Look younger with full brows and lush lashes

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Full brows and lush lashes make us look more youth­ful and vi­brant, so we weren’t pleased when we saw signs of ag­ing in the area. ”Those hairs are prone to thin­ning and gray­ing like the rest of hair, and that can add years to our look,” notes der­ma­tol­o­gist Francesca Fusco, M.D. Here’s help!

Gray­ing brows?

It’s tempt­ing to pluck those grays that seem to pop up out of nowhere, but Dr. Fusco says there’s no guar­an­tee new hairs will grow back to re­place them, so you may end up with sparse patches. Fast fix: A po­made (like e.l.f. Cos­met­ics Lock on Liner and Brow Cream, elfCos­met­ics.com) de­posits tem­po­rary color onto grays, plus smooths down the coarser hairs.

For last­ing re­sults: To stay gray-free for up to six weeks, color brows with a gen­tle dye—we like Gode­froy In­stant Eye­brow Tint Per­ma­nent Eye­brow Color Kit (Wal­greens.com).

Bald­ing brows?

Preg­nancy, stress and age all trig­ger brow-hair fall-out, lead­ing to bald spots that make brows thin and un­even.

Fast fix: Brow gel (like Kel­ley Baker Tinted Gel, Kel­leyBak­erBrows.com) fea­tures tiny fibers that at­tach to ex­ist­ing hairs to fill in sparse spots.

For last­ing re­sults: Use a cot­ton swab to sweep a mix of equal parts cas­tor oil and ar­gan oil onto brows nightly. Cas­tor oil’s ri­ci­noleic acid in­creases blood flow to stim­u­late hair re­growth, and ar­gan oil’s nour­ish­ing vi­ta­min E helps thwart fall-out to de­liver fuller brows within 30 days.

Short, sparse lashes?

Skin’s pro­duc­tion of nat­u­ral oil slows as we age. The re­sult? Brit­tle lashes that are prone to break­ing and shed­ding. Fast fix: Choose a mas­cara that comes with a primer (like L’Oréal Paris Vo­lu­mi­nous Su­per­star Mas­cara, Ulta.com). This base coat cre­ates “grip” that helps the mas­cara ad­here, so even the spars­est of lashes look longer and thicker in­stantly.

For last­ing re­sults: “Keep­ing lashes hy­drated pre­vents break­age and helps hairs com­plete their growth cy­cle,” says Dr. Fusco, who rec­om­mends co­conut oil. While other oils just sit on top of fine lash hairs, co­conut oil’s smaller-chain fatty acids pen­e­trate lashes to mois­tur­ize from the in­side out. Plus, this oil is gen­tle enough for the eye area. To do: Use a clean spoolie to brush a drop of oil onto lashes daily for re­sults in four weeks. Since the oil can mo­men­tar­ily blur con­tact lenses, Dr. Fusco ad­vises ap­ply­ing right be­fore bed.

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