ATTN PLUCKERS: put the tweezers down
by Emily Oliver
Per recommendation from our loyal readers, this week will be devoted to mastering the art of eyebrows. Eyebrows just don’t get enough credit in this world. They truly are the picture frame to the canvas, the rims to the Ray Bans, the…well, you get the point! Basically, you need them and they need you to be your most beautiful self.
Eyebrow maintenance can be traced back hundreds of thousands of years. Recently, a tomb in Egypt was erected with a pair of the first primitive eyebrow tweezers! How exciting! Groom like an Egyptian! Well, actually don’t. Egyptians tweezed the crazy out of their eyebrows and actually painted thin lines out of a liquid substance to form their permanent expressions and quite frankly, we have moved on.
We see trends come and go regarding the great eyebrow debate. Thin and thick, long and short, existent, non-existent. Nowadays, eyebrows are looking better than ever largely in part to the “natural beauty” notion which is in trend now. So back away from the tweezers and read closely.
Once upon a time, our grandmothers told us not to tweeze our eyebrows and let them grow thick and gorgeous. Why did not a single one of us listen?!?! They had the right idea. Growing in your eyebrows naturally is one of the best gifts you can give yourself. My recommendation is this. When it comes to brows, let someone else do them, and make sure that person knows what they are doing! Ask for credentials and make sure they are aestheticians.
One of my biggest recommendations is to find an “Anastasia Brow Expert” and book a consultation. I like “Anastasia” because of her company’s philosophy. Not everyone has the same face shape and should not necessarily have the same brows. She uses the “Golden Ratio” and a series of stencil arches to determine what your face shape would look best with- be it a high arch, small arch, high petite arch, etc. You will be consulted the entire time, and shown how your brows would optimally look with your face shape. You are included the whole time which is why I recommend the Anastasia company.
Nordstrom in Downtown Seattle has my favorite brow specialist, Toni Rallis. She is a true magician. She completely transforms brows and the first thing she tells her clients is, “stop plucking!” Of course, having someone do your eye brows every month is a luxury and not for everyone. Keep in mind that once you have them done, you have the basic shape and can maintain them when the brows start to grow in. Just make sure not to over do it! Living in Los Angeles now, I recommend Kelly Douglas from Nordstrom Santa Monica or booking an appointment at the actual Beverly Hills Anastasia Brow Boutique. Check out this link for more information: http://anastasia.net/
For the do it at home types pay attention to your dominant hand’s side of the face- we tend to pluck more off of that side as it is easier to access. If you have already over plucked and need to fill in your eyebrows, take a nice powder or powder pencil (pencils alone can sometimes be too harsh) and trace over your hair that you have for instant gratification. When you fill them in, concentrate more of the powder at the start and ease it toward the end. If you have specific questions regarding your face shape or products that would work on you feel free to comment. I’d love to point you in the right direction!
Love and Beauty,