Eyebrows have always been referred to as the ‘frames to your face’, but with the influx of the ‘Scouse brow’ and figures such as Kate Middleton sporting defined, flawless brows – they have never been quite so popular as they are currently! With hundreds of brand new ‘brow kits’ on the market, it is often quite hard to find shades that are right for you at affordable prices, so I decided to trial run the very best brow defining products…
There are many brow kits on the market currently, however some feature quite a range of shades, brushes and waxes which can be complicated for someone who has never before highlighted and defined their brows. In addition, for those that are on the go constantly and like to travel light with their make-up, carrying around a large kit is simply impractical.
Eyelure’s Brow Palette (£10.21 from high street retailers) is a perfect solution for those who would like to create flawless brows, with just a few simple tools. It features a large mirror, a soft angled brush, highlighting cream for defining your brow bone, two shades and one prolonging colour wax. Rather usefully, it also features brow stencils, so if you do have a bit of extra time to experiment – you can achieve the perfect shape flawlessly. The shades included suit all hair colours, however shades can be mixed to achieve a very natural colour that suits you.
If you prefer to carry around something a little more compact than a brow kit but still want perfectly defined eyebrows then Mally’s Brow Boost Fix (£20.25 from qvcuk.com) is ideal. It is a soft waxy definition pen that glides on easily, providing you with a natural looking finish quickly and efficiently. It removes the need for flaky powders and harsh lines as it is very creamy in texture and can be blended in easily to create the perfect shade to suit you. Eyelure’s Shape & Shade Brow Pencil (£5.11 from high street retailers) can also create professional looking brows in an instant, and comes in three different shades to suit your natural hair colour.
Powder and Brush
The most popular method of defining your brows for everyday use is by applying powder, as it gives a much softer look than tinting or brow pencils. The recently launched Wow Brows Brow Kit (£15 from wow-brows.net) features a simple powder and brush, which can be used together to highlight and define your eyebrows creating lasting and effective results. It comes in a range of shades, which can be mixed and matched to create a perfect colour or used alone.
Pencils, powders and waxes are a temporary solution to defining your brows, however if you wanted to go for something a little more lasting you could try permanent make-up. Karen Betts is currently one of the world’s best permanent make-up artists and offers a Brow Blush treatment, which although is still a temporary option – gives you flawless, defined brows for up to four weeks. This is ideal for those who have over plucked their brows in the past and are looking to improve the shape and enhance the definition, or for those who may have lost some or all of their eyebrows from chemotherapy or alopecia. Karen’s has clinics nationwide (including Yorkshire, Nottingham, Harley Street, Cheshire and Jersey). If you would like to contact one of Karen’s clinics or inquire about prices visit Karen’s website.
Tips & Tricks
– As with applying any make-up product, you need to make sure you have a good base to start with. Use W7’s Brow and Lash Shaping Gel (£4.95 from New Look) before applying brow powder in order to define the shape and prolong the colour.
– If you are new to shaping and defining your eyebrows, it is worth getting them professionally shaped before attempting it yourself. HD Brows are the newest and most popular brow company around at the moment, as they have a seven step method to getting your perfect brows. After a consultation with the HD technician regarding the shape, colour and definition you would like, you have your brows shaped, tinted and waxed until they are exactly the way you want them. To check for your nearest salon or technician visit www.hd-brows.co.uk.
– Always go for a shade that appears slightly lighter than you would like your eyebrows to look. If you are using a powder brow definer, the shades always come out much darker than they appear on the palette – so make sure you test out the shades first.