The trend for eyebrows is ever changing. Brooke Shields’ bushy brows were all the rage in the 80′s and that trend briefly resurfaces about a year ago. It soon left for the stick thin look of the 1920′s.
We are back to simple groomed and plucked style. We will still enjoy dashes of darkened and full brows from Derek Lam’s runway beauties and bleached out blonde brows from Gucci’s girls, but for the everyday rat race go for the natural but kept look.
A big mistake we all make is trying to match our brow color to our new hair color. We all dye and highlight our hair, thanks to the lotions and potions in easy little boxes as close as your nearest drugstore. What the majority of us seem lost on is the subject of our brows. You may have banished a few grays with that lovely shade of brown sugar, but the box doesn’t say anything about the rest of your head.
Makeup artists and brow aficionado, Robyn Cosio has come to rescue. Her rule is too keep it light and natural.
“When you have blonde hair, it looks better when brows are a little darker,” she advises. Only stray one of two shades from your natural color.
Never ever use your box hair color dye to do your eyebrows. Aside from the fact that the look is atrocious, the oxidative dyes are reactive chemicals that can cause allergic reactions, painful rashes, blistering and even blindness.
There are no color additives approved by the FDA for permanent dyeing or tinting of eyelashes and eyebrows. Even what your salon is offering is NOT a good idea. Robyn suggests you stick with tinted brow gels.
Gels look more natural than powders or pencils. While most options work well, the gel will coat each hair instead of sitting on the skin. Paula Dorf cosmetics offers an easy and safe tint that is perfect for the job.
When darkening or shaping, less is more. The goal is to define what you already have. Even if you are fair skinned or you over plucked, don’t be tempted into draw yourself some more. It looks far more appealing and natural to go thin go Crayola.
To define arches, place your finger above the outer half of your brow and lift up the skin. Your natural arch should be where your brow bends. With a pencil/gel/powder, fill in the whole shape of your brow, then pluck one row of hairs from the bottom; start over the inner-eye corner and move outward.