August 2021

Overplucked Eyebrows? How To Make Thin Eyebrows Appear Thicker

Standing in front of the mirror, tweezers in hand, I’m one of those girls that painstakingly debates the removal of any single eyebrow hair because, well, there just aren’t that many to fool with. One wrong move and my brows go from sparse and scattered to skeletal and “shit, where’d they go.” Needless to say, I’ve become pretty damn good and not touching my brows (except for the extreme outliers) and generally avoid getting them done by “pros” who, with the best of intentions, I’m sure, make forming an arch the goal, at the expense of removing oh, ya know, 95% of my already barely there brows. That is, until I discovered – and fell in love with – Warren Tricomi‘s Maral Balian.

Maral Balian is like the fairy godmother of eyebrows. With an eye for eyebrows, Maral skillfully transforms thin eyebrows from emaciated to healthfully full with all-natural tints, strategic hair removal and what seems like magic. So, how does she suggest you take your brows from bare to beautiful? Read on…

How To Make Eyebrows Look Thicker

Make Your Eyebrows Grow. If you’ve over-tweezed or just weren’t blessed with Brooke Shields like brows, check out RevitaBrow ($73), which, Maral says, is “the best thing on the market. Better than Latisse” to make your eyebrows grow in faster and thicker.

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Tint Your Eyebrows. Want more prominent brows without having to fill them in? Maral uses vegetable dye to tint her clients’ brows, but she tells us that some of her clients are using the temporary tints men use to conceal grey (like Oscar Blandi Pronto Colore, $23)  in their beards to DIY it at home! But as Maral emphasizes, “it’s not marketed for eyebrows, so, like any other chemical, you have to be careful… but it works amazingly.”

Find out how to perfectly fill in and shape your brows here.

Dating & Relationships: 5 Things Men Wish You Knew

There are women who believe they have the “mystery” that are men covered. After all, don’t men just think about sex, sports, video games, food … and more sex?!

Believe it or not, guys think about women in ways that don’t always involve the bedroom. Having coached hundreds of men during the courtship process (and dozens of women), below are five truths about the way men think.

What Men Want, Think & Mean

1. When it comes to makeup, less is ALWAYS more. Men love seeing what you truly look like — especially in the morning. In fact, today, men see large amounts of makeup as a sign of insecurity, vanity and high-maintenance.

And the ironic thing is guys think you look hottest in running shoes and your workout outfit — the time you think you look the least put together. It should explain why guys approach you when you’re wearing your sweatpants and flip flops on your “I don’t care what I look like” day.

2. Although men care about physical beauty, what really matters is inner-beauty. If you are ugly on the inside, no amount of lipgloss can detract from it. Superficial beauty may catch men’s eyes, but natural beauty keeps it.

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Makeup-Free Monday? Hmmm.


A few weeks ago, Alexis Wolfer, founder of The Beauty Bean, asked if I would participate in its “Makeup-Free Monday” experiment. Wolfer sent me some information headlined, “Makeup-Free Mondays: How You Can Show Your Support for Casual Fridays’ New Sister!” Sounded like a bizarre idea—I wasn’t sure it would be for me. Could I go out without a single drop of makeup? It was a scary thought! But this idea started as a way to remind women that they are beautiful, inside and out, with or without makeup.

I should support this, right? Why not. Here’s why not—I NEVER leave the house without makeup. So, this wouldn’t be easy for me.  I’ve worn makeup every single day since I was a teenager. Today, I even put on a little makeup to go to the gym or run errands. But, one day is one day, so I chose the Monday after a beach vacation because I had a tan—was that cheating? I prefer how I look with a little color—natural or chemically enhanced! It was so easy to get ready for work that morning, because I got to skip my makeup routine. I loved saving the time, but something was missing.

I felt naked, especially when I walked into the office. I was very conscious of my bare face, like plain Jane. I had dressed casually, and I purposely wore a beautiful vintage necklace so people would focus more on my jewelry than my face. (How insecure of me!)

Later in the afternoon, I started to feel more confident.  It was an adjustment, but I was actually getting used to it. I picked up my son at school and realized that no one seemed to notice, or if they did, they didn’t say so. I then asked him if I looked different, and he said, “No, Mom, why?” Phew! My kids are brutally honest with me. Maybe this wasn’t as obvious as I thought.

Could I do this again? I think so. Next time around, I’ll try it without the tan!—Melissa Meyers