What's your long-term goal with the look of your eyebrows?

When we think about bringing out our most beautiful self, most of us are thinking only about today.  

Let me suggest that you consider your short -term as well as long term future before you make any semi-permanent or unintended permanent changes!

Consider the health of your skin and eyebrows first and foremost!  Healthy skin versus skin with a tough texture and 'soft' versus hard, bristly eyebrows will enhance your overall appearance!

Invest in nutrition for your eyebrows... you will feel and see the difference!

What about that Micro-blading?

Let's face it, the draw of any variation of "permanent makeup" for your eyebrows, is the notion that you won't have to do anything but wake up with great eyebrows... right?

You'll need to consider several things before you jump into any semi-permanent, or "permanent" solution.  

1) How much eyebrow do you need inked in?  If you are not an eyebrow expert, you may truly not know!  The bottom line is the more you need inked in, the less "real" they will look.  This is because they have only one dimension to them, they are not even "on" the skin, but in the skin... they recede, versus stand-out, like natural eyebrows or make-up does/do!

2) The color inevitably changes anywhere from weeks to months due to our biology being  dynamic, our lifestyle, diet, exercise, etc.  So you will still be monitoring color and going back in for a "touch-up" periodically.  Many women who have had micro-blading continue to use a daily eyebrow color enhancement product!  So you'll need to think about how "ahead" time-wise, you might really be.

3) Buyer beware, if the technically excellent micro-blader doesn't have a gift or excellent knowledge of eyebrow shaping, you are potentially stuck for awhile with poorly shaped/color eyebrows!  Make sure you see several recent before & afters which include some before eyebrows which look very similar to your current situation!

4)  Lastly, over time, there can be scar tissue build-up; this is never a good thing, let alone on the face!

If this helps, would you let me know?

2 steps versus 1 = more complements!

Recently, I had several clients in 1 day comment on "how do you get your brows to look like that"! The answer is simple, great brows take time and more than one product!

My 2-step process, not for the faint-hearted or hurried... goes like this:

1) Utilizing my Xtreme Lashes Brow pen, I stroke in missing brows and sparse areas.

2) Utilizing my mineral eyeshadow powder in dark brown & black, I wet my tapered angled brush in water and pick up each color on both sides and then apply over the penned in areas!

There's no doubt, they look richer, warmer... you'll love your brows!

Where are your eyebrows within an ideal frame?

When I am giving my client an eyebrow makeover, one of the things that's useful, is drawing a picture of an ideally shaped eyebrow, and then placing her eyebrow within that frame.   This will provide a clear picture of where we need to apply color (add eyebrows) and even, remove some outliers.

If you are over 35, please don't hold out from getting shape and color instruction!  Most women believe they can "grow" their eyebrows "in" over a month or two; this typically isn't worth the wait.  Start using a good eyelash/eyebrow enhancing product.  This will stimulate healthier growth, darker color, some added thickness & length, and maybe most importantly, as you age, minimize the genetically-forthcoming gray pigment as well as the thicker, rougher-textured hairs that simply don't look as pretty as the peptide complex-stimulated younger eyebrows!

In my next post, we'll look at options for eyebrow & color enhancement!

What makes a great eyebrow shape?

Well I hope you've done your homework... the results are telling!  The first thing you need to know about optimally shaping your brow, is where the brow begins.  

Let's look at 3 possibilities, first:

The beginning of the eyebrow is receded; in other words, it is too short, it needs to start closer to the bridge of the nose.  The result:  she has robbed her beauty regardless of how pretty her eyes and eyelashes are!  

The beginning of the eyebrow is receded; in other words, it is too short, it needs to start closer to the bridge of the nose.  The result:  she has robbed her beauty regardless of how pretty her eyes and eyelashes are!

 

2nd Eyebrow scenario:

Eyebrows are simply too close... the result: we focus on the inside corners of her eyes and the top of the bridge of the nose!  

Eyebrows are simply too close... the result: we focus on the inside corners of her eyes and the top of the bridge of the nose!

 

 

And lastly, the ideal scenario for where a brow should start:

The eyebrow frames the eye, which means it hangs over the right and left sides, in effect "framing" the eye.  It should almost always go past the inside corner towards the nose.

The eyebrow frames the eye, which means it hangs over the right and left sides, in effect "framing" the eye.  It should almost always go past the inside corner towards the nose.

The most important thing about eyebrows...

Is their shape!  Subsequently, proper color selection and placement is critical.   For most women over 40, their number one complaint is that they used to have eyebrows and don't have them anymore!  The beginning of the eyebrow has receded, the tail has disappeared, shrank, there are gaps or they are sparse, there now appears thick gnarly eyebrows or the dreaded gray ones!

Once the shape is optimized, adding color quickly and well becomes a snap!  Regardless of your eyebrow situation, you can correct it!  Begin looking at everyone's eyebrows.  Whose do you like?  What looks good?  What is the shape and where is the placement of the brow over the eye?  Start making mental notes; buy a woman's magazine and rip out the pages of models who have great eyebrows.  Be a detective and let's review what they all have in common!

The reason I made a career change 12 years ago... EYEBROWS!!

Anyone who knows me, knows my story and that I know eyebrows!  I am passionate about every woman (& man) having GREAT eyebrows!  I recognize that eyebrows are the most significant attribute to enhance not only your eyes, but your entire face!  With all of the options at your disposal to make your brows "pop" your eyes and facial features, it can be a bit overwhelming, to say the least!  I can help you navigate and resolve your eyebrow conundrum... with confidence, that you are making the best choices for the most attractive you!

Let's start with... how old are you anyways?... if you are over 40, I will first strongly recommend you begin using an eyebrow/eyelash fortifier.  As we age, our eyebrows begin their decline.  The beginning and the tail of the brow start receding, read: disappearing!  The texture becomes harsher, if it doesn't become thinner.  Grays will appear, they can wreck everything!  Here's the good news... you can slow down and minimize this inevitable decline by faithfully using your eyebrow fortifier & supplements as directed by the manufacturer.  My current preference, every evening and some mornings when I remember is  Xtreme Lashes Amplifeye System.  And yes, if you are compliant with the regimen, you'll see and maintain the results.  If you are a slacker, you'll see those results as well!

Stay tuned.  Your best eyebrows await you!