Unfortunately not everybody is blessed with gorgeous shapely brows. Admittedly I am one of those who drew the short straw when it comes to ‘naturally’ perfect brows. Fear not though, there are lots of ways to enhance your brows. This ‘How to Brow’ outlines my brow transformation and brow maintenance routine.
As a natural redhead, I struggled through adolescence with no eyebrows – I kid you not! My lovely translucent coloured brows literally done a vanishing act. Now I know the bleached brow look appeared on many a catwalk show this Spring Summer, but this is not a look the average girl can pull off. Something had to change.
Bleached brows seen on SS’14 catwalk
The day I discovered eyebrow tinting was a glorious day. Beauticians far and wide offer the service, but not everybody can be paying for it on a regular basis. Thankfully after years of tinting, I have now mastered the art of dying my own brows – If I can do it anyone can!
I use Swiss O-Par Eyelash and Brow Dye Kit in dark brown. This is sold in local chemists and usually costs around €12. I prepare my brows by making sure they are squeaky clean and I then apply vaseline on the skin surrounding the eyebrow to minimise mistakes. The dye itself is applied in a two step process. Step1, you apply the clear liquid to brows in the shape of your existing brow hair. Wait a few minutes before applying the next step, Note: the longer you leave this clear liquid on the darker the final colour will be. Step 2, you apply a clear gel to the brow, this turns a dark brown the second it makes contact with the existing product. You then leave this on for a few minutes and wipe off. It’s as simple as that. Any residue left on skin is easily removed with cleanser.
NOTE: The dye can also be used on your eyelashes but I wouldn’t advise you to do it on your own as its tricky business.
Swiss O-Par, Eyelash and Brow Dye – €12 (approx.)
Brow shape was the next protocol – we all see the immaculate brows of Cara Delevingne all over magazine’s but the truth is we can’t all pull off that look. Brow’s are one of those things that can either make you or break you and although they are BIG news right now that doesn’t necessarily mean they need to be just that. Yes bigger is better but shape is your main priority here. Follow the natural shape of your brows and bring out the best they have to offer.
The simple guide below is a good starting point. Grab a pencil or the handle of a makeup brush and rest it along the side of your nose up to your brow. This is the point to where your brow should start. Next move the pencil to an angle and stop at the centre of your eye this will give you an idea of where the highest point of your brow should be. Finally move the pencil to the outer corner of your eye, with the base still at your nose, this gives you an idea where the eyebrow should stop!
How to Brow – guidelines
I use Tweezerman tools, they are super strong, don’t lose their shape and provide a good grip on the hair when tweezing. These can be bought in Boots stores or online at StrawberryNET for a discounted price. To help decide what to pluck, brush the brow hair upwards. Anything that doesn’t fall inline with the rest, needs to go. Never over pluck – we have all been there and tasted instant regret.
Tweezerman – StrawberryNET – €20.50
Threading is my preferred way to shape my brows. There is a lot less pain involved, there is a reduced risk of removing too much hair and you achieve a more desirable shape. Threading is also kinder to your skin and causes no ingrown hairs. It is relatively inexpensive and you will find that most beauticians offer the service. The Body Shop offer threading in many of their stores nationwide.
Threading – The Body Shop – €12
In order to enhance and shape my brows further, I swear by Benefit’s Brow Zing’s in shade medium. This product is a staple part of my makeup bag as it has everything you need to shade and sculpt the perfect brow. It is well worth the investment, because 1. It stays put on your face for hours and 2. You only need to use a small amount of product to achieve the desired look, it will last you months!
Benefit Brow Zings – Boots – €34
When I am feeling like an extra treat I book myself in for HD brows at LaNu Spa Drogheda. This place provides the full Spa experience and really takes you away from it all. The HD brow procedure provided by LaNu involves 7 steps and takes approximately 30-45mins. It is a bit pricey at €35 but in my opinion it is well worth it. The shape achieved by the procedure can be easily maintained at home using the routine outlined above. You may find that you don’t need to return for months.
How to Brow – the final result
How to Brow – the final result
Finally – here are some celebrities who give me serious brow envy!
Enjoy – Heather x
High Arches – Megan Fox
Thick and Dreamy – Cara Delevinge
Grooming Gorgeous – Victoria Justice