Groomed eyebrows are an essential part of your wedding day look, as they frame the face and allow you to use less makeup. Yes, really. Today, tons of brides are abandoning heavy eye makeup — although we still love a smoldering smokey eye — and favoring a fresh-faced look. Think no makeup makeup. A good clean brow makes you look refreshed, and serves as the finishing touch for your wedding beat. How do you get your brows on fleek, you ask? Here, we list five tips and products that'll get you to the altar perfectly arched.
Over time, plucking, waxing, and tweezing can lead to thin, patchy brows. This might be a little hard, but five months before the wedding, stay away from any brow hair removal products. In the meantime, boost hair growth with a brow serum like Shiseido's Full Lash and Brow Serum. A bestseller in Asia, this hydrating formula helps prevent brows from looking sparse or thin, and its active ingredient, arginine, helps restore the appearance of hair in brows. If used daily, each tube lasts one month. (Full Lash and Brow Serum, $35, Sephora)
You're Fully Grown, Time to Tweeze
You're brows are almost on fleek. If you aren't too experienced with using tweezers, or happen to be a certified over-plucker, seek the help of a professional. Forget about waxing and threading, as they don't remove the hairs one by one — which is key. Tweezers are going to be your brow MVP, and we like Tweezerman's Pink Perfection Slant Tweezer. With a 25 degree slant for optimal precision, it grabs every hair with ease and comfort, leaving you with your best brows. (Pink Perfection Slant Tweezers, $23, Sephora)
Fill 'Em In
If you still see a few sparse areas, opt for a pencil as opposed to a powder or gel, as it gives the most natural finish. The secret to getting the right color is choosing a shade that matches the undertone of your hair color. For example, if you have brown or red hair, choose a pencil with a warm infused tone. A cult-classic is Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz. Its ultra small, ultra fine tip is perfect for filling in empty areas, and its smudge-proof formula won't budge as you go from ceremony to reception. For best results, mimic fine, hairlike strokes as you apply the color, pressing lightly towards the front, and applying more pressure as you reach the arch. (Brow Wiz, $21, Sephora)
Tame, Tame, Tame
Once you've shaped and filled your arches, keep them groomed with a bit of brow gel. If you want your arches to look more intense, use a colored gel, but if you're content as is, then opt for a clear one. We like Blinc's Eyebrow Mousse. One swipe of this product and brows are instantly combed and defined. Even more, the mousse contains peptides to moisturize hair while providing anti-aging benefits. Colors range from light blonde to black. (Brow Mousse, $24, Blinc)
Don't Forget to Highlight!
To make eyebrows really stand out in your wedding photos, swipe on some highlight right underneath the arch. It further defines the shape while making eyes appear brighter and wide awake. Try a swipe of Anastasia Beverly Hills Highlighting Duo Pencil. The pencil features a matte highlighter (for more of a natural appearance), and a shimmer highlighter (for some va va voom), so you can easily coordinate with your wedding day eyeshadow. (Highlighting Duo Pencil, $23, Sephora)