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With just a few easy steps, your eyebrows can transform your look. They can complement fresh-faced beauty as well as party-ready pizzazz.
Grooming your eyebrows frames your face and brightens your eyes, making it the best makeup option when you’re short on sleep or time. Eyebrow styles have found a happy medium between pencil-thin and Groucho Marx. Now, it’s all about perfecting their shape and finding formulas that work with your arch—no matter what look you’re trying to achieve.
The newest picks from our favourite eyebrow brands
(Clockwise from top left) M.A.C Cosmetics Big Brow Pencil, $25, maccosmetics.ca. Caryl Baker Brow Blender Pencil, $24, carylbakervisage.com. Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil, $32, benefitcosmetics.com. L’Oréal Paris Brow Artist Xpert, $13, lorealparis.ca. Revlon ColorStay Brow Kit, $17, shoppersdrugmart.ca. Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Brow Color, $27, beautyboutique.ca. Covergirl Easy Breezy Brow Sculpt + Set Pomade, $13, covergirl.ca.
Sabrina Rinaldi, a Revlon beauty expert, shares her tips for picking the perfect hue for your enhanced brow look.
Blond: "The key with blond brows is selecting a shade with the right undertone," says Rinaldi. "Generally, more ashy colours work best."
Brunette: Don’t go too dark by using black; instead, try a colour slightly lighter than your natural shade. Your eyebrows will look less severe.
Black: For a defined look, pick jet black. For a subtler approach, Rinaldi suggests a very dark, ashy brown.
Straight: “This style of brow doesn’t have any defined arch,” says Rinaldi. Avoid using heavy products like liquids or pencils; this shape can look severe if you’re not careful.
Use: brow powder
Sleek & Straight like Natalie Portman Image by: Getty Images
Arched: A classic curved eyebrow is subtly arched and defined; it’s great for opening up the eyes and giving a more angular look. Create an intentional shape by defining your natural arch.
Use: brow pencil
Arched & Intentional like Gwen Stefani Image by: Getty Images
Full: Also known as the boy brow, this bold style embraces your shape and gives it heft for a natural lived-in look—in as few steps as possible.
Use: gel with brush applicator
Full of volume like Sofia Vergara Image by: Getty Images
How to get bigger, better brows
Barely there brows should be treated with a serum that encourages regrowth and promotes healthier, thicker hairs.
Swipe the applicator through your brows against the grain before combing them into shape, providing 360-degree coverage.
If you prefer to stick with familiar tools that you already own, use a thin-tipped, damp eyeliner brush and eyeshadow to fill in your brows.