Those of you cyberstalking pop rebel Miley Cyrus’s Instagram account last night may have stumbled upon quite the mystery: The Case of Miley’s Missing Brows.
It appears that Miley has bleached her brows to match her platinum locks, joining the ranks of Lara Stone and Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Lisbeth Salander. It’s a bold move—one part high fashion, one part punk—but we think Miley has the confidence to pull it off. What’s your take?
Maintaining your brows can be a handful. Thankfully Jared Bailey, the brow wizard at Benefit, was kind enough to share his beauty expertise with us yesterday in a fun and informative Twitter chat. He schooled us on everything from bleaching to over-plucking, and now our notebooks overflow with new tricks—we’re Benebabes for life. Here are our top five most helpful tips gleaned from yesterdays chat:
1. “Pencil is going to be for definition, gel is to tame.”
2. When bleaching your brows, “Be careful! Bleaching around your eyes can be dangerous. Consult a brow artist in person.”
3. When trimming your brows, “Proceed with extreme caution. The key is to brush them up and trim them like a bonsai tree: very gently.”
4. “Work your natural arch! Since everyone’s brows are different, cookie-cutter styles and stencils simply won’t do.”
5. Over-plucked? “Visit a Brow Bar here for brow mapping. For a quick fix, sweep your bangs to the side!”
Want more eye-opening brow tips? You can read through the entire chat with #AskBenefit.
Check out our Brows that W-O-W category for a slew of Benefit brow products and tips.
While we adore video tutorials, sometimes we need a quick step-by-step that we can move through at our own pace. Enter: gif tutorials. Like videos, they make it easy for us to imitate the motions, but we don’t have to press pause every time we need to take a second look. Plus, they’re pretty fun to watch.
When it comes to our daily beauty routines, we often overlook our eyebrows. We’re so busy evening out our tinted moisturizer and applying that extra swipe of lipgloss we usually forget that one of the most important final touches is filling in our brows.
Luckily, our friends over at Benefit Cosmetics have got us covered with their life-changing new product, Gimme Brow. The innovative fiber-gel formula adheres to skin and hair creating eyebrows where there were none before. Best of all, it blends easily and is a cinch to use thanks to its precision applicator brush. To prove just how genius this product is, we asked our editorial intern Ashley to transform her arches before your eyes with just a few swipes of this (magical?) wand.
One of the best parts about working at Birchbox is learning new tricks and discovering products. My latest Birchbox discovery was the brow pencil and the impact it can have on your appearance.
Before working here, I always thought that the only people who filled in their brows were those with light blonde hair or those with thin brows who need more definition. You can imagine then that I was skeptical when I was asked to test drive It Cosmetics’ Universal Brow Pencil. My first thought was that there’s no way a brow pencil can actually be universal. How could someone with blonde hair use the same pencil color that I do and still have it look natural?
I had to test this out and I decided to gather a few other girls from the team with different hair colors and brow shapes to help me. It amazed me to see that this one pencil did really work on all five of us. Take a look through the before and after photos below and you’ll notice just how much of a difference filling in your brows can make!
I’ve mentioned on the blog before that I have frustratingly sensitive, breakout-prone skin. But what I haven’t talked about is another one of my most bashful beauty secrets: I inherited fantastically bushy eyebrows from my dad.
You might say, “But Candice, I haven’t seen those crazy brows in a Birchbox video before!” (At least hopefully! Maybe you have seen them? Eek.) But I’ve been able to shape and manage those tiny caterpillars—sans wax-induced breakouts—thanks to the Indian art of threading.
We’ve been planning our dream weddings since we were five years old. So it’s no surprise that we can’t get enough of Lover.ly, a wedding inspiration site that lets you search through pics of swoon-worthy gowns, bouquets, and everything else you need for the big day. Once a week, the ladies behind Lover.ly will be sharing their best tips for getting through the craziness of the season—whether you’re standing at the altar or enjoying a view of it from the audience.
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!)
When done well, a perfectly shaped and filled in eyebrow can highlight your features and draw attention to your eyes. The trouble is, it’s no easy feat whipping a set of unruly or barely there brows into shape. Luckily, we asked brow guru Sania Vucetaj, the owner of Sania’s Brow Bar in New York, to tell us how to score sleek arches, no matter what you’re starting with.
We fell hard for Natalie Alcala last fall, when the LA-based writer and blogger spent a week guest blogging for us. In fact, we loved her posts so much that we asked her to be a contributing editor. In addition to blogging for us once a week, she’ll also be writing for the Birchbox Magazine and keeping us up to speed on all things fashion, beauty, and fun.
We’ve been lusting after Camilla Belle’s eye-catching brows for years. (Photo: Getty Images)
Besides brilliant braids, the hottest trend on the West Coast these days is a bold brow. From Camilla Belle’s flawless arches on the red carpet (pictured) to Demi Lovato’s ever-evolving shape on X-Factor, Hollywood has totally gone Brooke Shields—and I like it.
If you find yourself in L.A., here’s a roundup of the best brow bars for every budget.
Eyebrows are really funny: you probably don’t notice them on a day to day basis, but a truly great pair can make a huge difference in your appearance. And we swear filling them in is addictive: once you start using a brow powder or pencil, you’ll never go back to un-groomed brows. Since we’re big fans of figuring out how to do things the right way, we went straight to the experts at Benefit. Brow expert Shannon Pirie taught us how to find our true arch shape, avoid the dreaded uni-brow, and transform our brows in just a few minutes.