hang up your tweezers, but a looser, less fussy brow is the way to go. We're not talking Brooke-Shields-in-the-80s full, but darn near close. The difference is a bit of tailoring. You want your hairs to be ample, but a polished ample.
The very sculpted brow is a bit overplayed now-not to say it doesn't have its place. I'd say the very shaped brows we're used to seeing are the new classic. Kinda like hair with a lot of body, a structured brow is generally universally flattering. What's hot now, though, is something a little less tamed, something a little naughty.
So, how do you bridge your current brow into today's hottest arch? If you're ready to grow out your brows, here's my advice...
1. Assess: Before you put on any makeup, brush up your brows and assess what they look like.
2. Envision: Really imagine the hairs where you would allow them to grow in. Think in rows: "I'm gonna grow in one row here, two rows here," and so on. As a rule, most gals won't need to grow much in the arch. That should always be cleared.
3. Clean: You'll want to go with a very basic cleanup. Between the eyes, above the brow and those little cobweb-like hairs that grow toward the temples and underneath, but low, toward the crease of the eyelid. Anything really out of the realm. Get yourself a good pair of tweezers. (Insider tip: Take your tweezers to be sharpened once a year. You can go to the same place that sharpens your kitchen knives-that 's what I do!)
4. Fill in: After a couple weeks you'll notice tiny hairs growing in. To ease this in-between stage, choose an eyebrow pencil or powder to fill out the brow and downplay the re-growth. Choose a shade in pencil or powder that is a shade lighter than your hairs. This is very important to look natural and keep the face looking soft and open. I love my Vanitymark Ultra-Brow Powder, used along with an angled brush to contour and define in a subtle, buildable way.
5. Hold: Once you've created a more flattering, fuller brow, it's time to make the most of the hairs by using a bit of brow gel to push the hairs up and out, making them appear more ample and adding a bit of hold to keep them that way. Gals with light brow hairs should choose a tinted brow gel to deepen brows and give them 'pop'.
So, there you go! The most challenging part is patience. My pro observation is that you'll start to see re-growth within a week, and your new very-now brow will be grown in after about four weeks. Now that isn't as bad as you thought, right?
Brett, above with Patricia Heaton, is based out of Los Angeles, California. In addition to serving as a makeup artist to celebrities and models, his latest venture is a brow-centric cosmetic brand called Vanitymark.