DIY Perfect Eyebrows

Q: How do I groom my eyebrows like a pro?

A: After the age of 40, well-shaped brows can provide an instant facelift—erasing years from your appearance—because brows help define features and give eyelids a lift. And with beautiful brows, you can get away with wearing less make-up! Use this blueprint to create the perfect pair.

1. Snip strays

Using a brow brush, comb unruly hairs upwards and use nail scissors to trim long stragglers that go beyond your desired brow line.

2. Shape with tweezers

Pluck strays with a slanted or angled tool such as Tweezerman Slant Tweezer ($49.95; 1800 251 215). The brow’s inner edge should align with the inside corner of your eye; the tail should extend just past the eye’s outer corner.

3. Fill in spots

Colour in bald spots with a brow pencil (sketch using upward strokes) or powder with an angled eyeliner brush. Try L’Oréal Paris Brow Stylist Custom Brow Shaping Pencils ($23.95; 1300 659 259) or glominerals gloBrow Collection ($65; 1800 664 455).

4. Set in place

Comb on brow gel to tame hairs. Try Bobbi Brown Natural Brow Shaper ($45; 1800 061 326). Or use a sweep of pawpaw ointment or Vaseline to set strays in place.

By Bobbi Brown, celebrity make-up artist, CEO of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics and the author of five beauty books.

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