Eyebrows are the pillars of our faces. In fact, according to one study, we're less recognizable if you take our brows away instead of our eyes (you'll be pleased to know researchers tested that theory using Photoshop). So why is it that so many of us will happily and sporadically go at our brows with tweezers or get scissor happy at the sight of one stray hair? We spoke to brow expert Suman Jalaf of Suman Brows London to find outВ more about the most common brow mistakes BritishВ people are making. Below she tells us how to avoid them and, if the worst has happened, how to fix your brows with minimal distress.
Keep scrolling for Suman's guide to achieving flawless brows.
Mistake 1. Not Having Willpower
вЂњThrow your tweezers in the bin!вЂќ says Suman. вЂњI'm kidding; keep the tweezers. If you have dark hair and you need to get rid of an ingrown hair, hairs in the middle of your brows or stragglers, then, by all means, do it, but don't get tweezer-happy! If your brows need fixing, get an appointment with your technician booked in, because that's where it can go wrong.вЂќ
Mistake 2. Tweezing at the Wrong Time
вЂњTweeze after a shower so the hairs are softer and the pores are open. Pull the hair out in the direction of growth; the hair should slide out of the follicle. Don't tug the hair, as this can lead to ingrown hairs,вЂќВ Suman says.
Mistake 3. Not Booking a Consultation
Many walk-in brow places don't offer consultations, but make sure you insist on discussing your brows with the person who is shaping them. вЂњThis is especially true for anyone with virginВ eyebrows or if you have suffered a bad experience previously,вЂќ Suman says. вЂњAnd know this: It takes a good two months for the hair cycle to grow out.вЂќ
You need to let your technicianВ know what you want, and they need to be open about what is possible and what they are about to do. вЂњI tell my clients what I'm doing as I'm doing it,вЂќ Suman says.
Mistake 4. Not Treating Your Brows
If you want your brows to grow (perhaps after a bad experience), you need to treat them as you would your skin with nourishing products. Suman recommends using BrowFood Phyto-Medic Eyebrow EnhancerВ ($90). вЂњYou can help the brows grow faster and healthier by using a mix of castor oil, vitamin E and aloe vera gel; these are all great boosters. Open a couple of vitamin E capsules into a small dish and addВ a few drops of aloe vera gel and castor oil. Use equal parts of each ingredient; then mix with a disposable mascara wand and apply itВ to your brows at night,вЂќ she says.
Mistake 5. Cutting Your Own Brows
вЂњYou wouldn't cut your own hair,вЂќ Suman says. вЂњSo don't cut your brows. I even go easy when it comes to cutting the client's brows myself.вЂќ This is the same advice I was given by a makeup artist recently.В Longer, more natural brows help to open up the eye area, which in turn makes you look more awake and, in some cases, younger.
Mistake 6. Going to a Different Brow Technician Every Time
вЂњI recommend finding a brow technician either through internet reviews. A lot of people find me through Google, or by word of mouth,вЂќ Suman says. вЂњThe first session I have with a client always takes longer. After that, appointments are much quicker because I know their brows. Once you find a technician who does your brows how you like them, make sure you always go back to them. Once you build a relationship with your brow technician, if you're traveling or away, you can ask them how to groom and tidy your brows yourself.вЂќ
Mistake 7. Not Looking at Your Brows in Detail
вЂњI'll look at someone's brows and see where there are sparse areas,вЂќ Suman says. вЂњA lot of people don't need treatments like microblading all over the brow, just in places where the hair is patchy.вЂќ Take the same approach when filling in your brows. Look at where there are sparse areas or perhaps wonky edges, and fill in accordingly.
Mistake 8. Saving on Products
вЂњWhen it comes to grooming and filling your brows, it's personal preference. There are gels and powders and pencils out there, and it depends on what you're used to. But what I will say is that it has to be good quality. Spend a bit more on your brow products,вЂќ Suman says. вЂњSome products are water-resistant, which are long-lasting and better for anyone who has oily skin, does sports or travels a lot. Bardou Booster BrowВ ($30) is a liquid that contains hair-like fibers and lasts days.вЂќ
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