I never used to give much thought to my eyebrows when I was in my 20’s and 30’s. Sure, I tweezed them (actually, I called it “plucking” until I was politely corrected by an older, ultra chic co-worker that “chickens are plucked but eyebrows are tweezed.” I used eyebrow gel back in the 80’s to give me that coveted Brooke Shields look but in retrospect I think I probably looked a little more like Eddie Munster than Brooke. As far as filling them in, my only experience was using the little red Maybelline pencil my Mom had in her makeup arsenal. I think that it only came in like one shade at the time and I ended up looking like Groucho Marx.
I never started having them done by anyone other than me until I moved to Los Angeles in 2000 and the lady doing my mani\pedi asked if I’d like an eyebrow wax. I said, “Sure!” She applied a little wax, quickly removed it and I felt transformed! The skin under my eyebrows was smooth and I looked much more polished. Still, that was the extent of what I did to my eyebrows. No shaping pencils or powders. Then in about 2009 I discovered that there where studios where they only did eyebrows and eyebrows only. What?!? No mani/pedis?? Anyway….My first venture into an eyebrow shaping studio was one of the big names in Beverly Hills and there was literally a line of at least a dozen women and a few men all waiting to have their eyebrows shaped. I had butterflies in my stomach thinking this could be life changing— and then my name was called. I was invited back to my brow artist’s chair where she had me lay back and then the magic happened. Not only were my eyebrows perfectly waxed and tweezed, they were also filled in with powder to pure perfection. My goodness, my brows looked FABULOUS. But not only that…I looked YOUNGER!
More eyebrow shaping studios started popping up and of course I had to try them all. I’d be loyal to one for a while and then get restless and try another. For my birthday, I splurged and went to one of the eyebrow grand poobah’s in Beverly Hills and spent $80 + tip. Whoa, did I just pay the price of a haircut for a brow shaping? Yes, I sure did but did I care? Nope…I was on cloud 9!
As I entered my 40’s, I began to wonder if all the repeated tugging from the wax was beginning to stretch out my my skin. I don’t know that it actually was, but it was a notion I pondered nonetheless. I’d always been advised to carefully apply my eye cream gently with my ring finger to avoid excess tugging at my eye skin so why wouldn’t I be as careful with eyebrow shaping? As I was lamenting to my fabulous hairstylist, Marty, about my brow dilemma he told me about his makeup and brow artist friend who only tweezed. No wax. I have to say I was a little skeptical that tweezing could be as precise as wax but I called her up and made an appointment. She examined my brows and got to work and my skepticism vanished as she quickly and expertly removed every superfluous brow hair. Every single one. I was left with skin as smooth as when I waxed sans the tugging. One of the other immediate differences I noticed was in the way she approached her clients. The artists at the majority of brow studios recline the chair and approach you from behind so they are essentially working on you upside down. With this artist, I remained upright and was approached from the front and side in order for her to get an accurate look at my brows in their natural state. This makes perfect sense if you consider that’s they way others see your brows. She finishes up by applying some powder to filling in with a little brow gel.
Recently, I saw some old photos of myself and my eyebrows looked noticeably thin and worse…o-l-d-e-r. Today, my brows look the best they ever have. Of course I still have my own share of brow issues like sparse patches, and most annoyingly, white hairs that are resistant to any amount of tinting. Fortunately for all of us, there are a lot of great products on the market today to give you the perfect brows you desire. There are a lot of good brands and I have tried many, but I seem to always gravitate back to Anastasia Beverly Hills products. There are a wide variety of colors and they all go on flawlessly and are easy to use once you get the hang of it. The following are my current go-to favorites:
Brow Hair Growth Products
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Enhancing Serum Advanced – $38.00
This contains peptides which are said to enhance brow growth by stimulating hair follicles. I will say it does seem like my brows look better when I use it consistently. You simply brush it on at bedtime after you wash your face. The only downside to this product is that it doesn’t last very long but compared to the price of some other brow growth serums out there, this one is considerably less expensive than some of the others. Note: I have read and also heard people say to use lash growth product, Latisse, on the brows to make them grow. However, the science of Latisse, is that it prolongs the growth phase of your lashes so they grow longer before falling out. That being the case, it really wouldn’t do much for your brows except make them grow longer (think Donald Trump).
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder Duo – $23.00
This comes in 11 shades from warm to ashy. Each one comes with a light and dark shade that can be mixed or used individually depending on your needs. I love brow powder because of the natural look it imparts and it’s really easy to blend into your brows. It does not come with a brush so if you don’t have a proper brow powder brush, I highly recommend the Duo Brush which has a tapered flat end brush on one end to apply the powder and a spooley brush on the other end to brush and blend the product into your brows. The purchase of the brow powder and this brush has made the biggest difference in my brows. If you aren’t sure how to use it, there are a number of YouTube video tutorials that can give you the low down.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz – $21.00
What I love about this product is that has a teeny tiny little retractable pencil that enables you to mimic the look of hairs to fill in sparse patches. No sharpening required. Some times I will use it with the Brow Powder Duo or just on it’s own filling in my brows where needed. In my opinion, this pencil is probably not your best option if your brows are super sparse or have a lot to fill in mainly because there it’s so small you would probably go through it too quickly. Comes in 9 shades.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Gel – $22.00
I have tried using cheaper brow gels but keep coming back to this one for the sheer reason that it does not flake or become gummy over time. There’s nothing worse that looking like you’ve got dandruff in your brows from your brow gel. This keeps its consistency over time.
Do you have a brow routine? If so, what is it and what are your favorite products to use? Tell us about it in the comments below!