It happened late one night: With just the bathroom mirror, a wax kit and a prayer, we took grooming our unruly eyebrows into our own hands. And come morning, well…let’s just say we would’ve fit right in in 1995.

As it turns out, brow maintenance is a tricky art, and one shouldn’t attempt to tackle it DIY-style without some solid advice. So we asked Channing’s Studio & Spa owner Cheryl Renella to arm us with tips to prevent future pluck-ups. 

Break Up with Wax: Renella says that tweezing is the best way to rid your brows of unwanted strands. Hot wax kills hair follicles, she explains, so hair can’t grow back in the places it’s been applied to. This may sound good now, but as you age, your face may change a bit (real talk: your skin could start to droop), and you won’t always want the exact same height in your eyebrow arch.

Stock the Right Products: Before your next plucking sesh, make some room in your makeup bag. Tea-tree oil fights inflammation, irritation and redness after you tweeze. RevitaBrow, a natural product filled with acids, peptides and biotin, helps threadbare brows grow in faster. And clear mascara works wonders as a finishing touch to keep hairs in place.

Use Pomade as a Filler: Speaking of products, Renella likes darkening brows with pomade instead of pencils. “Pomade is superior because it sticks to the peach fuzz of your brows and doesn’t give a ‘drawn on’ look,” she says. The pomade should be applied with an angled brush; then take a spoolie to your brows and do some spiffing up.

Master the Color Match: For dark-haired clients, Renella recommends choosing a color one to two shades lighter than their natural tresses. Gray- or ash-haired ladies should use taupe products.

Get on a Schedule: Renella recommends shaping brows every four to six weeks--depending, of course, on how quickly hair grows in.

Channing’s Studio & Spa, 67 E. Oak St.; 312-280-1994 or channings.com. Brow services, $45 to $100.

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