As the frames of the face, eyebrows have become the hot topic of conversation in recent times. Whether you’re inspired by Cara’s bushy power-brows, are bleaching like Kim Kardashian, or are embracing the latest Insta trend; #EyebrowSlit and are coming over all Bow Wow, this month we are bringing you the complete low down so you can put on your strongest brow game face!
WHERE TO GO?
- BOLLYWOOD BROWS:
LOCATION: Queen’s Arcade Cardiff, opposite the entrance via Queen Street
PRICE RANGE: Certainly student-friendly, treatments start at just £5!
WHAT’S AVAILABLE? Traditionally, this small and local salon specialised in eyebrow threading and tinting for women. However, following its expansion, Bollywood Brows now caters for both male and female body-over threading, including (but not limited to) the upper lip, hands, arms and chin. If you have a special occasion on the cards, then package deals such as an eyebrow shape, tint and eyelash tint are on offer for just £22. The service is hassle-free with walk-in appointments available at your leisure.
As a warning: threading can be a little painful, especially when done at the speed of the beauticians here, so be sure to check your mascara hasn’t run before you leave!
2) BENEFIT’S BROWBAR LOUNGE:
LOCATION: Boots or Debenhams in the St David’s Centre
PRICE RANGE: Slightly more upmarket, between £15-20 for the majority of treatments. However there are plenty of freebies to get your hands on if you’re lucky!
WHAT’S AVAILABLE? The signature ‘Benefit Brow Arch’ is the most popular treatment on offer at the bars, consisting of; a brow wax; brow tint (custom colour to suit your skin tone and hair colour) and tweeze to tidy up and stray hairs. It is don’t professionally and promptly by the Bene-gals, but booking in advance would be highly advisable as there is often only one beautician available. The bar also offers facial waxing, alongside tanning in certain branches.
As a perk: Make sure you sign up to the Benefit BrowBar Lounge’s Loyalty Card scheme to get your free treatment after making 7 trips, and whilst your at the counter, make the most of their free mini-makeovers and make-uppers using Benefit’s gorgeous products!
SO WHAT’S WHAT?
Mapping: To gain that perfect arch, line up a pencil from the corner of your nose to your inner eye, middle of your eye and outer eye to find your proportionate angles
Waxing: The most common technique to shape brows, waxing involves applying a warm wax before stripping it off – the results usually last a couple of weeks
Threading: An ancient technique originating in the Middle East, threading uses cotton thread in order to pull the hair follicles from the root giving a precise finish – as aye watering as it may be, it does get easier each time you visit and the results last a few weeks
Tinting: Effectively just a dye for your eyebrow hair – for those of us struggling with fairer hairs
HD Brows: A technique to gain brow definition, using a combination of waxing, threading and tinting the brows
The brow slit trend: The ultimate in brow modification; this latest trend has had many reaching for the razor – the more slits, the tougher you look
- Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz
- Benefit’s Brow Zings
- Mac’s Brow Gel
- Loreal Paris’ Brow Artist Shaper
- Soap & Glory’s ARCHERY 2-in-1 Brow Sculpting Crayon and Gel