Eyes may be the windows of the soul, but, let’s face it, eyebrows are the window dressing.
Eyebrows also serve the function of filtering dust, dirt and sweat that might get in our eyes— in addition to the social significance of emotional expression and facial recognition. Even if you weren’t born with enviable brows, are facing a health issue such as alopecia or chemo recovery or have insufficient brows from past overplucking or aging, perfect brows can be yours!
Brows Have the Highest Face Value
Why brows? Why not the nose, eyes or mouth?
Because great eyebrows …1. Balance the face
2. Frame the eyes
3. Refine the look and
4. Help you appear youthful.
And it’s worth having them sculpted by an experienced, skilled artist.
Peaks of Perfection
“When brows are well-groomed, you have a more polished and rested look,” shares ErwinGomez, revered eyebrow guru to Washingtonians and visiting celebrities. Gomez recommends a natural approach via shaping, tinting and use of a brow pencil. UnderGomez’s magic hands, my eyebrows become gentle wings in flight.
Power of the Pen-cil
Daily maintenance takes a few minutes and an eyebrow pencil. Gomez had me use a taupe color to blend with my blond coloring, upgrading me from the local drugstore’s black and brown options.
People with thin, sparse or no brows are the most common microblading candidates. Eyebrow loss is common for health- and stress-related issues. As we age, brows experience gaps and thinning and brow tails disappear. Beautifully groomed eyebrows are a lesser known anti-aging secret and — “Voilà!” — an instant nonsurgical eye lift.
Natural, Fluffy Eyebrows
Zola Nyam of Zola’s Beauty Lounge uses a handheld tool that looks like an X-Acto knife made out of needles. As I recline in her chair, she finishes up my new brows, putting pigment into the skin. She explains: “Microblading is semipermanent and doesn’t go as deep as a normal tattoo would, lasting on average 12 to 18 months.” She hands me the mirror afterwards and my brows look beautiful — crisp yet dimensional with hair-like strokes. My vision tells me I was born with these AMAZING BROWS, they look so natural and fluffy. The entire process takes two visits, plus four weeks of healing after each visit, following specific aftercare directions.
Look, No Makeup!
With my new fierce eyebrows, I don’t feel the need to wear much makeup. My eyes look bigger, my appearance more polished. I now wake up beautiful, skipping the few minutes of daily routine required for perfect brows.
Choosing an Artist
Experienced brow artists have a portfolio or post on Instagram daily. Pretty much theworst thing that can go wrong is that you don’t like the final outcome. Microblading can be pricey, range from $500 to $1,200 or more. Now that you know your options, you too can have the eyebrows of your dreams.
1325 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Brow Bar DC
2934 M St. NW
6849 Old Dominion Drive,
1425 K St. NW
Karma Beauty Lounge
1104 24th St. NW
Zola’s Beauty Lounge
17 Royal St. SW, Leesburg, Virginia
Rebekah Kelley is the creator and founder of Virtue Skinfood, a pure, organic luxury skin care line. Experience the collection at Aveda Georgetown or visit virtueskinfood.com.