Eyebrow maintenance: How to take care of your brows in lockdown
Eyebrow maintenance is tricky. Have you ever gone to a different eyebrow technician and left with thin straggly brows? If a professional can destroy those luxuriant brows, it’s easy to mess up when tending to them yourself. Don’t worry, Express.co.uk chatted to the experts to find out their top tips to taking care of your brows.
How to take care of your brows in lockdown
Treatwell’s expert Shavata offered a range of advice to make the process as smooth as possible.
If you’re hacking away at your brows with a tweezer in a regular mirror, you are doing it wrong.
Purchase a mini magnifying mirror to get up close and personal, to make sure you aren’t over-plucking.
Shavata said: “Use the magnifying mirror when tweezing but keep checking the ‘bigger picture’ in the larger mirror, it’ll help you keep things even.”
No one wants one skinnier brow, or one with a higher arch, so follow the advice!
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Little and often
Don’t try and perfect your brows in one sitting.
Shavata normally recommends leaving your brows alone between appointments, but the rules are out the window right now.
She said: “Tweeze a few hairs a day, rather than leaving them and trying to do it all in one go.
“That way you can easily stick to the shape – especially if you’ve had them done professionally recently.
Plucking a little each day will ensure you don’t do anything too drastic or disastrous.
The hair on your eyebrows takes about four to six weeks to grow back, so think before you pluck.
Have you ever trimmed your own brows? That’s the key to a sharp shape.
Shavata said: “You’ll need a spoolie brush and some straight scissors.
“Brush all the hairs up – anything standing beyond the shape of your brow is what you trim.
“Make sure you use small snips, one big snip will give you a wonky line”.
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Always dreamt about having thick supermodel brows? Well, now is the time to work on it.
No one is going to see your unruly brows until you have had them waxed or threaded professionally.
So how do you accelerate brow growth if you have sparse brows?
Shavata advised using castor oil on each brow every day.
She said “there’s no better way to get thicker, fuller brows”.
Another brow expert, Liana Jessica London (@liarna_jessica_london on Instagram) said the same.
She suggested: “For those of you who want to achieve fuller brows, now is the perfect time!
“As a brow specialist, I would recommend that you use a good growth serum like RevitaBrow or jamaican black castor oil.
“Apply a thin layer to the brows at least once a day.
“But you must be committed to doing this each day to see a difference.”
If you want your brows to stand out, you should tint them.
Sara Gordillo, Make-up artist for Eylure said: “When tinting and shaping your brows you want to tint first as plucking or removing hair opens the follicle.
“If tint gets in-to this space it can cause irritation, infection or ingrown hair.
“Completely remove any make up or skin care from the brows and dry completely.
“Next using Eylure Dybrow mix the activator and colour cream together.
“This is a fantastic product as it gives salon looking tint results at home.
“The colour and activator at first might not look like they are mixing but after a few turns it will come together.
“Grab some Vaseline and apply it to areas around your brow you don’t want the tint to stick to.
“Don’t be tempted to put the Vaseline too close to the brows but apply it a few millimetres around your brows.
“Using the spoolie/wand in the kit, brush the mixed tint through the brows ensuring the brow hair is completely covered.
“Brush up, down and left to right to ensure each hair is coated.
“Start your timer as soon as the first brow is coated this way you will get a more even result as you will remove tint off the first brow which will account for the time difference.
“Using a damp cotton pad wipe the first brow off, keep wiping until no colour appears on the cotton pad. Move on to the second brow.
“If you have lighter hair colour and lighter brows and want to keep the colour more natural, shorten the time the tint is on the brows as you can always repeat the steps again to darken but not to lighten.”
Avoid plucking from above
Sara said: “Over plucked brows are still not the mainstream trend and with the UK lockdown this trend will continue throughout 2020.”
After trimming your brows, you will be left with a blunt look that allows you to see the shape more clearly.
Sara said: “It is not recommended to pluck hair from the top part of your brows as this can ruin the brow shape if you go a bit trigger happy with the tweezers.
“Give the brow hair a good brush down and inspect if there are any hair growing away from the natural shape and only pluck those and nothing else.
“You will find that it might be towards the tail of your brows with hair growing away from your brow shape.”
Don’t over pluck a monobrow
We all hate the hair that grows between brows, but make sure you don’t get rid of too much.
Sara suggested using eyeliner to make sure you don’t go overboard.
She said: “Resist the urge by using an eyeliner place the end of it at the inner corner of your nostrils and use the pencil point to mark this point. Repeat on the other side.
This space between the brows is the most you want to pluck if you have mono brow hair growth, more than this and you will cause your eyes to look strange and wide apart.”
How to style your brows
Sara told Express.co.uk how to make your brows look catwalk-fresh.
She said: “Spray a light mist of West Barn Co. Facial mist (I love the peppermint one as its great for the morning) on to Soap Brow soap using your spoolie/wand.
“Rub this on to the now wet soap and run through your brow for the on trend fluffy brow.
“If you want the laminated look brush more Soap Brow through the brows and using the end of the spoolie/wand press the hairs down and spray with a fine mist of setting spray.”
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