Brow Boot Camp: Grooming Tips from Eyebrow Master Joey Healy
We all have one defining feature that has the ability to make or break our face – our brows. Whether you like them full or thin, the shape of your eyebrows can completely change your overall appearance. We tapped into brow master, Joey Healy of Spruce & Bond, to get the down low on brow maintenance!
While big and bushy looks great on Cara Delevingne it may not be the best shape for you. How do you find the best brow shape? Joey recommended taking a look at the shape of your eye. “Your eyes shape plays a major role in determining your ideal brow shape,” he explained. “If your eyes are very close together, you’ll want to ensure that your brows start right at the bridge of your nose to open up the whole optic area. If your eyes are wide-set, you will want to keep those few extra “sprouts” closer toward the bridge of your nose to give the eye area better proportions. Those with up swept almond eyes are lucky enough to have a built in eye lift. Those with downward oriented eyes can mimic this lift by ensuring the brow tail tapers to a crisp point, ending on an imaginary line drawn from corner of nose to corner of eye. A good rule of thumb is to always play angles against one another for visual balance. For example if your eye shape is predominately round, opt for a more angled brow. If your eye shape is narrow, consider a slightly more rounded arch.”
If you’re shaping your brows for the first time it may be a good option to see a professional. Personally I all but plucked out my eyelashes the first time I tried to tame my brows (now opting for a much more fuller, natural look). Here’s what to expect:
“The first time you have your eyebrows professionally shaped is a celebratory event! Welcome to the big leagues,” Joey shared. “While it can often take several sessions of regrowth and shaping to achieve the ideal arch, the results from your initial shaping will be immediate. Expect to have a more lifted eye area resulting in a refreshed, youthful look. Your forehead and nose will instantly take on more flattering proportions and your overall bone structure will appear more symmetrical. You will look more balanced which in turn will awaken the face. At Spruce & Bond’s browlab we like to call this anatomical restructuring our signature eyebrow calibration!”
At Spruce & Bond they even go the extra step by teaching you how to use color cosmetics to magnify the results of your “calibration.” Joey explained that using color to define your brows makes “eyes look more intense, irises more colorful, and whites of your eyes brighter.”