If your eyes are the windows to your soul, then your brows are the frames. Dress them up – here’s where and how to get them shaped and filled in.
#Browsonfleek may be a 2016 thing, but make no mistake: your arches are still a crucial face-framing feature. Shape them right, and they’ll offer symmetry to your overall facial appearance and add polish to your makeup look. To help you attain those elusive brow goals, we round up everything you need to know for the perfect arches, from the best places to shape them in Singapore to how to fill them in.
How to: Whip your brows into shape
New to eyebrow shaping? Put down those tweezers, pronto. Whether your arches resemble furry caterpillars or are naturally sparse, it’s best to seek professional help before you attempt any sort of self-pruning (trust us, that can go really wrong). Choose your preferred method of brow sculpting below.
For waxing newbies, ripping stray hair off your face-framers in quick motions (with hot wax, no less) may seem intimidating at first. But put yourself in the hands of a professional, and you’ll see flawless results. This method keeps hair growth away for a period of two to eight weeks, since each strand is removed at the root. While we’re not discounting the pain, we promise it’ll hurt less with regular appointments thanks to lesser hair density.
Originating over 6,000 years ago in India, unwanted stray hairs are plucked at follicle level with a thin cotton or polyester thread – think of this as tweezing multiple hairs all at once. Depending on your tolerance, the pain level is pretty high. But rest assured that the therapist has more precise control this way. Plus, threading is gentler on the skin, as compared to waxing.
Embroidery (also known as microblading)
This emerging beauty trend is all the rage – even the little beauty parlours dotting Far East Plaza offer this as part of their services. This semi-permanent method (which can last up to two years) uses coloured pigment to fill in empty spots in your brows to produce a fuller and more natural look, so you never have to draw your arches again. This option requires touch-ups from time to time, and is a lot pricier, as you’ll expect, so be prepared to think of this as a long-term investment. Want the whole lowdown on eyebrow embroidery? Read my experience with microblading here.
While this doesn’t get you shapelier brows, we reckon you’d want to look this up if you’ve just done a major colour change to your hair and want your brows to match too. It’s ideal if you have a fair or pale skintone, and want to add a little va-va-voom to your arches. Here, semi-permanent vegetable dye is used to alter the colour of your brows.
How to: Maintain your brows at home
So you’ve seen a professional and your brows are finally on point! But that won’t last forever, even if you went with the embroidery alternative. Here’s a step-by-step guide to the brow cleanup.
Brush brow hairs upwards with a brow groomer/disposable mascara wand, and carefully trim the over-hanging hairs with scissors.
As a rough guide: The start of your brows start should align with the bridge of your nose, the arch should be in line with the edge of your nostril and the tip of the brow should be aligned to the outer corner of your eye.
Tweeze those stray hairs away (a few at a time) and remember – proceed with caution.
How to: Beef up your brows
So you’ve got the right shape down, what next? Unless you’re blessed with naturally, lush Cara Delevigne arches (lucky you), it’s time to fill up those gaps. Whatever product you choose, remember to pick a colour no more than two shades lighter than your hair colour and start under the arch.
The brow pencil still reigns high in the top spot despite all the newfangled products popping up on the market. Use light short strokes to fill in your eyebrows, working from the arch and tail to the start of the brow. Use an eyebrow brush to comb your arches, and break clumps of colour for a more natural, blended finish.
A brow kit is just like brow powder, except it’s equipped with brow wax. Use an angled brush to outline the contours of your eyebrows with wax, moving outwards from the bottom of your eyebrows.. Fill in any sparse spots with wax; then, go over the hairs with the brow powder and a fine angled brush. Ensure that the powder gets between the hairs rather than just sitting on top of them.
Splurge: Urban Decay Brow Box, $48 or Bobbi Brown Brow Kit, $84
Save: 3CE Eyes Eye eyebrow kit, $24 or NYX Eyebrow Cake Powder, $15
Brow mascara – also known as brow gel – comes in both clear and tinted versions (again, great for those who want to match brows with their dyed hair). A light touch is essential with this product that strokes brows into shape and keeps them in place.
Splurge: Make up For Ever Aqua Brow, $43 or Tarte Colored Clay Tinted Brow Gel, $35
Save: Essence Eyebrow gel, $5.90 or e.l.f Eyebrow Treat & Tame, $3.97
Brow Growth Serum
If you were an avid follower of the pencil thin brow trend in the ‘90s, your eyebrows might still be struggling to regrow after years of maintaining the barely-there look. Instead of faking it entirely with pencils and powders, pick up a growth serum that actually works.
Try: Prevage Clinical Lash + Brow Enhancing Serum by Elizabeth Arden, USD100 or Browhaus Extend Lash and Brow Serum, $95.23