Brow Basics for Spring

This year, one thing the spring runways screamed was precise and strongly defined brows, which was often the focal point of a model’s entire look. Both behind and on the scenes, fierce full brows make a real statement. Below, our beauty stylists reveal the secrets behind bold, natural-looking brows.

L to R (top): Backstage at Carmen Marc Valvo and Naeem Khan spring/summer 2013 shows
Bottom: Ruffian and Edun

“I know many of you are asking, ‘What if I don’t have full brows?’ Effective immediately, put down those tweezers! Give your brows a few weeks to begin growing in on their own. You may also want to speed things up with a serum that enhances growth. Save yourself time and money with Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Enhancing Serum Advanced; it’s only $45, and no doctor visit is required. Perfectly defined brows do for your face what the perfect pair of Jimmy Choo‘s do for your outfit.”

Follow these five easy steps to creating perfectly defined brows:
1. Comb your brows down and apply a very fine brow pencil, using light strokes and starting at the high point of the arch. The Precision Brow Pencil from Kevyn Aucoin Beauty comes in the perfect shade for you and includes a brush on the opposite end of the pencil for easy blending and grooming.
2. Now comb the brows back up into place. Follow with a brow powder to define the thicker, denser part of the brow. Alexa recommends M·A·C Brow Duos, which you can customize to your ideal shade.
3. If your brows are a bit unruly, use a brow gel to set and hold them in place. Jennifer’s personal pick is Anastasia Beverly Hills Tinted Brow Gel in a shade that will enhance your brows’ color.
4. Next, apply your favorite concealer under your brows with your concealer brush. This will create a sharper edge of definition.
5. As a final finishing touch, apply a brightener between your brows, above your brows and at the outer corners. Voilá! Instant eye lift! My favorite miracle brightener is Touche Éclat by Yves Saint Laurent.

Meet our blog post contributors:

L to R: Alexa Kehoe, Beauty Stylist, Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL
Honour Pillow, Beauty Stylist, Kenwood Towne Centre, Cincinnati, OH
Jennifer Kochenour, Beauty Stylist, King of Prussia, PA

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How now, brown brow? Debra Redmond here. If you think about it, eyebrows have a lot of power. If properly accentuated with brow-enhancing tools, they can shape your face, give you an instant eye-lift and even make you look younger. But what are the best ways to make sure your eyebrows are looking their best?

Fortunately for me, I had the opportunity to get a little one-on-one time backstage with makeup artist Tom Pecheux, and I picked up a few pointers that I found VERY useful! Have I piqued your curiosity? Here are his three tips for achieving perfect eyebrows.

1. Shaping: When shaping with your brow brush, follow the bottom of your brow instead of the top–this will give you a more natural line to follow and prevent you from over-arching.

2. Filling: When using a brow filler, it’s important to draw from the middle to the end of the brow; this is where the brow can be the most sparse of hair. The intent is to fill in for a more natural look, not to over-define.

3. Lifting: Don’t bring the brow line down, take it out just past the end of the eye; this will help frame your face and give an instant lift to your eye.

Merci Beaucoup, Tom!

–Debra, Nordstrom National Beauty Director