After a fellow writer on The Sephora Glossy team remarked that full brows not only take years off your face, but also thin it out, I wondered what I was doing with my eye cream hoarding and fridge full of kale? At lunch, I headed to San Francisco’s Powell Street and popped into Sephora for a free Polished Brows Mini Makeover. After 15 minutes in the hands of Deborah, the beauty expert who took on my quest for magic, I was looking at a set of strong, healthy eyebrows—and, I’ll be damned, the promised optical illusion of a slimmer, younger face. MELISSA LANE
STEP ONE: GET OUT YOUR PENCILS To identify my ideal brow proportions, Deborah lined up Anastasia Brow Wiz pencil in Granite from the center of my left nostril to the inner corner of my left eye to mark the start of my brow. Still anchored at the nostril, she rotated the pencil to realign it with the outer corner of the same eye. Here, she marked where the brow should end, before finally shifting the pencil over the iris to mark the arch. She then lightly outlined the entire brow.
STEP TWO: CONNECT THE DOTS Using Anastasia Brow Powder Duo in Granite, a cool dark brown that worked well with my dark-brown-almost-black hair, she connected the three marks and filled out the brow, shading sparse areas with a stiff eyebrow brush in short, upward strokes.
STEP THREE: BLEND, BLEND, BLEND Using an angled brow brush, she blended the powder into the brows, then swept it with the spoolie brush at the other end of the Anastasia Brow Wiz pencil. The effect was a soft, seamless finish.
STEP FOUR: HIGHLIGHT & SET Deborah then used Benefit High Brow highlighter pencil in Linen Pink, a pretty oyster shade, below and above my brows to further define the shape. To finish, she applied Anastasia Tinted Brow Gel in Espresso, a rich dark brown, to groom, define, and lock the hairs in place, revealing this little trick she liked to use: choosing a gel one or two shades lighter than your natural color to create a dimensional effect. The overall result? Multidimensional, multimagical, and multiappreciated.