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10 Eyebrow Mistakes You’re Making (Plus How to Fix Them)

Woman with flawless eyebrows.

There’s an art to flawless brows. Image: Imaxtree

We’ve discovered the power of a good lipstick and a lash-lifting mascara, but don’t underestimate the importance of good eyebrows. A flawless set of arches can do wonders for the entire face the way a good haircut can. While some of us are naturally blessed with good brows (hello, Cara Delevingne and Emilia Clarke), others need a little help.

Like eye color and face shape, all eyebrows are unique. Some are thin, some are thick, some are sparse and some are so full they don’t need any brow pencil. Half the secret of having good arches is understanding your natural eyebrows and how they should be shaped to suit your face. The other secret is avoiding some of the most common brow mistakes.

It’s easy to think waxing, plucking, microblading and putting on a makeup case full of brow products are the secret to flawless arches, but they may not be doing brows any favors. Over-grooming can actually be worse than not doing anything. Just think back to the days you over-plucked your brows as a naive teen. Whoops.

To prevent any brow regrets, we asked the experts to divulge the most common eyebrow mistakes people make and how to fix them, in case the damage has already been done.

1. Using a magnifying mirror to remove brow hairs.

People who have magnifying mirrors swear by them because they help us see every single brow hair that needs plucking. But Chey James, national brow artist at Le Métier de Beauté, says using a magnifying mirror usually causes over-plucking.

Solution: Accidentally over-plucked? Put the tweezers down. Trying to correct it can often make things worse. It’s better to focus on enhancing brows with pencils and powders while waiting for them to grow back. James uses Le Métier de Beauté Precision Brow ($42) to create flawless, natural-looking brows.

2. Trying to shape eyebrows after getting them professionally done.

Sabah Feroz, Blink Brow Bar eyebrow expert, reveals that she encounters clients who try to maintain their brows between visits, but they’re unsure about what brow hairs to remove to achieve their desired shape. This can result in over-plucking or ruining the professional shape. Sound familiar?

Solution: Feroz states that those who are unsure about where to pluck their brows should avoid the area altogether and only pluck the stray hairs. Let professionals handle the shaping.

3. Removing too many hairs between brows.

According to beauty expert Jessica Jara, people have a tendency to over-pluck between their brows to get rid of a unibrow look.

Solution: Once the damage is done, allow brows to grow out while using brow color to fill in the area. Once brows have grown back, go see a professional to get them shaped. Those who prefer to pluck their own eyebrows can hold a pencil vertically along the nose as a guide. The brow should align with the bridge of the nose, so avoid tweezing beyond that mark.

4. Not maintaining brows while growing them out.

Waiting for over-plucked brows to grow out can be a painful process, but there’s more to be done than just waiting. Use brow makeup to enhance eyebrows and create the shape as they’re growing out.

Solution: While letting brows grow, Feroz suggests using a brow product, like Bbrowbar Nourishing Brow Oil ($30), to assist in the regrowth process followed by a brow enhancer that will help create the desired look. After brows have grown out, visit a professional to get them shaped.

5. Using the wrong brush with brow products.

Just like with any makeup, having the right tools to apply brow products is key. Jara cautions that using the wrong brushes with cream or powder products results in messy and unnatural lines.

Solution: She suggests using a thin, angled brush to make strokes appear much more natural.

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6. Filling in brows with a too-dark pencil.

Another common brow mistake that James sees is clients with dark hair using black pencils or powders to fill in their brows. The end result can be too harsh.

Solution: James suggests people with dark hair should use a dark brown pencil as opposed to black because the former is much more flattering.

7. Not using brow measurements.

When it comes to filling in brows, don’t guess. Measure. Feroz reveals this is especially important for those with asymmetrical brows.

Solution: Feroz suggests mapping out the start of the brow, the arch and where the brow ends with a brow pencil. Then outline the brow shape ensuring they are symmetrical. Next, fill them in and blend the color for a natural-looking result.

8. Forgetting to use a brow tamer or brush.

Applying a brow pencil or powder enhances brows, but not brushing it out can result in a harsh finish that won’t fool anyone.

Solution: Feroz states that the final step in correcting or defining brows should be using a brow tamer or a brush to ensure a natural look. Swipe the brush through brow hairs to disperse the product.

9. Skipping brow gel.

Like a good hairspray, brow gel is the finishing touch that helps eyebrows stay in place. This gives them a groomed appearance and shows off their shape.

Solution: Jara says that brow gel should be applied after the filler or color has been applied and blended. Those who don’t need any additional color can use a clear gel.

10. Thinking brows should be identical.

Most of us spend ages trying to get our brows to look exactly the same. But as James explains, “Brows are sisters, not twins. Work to make each brow perfect, not identical!”

Solution: Stop trying to pluck brows until they are mirror images of each other. As James says, try to make them look similar. When applying brow products, define each one and ensure they’re balanced. In other words, check to make sure one brow isn’t drastically darker than the other.

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10 Eyebrow Mistakes You're Making (Plus How to Fix Them)

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A Termite Infested School May Be Putting The Safety Of Its Students In Jeopardy

A Termite Infested School May Be Putting The Safety Of Its Students In Jeopardy

Although parents are not around to supervise their children during school, most parents assume that their children are safe while attending school. This is not an unreasonable assumption since schools are filled with responsible adults who are tasked with maintaining the well being of students. However, one particular schoolhouse in Phoenix, Arizona has received widespread attention due to the school’s dangerous termite infestation. This termite infestation is extensive and it  has threatened the safety of children and teachers alike for a couple of years. According to some individuals who frequent the preschool, the Phoenix Day School for the Deaf is already falling apart due to extensive termite damage. And if that is not enough, the school is also plagued with mold, a busted air conditioning system, and numerous other termite-related structural issues.

Officials working for the state agency known as the Arizona Schools for the Deaf and Blind have sent desperate pleas to the federal government asking for a new building. This agency oversees the state’s schools for the blind and deaf, and they have been requesting help from Washington’s legislature for more than two years now. The state education agency is hoping that the capital will agree to relocate the preschool to a new building that is not threatened by termites. The agency contends that the termite infested preschool cannot be saved from further structural damage, and that exterminators cannot rid the building of termites. School officials have repeatedly and specifically mentioned termites as being the cause of the schools structural damage.

School officials asked for 1.2 millions dollars in funding in order to establish a new termite-free building for the students. Unfortunately, the federal government has not granted the money to Arizona’s education agency for the deaf and blind. In addition to that, school officials are even having difficulty obtaining an official building inspection report. The state’s Department of Administration is in charge with having building inspections done every four years at all of the state’s schools for the deaf and blind. Despite the fact that the DOA is legally required to have quadrennial building inspections done, the DOA of Arizona has not had the Phoenix Day School for the Deaf  inspected since 2009. These inspections stopped when the Arizona state legislature began cutting government costs several years ago.

School officials are certain that the building will one day collapse as a result of the ongoing termite infestations. Teachers, students and parents are all concerned about the extensive termite damage. The outside of the school looks unaffected by termites, but after stepping inside of the building, termite damage is apparent everywhere you look. Hopefully, the DOA will soon be able to carry out an inspection that will determine the extent of the termite damage.

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Harvey Weinstein accuser Asia Argento just shared the movie scene she filmed based on his alleged sexual assault

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Following the explosive story in the New York Times last week on movie producer Harvey Weinstein, The New Yorker came out with its own piece Tuesday that includes allegations of sexual assault against the disgraced movie mogul.

One of the revelations is that Weinstein allegedly performed unwanted oral sex on Italian actress-director Asia Argento in a hotel room in 1997.

“It was a nightmare,” Argento told The New Yorker.

It was a nightmare that Argento then partially dramatized in public, for all to see.

In 2000, a movie Argento wrote and directed, “Scarlet Diva,” was released. It includes a scene that’s similar to what she allegedly went through with Weinstein three years earlier.

The character Argento plays, Anna, is cornered in a hotel room by a heavyset producer who asks her for a massage and tries to assault her.

Argento said in The New Yorker story that after the movie was released, other women recognized that the producer character was a portrayal of Weinstein. 

“People would ask me about him because of the scene in the movie,” Argento said. Women also told her about similar encounters with Weinstein.

According to Argento, Weinstein — who by that time had built a friendship with Argento — saw the movie when it was released in the US and recognized himself. “Ha, ha, very funny,” Argento recounted him saying to her. But he also allegedly said that he was “sorry for whatever happened.”

Argento said there’s one major difference in the movie versus her real life experience. “In the movie I wrote,” she said, “I ran away.”

After The New Yorker story went live, Argento took to Twitter and posted the hotel scene in “Scarlet Diva.” 

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