Going High Brow
Model Hilary Rhoda and her outstanding brows. Photo: Getty
Nothing opens up the eyes and frames the face like a full set of brows. Less bushy, more brushed-up, you only have to look at model Miranda Kerr or screen icon Audrey Hepburn for inspiration. "It's about embracing your natural shape and learning how to use the right products to create definition," says Lien Davies, a Sydney-based "brow whisperer". Here are three easy ways to shape up.
1. Foolproof grooming. Davies suggests ditching hot wax in favour of tweezers. It's also important to ask the technician to groom the brows while you're sitting upright, as lying down changes the shape of the face.
2. Brows are sisters, not twins. Although tweezing allows for greater precision, it's impossible to get both brows looking identical. To prevent over-plucking, Davies recommends outlining the shape of the brow using a powder to identify the rogue hairs.
3. Powder is the gold standard. Unlike a blunt pencil that can pull at fine hairs, powder allows you to create more natural-looking strokes. It's also the end of the brow that needs most attention, so start by filling the tail before working the excess through the arch and start point.
Try: Becca Brow Powder, $44.
And Bobbi Brown EyeBrow Brush, $45.
There's no time like a change of season to update your base. Ideal for all skin types, this latest powder boasts the same kind of long-lasting coverage you'd expect from a souped-up cream foundation. Yet it looks totally natural, and is packed with clever light-reflecting particles to help play up the skin in all the right places. Added bonus: it also comes with a built-in brush that's perfect for touch-ups on the go.
Clarins Skin Illusion Loose Powder Foundation, $60, (02) 9663 4277.