Everything You Need to Know About Getting the Perfect Eyebrows
Brow expert Lisa Potter-Dixon spills her secrets.
10 December 2020
All Credits: PA
Thanks to stars like Cara Delevingne and Maisie Williams, bold statement brows have taken over from delicate pencilled-on lines.
That’s all well and good, but trying to achieve the full-but-not-bushy look can be tricky.
We asked Benefit’s head make-up artist and brow expert, Lisa Potter-Dixon, to share her wisdom…
Which is best: plucking, waxing or threading?
It really is personal preference. I prefer waxing and tweezing as it’s more precise. Threading can be amazing if you get the right person, but it’s so quick and taking one wrong hair can ruin your whole brow shape! At Benefit, we wax to remove the hair and tweeze to shape.
What are the best ways to encourage growth if you’ve plucked them too much?
First things first, leave them alone for a least a few months.
I know that’s tough, but it will be worth it! Use a brow conditioning primer morning and night to encourage healthier, fuller looking brows.
Benefit’s BrowVo conditioning eyebrow primer is fab, as it’s full of keratin and soy proteins. These ingredients are used in the best hair care.
If you want great brows, you need to look after them. Also, get them tinted. Even if you have very little hair, this will make your brows look thicker and fuller in a couple of minutes.
What are the most flattering eyebrow shapes?
We all have different shaped faces and the best way to get the perfect brows for you is to map them. All you need is a make-up brush and a brow powder to mark the points, and fill in the brows.
There are three stages to mapping your brows correctly.
1. Look straight ahead into a mirror. Hold a make-up brush at the dimple of your nose straight up to your brow. Mark with a line. Starting here will give a slimming effect to your nose and balance your eyes.
2. Hold the brush from the edge of your nose through the pupil of your eye to find the arch point. This will give you an instant eye lift.
3. Hold the brush from the edge of your nose through the outer corner of the eye to the brow. Ending here will give you an eye-opening effect.
Once you’ve got the perfect shape, you can style them however you want. Most days I’ll rock a bold brow, but occasionally I’ll push up the front for a feathered brow look.
What are the best methods for faking it?
Having your brows serviced every four weeks will make your brows look thicker and more defined, even if you have the smallest amount of hair. Using a fibre gel, such as Benefit’s Gimme Brow, is the quickest way to get your brows back. This beauty mimics the appearance of real hair.
My top tip for application is to go away from the hair first, and then back with the hair. Think of it like back combing the hair on your head!
This technique will add extra volume and make the most of the product. You can use a fibre gel alone or over the top of any other brow product.