How strong is your brow game?

How strong is your brow game?

About the arch

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2014 saw nail art reach new heights, but 2015 is all about the brow

Perfect arches frame the face and create balance. Bad brows do the opposite. So if it's a fierce brow you crave or a delicately pencilled arch, it's time to arm yourself with more than a pair of tweezers.

Brow bootcamp
Build-a-brow: If regular sessions with your Tweezermans have reduced brows to a patchy state, fear not. Nathan Williams of Parlour B suggests making them look fuller by applying powder over a very fine line of concealer just underneath each arch and blending through the brow, avoiding parts that are stronger and denser.

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 Laura Mercier Eye Basics in Flax, $39,

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Too Faced Brow Envy Kit, $52,

Customised colour: Can't get the perfect colour match? Try mixing two shades from a duo palette using a small angled brush. The waterproof wax duos are handy if you're heading to a humid climate or holidaying at the beach, but to avoid a heavy brow, use more of the lighter shade as wax has a stronger consistency than powder.

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Paula’s Choice Brow Defining Cream Duo, $31, 

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Benefit Cosmetics Brow Zings, $55,

Rad for redheads: Finding a perfect match for redheads can be tricky but the MAC Fluidline Brow Gelcreme in Redhead is a top seller.

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M.A.C Fluidline Brow Gelcreme in Redhead, $32,

Platinum arch
Paris runways saw models with not just lighter brows but flattened and muted with concealer to ensure graphic eye make-up 'popped'. The reality of going lighter, if your hair is naturally dark, is high risk. To prevent chicken yellow tones, Williams warns to stay clear of harsh hairdresser bleach and lighten gradually with a high lift tint in two sessions. Only use ash toned pencil or powder to ensure seamless colour.

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M.A.C Eye Brows in Fling, $30,

All the way Bey

Fan of Beyoncé's brows? We are too, but what works for her facial shape might not work for you. Williams warns it's risky trying to achieve another's perfect brows. Follow your natural shape for the most flattering result.

Arch envy
Your feed may be flooded with eyebrow selfies but avoid the OTT 'Instagram brow' at all costs. Using layers of wax, powder and gel might look amazing in the close up shot but too harsh in daylight. If it's fierce you want, be sure to spend as much time on the rest of your make-up, so the brows don't dominate your face.

TIP: If you need the control of a pencil to fill in gaps, use short hair-like strokes and blend well with a brush.

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Estée Lauder Automatic Brow Pencil Duo in Soft Blonde, $44,

Permanent pencil
Brow tattooing is becoming popular but to prevent a botched job, do your research by asking to see photographs of previous work. The 'Feather-touch style' is the safest bet, where strokes follow the direction and pattern of your own brows. The process takes around one hour and costs approximately $1000 including a touch up.