When it comes to makeup routines with the most transformative potential, the power doesn’t rest in a swipe of bold lipstick or the application of a lash-boosting mascara. Rather, as various beauty experts I’ve interviewed over the years have told me, the brows have it. Sculpted, filled-in brows can make the most profound impact even — or perhaps especially — if you’re not wearing any other makeup.
This bit of beauty advice has always taunted me, as I’ve never been able to grasp the concept of sculpting and shaping my own brows. Left to my own devices (and with artistic abilities that peaked during first grade when we traced our hands to make Thanksgiving turkeys), I’ve misused quite a lot of brow fillers, pomades and gels. I’ve given myself lopsided brows. Brows that left me with a resting facial expression that can best be described as utter shock or grave concern. Brows that were misaligned on two different latitudes of my face. Really, my brows have become my arch enemy.