Gwyneth Paltrow


Elle MacPherson


THE EXPERT: Vaishaly Patel

When Gwyneth Paltrow and Sophie Dahl want to keep their brows shipshape, they head straight to pro plucker Vaishaly Patel. There’s not a pair in town she hasn’t perfected at her Marylebone clinic – from fixing over-plucked arches to tinting them, she has all the tips to brilliantly beautify your brows.

Hint of a tint
“If your brows are very fair, in-salon tinting is a great way to make them more prominent,” says Patel, who tints Gwyneth Paltrow’s light-hued brows. “Once tinted, fill any gaps with a brow pencil that’s two to three shades darker than your natural hair colour.”

Shape up
According to Patel, if you’re trying to grow bigger brows, you’ll have to go through a messy stage for about three months. “Use concealer on the brow bone to camouflage stray hairs and a brow pencil to fill in the gap between your brows and new hairs,” she says. Next stop, a brow studio for professional shaping. “Remember, tweeze stray hairs, but leave the shaping of the tail and arch to the professionals.”

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“The most common brow complaint is that they are too thin and short,” explains Patel, who says that brows should start and finish in line with the corners of your eye. “For a clean edge, use a white eyeliner pencil to draw a guide to your desired shape, then tweeze the hairs that fall on and below the lines.”