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Wednesday, 29 January 2014

all about eyebrows: maintenance

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Last up in my mini All About Eyebrows series is maintaining those brows. We’ve all be there as a teenager - Over plucked, misshaped brows, I once shaved between my brows with a disposable razor. I was probably about 13 at the time, but I had no idea where to start with brow grooming! To keep this key feature looking good many of us gal’s like to shape the brow area to enhance the natural shape, keep the monobrow at bay and frame the face. It took me a while to work out my maintenance technique but as soon as I got it down I’ve never looked back.

Plucking

This is probably the most common way and well known way of removing eyebrow hair at home. It’s relatively painless, easy to do on yourself, but time consuming as you have to maintain the brows every few days. If you’re going to reach for the tweezer, I suggest investing in good quality tweezers like Tweezerman. While I know they seem expensive, I find them much more presses and give a cleaner shape in less time.

Waxing

If you’re going to get your eyebrows waxed, make sure you go to someone who actually knows what they are doing. I really worry about waxing (which is why I’ve never had it done!) because I fret about trusting someone with my eyebrows. I've heard horror stories of half the brow being waxed off or the hot wax burning skin. Maybe I'm just a bit chicken! Waxing is speedy and practical and is available on the highstreet in the form of DIY Kits or in salons. Some people find it painful some people don't.

Threading

My personal eyebrow process of choice. Where I live threading is really cheap, reliable and so quick. I haven’t touched my own eyebrows in years because I found an eyebrow lady I like and trust. I very rarely go to anyone else because I enjoy her service so much. She knows how I like my brows! Threading is a hair removal technique that originated in India but has been popularised recently in the west. A thread is used to remove hair… As you probably could have guessed from the name! The process is similar to tweezing, except more than one hair can be removed at one time. This method is precise and gives the cleanest lines compared to the other ways. Some people find it more painful than waxing, but I don’t really find it that bad now that I’ve found my threader who has a super light hand.

The next quartet of posts are all about eyebrows. Check back daily for my top tips on eyebrow maintenance, growing out & filling in.

38 comments

  1. I had been waiting for this & I'm from India & it's so great to see that your process of choice is also threading!

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  2. This reminds me - I need to get mine done
    I've never tried waxing though

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  3. I tried threading, other than them over doing it I loved the finish. However, I will never go back to where I went, most painful experience to ever happen to my face. Literally tears.
    Think I'll have to stick to tweezing until I get some bottle again ha.

    Aimee - AroundTwenty

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  4. I use threading too. It makes my eyes water like crazy but I prefer the way my brows look so much more using this method over the others :)
    great post, I've loved reading this series
    Bea x
    Bea's Beauty Blog

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  5. I want to try threading but I'm scared it'll hurt & I have a phobia I'll have to stop halfway through, one brow done & the other left bushy! lol

    Jen xx
    http://kitsch-n-sync.blogspot.com

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  6. I use threading too, the finish is amazing x

    pearlsandsparkle.blogspot.com

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  7. I pluck my eyebrows to keep them how I like them :)!

    Berrie-Blogs: Beauty Blog x

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  8. Can't beat a good pluck - we love Tweezerman too! So much better than cheaper alternatives. Great post Lily :) your eyebrows are amazing!

    Eve & Faye x
    Sugar Spun Sisters - A blog about cosmetics, clothes & coeliac disease

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  9. I would love to get mine threaded but too scared that my overall shape will be changed!!

    Katie Loves | UK Fashion & Beauty Blog

    BlogLovin: Katie Loves

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  10. Threading is my favourite maintenance method too, I don't find it painful at all but it makes my eyes water like a bitch! Worth it though x

    Charlotte / coloursandcarousels

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  11. I'm a plucker but I used to be a waxer! I now just pluck as I've defined my brow to the point where it's really easy to just pluck away stray hairs. I've never tried threading but I've been so curious about it!

    x Michelle | thefeatherden.net

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  12. I want to try threading. I normally just pluck which I find perfectly fine though!

    Amelia Rose | Beauty Blogger

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  13. I have my sister shape my brows by plucking (she has a gift for eyebrows) and then I wax the rest myself just to tidy up those 'fluffy' hairs. I really want to try threading, but then I would have to trust someone other than my sister to do my eyebrows, and I don't think I want to take the risk!

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  14. I've had threading done and it's quite good except i bled a little, but they do shape them well ! I think I need a regular visit to help get the shape i want
    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Fashion Lifestyle + Photography - www.brittonloves.blogspot.co.uk

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  15. I pluck my eyebrows, because i'm a bit scared of waxing and threading.. i don't trust other people either haha! xx

    A Little Treat | Beauty & Fashion Blog

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  16. I wax my own eyebrows as I'm a therapist, I'd like to try threading :)
    Alice | Blog | YouTube | xxx

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  17. I tend to leave my brows alone. They're not bug enough for me even at their bushiest!

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    Sophie x

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  18. i'm naturally platinum blonde (although currently pastel pink) and have found it really hard to find a brow routine that i like, that doesn't involve big overfilled brows or that "surprised look." these posts are really helping me, i'm gonna continue on my quest to find a brow powder/gel that matches me well!

    zoewithumlauts.blogspot.ie x

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  19. Eyebrows are so important- frames the face perfectly.

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  20. I personally like plucking. I don't really touch the shape of my brows, as I am really happy with it. x

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  21. Eyebrows is always the hardest part, however I personally think that without taking care of it the makeup doesn't look finished. I like that yours are not too thin, i think these give your face a finished look. Keep it up! xx

    Sonya

    http://foreverornot.blogspot.com

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  22. I've always left my alone apart from the occasional plucking - though I have always wanted to try threading

    ameliaholly.blogspot.co.uk

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  23. You have lovely eyebrows! I use threading, it's so much faster than trying to pluck each individual hair.

    Fashion Ganache.
    http://fashionganache.blogspot.com

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  24. I want to get mine threaded. I'm not sp fussed about the pain, just need someone I can trust, i like the natural shape of my eyebrows and just want them tamed!

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  25. I get my eyebrows waxed, my eyebrows are really big so they need a lot of care:')

    Beth | BeautyBubbles♡

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  26. The only thing I do with my brows is occasionally shave stray hairs. It's too painful for me since the brow area is too sensitive on my face, and I'd rather deal with unruly brows than hurt myself.

    RIKKI
    // RIKKI POYNTER MAKEUP

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  27. I wax my own eyebrows but I'm a beauty therapist so I'm trained in it so I fully trust myself more than I do anyone else. I've had my eyebrows threaded twice now, I found it agony though but I loved how clean it looked afterwards.

    Natalie xx

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  28. I go for waxing, I find it lasts longer and creates a nicer shape one me! I've had some awful horror stories! Someone once burnt my face with hot oil! One took half my eyebrow off...it's just awful I've finally found someone I'm happy too go too though I've been going to her for years god forbid if they ever close... X

    http://subjectbeauty.blogspot.co.uk/

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  29. I really want to get my brows threaded my friends who have had it done have only praised it :p

    EmmiHearts

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  30. Really liked this set of posts on eyebrows!
    Daniella x

    http://daniella-r.blogspot.co.uk

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  31. beautiful brows
    xx
    daniella
    simplybeautifulelegant.blogspot.com

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  32. I adore your brows, as silly as that sounds(: haha. Personally, I pluck my brows because I don't trust to have them waxed. I've known about threading for some time, but I've never looked into it because I really doubt there is anyone that offers that service within a thirty minute drive of where I live and that's a ways just for your brows...

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  33. Lucky you! I am yet to find a trusted eyebrow lady. I don't like the growing-out part after a bad eyebrow job, so I still do my own.

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  34. I really want to try out the threading method but I need to find the right person and salon to do it! Love your strong brows and wish mine could look like this :)
    x

    http://annxkathrin.blogspot.co.uk

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  35. I just want to say, you look SO BEAUTIFUL in the pic above :)

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  36. I have my eyebrows threaded too- the only way to go and the results last for ages :)

    http://ellenorsworld.blogspot.co.uk/

    x

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  37. I'm yet to have my eyebrows threaded, but I definitely would love to give it a go. My eyebrows grow in a sorry excuse of a shape so judging by what you've said, clean lines would be beneficial for me! Awesome post with awesome advice :)
    www.charleighbest.co.uk

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  38. I really like your eyebrows! I started going to Feroza based on your older post...Have you changed since? Was it just out of convenience (distance)?

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