Eyebrows are right at the top of my beauty routine to-do list, so I’ve teamed up with brow guru Shavata Singh, finding out her main dos and don’ts.
Read on for a comprehensive check-list of how to keep eyebrows in shape, adding the best possible foundation and frame for your face…
- No two eyebrows are ever identical, so don’t even attempt to get them the same as you will end up plucking to nothing. Remember eyebrows are sisters not twins.
- Tweeze your brows after a hot bath or shower and always in natural light.
- Tend to your brows on a daily basis; whilst the hairs are short, it is easier to tell which should stay and which need to go & it’s a lot easier to tweeze one or two stray hairs every day and maintain the correct shape, than doing it once a week. I like to do this daily sitting in front of a large mirror and using a magnified hand held mirror, this gives you an overall realistic view and the hand mirror helps with the detail, move from mirror to mirror to get both perspectives.
- Just take a few hairs at a time from each side – it’s much easier than doing one and then trying to copy it on the other side. Remember that you should tweeze your hair to maintain your shape, not create it, and only ever pluck below your arch.
- Everyone needs brow makeup, without it a totally groomed look cannot be achieved. The 3 essential tools every woman should own: A brow brush, amazing tweezers and a magnifying mirror. Pencils are also great for women who want to draw in shape and fill in any patches. Shadow is best for women who want to colour both the hair and the skin – for example, blondes or those with grey hairs would be advised to use brow shadow. My Brow Perfector has 3 shades you can mix together to create the perfect colour for you. Opt for a shade darker than your hair colour to give the illusion of fuller brows. To apply, use soft, sweeping movements. Eyebrow gel is also a must have- not only will it brush hair but it also holds hair in place all day. The Eyebrow Tamer is great for this.
- Another tool to help keep your perfect shape at home is a brow stencil kit. Try out the different brow shapes options to see which one suits you best. Hold the highest point of the stencil where your arch is, this gives you a good indication of your shape and see how it looks in the mirror from both far away and up close. I would recommend choosing the thickest brow shape that you can have, with an arch three quarters of the way in and a gradual slope towards the end. Use a pencil to trace in the outline of the stencil on your brow and use it as a guide when you begin plucking.
- Brow tinting can make brows appear thicker and fuller, whilst defining/ shaping the face. For clients with patchy or problem brows, I offer semi-permanent brows at my flagship brow studio on Beauchamp Place, for me it is something that should be a last resort and MUST look natural.
- Don’t over-pluck. Hairs don’t always grow back and you can run the risk of permanently losing your most flattering shape.
- Don’t try and correct a mistake, grow it out. The cycle of hair growth is around 8-13 weeks so it’s best to be patient and prepared to wait a while for them to grow back.
- Don’t try and make brows identical, you will end up plucking them to nothing. I always say brows are ‘sisters, not twins’.
- Don’t copy other people’s brows, the best looking brows are the ones that suit your face shape, lifestyle and look.
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