Beauty editor SARAH HALLIWELL shares the best products and treatments to try now for BEAUTIFUL BROWS …
It’s all very well the catwalks championing full, “natural” brows – when you’re 20, you generally take it for granted that your brows are full, and if anything, they need controlling and shaping. But as you get older, your brows tend to thin out and get a bit patchy. The temptation is to over-draw them in, but try to keep it light, as if you’re drawing in individual hairs rather than a streak of colour, and pay your brows some attention …
1. M2Beauté Eyebrow Renewing Serum is pricey, but could be worth the investment if you’d rather avoid anything more invasive or drastic, such as HD Brows, which can tend to leap out from your face. It’s based on an MSN complex, used by ophthalmologists for eye treatments, and can help strengthen and darken brows, with natural oils and some hydrating hyaluronic acid. It has a tiny brush so you can dab on purely where you need it. “It is amazing – I’ve had a bald patch for years and it’s gone! It really works,” our tester raves. You do need commitment though: it takes a good six to eight weeks to really see results, so stick with it. There’s also a version for lashes. €130 at Brown Sugar and www.m2beaute.ie.
2. Castor oil is a traditional treatment for hair loss and can be a good boost to brows – dab a little on brows before bed. It’s a good natural multitasker and can be used for dry scalp and dry skin, too; we like Pukka’s organic cold-pressed version, €14.50, www.nourish.ie. Coconut oil and olive oil are good alternatives, both rich in vitamin E and iron, key nutrients for hair growth.
3. If you’re noticing hair loss in general, a marine supplement such as Viviscal Maximum Strength, a bestselling Irish product, could be beneficial, along with upping your intake of green veg and oily fish (€49.95 for one month’s supply). www.viviscal.ie.
4. For immediate gap-filling, a soft pencil or gel applied with the lightest hand looks the most natural. The most natural-looking I’ve found are Urban Decay’s Brow Tamer Gel (€19 at Urban Decay, Grafton Street, and www.debenhams.ie), and Benefit Gimme Brow gel. I also like the Big Brow Pencil by MAC, and the elegant Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil (at Harvey Nichols).
5. For an expert opinion, head to the Shavata studio at Harvey Nichols Dundrum for advice on the best shape and treatment for your brows, whether it’s threading, tinting or shaping. In fact, Shavata Singh herself is actually in Dublin today (August 31) if you’re in the area – stop in for an expert opinion from the brow expert. Call 01 291 0409.
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