Monday, February 1, 2010

Do You Know How to Brow?

If eyes are the windows to the soul then eyebrows are the frames. Creating a brow shape that is right for your face shape and the kind of eyebrow you have to work with is key to achieving a polished look. Most of us are nervous about attempting to shape our own brows, so consulting with a professional about shape, color, size, and maintenance will ensure that you achieve the look you want.

On Saturday, Febraury 6 at Glen Ivy Hot Springs in Corona, we'll have a "How to Brow" event with appointments from 11-4 so you can get a one-on-one consultation with a pro. The cost to reserve an appointment is $10, which can be applied toward any gloTherapeutics or gloMinerals purchase (like maybe a new brow kit or brush?).

I sat down with Glen Ivy Skincare Product Specialist, Justyne Balthazor, to get some insight into the brow shaping and here's what I learned:

Q:Why should I get my eyebrows waxed/shaped?
A: Since your eyebrows frame your face, well formed eyebrows will help to balance the face while accentuating the eyes. You want your brows to compliment your face and best features not to distract from them. [But hey, why not make your brows your best feature?!]

Q: How often do I need to get my eyebrows waxed/shaped?
A: You can tweeze unwanted hairs inbetween waxings, but don't go overboard. Maintain their shape by seeing a professional every 2-3 weeks. Consider it part of your beauty routine, just like regular haircuts, color, and mani/pedi appointments.

Q: Should brow waxing be done before or after a facial?
A: You should have your eyebrows or any other facial waxing done before your facial. This will ensure that you receive maximum benefit from the products used in your facial service.

Q:What is the difference between tweezing and waxing?
A: Waxing is more effective for shaping the brow. Waxing will remove even the smallest of hairs and will help you acheive a cleaner look. Don't put those tweezers away yet, though - keep them around for getting rid of stray hairs.

Q: Why do I break out around my eyebrows after I get them waxed?
A:Waxing pulls the hair directly from its follicle. The absent hair leaves an open follicle that is susceptible to oil and bacteria. A day or two after your service, I suggest using a light exfoliant like gloTherapeutics Pumpkin Enzyme Scrub.

Justyne also suggests that the shape of your brow stay as natural as possible and that the distance between your brows should be equal to the size of one of your eyes.

Do you have any other brow related questions? Let us know and we'll ask the expert.

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