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Answer Angel: Quick, easy fix for thinning eyebrows

By Ellen Warren, Chicago Tribune on

Published in Fashion Daily News

Dear Answer Angel Ellen: What is left of my eyebrows is fading and thinning. Not a great look. I see ads about fiber eyebrow enhancers. What would you suggest to make my eyebrows look their best?

- Adrienne B.

Dear Adrienne: The number of eyebrow products is overwhelming and confusing. There's all sorts of ways to spend money on your brows and, sadly, look like you painted them on with a crayon. That's not what we're going for. The single best product I've found does have (tiny) fibers: Maybelline Brow Precise Fiber Volumizer (, $4.99). Think of it as mascara for your eyebrows. It adds thickness and goes on easily and is hard to mess up. As a bonus, it covers grays. Since it is a Maybelline product you'd think you could walk into any drugstore and buy it. Wrong. Maybelline has so many eyebrow products that this one doesn't seem to make it onto the shelves of most drugstores I've tried. But it is available online. Give it a try (it's cheap!) and if you like it, my suggestion is to buy multiples since it seems that every really good product I've come to rely on is discontinued within a couple years - and sometimes months.

And another eye makeup question ...

Dear Answer Angel Ellen: Should "older" women wear false eyelashes?

- Judy F.


Dear Judy: There's no makeup "shoulds" for women of any age. That dictum applies to false lashes too. Women behind the cash register at McDonald's and world-renowned movie legends wear false lashes. Look around and you'll see impossibly lush lashes on women of all ages. The reason is that false lashes have come a long way. They can look natural or dramatic. They're lots easier to apply than they were in the past. And they stay put. So, if you're tempted, give them a try.

Dear Answer Angel Ellen: My waist is smaller than my chest, so I would always buy "slim fit" dress shirts or whatever name manufacturers assign to their tapered shirts - as opposed to a regular fit, which always seem to have abundant fabric around the midsection. Sometimes, however, there were shirts in regular fit that I liked a lot that were not available in the slim version. Which meant I usually had a little more shirt wadded up around the waistline. Other than tailoring the regular fit, should I avoid wearing the regular fit because of the excess fabric, or am I likely the only who notices or cares?

- "Mr. Jones"

Dear Mr. Jones: There are so many "slim fit" shirts in stores and online that you don't have to settle for wadded up fabric around the waistline. Many men would love to have your physique and wear slim fit anything. If too-big regular fit shirts make you feel uncomfortable, by all means stop buying them. Chances are that the fit of your shirts is not a topic that has your co-workers smirking behind your back.


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