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Claudio Riaz's genius brow brush
Arch of triumph: Get better brows fast.

We?re always on the hunt for ideas that elevate the everyday, but we also love it when stories find us.

Here?s what happened during a recent dash to the beauty department at Barneys on Rush Street: We were on the verge of buying a tiny, tough-to-wield eyebrow pencil when Chicago-based makeup artist Claudio Riaz stepped up to show us the error of our ways.

Instead of a pencil, he implored, use a brow-brush-and-powder combo. Riaz?s pick (and ours) is his Instant Brow Brush, a lusciously large, $95 badger-hair tool that can instantly pull your look together. (If you have time for only one makeup step, do your brows, says Riaz. It adds instant polish.)

Here's his method: First, tap the brush gently into a powder made specifically for brows--Riaz?s own formula has augmented pigments and a harder texture, so it stays put up there. Next, press the brush firmly at the inner corner of your brow and, with one consistent stroke, follow your natural shape to the other side; you?ll groom and fill at the same time.

That?s it. Yes, you look younger.

Claudio Riaz is at Barneys New York, 15 E. Oak St.; 312-587-1700 or

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