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.
Based in Washington D.C., Ayren Jackson-Cannady is so savvy that we wished she lived closer to NYC so that we could swap products with her. This beauty writer knows what’s up (she’s written for Fitness, Glamour, and Gloss Daily) and we’re excited to have her sharing her know-how and multi-culti beauty expertise as a contributing editor.
I’ve never really been the type to pursue a brow trend. The brows I have are the brows I have—why mess with something that works, right? But, I’ve been intrigued by one specific look for fall: the lightened brow as seen at Gucci and Rag & Bone. Not only is it statement-making, but it softens the face and there’s no plucking involved!
“Permanently lightening one’s brows is best achieved with the aid of a professional,” says eyebrow specialist Joey Healy. “But, there is an alternative to going lighter for commitment-phobes.” Here are two ways to tone down your arches temporarily.
Bold brows, à la Elizabeth Taylor, have been a growing trend in the last year or so, culminating in extra-bold versions on the Fall runways last season. (Bedazzled brows at Chanel, anyone?) It seems that now the trend has made it into the everyday world, because the New York Times is reporting that a growing number of women are using permanent cosmetic procedures to amp up their arches.
It’s hard to know where to begin when introducing men’s editor Martin—mainly because we should have introduced you to him ages ago. Since coming on board in March, Martin has ramped up Birchbox Man’s editorial from zero to 60, and continues to churn out incredibly thoughtful, brilliant copy with only one staffer handy—himself. The ladies of team content appreciate him because he has single-handedly upped our sports IQ as well as our “man speak” translation skills; and the whole office continues to be impressed by his extensive vocabulary and witty email banter.
Unofficial role: The San Francisco Giants’ East Coast Fan Club
Fun fact: As a kid, I was an extra in Homeward Bound 2 and Nine Months. My scenes in both films were cut.
Beauty confession: It’s been about two years since I used a razor that wasn’t electric.
Currently loving:4711. Original Eau de Cologne. It reminds me of my old man getting ready for Christmas dinner, which is the one day of the year he wears cologne. It’s a lighter and sportier scent, but transports me to a nostalgic wintertime place filled with Irish fisherman sweaters and Tanqueray and tonics. Also, Kiehl’s Ultimate Man Scrub Soap. Who knew a soap could also be a loofah?
Best grooming trick: Since I was a teenager, my eyebrows have resembled Andy Rooney’s. A couple of years ago, I discovered that sticking a comb in each one and running an Wahl Beard Trimmer across (or asking my barber to do this) really helps to tame these beasts.
Be sure to check out all of Martin’s expertly crafted prose in The Guide.
I’m a huge fan of Camilla Belle’s sophisticated high arches, but somehow I’ve always struggled to translate that to my own brows. That’s where Anastasia Beverly Hills comes in. We’re giving away three gift sets worth over $150 from the celebrity-favorite brand, each one filled with products to get you — and your brows — looking perfect. The three winners will receive Anastasia’s bestselling line erasing serum, brow kit, mascara, eye shadow palette, and lip gloss. It’s everything you need to look red carpet-ready every day.
Visit the Birchbox Facebook page now to choose your favorite celebrity brows and to enter. This sweeps ends Monday, so don’t delay!
A style force to be reckoned with, Sara Zucker is well known for providing daily outfit inspiration and scoping out incredible finds via her Tumblr, Farpitzs (which is the Yiddish word for ‘all dressed up,’ just in case you were curious). As if being one of the most popular fashion voices in the blogosphere wasn’t time consuming enough, the well-heeled trendsetter also happens to be Glamour Magazine’s community manager. Lucky for us, she was able to make some time in her busy schedule to guest blog for us this week. Check back daily as Zucker shares everything from her favorite fall trends to what’s in her cosmetics bag.
1.Tom Ford Lip Color in Black Orchid, $45, amazon.com; 2. philosophy purity made simple one-step facial cleanser, $32, birchbox.com; 3. Miss Jessie’s Quick Curls, $32, amazon.com; 4.Nars Orgasm Illuminator, $29, birchbox.com; 5.Sephora Collection Brow Tint, $3, amazon.com
Being a fashion and beauty blogger, I am constantly being asked what cosmetics I always have on hand. It’s a hard question to answer because I love to experiment and I’m pretty non-committal, so there isn’t one particular product that I’ve used for more than a couple years. Nevertheless, my makeup bag is home to multiple curl-enhancing hair cremes — I loathe the crunchiness that gel creates — and dark lip colors. I also like to accentuate my eyebrows with a tint or brow powder.
To add some more great items to your makeup bag, check out our Birchbox Shop.
Anne Hathaway looked particularly eye-catching at the New York premiere of her latest film One Day. After first glance, I realized it wasn’t solely her McQueen dress, but also her full eyebrows that made her especially stunning. Her gorgeous look got me to thinking about the ideal color of your brows, since hers are noticeable darker than her highlighted hair, so I did a little research. What I discovered was that contrasting brows really do enhance your face. YouTube diva and makeup artist Michelle Phan suggests going two to three shades darker for an edgy look if you have lighter hair, or for darker hair and a softer face, go two to three shades lighter. I’ve recently been offsetting my blonde hair with YBF’s Universal Brow Pencil in Taupe to give them more fullness and color—it’s a true lifesaver.
Keep your edgy brows in place all day long with brow wax from our Birchbox Shop.