Happy Almost-Fashion Week lovahs!
Last year’s fashion week in Charlotte, I proudly made my entrance to a show in the fetchest clothes and my go-to glam makeup look. I spent a full hour on that dramatic metallic eye… and within 5 minutes of arriving, I felt miserably dated. My outfit was on point… but makeup? Evvveryyyyonne around me was sporting a totally different eye – simple and clean and So. Dang. Chic.
It made me realize I need to do my trend homework.
This year’s take on the sultry eye is a relatively clean eye – maybe some neutral, light, shimmery shadow – and a sultry brow.
Full brows are not new, obviously. They made a huge comeback in 2010, but like all good things they aren’t going anywhere, and in fact are gaining momentum.
Y’all have probably already seen Vogue’s cult September Issue [which FINALLY featured top models on the cover! take THAT Kris Jenner!] featuring the new INSTAGIRLS, and the one thing they all have in common besides their supermodel beauty? A soft, thick, natural brow.
The runways for the coming season were overwhelmingly full of rich, natural, impeccably groomed brows.
Even for lighter-complexions, a fuller brow is flattering; it softens the face and creates a more youthful appearence, and when shaped correctly can open the eye and enhance natural features.
If they’re so lovely and so flattering, why aren’t they more common? We reached out to WOO SKINCARE & COSMETICS and their aesthetician Elizabeth for answers.
The thing is… brows are scary easy to get very wrong. In her line of work, Elizabeth, who is one of the brow gurus of Charlotte, sees many of the same mistakes over and over again.
When Elizabeth gets a new client in need of a brow makeover, she has an exact, effective approach.
“First, I fill their brows in with a brow powder where the shape should be (Woo has some great pencils, powders and gels/waxes in a variety of brands and colors) and shape their brows around where I want to see them fill in. If they agree and are ready, I have them commit to give me just two weeks of no tweezing. They always come back surprised at how much their brows grew.
As time goes by and their shape begins to come back, I see them less frequently because the hair is growing where it should and the brows are less maintenance.”
Did you catch that? Less maintenance. If you were afraid to jump on the brow bandwagon because it would be too much work, that excuse is useless.
As far as the gels, powders and brow pencils? Woo has the bestofthebest you can pick up easily after Elizabeth’s done working her magic on you.
Bobbi Brown’s kit is comprehensive and easy to use, with pencils and a fantastic wand-like pot of tinted gel.
This mascara brush style of application makes for an easy-peasy way to give yourself a total makeover without going full 80’s.
Woo loves the Chantecaille pencils for precise application and long wear.
Mercier has the widest range of color options so you can really match the exact shade of your brows.
They also package their brow gel in a little pot, which Elizabeth swears by.
Dipping a slanted makeup brush in the pot makes for a simple, delicate application.
With some girls, the issue is lighter hair in their brows. Elizabeth says the development of the latest technology for tinting is so natural and advanced, with such a huge array of color options, that its impossible to go wrong.
“Tinting brows professionally can give a great, totally natural-looking boost and definition that people underestimate,” she says.
After years of thinking my brows were tweezed past the point of no return, I am now a total believer. Spend a little time and invest some money into your brows, and you will be amazed with the results. Its a surefire way to a statement-making, fresh and youthful look.
Book your appointment with Elizabeth now!
2900 Selwyn Ave #A