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Girls and boys, treasure your brows!

Wednesday, 22nd August, 2018 4:36pm

I nearly died when I read the headlines: Rhianna makes thin brows a thing.
Well I am testament to only allowing trained brow artists near your brows. At almost 40, my brows are still bushy and will remain so.
Brows are those things which shape your face, they add definition and when they are arched correctly can even make you look younger.
Don’t overpluck your brows! Go for full defined beautiful brows.

There are many treatments and enhancements on offer for brows, from the HD to the Billion Dollar. Microblading and tattooing are ways of mimicking fuller brows if you have sparse or thin brows but this week, I am looking at some of the products that will give you wow brows at the stroke of a brush.

Kiss Beautiful Tool Kit (€9.50) is a kit of must have tools for shaping and grooming your brows, expert precision without the makeup artist expense. It includes a pro spoolie brush to brush the hairs, a slant-tip tweezers to pluck those unruly brows, a comb and two razors to trim to the perfect shape giving you all the necessities to create perfectly polished brows with ease. Use the tweezers with care and only ever pluck in natural light.

The full brow trend isn't going anywhere, but for those of us with sparse brows due to years of overplucking, an underlying medical issue or the aging process, it's all about making the most of our brows with a simple addition to your beauty regime.

Billion Dollar Brows Brow Boost (€35) is a nifty product that will make all the difference.

Step 1: Start with clean, dry brows. Keeping your brows in good condition is super important so starting with a brow conditioning product will help with growth if your brows are sparse. Billion Dollar Brows Brow Boost (€35) is a vitamin infused primer that can be worn alone or under your brow makeup. It’s tinted pink to blend translucently onto the brow so your makeup glides right on. Using the doe foot applicator, apply a small amount of Brow Boost equally across your eyebrows. Allow to set and dry.

Step 2: Use a brow brush and your favourite brow product to fill, shape and define brows. An affordable brow kit which includes a small brow brush and tweezers is Sleek Makeup Brow Kit, (€10.49). It also has special pigmented wax for shaping and powder to help you create flawless brows. Place a brush along the side of your nose to find where your brows should ideally start. Angle the brush from the outside of your nose to the outer corner of your eye to find where your brows should ideally end. Using short dash-like strokes to mimic the natural hair create a full brow look in seconds.

Step 3: To set the look and hold the hairs in place, comb through brows with a coloured gel such as PS… Brow Gel Mascara (€1.50). If you want to grab a Cork product, The Brow Bar Boutique have a great range of pencils, powders and gels that are quite simply fool proof to use. The girls in there are helpful at showing you how to use them and how to shape your brows using their products.

If like me you have tinted and shaped your brows and just need a handy finishing product, then you could try Isadora Brow Shaping Gel (€11.95) which is clear to finish off your brow shape, then swipe it on your lashes to use as a mascara. It isn’t sticky and just gives the sleek finish we all love, especially if you have a few longer hairs that are vital to your brow shape but a bit wild.

Then to give the illusion of a higher arch, try Kiss Brow Highlighting Duo (€11.99). It’s perfect the frame of your face with the Top Brow Highlighter. It’s great for highlighting the brow bone for the finished polished look. Both sides consist of velvety formulas that blend effortlessly and stay put all day.

I hope that I have convinced you to not try the skinny brow thing, there are products in this piece for all budgets and brow colours, so don’t feel like you must invest loads of money.

Lastly guys, I am not forgetting you!

The Guybrow is now a thing and iBrow are the specialists - no more monobrows or unibrows - you can have your brows shaped and tinted to suit your face.

Everyone remembers that guy on ‘Love Island’ with the bleached brows! Don’t be like him, let someone else preen you besides the barber!

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