From how to express your eyebrow vibe, to complaining when it all goes wrong
When it comes to getting your eyebrows done, surprises are rarely welcome. Read: never welcome.
Walking out of your appointment with over-threaded, super dark brows that look more Drew Barrymore circa '98 than Glossier's latest Boy Brow campaign, can be almost as stressful as a Love Island dumping.
Which is why we spoke to the experts at Blink Brow Bar for their tips on taking back the power over your brows and how to get exactly what you want from your eyebrow appointment...
We're pre-appointment - what do we need to know?
Keeping your brows in top condition in between appointments is key.
Apply an enriching brow oil everyday to keep your brows in tip top condition ready for your next treatment.
To thread or wax? How do you decide?
At Blink we only thread eyebrows, so you don't have to choose. We feel that threading is a method of hair removal that will not only remove every stray hair and shape your eyebrows with perfect precision, but will also add definition and leave a smooth finish that no other method of hair removal can achieve.
Plus, threading is completely natural and obviously chemical-free. Win, win!
How to get the eyebrow shape of your dreams...
Brows will always look their most beautiful and help balance all facial features if they follow their natural shape.
The right shape and definition will frame your face instantly, make your eyes appear larger and can take years off – it’s a natural youth boost!
Take your brows into your own hands by...
1. Measuring your brows with a pencil to ensure that the start of the eyebrow is in line with where the inner corner of your eye meets your nose and not any closer in.
2. Then, take a pencil and hold it parallel to your face. Touch one end of the pencil on to the end of your nose and then adjust it so that the length of the pencil continues up through your iris (the coloured bit), just under the eye's pupil. Where the pencil sits over the eyebrow is roughly where the peak of the eyebrow arch should be.
The advice used to be that the pencil should reach up from the end of the nose through the centre of the pupil to find your arch, but it is a more modern look to have the arch slightly further out towards the edge of your face, so position the pencil just under the pupil.
Eyebrows that are too close together or too far apart can actually shrink your eyes in a way that makes your face look imbalanced rather than effortlessly gorgeous.
Fluffy boy brow or Insta neat? How can we communicate our eyebrow vibe?
The best way to avoid being unhappy with your final brows is to share any concerns with your therapist before the treatment. For example, if you're growing out your brows, let your therapist know and that way she can just tidy stray hairs rather than too much shaping.
Any good brow therapist should always do a consultation prior to the appointment to ensure they agree the shape and any preferences together with you.
Is bringing a photo completely lame?
It can be helpful to show photos of any particular preferences however, as the best brows follow your natural shape, each brow is completely individual and bespoke!
To tint or not to tint? And how do you know what colour is right?
Your therapist can advise on the best colour for you if you want to try a tint.
For some people, a tint gives instant definition because it brings out all the baby brow hairs that you usually can't see and gives the appearance of fuller brows. If you prefer the look of thicker eyebrows but don't necessarily have the hair growth to work with, this could be a good solution.
We know what eyebrows we want, but we're not sure how to describe them...
Although you might not have the brow 'terminology', your therapist will be able to discuss the look you want with you in your consultation so you feel comfortable you're on the same page.
Often, there's not a language barrier as such, but sometimes the ‘brow ambition’ may not fit with the natural shape of the existing brow. Someone who has naturally quite straight brows may not suit a high arch and it’s always best to work the natural assets rather than change the shape completely.