Whether brows are naturally blessed or need a helping hand to make themselves known, it’s no doubt time apart from brow caretakers amid COVID-19 closures will be a trying time for all.
Below, brow queen Amy Jean of Amy Jean Brow Agency and Benefit Australia’s National Brow Artist, Hannah Mutze, share their tips for maintaining our most prized possessions at home.
Whilst finding the perfect brow shape is best left to the experts, tidying their existing or natural shape is foolproof. “To ensure you’re removing the right hairs, fill in your brows or trace around them,” advises Hannah Mutze, “the hairs sitting outside of the lines are safe to remove.” But here’s the tricky part: remember to practice restraint and keep things in perspective. “Always remove hairs one by one and try to use a larger mirror you can see your whole face and absolutely no magnifying mirrors” warns Mutze.
New to tweezing? For those with sensitive brows, Mutze recommends to “always remove hairs in the direction they grow in and pull the surrounding skin taught using your other hand to minimise the sting”.
As isolation rolls on, tidy brows in line with their natural growth cycle, setting aside time every two to four weeks to for a clean-up. And for pesky outliers, Mutze says to resist the urge; “by tweezing every stray as it comes through, you’re interrupting the growth cycle and making way for constant and inconsistent regrowth.”
Prone to wayward, curly and coarse brow hairs? Hannah Mutze tames them with a quick trim; “brush your brow hairs up with the spoolie brush and use your scissors to slowly snip away the excess length that extends above the top line of your brows.” But to keep brows looking soft and natural, take it slow. “Snip hairs one at a time for a natural-looking trim” says Mutze. To keep eyebrows full and even, “don’t trim without brushing hair up, as you can create patches or holes in the brows” she continues.
Meanwhile, Amy Jean skips trimming brows, instead opting to “tweeze coarse or long hairs as a solo act” to avoid accidently plucking more than anticipated and creating holes in brows. Perhaps this is a method best-left to the experts.
To achieve a professional brow dye-job at home, protect the skin and peach fuzz around your brows from unwanted staining. Mutze and Jean apply Vaseline to the surrounding area, and begin by neatly brushing the tint onto the arch and tails of brows, then working towards the start of the brow for a natural, gradient effect. Depending on the desired effect, Mutze follows with additional layers of tint, whilst Jean adapts the waiting time of two to five minutes to reach the desired colour and depth. To coat each and every hair, Jean recommends using a spoolie to brush the tint into the brows for even coverage. To avoid a mono-brow and tinted skin, be careful to wipe away excess product with a damp cotton pad and use a toner-dipped cotton bud to erase mistakes, suggests Jean.
But if an at-home tint sounds bound to go sideways, Mutze turns to a tinted gel like Benefit’s volumising Gimme Brow, or wide-tipped brow pencil to add hair-like strokes for temporary colour and definition.
The Tool Kit
When it comes time to DIY, fill your brow kit with these plucking, trimming, tinting and brow hair-faking tools. For the tidiest (and most hygienic) results, “always ensure your tools, brows and surrounding skin are clean before starting” reminds Mutze.