Eyebrows are often overlooked in regular beauty regimes, but they do more than you might think: Your brows shape and frame your face and make a big difference in defining your look. A strong, natural brow is big in the beauty world right now, but thicker brows take just as much work as highly plucked ones.
Ashley Sievert, makeup artist and eyebrow expert, says brides should start working on their brows six months before the wedding, as it “can take that long to grow them out if you are over-plucking.” Sievert recommends going to see a specialist, then going back every one or two weeks.
“If you are on any retinol medication or Accutane you can not wax, as it will cause too much irritation,” Sievert adds. “In which case, I would recommend threading. It is fast and delivers a good strongly defined and clean brow.”
If you have sensitive skin, you can still wax your eyebrows, but Sievert recommends using a sensitive wax, such as hard lavender wax.
“The benefit of waxing and threading is that they are fast and accurate,” Sievert says. “Sometimes it’s impossible to see all the hairs, especially if they are really fair, with a human eye. However, in photographs you can see them, and that’s the risk you run with tweezing. With threading and waxing you know you’ve created a clean slate for the makeup.”
Whichever method you prefer when it comes to your eyebrows, Sievert says it’s important to see a professional, as specialists know lots of secrets for mastering the look you want. “There are techniques we can use like extending the eyebrow line and creating slightly more of an arch to increase the eyelid area which will make the eyes appear bigger,” Sievert says. “All these little tweaks will create a big impact in the final look.”