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Eye-catching eyebrows The full look is back, and here’s how to create it.

  • Kansas City Star
  • Published Monday, Sep. 24, 2012, at 12 a.m.

The right eyebrows can make or break your overall look, says Adrienne Bernal, stylist and cosmetologist at Belle Epoque Salon in Kansas City, Mo. (belleepoquekc.com).

Full and shapely brows are back, and thin, skinny brows are a thing of the past, she says.

Rein in or reshape your brows with these at-home tips from Bernal:

1. Trim: Brush all eyebrow hairs upward with a brow brush or comb. Then, with eyebrow scissors, trim the long hairs down to lie better within the brow.

2. Outline: Use a brow pencil to measure the correct length of your eyebrows. Start by holding the pencil straight up from your left nostril, and draw a vertical line where the pencil aligns with the brow above the corner of the left eye. This is where your brow should begin. Then, hold the pencil from the same nostril to the outer corner of the same eye and draw another vertical line where the pencil stops at the brow. This is where your brow should stop. Draw a small dot on your eyebrow where you want the highest point of your arch (usually straight up from the outer edge of the iris). Repeat on the other side.

3. Wax/tweeze: After drawing your guides, wax or tweeze excess hairs surrounding your brow shape. The outer brow gently should taper off.

4. Fill: Fill in patchy spots with an eyebrow shadow that matches your brow color. Use a matte shadow to minimize shine, and apply with an angled powder brush. Begin at the brow arch, and apply shadow outward going in the direction of hair growth. Then, going against the direction of hair growth, apply shadow to the brow to fill in gaps.

5. Set: Use clear mascara to lightly cover the brows and hold them in place.

6. Highlight: Use a matte powder in white or off-white to highlight your perfect arches. Apply directly under the arch of each of your brows, and blend.

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