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The brow phenomenon

This year eyebrows arebig – literally and metaphorically. Here, experts at TheBeauty Academy, explore the art of tweezing the perfect face-framing pair.

Your eyebrows are one ofyour most important features. They enhance your eyes, are a central feature ofexpression and have the power to change your overall appearance and the balanceand symmetry of your face.

But what suits one personmight not suit another.

Here are some of the most common eyebrowshapes to choose from:

Bold brows

Cindy Crawford had thebeauty spot. Naomi Campbell had the legs. And now the model du jour CaraDelevingne has inspired eyebrow envy across the UK.

Her beautiful, thick,dark brows have certainly kick-started a trend in bold and have even promptingoverzealous pluckers to reconsider their approach. Other stars with statementbrows include Emma Watson, Lily Collins and Rita Ora.

How to get the look: Thekey is to put the arch in the right place. And exercise caution when removinghairs. Thicker is always better.

Works best with: Aheart-shaped face.

The angular brow

Stars to include AngelinaJolie, Hannah Reid and Megan Fox favour this arched brow.

How to get the look: Atour beauty courses in London we advise you pluck slightly more from the taperedside and add a soft point three quarters of the way along the brow.

Works best with: A roundshaped face.

The flat eyebrow

Think Sarah JessicaParker, Natalie Portman or Jennifer Connelly. These brows tend to be a simple,straight shape but reasonably bushy.

How to get the look:Avoid plucking upwards in the centre. Instead keep the tweezing level all theway along the brow, taking slightly more off the ends to bring the shapeupwards to meet your natural arch.

Works best with: A longface.

The long curve

Demi Moore, KieraKnightly and Sandra Bullock tend to opt for a long sweeping curve of aneyebrow. It gives them a softer look and perfectly brings out their eyes.

How to get the look: Onlypluck from beneath the brow and encourage a more pronounced arch directly abovethe eyebrow.

Works best with: A squarejaw.

An arch for all seasons

Just like make-up andhair, brows go through trends.

But whatever look youchoose, don’t be afraid to accentuate the shape using crayon, pencil or powder.

This will help fill inthe gaps and make the brow more pronounced.

When taking a beautydiploma or enrolling on one of our London beauty courses, we place emphasis onteaching you all about the best tints and colours to make your brows pop. Butas a rule, soft browns work best for blondes and darker browns for brunettes.

DIY or get help?

Most girls and womeneither pluck their eyebrows with tweezers or have their eyebrows waxed orthreaded at the local beauty salon.

Obviously professionallytrained beauticians are the experts but the best way to maintain your brows isto have a monthly treatment and tweeze your own eyebrows in-between beautysalon visits.

To pluck your eyebrows,first apply an astringent such as rubbing alcohol to anaesthetise the eyebrowarea.

Brush your eyebrows intoplace, then pluck stray hairs underneath the eyebrow arch and anything elseoutside the natural eyebrow line.

Then gently rub soothingeyebrow serum, lotion, facial cream, or eyelash growth serum on the eyebrowsarea when finished.

A word of warning

Never shave your eyebrowsfor a quick fix. You will regret it later when they all start growing back in.

It will look prickly, obvious,and require constant maintenance – so save the razor for your legs.

Depilatories are also nota good idea to use around the eyebrow area. They can seriously irritate yourskin and your hairs will also grow back much quicker than waxing or tweezing.

Always work under bright lights for accuracy.

Here are some othertop tips:

Get a good magnifyingmirror

Invest in a great pair of tweezers

Pluck when you are freshout of the shower or bath.

Keep the eyebrowsbalanced

Don’t over-pluck. Pluckslowly and take away only those stray hairs that are particularly obvious

Clean up. Wipe the areawith an antiseptic wipe to clean and close pores when you are finished.

Take a beauty course

Our make up andbeauty courses include a module dedicated to eyebrow artistry.

We will teach you how tocreate beautiful, full eyebrows using the following seven techniques:

  1. Consultation
  2. Tinting
  3. Waxing
  4. Tweezing
  5. Threading
  6. Trimming
  7. Application of mineral make-up and eyebrow pencil

The defined brow treatmentputs celebrity beauty within the reach of everyone.

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