Well-shaped brows are the key to emphasising your eyes and adding structure to the face – the basis of any polished make-up look, since 2011, the industry for brow products has tripled in size and is now worth more than £20m, with the average woman spending over £200 per year on filling, shaping and styling.
But achieving the perfect shape and definition is far from easy, especially without professional help. We turned to grooming guru Shavata Singh for her top tips on how to shape and maintain...
Find Your Shape
Getting your brows professionally manicured really does make all the difference – eyes are arguably the most important facial feature, so having them framed with beautiful brows makes sense. It doesn’t take long and even if you only go once to find your shape and learn more about what suits you, it will be worth it.
Make An Effort To Maintain
Once you have your shape, make an effort to nurture your brows. Tweeze a few hairs daily – whilst the hairs are short, it’s easier to tell which should stay and which need to go. And when it comes to grooming, try to tweeze after a hot bath or shower (your hairs will be softer and pores more open) and always in natural light.
Use The Right Mirror
When you tweeze your brows, sit in front of a large mirror and use a magnified hand-held mirror, too – this will give you an overall realistic view and the hand mirror helps with the detail. Just move from mirror to mirror as you tweeze.
This might sound obvious, but hair doesn’t always grow back and you can run the risk of permanently losing your most flattering shape. If you feel like you have over plucked, stop tweezing and let brows grow out. The cycle of hair growth is around eight to 13 weeks, so be patient.
Don’t Get Obsessive
Remember, brows are sisters, not twins, so don’t try and make them identical as you’ll end up plucking them to nothing. Also, avoid copying other people’s brows, as the best-looking brows are the ones that suit your face shape and look.
Get The Kit
As well as a brow brush, a pair of amazing tweezers and a magnifying mirror, remember that brow make-up can make all the difference. Pencils are ideal for women who want to draw in shape, while shadow or pomade is great for those after a bolder finish.
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