Beauty Master Class
Celebrity Makeup Artist Sandy Linter On Brows
5 Secrets to getting great brows
-Lois Joy Johnson
Top celebrity makeup artist and Lancôme Makeup At Every Age Expert, Sandy Linter is no stranger to badly plucked brows. “Most women are tempted to take away too much, when the whole idea is to create a brow as elongated and full as possible- that’s what looks youthful and modern.”
Brows, according to Sandy, should always be a little imperfect, so don’t use stencils or aim for two exactly identical brows. She should know, her client list includes Ellen Pompeo, Elizabeth Hurley, Penelope Cruz and Eva Longoria and loads of real women.
For a personal makeup application and lesson ($350) with Sandy call The Rita Hazan Salon, 720 Fifth Avenue in New York City, 212-586-4343 and say you read about Sandy on BettyConfidential.com.
Here are Sandy’s five tricks to getting it right:
1. You always want to stretch the brow out as much as possible, and not create an extreme arch or a curved shape. The upwards slope of the brow staring at the inner corner near the nose, should be a long straight gradual incline and peak at or just past the outer edge of the iris when you are looking directly into a mirror. The outer half of the brow should gently descend and continue to extend outwards not down in a swoop. This general shape extends the eye and makes it appear larger.
2. Clean up strays by tweezing in natural daylight near a window and use a magnifying mirror and a pointed tip tweezer. I know a lot of pros prefer a slant-edged version but the tapered point enables me to grab stubble and fine hairs accurately and painlessly. Take away only 70 % of what you think you should.
3. Most women can and should use a blonde eyebrow pencil – except for the darkest brunettes. It’s the shade I use on almost everyone from dirty blondes to highlighted brunettes and redheads. You want the color to blend in with your own brow hairs and blonde taupe shades won’t overpower your eyes.
4. A powder pencil like Lancôme Brow Expert Powder Pencil ($23) or a regular brow pencil topped with brow powder works perfectly to fill bare brows – since the wax of the pencil holds the powder in place. For women with skimpy, wiry brows, I like Laura Mercier Brow Definer ($23) a wax gel formula that controls texture and also fills and tints greys. These solutions are great for hair loss at the outer brow (a common complaint) or thin overplucked brows that never grew back.
5. Start application at the inner corner and work outwards in feathery strokes. Use a firm brow brush with a slant tip for brow powder and a spiral spoolie brush to soften and blend the makeup and your own brow hairs together for a realistic look.
There you have it – the secret to gorgeous brows!