Dear Answer Angel Ellen: What in the name of all that's good and holy is going on with eyebrows? The rule used to be that they start at the inner edge of your eye. Now it looks as if they're edging close to meeting in the middle. Yikes!!! — Judith L.F.
Dear Judith: I am happy to say that the unibrow that really does meet in the middle (think Frida Kahlo) is not catching on. (Neither is Kahlo's mustache.) Eyebrow styles have changed dramatically over the decades. But the "fuller" brow, more natural, less plucked is enjoying huge popularity right now. Compare that to the skinny, arched brows of Greta Garbo in the '30s. She would have looked entirely different with the hairy caterpillar look of today's fashion icons.
So, what to do if you've plucked the heck out of your brows since you were a teenager and now they're skimpy? Head to the drugstore, and you'll see an enormous selection of moderately priced brow makeup to amplify what you have left. Just take it slowly. You're going for a fuller, natural look, not a perfectly painted brow that looks as if you labored too long in front of a makeup mirror.
Most of us will not feel comfortable with the totally untamed look of, say, the Olsens — Ashley and Mary Kate — but there's a middle ground that you can achieve with a bit of practice.
Another eye-catching question ...
Dear Answer Angel Ellen: I was reading InStyle magazine on a plane recently and was surprised to see models in really colorful eye makeup. Fuchsia, minty green and bright aqua. The story said that this "happy" makeup is having a moment. Is that true, or is it just for models and movie stars? — Sandi J.
Dear Sandi: Proceed with caution! A little eye color goes a long way, and before you know it, you've ventured into Clown College. What looks intriguing or even beautiful in the pages of a magazine often is an extreme look that won't work in the normal lives we're leading. That doesn't mean you shouldn't experiment with new eye colors. Applying turquoise shadow up to your eyebrows probably isn't a great plan, but try some colorful mascara, and see what you think of that.
Maybelline has color in its new Snapscara line, and I bought some NYX purple mascara at Ulta that I treat like a neutral; it's kind of fun but not crazy.
Dear Answer Angel Ellen: My 16-year-old son thinks sweatpants are actual attire for public events, such as a play or dinner out. Is this correct and I'm too fussy and old? These are gray Champion sweats. — D's Mom
Dear Mom: You're right that standard gray sweats from Target are not ideal for more formal public events like a play or dinner — unless you're talking about a chain restaurant where super casual is the norm. But, don't expect your son to stop rolling his eyes at you when you tell him this. That's what teenage boys do. Now, if he got the same information from a teenage girl? That might turn things around.
I'm sure you know you have to pick your battles, and I'd put sweatpants in the lowest quadrant of worth-fighting-about. How's this for a compromise: Tell D. that not all sweats are created equal. In fact, some have a lean line and are made of tech fabric that hangs handsomely. Show him some photos online, and tell him you'll even pay for a pair. Let me know how it goes.
Lots of you came through with recommendations for Lou Marie, who was searching for a treatment for her under-eye puffiness. Cherie M. likes Origins' Ginzing ("refreshing eye cream to brighten and de-puff on-the-go") (origins.com, $25). From Dorothy M.: "For just over a year, I've been using Clinique All About Eyes ('reduces circles, puffs')" (clinique.com, $32.50). It's been effective for me, and I no longer feel the need for under-eye concealer in my makeup routine."
J.H. says, "I have used Sudden Change Under-Eye Firming Serum for years now (walmart.com, $8.97). The stuff is great, and the effect lasts for hours. Follow the directions and their hints." Stacy D. writes, "I've been using Olay Regenerist Advanced Anti-Aging Roller for years and love it (amazon.com, $36.99). It also keeps your under-eye skin moist all day, amazing. There's also Olay Eyes Depuffing Eye Roller (amazon.com, $17.72), which I have not tried yet."
Lynn K. says, "I have been using Plexaderm on my under-eye bags for about two years. It absolutely works the way the TV commercial says it does. It's less effective under or over makeup, but it still works. I don't think it's very effective on laugh lines or the lower face because when you first apply it, you can't move until it's dry, and then as soon as it dries, it will crack when you move your skin. But if you're worried about under your eyes, I would absolutely try it" (plexaderm.com, $59.95).
Joan G. likes Olay Age Defying Classic Eye Gel (riteaid.com, $8.39): "I agree nothing works 100 percent, but for years I have been using this Olay gel. In the morning, before applying makeup, I dab this on, and before too long, those puffs have gone down significantly." Marjorie N. recommends Boiron's Arnicare Bruise Relief or Arnicare Bruise Cream (amazon.com, $6.57 and $10.92).
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