If you ask any make-up artist what the most important feature is to focus on if you want to frame your face or complete any make-up look, we’re sure they’ll all swiftly stress the importance of one thing: your eyebrows.
This means taking the time to ensure your eyebrows always look neat and tidy; either by filling them in with an eyebrow pencil, like Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil, R375, sprucing them up with an eyebrow gel, like Catrice Brow Colorist Semi-permanent Brow Mascara, R74,95, or heading to your favourite beauty salon for a professional wax, thread and tint.
Luckily, with a little bit of know-how and the right products for the job, you can take your brows from looking drab and non-existent (if they’re fair) to salon-fab in no time!
The bonus? You can do it all in the comfort of your home, too. Read on to find out which products you’ll need and how to use them.
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How to get salon-worthy eyebrows at home
Make sure your eyebrow area is clean by going over your brows with the make-up remover of your choice.
Then create a colour-guard by applying Vaseline Blue Seal Pure Petroleum Jelly Original, R29,95 for 250ml, with a cotton bud onto the skin around your eyebrows so that you don’t stain them. We prefer using an eco-friendly brand of cotton buds, like Cherub’s Flushable ECOotton Buds, R15,95 for 200.
If there’s one semi-permanent eyebrow tinting brand we trust, it’s Refectocil Eyelash & Eyebrow Tints, R120 for 15ml each.
They’ve been around since 1930 and have a large variety of tints to suit whatever your need may be from a vast array of colours to a formula developed specifically for sensitive skins.
Start by mixing a small dollop (about 1cm) of the tinting solution with about eight drops of their Oxidant Cream, R135 for 100ml, a cream developer. Then start applying the product from the arch of your brows, out to your tips, finishing with a small amount at the front of your brow.
After waiting for five minutes, use a cotton round and some make-up remover to gently wipe away the product at the front of your eyebrows- you want to do this so that your brows maintain a natural look. Then after another five minutes, remove the rest of the product.
Finally, you want to groom your brows.
Putting the semi-permanent tint down first is a great way to ensure you don’t over-pluck as it creates a guide so you will easily be able to see which hairs are necessary to get rid of, and which are not. We love Tweezerman Classic Slant Stainless Steel Tweezers, R330.
Note: It’s important to remember that, if you already have thin brows with sparse hairs, you should skip this step.
You’re all done! Enjoy your salon-worthy brows in all their glory for about two weeks depending on the type of skincare routine you follow. The more you exfoliate, the quicker your brows will fade.
Written by Beauty editor, Martinique Stevens