Sure, we all got a little tweezer happy in the days of TLC (blasting No Scrubs and getting tweezer-happy = a usual Monday eve), but the time for fuller brows is now. Quick fire: Patience is key, our hair grows at different rates. Ignore them completely while growing out. Consider a growth serum. Increase your Omega intake (yep, more peanut butter). Once the length is showing, head to a professional for a proper shape-up to keep your brows growing in the right direction.
You’ll typically want to head for a wax every four weeks. So what should you do in the mean time to those fluffier-by-the-day brows? Absolutely nada to the arch of the brow. Tweeze any rogues at the edge (if they’re really annoying you), but it’s best to leave the shape in tact for the pros to deal with. Remember, if you do turn to tweezing, to pull hair in the direction of growth, and to do so after a bath or shower (warm water will ease that painful pull).
Tinting is for all folks. If you’re a redhead using a pencil on the daily (that’s me), then heading for a tint will save you an extra five minutes in the morning – who doesnt want that? You can go for a custom-blend colour to make sure the dye suits your hair and skintone, just chat to your beauty therapist. Remember, they can tint a little at a time, so you can start with a fair shade, and request more depth of colour as you go. Every hair colour deserves damn good brows.
There’s a science to this one (although your beauty therapist will do the hard work for you, FYI). Failure to shape ‘em in the right way will leave your face looking somewhat unbalanced (brows are the face-framers, remember). The brow should start at the arch of your nose, the arch should sit just above the centre of the eye, and the end should be parallel with the corner of your eye (you know, right where the liquid eyeliner flick starts). First timers, draw pencil dots at these three points and connect them. A little like dot-to-dot, but much more important.
Not even a question (the answer is always yes). Two appointments – around six months apart – and your brows are good-to-go for up to three years. How does it work? It’s not quite permanent makeup, but a form of semi-permanent tattooing, creating tiny hair-like incisions across your brows with fine needles, then depositing pigment. This penetrates the top layer of your skin to reduce patchiness, make brows appear fuller and neaten up the shape (or create the shape, if you need it). There’s a reason it’s a popular pick for dreamy-looking brows.
A tough call, and largely each to their own. Waxing is seriously quick and efficient for removing lots of hair at once, but threading is even quicker and will guarantee a well-defined shape that stays put as hair regrows. There’s little difference cost-wise, and though you’ll feel a slight sting from both treatments, you’ll be and in-and-out the chair in under ten minutes. Sure, you can dabble with tweezers between appointments to tug out the rogues, but for your brows to look their best sat above those duty-free-bought sunglasses, go for waxing or threading.
We’ve seen bleached brows on the runway and darker brows on the street too (with Cara Delevingne the prevailing poster child of thick, full brows), so what to go for when donning the pencil or heading for a tint? Whether or not you dye your hair, your roots are the place to start when colour-matching. Check the roots at the very back of your head; turns out, this is where the darkest hair on your head is. That, my friends, is the colour to go for. Make sure to ask your beautician for advice, they know brows best.
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Eyebrows: we speak of their importance all too often yet there are definitely questions that still need answers. Eugene Levy may not have time to guide us on the path to great brows (that thickness), but we do. So, to prepare you for your next threading appointment, or to keep the hairs above your peepers looking tip-top, here it is: your eyebrow questions, answered. 90s crew, you’re going to want to read this.
By Rachel Spedding
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