While Gail may be the one hitting up the brow bars during her travels as a model, I’ve simply had to figure it out on my own. My biggest problem with my brows is that they are kind of sparse and I can never seem to achieve a definitive arch. I decided to reach out to brow guru, Ramy Gafni (who also has amazing cosmetics), for his expert brow tips.
Q. How do you determine how thin or thick your brows should be to best suit your face?
A. It’s usually ideal to stay close to your natural brow line. If your brows are heavy and thick, you can shape them, but keep them bold. If your brows are naturally thin, you can still create an arch. I find it’s best to take a conservative approach, follow a person’s natural bone structure and keep the brows as full as possible.
Q. Tweezing, waxing or threading? Is one more superior than the other?
A. I tweeze and trim because it offers the most precision, is most gentle on the delicate skin around eye area, is the most hygienic and lasts the longest. I say waxing is for cars and dread the thread!!
Q. What is the number one mistake you see people make with their brows?
A. Over-tweezing and not following your bone structure when creating an arch are the two biggest mistakes by far.
Q. Is there a simple solution to achieving the perfect arch to your brows?
A. Call me! I train my brow experts at the LOOK boutiques at Duane Reade and Walgreens to work in straight lines, meaning the brow line from the front of the brow up to the arch should not curve in any way. This eliminates 98% of mistakes when shaping an eyebrow.
Q. Marker, graphite or gel? Which of the 3 gives a more natural look when it comes to filling your brows?
A. The formula is not as important as the color selection and application. I offer a wax pomade (Ramy Miracle Brow! $28.), a gel wax pen (Perfect Brow Wand $28.) and a gel mascara (When Hairy Met Sealy..! $20.) The wax formulas are water-proof and all will last much longer than a powder formula, but the key is to choose either a shade that’s two shades lighter than your hair color (two shades darker if blonde or silver). Or choose a universally flattering taupe color that will work on any hair color or skin tone. The other important factor is to brush through whatever you use on your brows to remove the excess and blend. This results in great looking eyebrows as opposed to made up looking brows.