Filling, highlighting, threading, waxing, plucking—there are myriad options to sculpt your eyebrows. Raluca Lascu, a Lead Eyebrow Artist and microblading expert at the famous Anastasia Beverly Hills Salon, helps make sense of it all.
There are obvious benefits to getting your brows done by a pro—namely, you’re much more likely to come away with a polished look. “At Anastasia salon, we use the Golden Ratio Shaping Method. It’s designed to deliver balance and proportion as unique as the individual,” says Lascu. “Doing your own eyebrows isn’t easy to achieve and get the same quality.”
She suggests returning to the salon for maintenance every three to four weeks if you have fuller and darker eyebrows. If you have lighter, skinnier eyebrows or for mature clients whose brows are not growing as fast, Lascu suggests coming in only every five to six weeks.
And sure, you’ll look perfect right after your appointment, but for the in-between time, Lascu recommends these steps:
- Right after your visit with a trained eyebrow artist, tweeze the hairs that are slowly growing out every other day. This way you can upkeep your shape for longer.
- Use organic natural enhancers such as castor or rosemary oil for stronger growth and fuller eyebrows every night before bed.
- Always measure the eyebrows before tweezing. If you don’t know where to start and when to stop, the eyebrows will end up uneven. Here’s how to measure:
Step 1 – Brows should begin directly above the middle of your nostrils.
Step 2 – Brows should end where the corner of the nostril connects with the outer corner of the eye.
Step 3 – The highest point of the arch should connect the tip of the middle of the nose with the middle of the iris.
- If you messed up your eyebrows by trimming them too short too many times, stop trimming them at all. Use the Anastasia signature Clear Brow Gel to set and keep brows in place until your next visit. “Most clients probably don’t know they can always come in for just trim in between their brow maintenance appointments.”
- As we age, the ends of the brows get thinner and thinner. Use the Anastasia Brow Wiz to create the arch of the brow and the tail, focusing on the outline. Then brush off the excess product for a softer and more natural look. Note that a BotoxBrow Lift can even elevate the height of your
- That said, although full eyebrows are on-trend, some people are laying on the eyebrow pencil a bit too much. If you don’t have Cara Delevingne’s brow fullness, filling in your eyebrows too thick or too dark with barely any real hairs will never look appealing, natural or better. Boxy eyebrows are not for everyone.
- Powder, pencil or pomade? Lascu says Anastasia DipBrow Pomade and Anastasia DipBrow Gel are great for summertime. “I have clients who say they simply love the brow pencil because it’s easy and fast and they can’t handle the powder or the pomade,” she says. Powders work best on oily skin, and pencils glide better on dry skin because of their waxy texture. Pomades work on any skin, thick or thin eyebrows, light or dark hairs. They are also waterproof and therefore long-lasting. “You just need a little bit of training to use it properly,” Lascu says.
What’s the Deal With Microblading?
“Microblading uses a super-precise tool along with the Golden Ratio measurements to establish the perfect outline for your brows,” says Lascu. She calls microblading the next generation of brow tattooing. “The tool is effectively like a pen, but the nib is a sloped blade with little needles at the end. The needle very softly lays featherweight strokes with medical-grade pigment on the skin, creating fine, realistic, natural-looking hair strokes.”
She says microblading is a particularly good option for people with shapeless, thin, lifeless brows who would like thicker and/or darker brows or to improve their brow arch, or on-the-go types who want to spend less time putting makeup on their brows every day.
They say that the eyes are the windows to the soul, but your eyebrows—whether you like them perfectly arched or feathered and full—have the power to frame your face and transform your features. And with that great power comes great responsibility; treat your brows well, and they will reward you many times over.