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Perfect Eyebrows in 3 Steps

When you've only got 30 seconds to devote to your face in the a.m. before something crashes and someone shrieks, focus on your brows to look polished. "If they're well shaped, they create proportion and balance your face," says Anastasia Soare, founder of the Anastasia Beverly Hills salon. Here's how to keep 'em pretty.

Brush your brows up with a brow brush (a toothbrush will work in a pinch) and trim the superlong ones along the natural curve of your brow. "Be very conservative," says Soare, to avoid bald patches. You can always trim more if you need to.

Snag the strays with sharp tweezers. "Pull skin tight and tweeze in the direction of hair growth," to minimize pain, Soare says. Try: Tweezerman Slant tweezers ($20 to $24;, which the company will sharpen for free.

Fill and highlight Use a pencil that matches brows to cover blank patches, and swipe highlighter under the brow bone. "It makes the arch appear higher and the eyes bigger," says Soare. Try: Anastasia Go Brow Dual Brow Shaper, $21;