Brows are the frame of your face. Well-groomed brows act to not only frame the eyes, but to also highlight your best facial features. In fact, a good set of brows can eliminate the need for a lot of other makeup – great brows and good lipstick is all you need to look polished and out the door.
Editor Michelle Ruzzene rounds up her top brow products to keep brows looking on fleek.
This compact trio contains two eyebrow powder shades and a shaping wax to tame, define and groom your brows. It also comes with mini tweezers to pluck any stray hairs and a double-ended brow brush. For a natural brow, brush the powder through. For a longer lasting shape, comb through the wax to keep brows in place. Best of all, the brow-shaping powders can be used as a neutral eye-shadow base. RRP $49 from Napoelon Perdis.
IF you only invest in one brow pencil, make sure it is the It Cosmetics Brow Power Universal Eyebrow Pencil. The pencil matches all hair colours and covers gray. An oval tip defines both thin and thick brows, while the spooley brush finished for a natural look. Developed with leading plastic surgeons, proprietary anti-aging technology infuses a blend of brow-conditioning ingredients, while an exclusive shade adjusts to your hair colour based on applied pressure. RRP $38 from Sephora.
These three essential brushes from QVS are guaranteed to keep your brows looking neat and tidy. Included in the pack is a Brow Definer, a Detail Brush and a Brow Spoolie. The spoolie brushes the brow hairs into place. The detail brush is for applying brow powder or gel to create ultra-fine definition and sharp edges. The brow definer helps define the shape before filling in hairs to create fuller looking brows. RRP $15 from Big W.
The Gimme Brow tinted eyebrow gel is a must for fuller-looking brows. The gel creates volume and definition by simply brushing through the hairs in an upward motion. The tiny, tapered brush makes the gel buildable on the brows depending on the look you want to achieve – add a light brush for natural brows, or a add multiple layers for brows Brooke Shields would be envious of. RRP$45 from Myer.
Microblading / Semi Permanent Tattooing
For the ultimate way to get your brows in tip top shape, visit a reputable microblading specialist. Microblading is essentially the name of a tattooing technique, where the therapist adds semi-permanent pigment that matches your existing brow colour under the skin using a sharp tool.
I visited Rachael Pietruszka from The Signature Brow who shared her top tips when looking for a good microblade artist.
- What certificates and training do they have? How much experience? Make sure you visit a microblade artist who is accredited and has had experience doing brows similar to yours.
- Do you like their style? Check out your microblade artist’s work on social media. Do you like their ‘style’? Have they enhanced the existing brow shape? You do not want someone who just has one cookie-cutter brow shape they do.
- Do they offer post-treatment and care advice? It is well and good to have your brows microbladed, but if you do not follow the proper aftercare, they’ll quickly fade and look patchy.
- Enquire about follow-up appointments. More than 70 per cent of the pigment will fade from the first session, and a touch-up is usually required after 4-6 weeks. Does your therapist offer this complimentary or will that be another cost to factor into your budget?
Microblading usually starts at around $400 and can go anywhere up to around $1500. Rachael from The Signature Brow offers microblading at $499 and touch-ups up to $230.