Do your arches suit your age? Their shape and shade can make a big dif­fer­ence to how good you look through­out the years BOLDLY GO

Sunday Mail - Body and Soul - - BEAUTY -

In our 20s, we tend to be more ex­per­i­men­tal with make-up and hair colour so it’s im­por­tant to keep the brows fairly heavy to main­tain bal­ance of the fa­cial fea­tures, Aus­tralian brow­con­sul­tant-to-the-stars Sharon-Lee Clarke ex­plains. “The big­gest mis­takes women make at this age is go­ing too thin or round [think Mar­lene Di­et­rich],” she says. “There are few faces that can pull off a round brow – this is caused by con­tin­u­ally chip­ping away un­der the brow and it can cre­ate a per­pet­u­ally sur­prised looked.” For­get the old wives’ tale that you shouldn’t re­move hair from above the brow line. Clarke says that to get the best shape, you should pluck from above and be­low the brow, but never trim with scis­sors.

When your skin starts to lose elas­tic­ity, Clarke rec­om­mends a more pro­nounced arch. This will re­veal a bit more brow bone and give the eye a lifted look. Clarke sug­gests opt­ing for a lighter colour for the brow, but also ad­vises draw­ing more at­ten­tion to the eyes at this age by pump­ing up the colour of the eye­lashes. “It’s im­por­tant to make the fo­cus the eye, not the brow,” she says. To add ex­tra oomph to the eyes, she rec­om­mends get­ting an eye­lash perm, which will give the ap­pear­ance of longer lashes. When get­ting this treat­ment, go to a ther­a­pist who spe­cialises in lashes and brows.

A few rene­gade grey hairs may start to ap­pear. As grey hair isn’t very por­ous it doesn’t hold colour well, so Clarke’s trick is to com­pletely bleach the brow and then add a stain. Again, she rec­om­mends cre­at­ing a lighter colour brow and bal­anc­ing this with lots of colour and drama for the lashes. Now is also the time to make sure the brows stay healthy and lus­trous. To do this, Clarke sug­gests reg­u­larly brush­ing the brows with a baby tooth­brush and ap­ply­ing a light layer of Vase­line.

“We usu­ally rec­om­mend that women in their 50s keep the brow lighter in colour and lower the arch so it doesn’t look too harsh,” Clarke says. “It’s best to keep the look softer, so throw away the liq­uid lin­ers.” If you’ve plucked your brows to near extinction or they’re look­ing a bit thin, try a tech­nique called “feath­er­ing” – this vir­tu­ally pain­less tat­too-like process costs be­tween $ 900 and $1900 and cre­ates the im­pres­sion of re­stored brows; re­sults last for about two years. “You can’t tell the dif­fer­ence be­tween the hair and tat­too,” Clarke says. “It looks like hair be­cause it’s done with in­di­vid­ual strokes. A big dif­fer­ence is the colour – they used to be based on blue or green pig­ments, whereas the colours we use to­day are yel­low-based.”

“Throw away the brow pen­cil – it can look too harsh – and try a brow gel,” Clarke says. Pen­cils are wax-based so can pull the skin, whereas a wa­ter­proof gel glides on. And in­stead of tweez­ing, try wax­ing brows for a nice clean line.

If your eye­sight isn’t as good as it once was, it’s time to treat yourself to hav­ing your brows done by a ther­a­pist.

Ardell Brow Sculpt­ing Gel ($6.99, avail­able from Price­line). Tweez­er­man Point Tweezer ($29.95, 1800 251 215). Pri­ori Lash Re­cov­ery Serum ($130, 1800 808 993). Veet Face Pre­ci­sion Wax & Care ($15.99, 1800 226 766). 5. Clin­ique Su­perfine Liner for Brows...

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