CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Everyone has an eyebrow horror story or two.
It was afternoon on the day of my daughter's prom. She had the perfect dress. I had styled her hair, and I was getting ready to do her makeup. Something was off.
I kept looking at her face. I couldn't pinpoint exactly what it was. Why did her face look so odd?
Then it dawned on me. Oh, sweet heaven. Her eyebrows were roughly two inches apart and started just above her irises. She tearfully confessed that in an attempt to "even" them she'd shaved down the middle of her face with a razor.
This was a pre-prom crisis. She had a strange, alien appearance that needed emergency attention.
The incident recalled for me a moment in college, when my darling friend (who did drag on the side) persuaded me to let him give my Brooke Shields brows a makeover.
Unless you're doing drag, you should not be walking around in everyday life with the constant unchanging look of surprise that comes with razor-thin super-arched brows.
Let me save you from an eyebrow nightmare with a few simple tips and techniques. Eyebrows can make or break your face. Yet nearly every woman messes up at some point in her personal grooming career. Here are some basics:
SHAPING: A well-groomed eyebrow lends a finished look to the face, with or without makeup.
TWEEZING: Tweezing only from the bottom is a myth! While I don't recommend tweezing/waxing/threading from above with abandon, it is OK to pull the occasional errant hair or to even brow height. No one wants to look like David Bowie in "Labyrinth" except on Halloween. It is also OK to use grooming scissors to even the height of your brows.
EYEBROWS: You should have two. If you're sporting a unibrow, rectify the situation.
In one of my all-time favorite fashion manuals, "How Not to Look Old," the late Charla Krupp, a guru of personal grooming, goes into great detail about the effect an eyebrow has on the face. The harsh fact is, hair thins as we age. Eyebrows are hair. A thicker eyebrow is an indicator of youth. And most of us want to look youthful.
So how do you get a well-shaped eyebrow? First, you need a few tools:
Optional extras are: