Natural, tattooed, microbladed, tinted and waxed, bushy or groomed – how do you do yours? 

In the last few decades the importance of eyebrows and their impact has come to the forefront, we’ve seen many trends, but it seems a fuller, well-shaped brow is here to stay! It really can make all the difference to facial features, literally transforming a face in some cases. But what’s the lowdown on brow treatments, what are our options and what is really important?

What makes a great brow?

In a nutshell; placement and structure. Brows should roughly fit a measurement criteria and a brow specialist would be able to help you with this but as a rough guide, see if yours fit with this simple guide:

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Use something straight to measure, a pen or makeup pencil will do.

  • Brow should start in line with edge of nose ‘flare’ and inner corner of eye.
  • Corner of nose to outer edge of pupil should give you the position for your arch.
  • Corner of nose past outer corner of eye should give you your brow end point.
  • The tail should not come lower than the bulb.

If not, reach out to a brow professional that can help you get them to how they should be. There are so many great options now; makeup, temporary tint, henna or semi-permanent tattooing. Let’s look at some of these options;

BROW MAKEUP

There’s a huge array of brow pencils, pomades and mascara gels out there. The key is experimenting to find your favourite product. I personally like the mascara type wands with coloured ‘fibres’ which make your brows look fuller whilst holding them in place – try Brow Boost by Eyebrow Queen which have a great colour selection or Gimme Brow by Benefit.

Brow Colour Boost EyebrowQueen 

EyeBrow Queen Pro Brow Colour Boost  £25 on sale at Glow

HENNA BROW

Now comes in a wide range of colours and really does last much longer than traditional tint if done correctly, it also temporarily tints the skin for a fuller look.

TINT AND WAX

You can’t beat a good tint and wax, but the results don’t usually last long… if you want more staying power but aren’t ready to take the more permanent plunge, look at HD Brows. This is a fantastic service and specially trained technicians will help you grow, groom and perfect your Brow Colour Boost natural brows! Visit hdbrows.com to find a technician.

MICROBLADING

A tattooing technique in which a small handheld tool made of several tiny needles is used to create tiny hair like incisions, pigment is then applied to the skin and heals in these incisions. When correctly applied it can create fine hair stroke-effect brows. Pigments should be implanted very superficially which means it generally will fade faster than the machine method, requiring 6-12 month colour boosts.

SEMI-PERMANENT TATTOO
(MACHINE METHOD)

Using a specialised tattoo ‘pen’ with a needle cartridge, this motorised device creates tiny ‘dots’ either in a line for a hairstoke effect or dusted, for a more shaded effect. Pigment is implanted nearer the surface of the skin than a traditional tattoo meaning it will gradually fade in time, and will require maintenance. 12-18 month colour boosts are recommended.

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An example of a machine method brow in progress 

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An example of a fully healed tattooed brow

Both of these treatments should be carried out by micro-pigmentaton specialists and it is crucial you do your research to find a reputable technician. Style of work will vary and you should look at before and after pictures and ask to see healed results. These treatments should never be carried out in your home – only in a registered premises. Hygiene is of the highest priority with these treatments and you should feel comfortable with this when you attend your appointments.

If you are considering semi-permanent options, I have tried to offer an unbiased view here – I myself offer the semipermanent tattoo machine method and have 14 years experience @carlykent1 but please do check out Link @permanentbeauty.london for some of the best microblading work I’ve seen.

carly@glowskin.co.uk | 07540 851 972 | glowskin.co.uk

Essex House, 118 High Street, Ongar, Essex, CM5 9EB

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This article was written for Aspire Essex Magazine Issue 11. The full magazine can be read here