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Essential Brow Advice by Image BOB Award Nominee Becky Foskin

First of all, put the tweezers down! That's the first step. A lot of people don't realise how often they tweeze their brows, and that they are possibly taking hairs that could be used in filling out a new shape. There are a lot of products to help grow your brows out, depending on your budget and time frame. A lot of people have success with castor oil or coconut oil. These will nourish your brows and by massaging it in to the brow area it will stimulate blood flow and help to stimulate the hair follicle. If someone wants to grow their brows out for their wedding or a particular event I would recommend spending a little bit more. My favourite mid range product is iGlow. A lot of clients have had great success with it and it's on the more affordable end of the scale. If you really want to invest in rejuvenating your eyebrows Revitabrow is amazing. You can find it stocked at The Brow Artist and we've had some amazing results with it. The main thing to remember though, it doesn't matter if you're using the most expensive or the cheapest product. If you're not using it regularly you're not going to see results! We suggest that clients leave it next to their toothbrush to try and build it into their routine. Results can also vary depending on how much damage there is to someone's brows from over tweezing and over waxing for years.

I often feel like some Irish women are taking trends too much into account rather then shaping their brows according to what suits their face. Although full brows are in fashion at the moment, not everyone looks great with a bold brow. Sometimes a slightly slimmer, more elegant shape can really lift someone's face and open the eye area. In 2018 we saw the beginning of the fluffy brow trend and I think that's only going to gain in popularity in 2019. Women are moving away from overly painted brows now and looking for something that is more natural but still polished. An understated brow is the way forward. Trends are cyclical so of course at some stage thin brows will come back in to trend. I don't think it will be any time soon though. Even if a slim brow becomes fashionable again don't think it will appear in the hockey stick shape that we all dread, rather a less round and (hopefully) more flattering version.

Personally, I love Rosie Huntington Whitely's brows. They are the epitome of effortless chic. Very natural but still polished. I also think Drew Barrymore is a great example of a celebrity who brought her brows back from the classic 90s shape to a healthy full brow. My favourite products are definitely the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz and Brow Powder Duo. Their shade range is excellent and the Powder Duo containers vitamin E which will nourish the brows and is particularly great if you are growing them out. NYX Micro Pencil is a great, slightly cheaper alternative to the ABH Brow Wiz pencil. I couldn't over look the range Penney's have brought out and with such affordable prices you get a real bang for your buck. Their Brow Fibre Gel is incredible and perfect for someone who wants a fluffier, brushed up brow look. And at €1.50 you can't go wrong!

One of the most common questions is what shape of brow will suit my face? This is why it's great to come to a professional. When you are maintaining your brows yourself it can be easy to lose sight of symmetry and balance. Going to a brow artist who can look at your face and determine a shape that incorporates your personal style and face shape is key. It also means they can give you a plan on how they can get you on your journey to your dream brows!

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