Brows have become one of, if not the most important facial feature. They frame our face and are an important part of how we express emotions. I’m proud to be a HD Brows Stylist – educated exclusively by High Definition Beauty – this unique treatment knows all there is to know about creating the perfect brows.
At the end of each treatment I teach my clients how to recreate the perfect brow at home using makeup. When it comes to brow maintenance, there’s a reason so many people leave it up to the pros. After all, the full process involves dodging a minefield of hazards like over-plucking and over-filling, not to mention selecting the wrong products. In this issue I am going to share some essential tips on brow-care, from choosing the right shape to adding the finishing touches.
Whether you want your brows to look structured and precise, or wild and unruly, brushing your brows is the most important step. Start at the root of the brow hair and pull in the direction of hair growth for a groomed look. A useful tip for encouraging growth in those sparse areas is to brush your brows around fifty times a day. This stimulates the follicle, although if the skin is shiny then it is most likely that the follicle is dead.
I recommend that people take into account their overall face shape and natural brow growth pattern, rather than forcing brows into a harsh specific shape. Brows will naturally begin to reveal their ideal shape when they haven’t been plucked for at least six to eight weeks.
Think of the brow shape as big (bulb), medium (arch) and small (tail) making a straight line with a slight incline at the arch.
2. Filling in
There are several different ways to add depth and definition to your eyebrows:
When opting for a pencil, choose one that has a very fine tip in order to create small strokes that mimic actual hairs. I love using the HD Browtec pencil for this.
An angled brush and powder will give a slightly heavier look, which you can combat by working the product into your brows with a spoolie.
Brow pomades are the highest impact and can be great for reconstructing shape.
3. Finishing touches
Brow gel is a miracle! For thinner brows, gel can beef up the texture of your brows, adding actual volume and making them appear thicker. Tinted brow gels work wonders on disguising grey hairs and adding depth to individual hairs that are sometimes too light to be seen. I love the HD Colourfix gel for this purpose.
When trimming brows, you will need small scissors and a clean mascara wand. The brow hair in the tail should be longer in order to add length. The bulb (or inner part above tear duct) can be trimmed slightly to create a tuft but don’t trim too short – the top of the tuft should flow into the arch.
Right now, the trend is more about the brow hairs that you leave, rather than what you take away. When in doubt, put the tweezers down and pick up the brow pencil. I am constantly telling my clients to throw out their tweezers and just concentrate on filling them in between appointments. Less is definitely not more when it comes to eyebrows!