By Alexis Wolfer

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…

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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.”

Fill Them In. Experiment with tinted brow gels, eyebrow powders and pencils. “All are great options to make them look fuller and thicker,” says Maral, so try them all out to find the one that’s best for you.

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Shape Them. Even with sparse eyebrows, shaping them is key – especially since removing the peach fuzz can make even fine hair appear thicker. Be very careful about doing your eyebrows at home, though since, Maral says, “a lot of people destroy their eyebrows by doing it themselves because they don’t have the eye to create symmetry. If you must do something at home, use a stencil to make sure your eyebrows stay thick and you don’t over tweeze.” Not sure how to find a great eyebrow pro? Maral says to stop strangers! “If you see someone walking down the street with amazing eyebrows, ask them where they got theirs done!”

Take it from a girl with formerly invisible eyebrows: there’s hope for all your bare-browed beauties out there (and not just in the form of a bleached brow trend making a comeback, which you’re already seemingly set for, or a penciled in look coming back in style, which I hope never-ever happens).

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