A risky eye shadow look is one thing, but when it comes to our eyebrows, we play it safe — always. A disastrous makeup look or nail art gone wrong can be fixed with relative ease. Heck, even an awful haircut or dye job is usually salvageable. But brows? They don’t grow back quickly (or sometimes at all) and there’s no hiding them.
But even still, we’ve heard eyebrow horror stories. The story about your “friend” who went in for a simple eyebrow wax and walked out browless (and missing a layer of skin) … well, it could’ve been avoided. Enter Anastasia Soare, brow specialist and founder and CEO of Anastasia Beverly Hills. With her guidance, you'll be able to head to the salon with the confidence that you’ll walk out with perfect brows. We’ll show you how.
Grow Before You Go
You may have heard that it’s best to wait about four weeks in between waxes. But really, the optimal wait time might be even longer. “Most people take about 8-12 weeks to fully grow back brow hair after it has been tweezed or waxed off completely,” says Soare, adding that some people take even longer. Ultimately, the best way to know if it’s time for a wax is by looking at its length. “The length of hair should be between 1/8th and 1/4th of an inch to wax properly. Any shorter than that and the wax will not hold the hair,” Soare says.
Vocalize Your Vision
Eyebrows can really affect the way your face shape looks, so it’s your prerogative to know which eyebrow shape will look best on your face. The next thing to consider is what fits your daily beauty routine. Are you feeling the big, bold brows right now? Or are you more the natural-brow girl? It all depends on what you feel most comfortable with.
Before the esthetician begins with the wax, make sure they’ve understood your request. “A client should always ask the esthetician to show her how they are going to shape the brows before they start,” says Soare.
Know the Facts, Then Wax
If you are on medication, especially a medication like Accutane, consult a doctor beforehand. Similarly, if you have a skin condition, at the very least let your waxing specialist know. You don’t want to exacerbate your skin condition or worsen any skin issues you may have.
When It’s All Said and Done
After waxing, Soare recommends using a moisturizing balm to help soothe the skin. Kiehl’s Centella Recovery Skin Salve and Anastasia Beverly Hills After Tweeze Cream are both great options, as they gently soothe and condition skin. If you have any redness, try a color corrector with a hint of green.
Once you’ve got your brows in tip-top shape, make sure you’re perfecting their shape to your liking. The Urban Decay Brow Box is hugely helpful, as it contains a mirror, two brow colors, wax, tweezers and two brushes — it’s everything you need in one handy kit.
As the hair grows back in, Soare recommends covering the little brow hairs with a brow highlighter or concealer. The Urban Decay 24/7 Concealer Pencil works well for this. “This will highlight the brow and mask any hairs until they are ready for another wax,” she says.
What is your biggest eyebrow-waxing concern? Sound off in the comments!