April 21 2011
The former Chanel muse Inès de la Fressange recently said that the best advice she ever received on beauty and ageing was from her grandmother: the older you get, the “neater” you need to be, were her sage words of wisdom. I have a similar theory which says, rather more bluntly, “When the face goes, all that’s left is grooming.” I have to confess, I’ve just about reached this point now that I’ve hit near-middle age, and I’m not the only one to notice.
Last year my mother bought me a chic little brow-grooming compact from Chanel. Called Le Sourcil de Chanel Perfect Brows, it contains a little brow-taming brush, tiny tweezers, a magnifying mirror, and three brow colours – which you can mix to create your perfect brow shade – for filling in those little gaps that appear as your brows age and thin.
At first I was a little offended, having not brushed my brows since the late 1980s/early ’90s and that bizarre Cindy Crawford/Brooke Shields mega up-brushed eyebrow trend (I was a teenager; I used a toothbrush). But now I find I’m using the little brush daily. The tweezers, meanwhile, are effective, and I use the lighter colour to infill gaps. The result is subtle but definitely makes a difference to my face. Not quite de la Fressange groomed, but groomed nonetheless.