In recent years, the quest to have perfect eyebrows has become a full-blown beauty obsession, leaving many of us baffled about how to obtain them.

Jmore beauty expert Ariel Lewis says beautiful brows begin with meticulous grooming and shaping. So we sent her to Neha Threading Salon and Spa in Pikesville, where Ariel received one of Baltimore’s best brow threading procedures by owner Neha Gupta. (Note: Gupta also has a salon in Canton.) 

Brow Basics

Depending on your hair-growth pattern, Ariel recommends getting the brows groomed and shaped every two to three weeks. Grooming and shaping brows “frames and enhances the eyes of makeup wearers and non-makeup wearers alike,” she says. “For those who do wear makeup such as eyeliner and mascara, it balances the face.”

Ariel prefers threading to plucking, shaving or waxing since threading “lasts longer, is safer for the skin and is less likely to result in in-grown hairs.” When hair grows back after threading, it comes in thinner and more slowly than hair that has been tweezed, waxed or shaven.

A Nod to Neha

“I had a great time with Neha,” says Ariel. “She is such a seasoned professional. She can just look at a brow and a face and knows how to get the best shape for you.” In addition, adds Ariel, “Neha’s staff is all trained by her. They’re super friendly, and the salon has a good vibe.”

Apres Threading

Once the brows are groomed, it’s time for filling in. “If the brows aren’t filled in, your eyes will look heavier and smaller,” Ariel explains.

These days, there are so many eyebrow products on the market, it’s hard to know where to start. “Some products are gimmicky,” Ariel warns. “You have to find out what works for you.”

The simplest eyebrow filler is brow gel. “You apply it just like you would apply mascara but to the eyebrows. It’s very low maintenance and using brow gel alone works best for women with naturally full brows,” says Ariel.

Things get a bit more complicated once you start using brow powders and pencils. “This takes more skill and practice,” says Ariel. Typically, powders come with two shades which can be used together for a more natural look.

When it comes to choosing the right shade of pencil or powder, Ariel advises “Don’t match it to your eyebrows. Match it to the hair on your head.”

Ariel Lewis is the owner of Airbrush Makeup by Ariel and the Alist. For information, visit ariellewis.com or alist.team.