It’s all about the eyebrows. Just ask brow guru and makeup artist Robert Bolanos who delights editors with his perfectly arched eyebrows and flawless application of makeup. He is indispensable to countless actors, agents, managers and studio executives.
Beauty Undercover: What is your best advice for a tweezer-happy gal?
Robert Bolanos: Tweezer-happy gals need to look or imagine the correct balance of the
eyebrow to frame their own eyes and face shape. Taking one or two eyebrow hairs from
one side does not mean you do the same to the other side. Step away and take a look
at what you really might need to tweeze from the other side. Some times the answer is
none. Always move, on the side of caution.
BU: Are you supposed to wax or pluck above the brow?
RB: If you seek a professional to shape your eyebrows, they tend to wax or tweeze above the eyebrows to highlight the natural arch. If you are at home doing this yourself, I would recommend not to. If, for instance, you might have one or two stray or bushy hairs growing above your brows, feel free to tweeze it out. Just that, nothing else.
BU: Are thicker or thinner brows more youthful?
RB: A thicker, fuller eyebrow always gives a more youthful look.
BU: And if they are do-it-yourselfers?
RB: Remember to always have your brows one to one-and-a-half inches separated (max) from each other. A fast way to help tame brows is to trim hairs at an angle beveled toward the peak of the brow. Never cut straight across and lightly take out any long straggly eyebrows that do not lay flat to the natural shape. Waxing on top usually leaves a sheen that tells everyone you’ve been waxed
BU: What is the biggest frustration you encounter with your clients?
RB: Some of the biggest frustrations that I encounter with clients include over-tweezing eyebrows to an anorexic state, too much cutting instead of trimming, and the over-use of brow products (including too dark color brow shadows and pencils).
BU: How do you create the perfect arch?
RB: A perfect eyebrow arch begins above the inside corner of your eye, and ends at the outside corner, above your lashes. The arch then appears over the iris. There is a natural contour everyone has which needs to be followed.