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Many of us who have naturally bushy brows have unintentionally tweezed, waxed, or threaded them into near-oblivion over the years. But your wedding is the perfect reason to start letting them fill in for a full, classic look. Here are our tips on making perfectly-groomed arches part of your wedding day beauty plan.
9 months before the wedding: Start letting your brows grow in
It will take about three months for the hair to grow in completely. This may sound really early to start working on your brows, but by the time they’re fully grown in you’ll be six months out—and you’ll be grateful for the 2-3 extra months of experimentation to get the shape just right.
We know it’s hard to keep your hands off your brows for that long, but ditching too-thin or too-short brows is well worth it. (Using Latisse on them can help them grow in faster, so talk to your dermatologist about going that route if patience isn’t your strong suit!)
8 months before the wedding: Master the eyebrow pencil
Using an eyebrow pencil or powder can give your brows a more even, polished look while they grow in, and can help blend in those stray hairs that you’re dying to tweeze. So grab your mirror and eyebrow pencil and follow this tutorial to learn how to expertly define your brows.
6 months before the wedding: Reshape your brows (carefully!)
Now that you’ve got the brows you had in your freshman yearbook photo, it’s time for a little grooming! If you aren’t confident in your ability to reshape them on your own, have a pro do it. (Check reviews on Yelp first if you’re seeing somebody new!) If, worst case scenario, they get a bit too thin at this point, there’s still time for them to grow back in.
3–4 months before the wedding: Practice makes perfect
This is a good time to have a wedding makeup test run. If you’re hiring a pro, be sure to let him or her know if you’d like a strong brow as part of your look. You may also want to start paying attention to how long it takes for redness or irritation to go away after you wax or tweeze; if it takes a few days, plan your final brow grooming before your wedding accordingly.
1 month before the wedding: Test drive brow gel
When you’re laughing, crying, hugging, and dancing all night, your brows may not stay in place. Try using gel at your bachelorette party, shower, and rehearsal dinner to keep hairs where you want them. Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel is the best for keeping brows looking tidy without making them look glued-down.
1 week before the wedding: Give it a rest
Give your skin a chance to recover from your last tweezing or waxing by scheduling your last grooming far enough in advance. This last week should be totally hands off, so your brows can shine on the big day!
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