ZVJ – TIPS
Don’t over tweeze. I call it “digging for an arch.” Please don’t do that especially if you don’t know where it is. You’ll end up with a bunch of holes, or worse, tadpoles, & hockey sticks…and no one wants that.
Don’t take the arch too high. Lot’s of people think they want a “high arch,” but the look right now is full. If you pinch the corner, or turn, too much at the arch you will end up with a bar-bell shape, fat at either end and skinny in the middle (not pretty). The front section, or “the bridge,” should actually be a rectangle. The two lines creating the top and bottom of the brow, between the nose and the arch, should make a box. The top and bottom line of the bridge should be parallel to one another.
Go to an expert. (hello…) If there’s something wrong with them, with all love seriously, it’s probably you. Stop tweezing.
Leave them alone. If you’re not sure what to do, don’t do anything. (I joke, “you wouldn’t do your own dental work…” =) Often times, people who get dealt the most difficult eyebrows try to fix them on their own. For example, many people are born with brows that grow at a slight height difference. That’s no problem for trained brow stylists because we can usually make that virtually disappear. Once we get the brows on the same plane, so they meet in the middle, it barely shows if there’s a slight slant. But I have seen too many people totally exaggerate it. They like the higher one better, so they make the high one even higher. I call them the “prom queen” and “the runner up”… Why would you take it out on the poor runner up? Unfortunately, the lower one will never go higher – there’s only so much brow there – so the higher one has to come down a little.
Come in sooner rather than later. You don’t have to grow them out forever before coming in. We usually can fix them a bunch on the first visit. Whatever we can’t do that first visit, we can at least show you what to let grow out. We can also show you how to fill them until your next visit. (There’s no need for an ugly duckling stage). Most of the before & afters shown on the site took place in 2-3 visits.
Take a picture. After your first visit, we suggest you keep a record of them on your phone. It’s just for you, it’s not a beauty shot per sea. It’s to help you learn the shape, see their improvement, and to learn how to fill them in if necessary.Once you learn the shape, you can clean them up a little in-between, if need be. Many people tell us their brows are easier to maintain once we’ve fixed them. (That’s because clients were tweezing their brows off previously. If you take off the brows, where they are meant to grow, they grow right back in a few days). Once the brows grow to their natural shape, you can go longer between visits and you only have to tweak the shape a bit.
Stay away from the line. I tell people “think like a vaccuum cleaner, not like a plastic surgeon.” You’re just “cleaning up.”
Don’t trim unless you know what your’re doing. Trimming’s one of the hardest things to do. It can totally make or break your brow. Many brows can only really shine with a good trim. (Asian, Hispanic, downward growing brows, in general) Or, as I like to say, “these brows have to be fixed with scissors not tweezers.” Many people come in with brows that have been totally botched by another brow artist’s trim. Obviously, don’t try trimming at home unless you know what you’re doing. It’s simple physiology – we can see your brows from above. If you try to trim, your hands are in the way of your sight. If you have a brow that we think you should be able to trim a little in between visits, we’ll gladly give you a short lesson. If you want to trim your husband/boyfriend’s, same thing, come in, we’ll show you how in person. It’s different for everyone.
Don’t make them too short side to side. Everyone wants long sweeping brows now. (Think J-Lo, or Megan Fox) They should start right above the nostril in the middle and end at the diagonal line created running from the outside of the nose past the outer edge of the eye.
Don’t over tweeze the middle. Everyone’s secretly frightened by the phrase uni-brow, so they overdo it. Some people think if their eyes are closely set, they should tweeze them farther apart. It’s the exact opposite. That large area of space will just exagerate closely set eyes. Better to simply follow the rules, straight up from the nostrils.
Highlight. Use a concealer stick that’s a little lighter than your skin below your brow to brighten the whole eye area.
Fill them in with eyeshadow – Getting the color right. For blondes, match you base color, go a little darker than your hair (VanityMark/Blondest, MAC/Omega). For Brunettes or olive skin girls, choose a warm brown, (VanityMark/Blondie, MAC/Cork/Coquette/Espresso). For darker skin tones, go warm again, (MAC, Sketch/Epic), it will keep them from looking ashy.
Use a firm slant brush. (we sell & can suggest)
Consider Tinting your brows. We combine a brow tint to many of our clients brow shaping service. It makes them look more full. Many clients feel like they don’t need to fill them in at all afterwards. Gel them into place. Gel makes them look thicker because it spreads them out. We like a less sticky, non-flaking gel that doesn’t put on too much goopy product. (we sell, and can suggest)