Brows 101

The concept of proper brow maintenance can be overwhelming to some, with such a wide variety of products available for the brows how does one know which to choose?

But I am getting ahead of myself; in order have perfectly polished brows there is a bit of grooming involved. You have three options when it comes to hair removal you can wax, thread or tweeze.

Waxing is the most invasive hair removal technique but also the most effective, when waxing a layer of skin is removed in the process, which means make up doesn’t stick as well, and if you spray tan or fake and bake some of the pigment may be lifted.

Threading is less invasive but it doesn’t last as long the hair is removed literally by using two strands of thread, the hair is entangled in the thread and pulled from the follicle it is slightly more painful then waxing and takes a little longer.

Tweezing is the least invasive form of hair removal, however depending on the amount of hair you have to remove it can be quite time consuming, tweezing is best for shaping the brow and maintaining your brows in-between other hair removal methods.

If you are not comfortable shaping your own brows I strongly recommend going to a professional who specializes in brow shaping, you can usually find reviews online of salons in your area or asking a few friends where they go (if you’re a fan of their brows). I recommend going every 4-6 weeks if you are getting your brows waxed and every 2-3 if you are having your brows threaded.

Aside from hair removal proper brow maintenance also involves trimming the brow hair, it sounds crazy I know but trust me it makes a HUGE difference. In order to properly trim your brows you need a brow groomer (it’s a brush that looks like a mascara wand), brush the hair up in the wand just above the brow and trim the hair that hangs over the edge of the wand, you won’t be able to do the whole brow in one go so start at the head of the brow (inner corner of the eye) and continue towards the tail of the brow (outer corner of the eye). The brow should instantly look more polished.

Now that you have well groomed brows you can begin the process of selecting a make up to perfect the brow, the first thing you need to know is what your concern is in that area and what kind of brows you have, is your hair sparse or unruly (less so now that it’s been groomed), do you want to alter the colour of your brow? Or is there a specific look you want sharp well defined brows or soft and natural brows?

There are four basic types of brow make ups, gels, waxes, pencils and powders and by answering the above questions it will become very easy to select which of these options will work for you.

Brow gels come in a mascara like tube with a wand applicator and are best used to hold the hair in place. Some gels come in a variety of colours which serve duo purpose, to both hold the brow in place and alter the colour of the brow (i.e., blonde, brunette and auburn). If you have fairly full brows that are slightly unruly or if you want to alter the colour of the brow a gel may be the only product you require, you can also use it in addition to any other brow product to control an unruly brow.

Brow waxes usually come in pots and are applied with a brush they offer soft definition for a brow that is sparse in areas to lightly fill in natural gaps in hair growth. They can also be used in conjunction with a pencil for a more defined shape.

Brow pencils come in a stick formula that is either wind up or sharpened, they work best if they are kept sharp as they are used to define the shape of the brow. A pencil is used on a brow that is fairly full (or been filled in with a wax or powder) to sharpen the shape along the edges. A pencil can also be used to lightly fill in the brow where it is sparse for the on the go girl, just remember to carry a brow groomer to brush through the brow once you have filled it in, it will break up the pigment and make the brow look more natural.

Finally brow powder is used very similarly to a brow wax, however it is no as long lasting as a wax and is slightly more natural looking, and it is best used in conjunction with a pencil.

Now that you have chosen your product it’s time to select a shade, when selecting a shade for your brows there are a few things to consider, for blondes you want to choose the darkest tone in your hair and match that to your brows, whereas if you are brunette you want to choose something that is the same colour or a shade lighter than your hair (darker for a bolder brow and lighter for a softer brow). If you are a red head choose a product that has a warm hue to it and avoid the impulse to match your hair colour usually a warm blonde pencil tends to work best.

I am currently on the hunt for the perfect brow product for myself, as my current brow pencil has been discontinued.I have picked up a few products that I will be trying out over the corse of the next week and I will let you know my findings. 🙂

All the best, stay beautiful

D

One thought on “Brows 101

  1. Tina says:

    Looking forward to seeing what you find out. i never use brow products…i prob should!!

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