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Beauty boss: Nice‘n’tweezy… How to create the perfect eyebrow for every age

© ShutterstockA woman shaping her eyebrows
Shaping up: Groom your way to perfect brows

Whether big and bold a la Cara Delevingne or a slim and sleek ’90s throwback, the shape of your eyebrows has never been given more attention.

Working as the frame to your face, flattering brows can highlight your best features and even give you a face lift without going under the knife, so it’s important to get the look that works best for you.

And, according to eyebrow expert Fides Baldesberger, one of the defining factors is your age. She explained: “Over time, the muscles on our face slacken, which is why it’s so important to maintain healthy brows over the years, as they resonate with youthfulness.”

Here, we discover the best brows for every decade.

Fides Baldesberger (Pic: Alexander Harbaugh)

Roaring ’20s

“The goal in your twenties, when hair growth is at its peak, is to grow out the brows for a fuller look,” explained Baldesberger. “This means tweezing sparingly, only in areas far outside your brow-shape range. Over-plucking can make the brows too far apart, throwing off the whole shape, so aim to keep a finger’s width between each brow.

“To ensure precision, use slanted tweezers to pluck one stray hair at a time.”

30 and thriving

Baldesberger continued: “Your 30s are the perfect time to embrace your natural brow – don’t try to dramatically change the shape, simply guide them. For example, if you have inherently soft, rounded brows, avoid tweezing them into a very sharp angular line.

“Keep the outline as neat as possible and make sure to not over-tweeze the insides to ensure the body of your brows remains healthy – after all, the more you pluck the same area, the thinner those hairs will grow back. When filling in your brows, choose colours that are one shade lighter if your hairs are naturally dark, or one shade darker if your hairs are naturally light.”

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Fabulous 40

“At this age, you want to create a bigger space between the eyebrow and the area around your eye,” said Baldesberger.

“This will help create a more youthful appearance and open the face up, rather than sagging downwards. Take a leaf out of Elizabeth Hurley’s book and try out some straight and longer styles to make your eyes look wider and more awake.”

50 shades of great

Baldesberger said: “Again, create a larger space between your brows to give the impression of a tighter face.

“Thinning out the eyebrow slightly at the bottom allows the brow bone to shine, while a steep arch will lift the face and give you a classic silver-screen look that’s to die for. And make sure your brows match your roots for a natural and elegant finish.”