Thin, patchy, over-plucked eyebrows add years to the face. If yours are looking sparse after years of eyebrow maintenance, here are four ways to give them a boost, plus some must-have tools.
Fuller brows are on-trend but for those not blessed by them naturally, or for brows damaged by years of over-plucking, there’s now an enhancement available called 3D Brow Building. This is ideal for Christmas party season as the results last for up to a fortnight. Individual hairs are attached to the existing brows or onto the skin and bonded with a sculpting paste. Results are realistic and tailor-made for you. It’s available at Auckland’s new ON Browhouse from $75 and application takes about 45 minutes. Extensions are also on the menu at PHOENIX COSMETICS, which has 11 stores nationwide.
Most lash growth serums can also be used on the brows, but there are specialist products, such as 1. LiBrow $199, which is lightly tinted to give the existing brows a boost whilst also strengthening and stimulating the follicles. Or invest in 2. Elizabeth Arden Prevage Clinical Lash + Brow Enhancing Serum $190. It helps to reduce brow breakage and brittleness due to ageing. Serums are ideal for brows with bare spots.
Products to get the perfect brow from clockwise: BDB Universal Brow Pencil $33, Revlon Colorstay Eyebrow Pencil $25.50, Natio Brow Kit $24, MAC Brow Set in Clear $36, Bobbi Brown Natural Brow Shaper & Hair Touch Up $50, BDB The Brow Buddy $40
The buzzword is “browography” and it lasts up to 12 months. A fine calligraphy pen is used to create hair-like strokes that blend with the natural brows. It takes three sessions to complete the look and it’s an investment – $895 at ON Browhouse. A solution for very fine, barely there brows.
By far the most budget-friendly option, a soft eyebrow pencil will fill sparse areas and holes in the brows and can also be used to reshape and balance. The secret is to use a pencil that matches your brow colour and draw in short, hair-like strokes.