Secondary school was a forum for fashion fortunes and flops. Obsessed with ‘fitting in’ and equal parts beset on standing out, we began to experiment with beauty products and our own delicate facial follicles. Over plucked brows become the discerning trend, as if we were introduced to tweezers simultaneously. Then, a few years later, everyone pined for plush brows and in unison those who could, grew them back. Only late last year did the ‘block brow’ become an unlikely fashion statement once again. Trends aside, your eyebrows should be at the forefront of your beauty routine.
After subjecting ourselves to waxing for umpteen years we decided it was time to try something new. We caught up with Mala of Melbourne based Lash & Brow Boudoir to discuss everything from pre-threading prep to post-treatment care and how you can achieve perfectly sculptured wedding-ready brows.
Firstly, Mala insists “put down the tweezers. The best way to achieve a nice arch shape is just by trimming.” In the pursuit of the perfect brows, low maintenance goes a long way. “Most people already have that nice natural arch, we’re moving away from thin, over plucked brows or having a tadpole-like shape at the beginning of the brow.”
The ancient Indian art of threading is fast taking over as one of the most popular methods of natural hair removal. In just a few sweeping, artistic scissor-like movements, unruly eyebrows are quickly contoured using two pieces of cotton thread. The small precise movements of the entwined thread remove unwanted hairs from the root of the follicle, resulting in strong eyebrow definition.
Ensure you tell your brow artist your wedding is approaching so that they can recommend appropriate products and aftercare. “There are so many options when it comes to filling in brows,” Mala says. “Brush on liquids, putty, powders or pencils. It really depends on the look that you want and the natural shape of your brows. Powders are the lightest option and can be brushed out for a more natural look.” While it’s not uncommon to break out after your threading appointment, there are several easy ways to reduce inflammation or tenderness.
1. Avoid touching the skin to prevent bacteria from irritating the area
2. Do not exfoliate or use harsh products on the skin
3. Steer clear of makeup for the next 12 hours
4. Avoid harsh sun or tanning for at least 24 hours
5. Apply a thing layer of Aloe Vera gel to the area