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BRIDES and Brows: Read This Before You Overtweeze!


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Beautiful brows are the ultimate eye enhancers. To ensure that yours look their best, know the skinny about the different methods. Sania Vucetaj of Sania's Brow Bar in New York City gave BRIDES magazine the lowdown:

Tweezers are used to remove individual hairs. Gentle on skin, precision plucking allows you to achieve a neat arch that's easy to maintain between professional appointments. Get an expert shaping once, then follow that line when you need a touch-up.

A thin layer of warm wax is spread on the skin. Then a muslin strip is pressed down and ripped off quickly, in the opposite direction of the hair growth. Youch! Though it's over quickly—five minutes, tops, takes care of both brows—there's a chance of irritation. If you have bushy brows, the smarting may be well worth it, since you're left with supersmooth skin. When your arches grow in (it takes about three to four weeks), the hair will be fine and much easier to remove.

This ancient Indian method, which removes hair by manipulating a double strand of twisted thread, can be painful. (Definitely don't try this at home.) The reward for enduring the 10-minute session: neatly manicured brows and nonirritated skin.

As a rule, brows should be colored to match the darkest shade in your hair; it takes about 10 minutes. Just bear in mind that bleaching is harsh—it makes hair follicles fragile, so try to wait six weeks between colorings.

Warning: This method is not to be used for shaping brows! But if you've got pesky hairs growing in between, laser removal offers a near-permanent solution. Most customers will need at least six treatments (totaling about $375). On the pain scale, users describe the experience as a heated snap that's more uncomfortable than painful. The benefit is that you won't be red or bumpy afterward, and you can even go in the sun.

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