By Elizabeth Brous
Originally posted on prevention.com
Edited by SSM
- Vanishing Brows
The Problem: “Like thinning hair, sparse brows come with age, so they make you look older than you are,” says Eliza Petrescu, owner of Eliza’s Eyes in New York City. At the end of this article, you can see a Silver Sager who had permanent makeup to fix this problem!
The Solution: Use a brow powder to fill in patchy spots and make your arches look thicker.
The Brow Fix:
1. Start by gently pulling your skin taut with one hand to create a smooth surface.
2. With a stiff, angled brow brush, dust on the powder in the same direction your hairs grow, using light, feathery strokes. Concentrate on sparse areas, says Kristie Streicher, eyebrow expert at Warren-Tricomi Salon in Los Angeles.
3. When you’re finished, brush the hairs up and out with a spoolie (it’s like a clean mascara wand); this blends and softens the powder so it looks more natural and removes any excess powder.
- Disappearing Tails
The Problem: Brows naturally thin at the outer edges (by your temples) first, but can also be the result of over-plucking. “The tail of the brow is the part that sets off the arch, which makes eyes look youthful and sexy,” says Petrescu. “Without it, eyes seem droopy and tired.”
The Solution: Lengthen your brow tails with a pencil.
The Brow Fix:
1. First, determine where the tail of your brow should end by holding a pencil diagonally from the outside corner of your nostril to the outer corner of your eye. The spot where the pencil intersects with your brow is your target.
2. Extend your brows to that point by using the brow pencil to sketch light, feathery strokes in the same direction your hairs grow.
3. Set the pencil—and blend the penciled-in tails with the rest of your hairs—by stroking a tinted brow gel over the entire length of your eyebrows.
- Graying Brows
The Problem: “From afar, gray or white brows disappear completely, which makes your features look unbalanced,” Petrescu explains.
The Solution: Camouflage colorless hairs using the right technique, which depends on the number of grays you have.
1. Hide a few strays with a brow marker that matches your eyebrow color; the felt-tip point lets you paint hairs precisely with a natural-looking color.
2. If you have a significant number of grays, color them temporarily by brushing on a tinted brow gel that’s slightly lighter than the nongray hairs.
3. If your brows are mostly gray, dyeing them is the best fix. Ask your stylist if your salon offers the service (it’s often free when you get your hair colored), or have it done at a spa. “Even if the hair on your head is silver or gray hair, I suggest dyeing brows light brown,” says Petrescu. “It creates a frame for your eyes that sharpens your features for a more youthful look.”
- Overgrown Brows
The Problem: More commonly seen in men, bushy brows can make eyes look smaller. And longer, coarser hairs (which appear with age) may overhang at the outer edges, making lids look droopy, says Streicher.
The Solution: Trim, tweeze, and set hairs in place for arches that are under control.
1. Brush all the hairs up with a spoolie, then use brow scissors to cut the tips of hairs that extend above the top edge of the brow line, one at a time. (Cutting them all with one snip across leaves a straight edge that looks unnatural.)
2. Next, use slant-tip tweezers to pluck stray hairs that grow outside the swath of hair that defines your natural brow shape. “This can be tricky, so I recommend going to a pro,” says Petrescu.
3. Finish with clear brow gel to set hairs in place without darkening them.
Illustrations by Samantha Hahn
Another alternative: permanent brow makeup. The photo below shows before/after eyebrow extraordinaire artist Bonnie Hall out of Westmont, New Jersey fixed this 50 year old’s aging brows.
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