In my formative and early adult years I really did not pay enough attention to my brows.
By enough, I mean ANY attention.
I truly did not understand the power of the brow and its magical abilities to make or break a face until a little more than five years ago.
Yes, I’m a late bloomer.
I’d dabbled in some brow waxing and tinting before then but with mixed results (brow colour that looked like black Nikko pen and skin damaged by waxing).
When my daughter was actually burned by the wax used in one brow tidy, I called it quits on salon brows for both of us.
Tweezers became our friend until the day that I was introduced to threading.
I’m always up for any weird and wonderful beauty treatment and when I had my first threading experience, of course I blogged about it.
If you clicked back to read that post you would have seen it’s been a long time since that first threading.
Have I still been getting my brows threaded?
Every month since.
Now, whenever I talk threading on social media, I always get ALL the horror stories.
This makes me sad. Not because people are sharing what’s happened to them, more that they give threading a bad name when it needn’t be so. They shouldn’t be experiencing the bad in the first place.
I’m fortunate that I’ve never had a horror story. I’ve always had my brows threaded at Get Threaded – their staff have completed a nationally accredited course. If threading is done correctly, it shouldn’t be painful and it most certainly shouldn’t make your skin bleed.
Yes, you *feel* it pulling the hairs but, no, it’s not painful. I do get some redness – but nothing like I used to experience with waxing.
How to get the perfect eyebrow
1. My “how to get a perfect eyebrow” story starts in the salon. I do believe that this is something worth spending your beauty budget on. I like the finish that threading gives my brows. I love the way I don’t have to do anything to my brows between threading visits, although this could have something to do with my advancing years and hair not growing as much.
2. Having someone do your brows who understands how to shape them is as important as the stray hair removal. The shape of your brows is so important for framing your your face. Without a well-defined brow, your face can disappear. Well, not literally but you get my drift.
3. A defined brow starts with a shape to suit your face shape and concludes with filled-in colour. I get my brows tinted every month. It’s a very fine line for me between defined and Nikko-pen look so I rely on my brow artist Teagan to get the line right. She does.
4. When I do a full makeup, I use a gel or pencil product to fill in the brow and create an illusion of thickness and defined colour.
5. A great trick I’ve learned when doing my eye makeup is to do the brows first. This sets the scene – and definition – for the rest of the eye makeup I’m applying and often shows that I don’t need as much eye makeup on the rest of my eyes to achieve good eye definition.
Bottom line: if you nail your brows, you’ll nail your whole look. And if you’re not happy with your current brow situation, seek out a brow specialist. You won’t look back.
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So, over to you … tell me about your brows. Do you see a brow artist who deserves a good shout out here? Share below in the comments and make sure you include their location as a community service for all SY readers on a quest for the perfect brow.