Eyebrow trends have always been around, variously alternating between thin and drawn on, sleek and groomed or thick and ‘au natural’. It’s true that eyebrows frame our eyes, which is why they get so much focus and attention. A nice pair of brows will undoubtedly accentuate the eyes.
But these days there seems to be an obsession with achieving the perfect brow – it seems ‘bad brows’ just aren’t allowed! But have things gone too far?
The rise of the selfie and picture perfect (cartoonish some might say) eyebrows has meant it’s not just beauty bloggers and trendy young instagrammers that are fixated with having their ‘brows on fleek’. Its a booming industry with a vast array of products and treatments available for all of us to try – whether you fancy a straightforward tidy up or a more extreme look.
Those of my generation who were perhaps tempted to over pluck (a la Pamela Anderson) in the 90s may be regretting it now and would like to restore some of their former lush and lustrous brow hairs. Luckily, there are lots of options to help us improve and enhance our eyebrows – lets take a look at 6 of the most popular ones:
Brow-tinting involves dying the eyebrows to add some depth and definition, but mainly to make them appear fuller. It works by tinting not only the main brow hairs, but also some of those outer, lighter or blonde tipped brow hairs that you don’t normally notice. The good thing is it frees you from needing to apply make up to your brows. However the results only tend to last 3-6 weeks before needing to be done again. Tinting is one of the cheaper options though. You can do it yourself at home with a kit if you feel confident enough, but a salon treatment is not usually too expensive with prices starting at around £6.
High Definition (HD) Brows
HD Brows are the go-to choice for celebs, which is also reflected in the price. You can expect to pay around £30. A 7 step process shapes and designs your eyebrows, which involves tinting, waxing, trimming, make up and more to create the ultimate ‘high definition’ brow. It’s the full VIP service for your brows if you like the polished celebrity look and is tailored to suit your face.
If you’re after something a bit less temporary and more low maintenance, this option achieves fuller eyebrows and can cover gaps and even create natural looking eyebrows for someone with no hair at all. Advanced Tricho Pigmentation Treatment (ATP) is a revolutionary treatment offered at The Harley Street Hair Clinic. Technicians use semi-permanent or permanent natural pigments depending on your preference to build upon existing eyebrows for a fuller and more defined look, also disguising any scarring in the brow area. A bit like having a tattoo, numbing cream is first applied and each hair stroke is delivered via a needle individually, to give the appearance of natural hairs.
You’ve heard of eyelash extensions, well eyebrow extensions aren’t too dissimilar. A technician will apply artificial brow hairs, gluing them either to the skin or to the existing hairs near their roots. But beware, you could be sitting for over an hour and they don’t last very long – some people say only a week – depending on how you look after them (you need to avoid rubbing them, putting make up on them or washing your face vigorously). They are pricey too, so probably best saved for a special occasion.
If you are blessed with a good brow, all you may need is a little eyebrow shaping. An ancient Indian hair removal technique, threading is a really popular way to achieve beautifully sculpted brows. Cotton threads are twisted across the eyebrow to tweeze out the unwanted hairs at the root and create shape and definition. It may be a little eye watering but the results are good!
Anyone can improve their eyebrow shape simply by using make up. A brow pencil is a tried and tested way to fill in any gaps, enhance colour and shape brows easily without committing to anything more permanent. There are handy compacts that contain wax and powder – smooth on some wax with the angled brush provided then work in the powder to enhance those brows – powder gives quite a soft look. Also check out tinted brow gels and pomade which is a waterproof, creamy colour that gives HD style results.
You might find the video below from expert make up artist, Lisa Eldridge useful as she shares some of her favourite eyebrow products.
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