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Ask the Experts: Power Brows

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You haven't seen brows until you've seen them done by Kristie Streicher. The Cali-based guru has gotten brow grooming down to a science with a trademarked technique, The Feathered Brow. Her approach is simple and natural. She tweezes into the natural arch but takes it easy on the ends of the brow (or tail, as she calls it). Here are her tips for getting your best arches ever!

The Toolkit
KS Beauty Afore Oil: A pre-tweezing argan oil blend that lubricates the skin and hair follicle, making tweezing relatively painless. (We've tried it!)
Slant Tweezers
Small Cuticle Scissors to Trim
KS Beauty Apres Calming Cream: An antibacterial gel that prevents redness and irritation after plucking.

Step 1: Hurry Up and Wait
Streicher suggests letting brows grow for 3-4 months in order to see their natural shape. Tame sprouting hair in the meantime with Mary Kay Brow Gel. "This formula has amazing hold without flakiness," she says.

Step 2: Find Your Natural Arch
"Draw an invisible line from the corner of the nose straight up towards the forehead, this is where the eyebrows should start. The arch should fall just outside the pupil and should extend all the way across the brow bone," says Streicher.

Step 3: Create the Shape
"Use your bone structure and hair texture as a guide for your eyebrows. Softer facial features look best with a slightly thinner eyebrow, while a stronger bone structure is the perfect for a thicker brow. Tweeze hair in a comfortable, well and natural lit space. Get a pair of good tweezers with sharp slanted edges and pull hairs in the direction of growth. Hold skin taut while you are plucking. The arch should fall just beyond the the middle of the brow toward the outter tip. This creates an immediate opening and lifting quality for the whole face."
If you're too skiddish to arch your own brows, Streicher suggests finding your own brow guru who tweezes exclusively. "Waxing makes the skin lose its elasticity. And the area is quite small so it calls for the gentle and precise advantages tweezing offers."

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