Sunday, July 5, 2009
Growing Perfect Eyebrows And The Facts About Plucking
What do perfect eyebrows and the 4th of July have in common?
Nothing really. We were at a beachside gathering when a good friend of ours with excellent brows, asked us this, about her girlfriend's teenage daughter. At least, that is whom we can bet she was inquiring for:
"Is it true, that over-plucking can lead to really thin eyebrows?"
Yes, indeed, we told her. Her friend looked at us suspiciously.
Apparently, they haven't remembered the several articles we have written for BeautyTipToday.com about growing perfect eyebrows and the pitfalls of over-plucking.
The facts are there:
Overplucking or waxing the eyebrows can damage the follicles causing brow hair to thin."
Trust us...we have been there. We began plucking like a mad woman in college, because thinner brows were a big deal. Then we lightened them up a bit, because some makeup artists were saying that too dark a brow does not frame the eye well. It is too heavy. And so on and so on.
After 30, our own eyebrows were beginning to get thinner and sparser. We were frustrated and resorted to wearing bangs, which is a great way to hide less-than-perfect brows. And today, after months of practice, we have learned to fill in our brows with an eyebrow pencil, to achieve a thicker and more natural shape.
First, let's say, it's okay to pluck. But pluck very, very carefully. If your teenage daughter has very thick brows, or a uni-brow that is bothering her, by all means, remove a few stray hairs. Absolutely.
Our makeup legend friend, Sandy Linter, explains that thin brows are more aging on a women. She advises to use brow pencils.
"Kevin Aucoin has one that is perfect for any medium to dark brow and Lancome has perfect colors for the lighter blonde brows. Make sure your brow technician does not use any wax. If you think your brows are getting too thick, just use the tweezers. And don’t make the ends too short. It’s tricky, you don’t want the eyebrow to go down at the ends. This is where mistakes happen. Take off as little as possible. I try to get as much mileage from their natural shape that I can."
And if you have an eyebrow disaster, Linter advises to leave them alone. Be patient and allow them to grow back in. She believes it is best to learn to groom your eyebrows yourself, rather than go to an eyebrow technician, where many of them take off too much of the brow to try and make them perfect. Over-tweezing and snipping will leave you very little brows by the time you reach your 40s.
We would also like to suggest a wonderful beauty product for brows and lashes called FNS Nutrilash by Osmotics.
Last year, Marie Claire magazine called Osmotics' FNS Nutrilash, one of its top 12 beauty breakthroughs. The all-natural formula is scientifically proven to stimulate the growth of healthy, strong eyebrows and eyelashes.
Simply wonderful.A totally safe and effective product, FNS, stands for 'follicle nutrient system.' It's easy to use, too. Just brush or 'paint' on brows and lashes before retiring at night.
FNS Nutrilash is a good investment at $48 for a full month's supply.For more info, visit: http://www.osmotics.com/.