Written by Kelly Tick


Let’s talk about brows, baby. Let’s talk about you and me. I started plucking my brows in college, a late-bloomer you might say. What a difference a good brow makes. I’ve since moved up to waxing and threading with the occasional pluck. And I ALWAYS fill them in.

Several weeks ago I had the pleasure of making up models for a fashion show benefiting colon cancer research. I got to work on lots of women, lots of different sorts of women; old, young, all colors, and each in a different state of health. What did I notice (or reaffirm, as it were): brows matter.
Blah, blah, blah they frame the face. It’s true! When properly groomed, brows draw attention to the best parts of the face. They can bring out your eye color; visually lift your eyes (taking away years!), make you look fresher, healthier and well kept. It also makes the application of makeup easier.
But folks, here’s the thing, removing unwanted hairs is only half the battle. The important aspect of brows is in filling in what nature has left us without. Filling in the gaps, patches or the whole kit-n-caboodle. A powder (like Clinique’s Brow Shaper) is great for covering a lot of real estate or if you want a very soft, natural look. A pencil (I love YSL’s and Lancome’s especially for blondes) is going to give you a much more defined look and can come across too harsh if not applied very delicately. My favorite brow product of all? Laura Mercier’s Brow Definer. It’s a waxy cream; softer than a pencil, more defined than a powder, and idiot proof. You use a synthetic, angled brush to apply it and it is gorgeous.
A few final notes to remember: brows should be a couple (two) shades darker than your hair color.
Your hair stylist can color them for you; I highly recommend this for people with hair color that is significantly different from brow color or if you are lacking brows all together.
Remember that your brows are sisters, not twins.

Kelly Tick 

is a freelance makeup artist in Charleston, South Carolina. She worked for years as a makeup artist at Saks Fifth Avenue and is specifically trained by Yves Saint Laurent Cosmetics and Clarins of Paris. She believes that simple techniques and excellent products can transform a person. For more information about Kelly she can help you achieve the look you desire please email 1kellytick@gmail.com.

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