As we age, we have to consider the issues of thinning and greying eyebrows. What do we do to make them look better? Celebrity make-up artist Ariane Poole is here today to share some techniques and new products that she finds really helpful. Enjoy the show!

 

 
 

Margaret Manning:

My guest today is Ariane Poole who is a great friend of Sixty and Me. She’s been working with us for over three years, giving advice on makeup and beauty skincare. I’m thrilled to have you here today, Ariane.

Ariane Poole:

Me too, and I’m so excited to share all these interesting things that I’ve got here in front of me.

Margaret:

Every time I know we are going to interview you I ask the community, “What would you like to ask Ariane?” They all know you by now because you help them so much, and you respond to people so kindly. Also, you’ve got a fabulous make-up line, and you’re a regular on QVC. You’ve got really good quality products, but you also share your knowledge of other products, too.

Ariane:

Absolutely, yes. I think that is really important. There are so many things to choose from. You need to find the right fit for you. You might like one of my products and something else from a different line—don’t be afraid mix things up.

Margaret:

I think that is why people respect you. The number one question that we’ve got this time is about eyebrows. What do we do with thinning eyebrows or grey eyebrows? How do we shape them? You come up with magical answers and new products every time. What have you got for us this time?

Ariane:

I have got some magical answers, and I have some new products. That’s what I’m most excited to be sharing with you.

Margaret:

Wonderful.

Ariane:

First, I’m going to take off one of my eyebrows, which will cover the issues with thinning and greying eyebrows.

Margaret:

I think it’s really important to show people how you apply a product from the beginning— not just to talk about products you put on over made-up eyes.

Ariane:

You are absolutely correct. Let me start by saying that there are different ways of doing eyebrows. What I’ve always done—until I realized this when I was doing a celebrity’s make-up not that many days ago—is that I usually brush the eyebrows down, which I still do.

Margaret:

Yes, I remember this from previous interviews.

Ariane:

So, I brush them down and then fill in from the top because that lifts the eyebrows. You don’t want to fill in from underneath only, because that makes your eyes look smaller, and that’s not a great look. What I noticed, because my eyebrows are not the same color as my hair, was that some of the eyebrows were looking a little bit weird.

I use a couple of products, though you don’t have to go through all of the steps. Nevertheless, this is a really good way of accomplishing great results. So, use a little bit of my “brunette,” which is a cream that dries and doesn’t come off easily.

I brush it down and I go along the top. But instead of going downward at the end—which is what we normally would do—I have found that if you get a little bit straighter across, it helps the area underneath the eye to not look so droopy. It gives some space between the eye and the brow. When you bring the brow down, you actually emphasize the droopiness.

Margaret:

This makes sense.

Ariane:

So just bring it a little bit more straight across, then brush the brow back up. This gives the outward part of the eye a little bit of a lift. Here’s something I discovered when I was in Canada not that long ago— brow products from Sephora, which I think are really cool. I was really impressed that they’ve got a whole area dedicated just to brows.

Margaret:

Sephora is everywhere nowadays. We didn’t used to have them in Switzerland, but they’ve opened shop in here, too.

Ariane:

You will like this, Margaret, because they have a lot of products for blondes. The one I’m using is for red-heads. It’s called mid-brown, and it has got a lot of red in it. It’s got a teensy tiny little brush, which I use to go along over the entire length of the brow in an upward motion. This gives the brow a reddish hew.

Margaret:

It looks quite thick. Is it adding something as you go?

Ariane:

Yes, it’s adding thickness to my thinning brow. GimmeBrow also have one which I think I’ve shown you in the past. It also has a little brush, and it works really well. They have it in various colors as well, including blond. With blonds, what you look for is a slight green undertone. If it’s too red, you look like you have weird color brows.

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Margaret:

It looks really great—like day and night.

Ariane:

The next product I’m going to introduce is a brush with metallic sheen, again by Sephora. This is pretty cool because your hair has got different kinds of highlighty bits; this also covers the grey bits. You apply it over the top, and it gives a little bit of a shimmer highlight so the brow doesn’t look so solid on your face.

Especially when you get older, the hard solid brows just don’t look good. I have fallen in love with these two products from Sephora; I think they’ve made my brows look a lot better. Those are my two new discoveries, but I have a few other things to show as well.

One is a Bobby Brown mascara wand for brows. It’s called Slate, and it’s for those ladies with more salt-and-pepper hair who want to retain that slightly grey color. If you have salt-and-pepper hair, and you go with dark brows, it looks too heavy; if you go brown, it looks wrong. So kudos to Bobby Brown as this is a really nice product.

Margaret:

Is it a grey color?

Ariane:

It’s called slate, so yes.

Margaret:

That is really a good idea. A lot of women are grey now, or they are going grey, or their hair is doing funky things with different tones of color. Even for brown hair like yours it’s great to have that natural effect. It looks beautiful.

Ariane:

Exactly. The next product I want to share is a felt tip pen by Steela. If you have got gaps in your brows you can fill them in with these felt tip pens. They are great for blond hair and grey hair, and they come in a lot of different colors. Next is another felt tip pen, this time by By Terry. These are available almost everywhere.

Margaret:

So you’re saying that we should go for a softer look. You use a felt tip pen or a brush, not so much a pencil.

Ariane:

I think pencils are too heavy. Some of them are too waxy. I’ve tried a couple by well-known, really big brands, but they were so hard you are literally dragging across your eyebrow, and it actually hurts. We don’t want it to hurt.

Estée Lauder has introduced this wonderful powdery pencil. It gives a powder effect, and it comes in different colors as well. I have so many neat brow products in front of me.

Margaret:

Tell me which one is best for blond hair or light hair.

Ariane:

If you go to Sephora, they have a whole section for blondes. They cover different types of blond, too: They have a warm blond, which is not you, and they also have a cool blond. You will go to the cool blond section and get the things that are right for the cool blond.

Margaret:

So we have addressed the three main issues we posed earlier. For thinning, you showed us the products that add a little bit of texture. For greying, there are the felt tip pens that fill in any gaps and also help cover the grey. Finally, you showed us some products that accomplish a softer look if you’ve got salt-and-pepper hair, or if you have hair that has highlights with different shades of color.

Ariane:

There are so many great products out there, it’s all about finding the one that works for you. At one point I was struggling because all the brow products I was using were either too heavy or too light in color. When I changed to this color hair, this became a really serious issue.

The same is true if you are a really light blonde because it looks weird to have a heavy dark brow. These products work really well. Also, the idea of bringing the brow slightly upward rather than bringing it down is really helpful for escaping the droopy effect.

Margaret:

It widens your eyes and makes them look bigger, especially if you’ve got smaller eyes. Eyebrows, like you said in the beginning, are so important in terms of framing your face.

Ariane:

Make-up, in general, makes you feel a little bit better about yourself. This technique is wonderful. I tried it on a celebrity client, and we were both thrilled with the result.

Margaret:

It’s certainly a great piece of advice. All the products Ariane showed us today are wonderful. Most of the brands are available worldwide too, except, perhaps, Sephora.

Ariane:

They will still find the Bobby Browns, the Estée Lauders and the Benefits. Check those out, because those are the ones we go for. Steela and By Terry also have those great felt tip pens. There are five or six different brands sitting in front of me that you can choose from. This time there is something for everyone.

Margaret:

Wonderful! Thank you so much, that was super helpful. Thanks, Ariane.

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