Tanning tips from brow expert Natalie Plain

Brow maven, Natalie and her husband and business partner Bob  PlainMost women are careful about sun exposure these days, opting for sunless tanning or a spray-on glow. But tanning and sun exposure can still play havoc with your eyebrows. Natalie Plain, founder of Billion Dollar Brows, shares tips for avoiding the most common summer brow disasters.
 
 
Here are Natalie’s tips:
 
Spray tan and brow shaping dilemma
In the summer, many women make it their personal goal to get as bronzed as possible. If you are planning a day of beauty complete with a spray tan and a brow shaping session, it might be better to schedule them at least a day apart. 
 
"Spray tans can take up to 24 hours to develop,” Natalie explains. “If you get your brows waxed while your spray tan is setting on your face, it will exfoliate the skin and, in turn, remove the color you applied with your spray tan. I learned this lesson many moons ago the hard way, when I tanned for a family wedding and had my brows shaped right afterward. I looked really silly; I don't put those wedding pictures on the mantle!" 
 
Mismatched brows
Another common issue during the summer when tanning is that hair can lighten and change. What happens if the hair on your head gets lighter, but your eyebrows maintain their original hue? Natalie suggests tinting your eyebrows so that the color is one shade darker than your hair color. “If the hair on your head appears lighter due to your darker skin tone, think about tinting your eyebrows so that they compliment your hair color.” Be sure to seek professional help!
 
Zebra Syndrome
Many women find that their skin appears to be two different tones after they go on a vacation or a tanning spree. This can be very noticeable around the brow and eye area. Natalie recommends using bronzer to fill in the gaps: “Exfoliate the portion of your skin that is not tanned, and apply moisturizer. Use bronzer or sunless tanner to blend your skin tone. Allow time for your skin to balance out.”
 
Spray Tan
Synthetic tans can cause unwanted effects on eyebrows. For instance, many women report that spray tanning gives their eyebrows a reddish tint. “The chemicals in spray tan sometimes stick to hair,” Natalie says, “which is why most women use coverings to protect the hair on their head. Try to avoid color issues altogether by applying Vaseline beforehand, or when spray tan particles stick, simply exfoliate or apply lemon juice to remove.”
 
 
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