If model of the moment Cara Delevingne is any indication, it's all about the eyebrow. So much so, that brides consider it an essential part of their "get ready for the wedding" routine. "Your brows are an essential part of your wedding look, they frame your eyes and allow you to use less makeup," says Joey Healy, NYC eyebrow specialist. Talking to us between two bridal appointments, Healy admits they are about a third of his clients. Many are abandoning heavy eye make-up and favoring a fresh-eyed look, according to Healy. "And a good clean brow makes you look young, fresh, relaxed and well rested," Healy adds. Where do you sign up, you ask? Read out for Healy's simple 5,4,3,2,1 plan to get you to the altar perfectly arched.
Stop all tweezing, waxing and threading five months before the big day.
The first step to beautiful brows is creating a plan. "Brows are sort of a journey," Healy says. You don't need a year, but at five months you should abandon all methods of hair removal. This gives you time to see if problems, like bald spots, were temporary or if you need a product to help.
Let your brows grow untouched for four weeks.
Now that you've cancelled your weekly wax, it's important to give your brows time. To give them a boost, drink plenty of water, pop biotin or prenatal vitamins and keep harsh chemicals or peels away from your brows. "Maintaining a healthy lifestyle and diet is always good for hair, skin and nails," Healy says. Also be sure to wash product out of brows with a gentle cleanser.
From there, schedule three shapings with a professional who only uses tweezers.
Ok, you're fully-grown, so here's where you shape up and map out your issues with a professional who only uses tweezers. Waxing and threading are off limits, because they don't remove the hairs one by one, which is key according to Healy. If your bald spots are still barren, Healy recommends a growth serum, like his own, to give that little extra boost when you're plateauing with your growth.
Space them out equally with the last shaping scheduled two days before your wedding.
During your final shaping appointments, your brows will really start to take shape. "Essentially it's all about starting early enough to give them time to grow and then doing your last shaping just before you walk down the aisle," Healy says. He advises to do it two days before to avoid cancelling due to last-minute wedding emergencies.
On your wedding day, find that one product that helps your brows look perfect and finished.
During your shaping appointments, talk about the best products for you with your stylist. If you just need to keep your brows in place, choose clear brow gel. Want to enhance your brow shape? Pick a powder. For help correcting bald spots or scars, pencil is best. For powders and pencils, Healy recommends finding something that looks natural and invisible in daylight. He says the secret is to pick a shade with the same undertone as your hair color. Decide whether you are warm, neutral or cool and try and match that with your hair color. For example, someone with red undertones would choose a warm infused tone. And whatever you choose, make sure it's waterproof, Healy says.