Louise McSharry: How to correct even the sparsest eyebrows

I never thought much about eyebrows until I lost them all to chemo, which is amusing now that rarely does a week go by without someone starting a conversation with me about them. As humans (that is, beauty-loving humans) we are obsessed. A particularly intense bout of brow fever entered my family last year when my sister’s boyfriend had microblading done.

She has transformed,” my sister exclaimed. “We have to get them for Aoife!” Aoife is our other sister who has a difficult brow history. Like many women, she went at them harshly with the old tweezers as a teenager and they never really recovered. We weren’t allowed to talk about it for a long time, the subject was so sensitive.

Una was right. Microblading is the perfect treatment for a person with such a history. The procedure involves lightly tattooing individual strands of hair, giving the appearance of fullness to those with sparse brows. When done well, the results are spectacular – even the most discerning eye would gloss over them provided they were natural. Depending on the skin type, the result lasts for 18 to 30 months, with touch-ups in between.

Like so many beauty treatments these days, the process doesn’t come cheap. Prices start at around €250 but can reach up to €1,000 depending on the destination. There are excellent people doing this treatment around the $500 mark and given the semi-permanent nature and the highly visible results I think it’s worth spending some money on. Shop around, make sure you look at lots of photos of their work, and choose someone with experience.

Of course, microblading isn’t for everyone, as both Una and I, high on Aoife’s transformation, discovered when we delved into it ourselves. If you have the brow hairs, it probably isn’t necessary, and a tint may be a better option.

Most of us are familiar with a base tint, but when she turned me down for microblading (fair enough, tbh), Kim from Hybrid Tint’s Dublin Makeup Academy told me what was new to me. I love a tint but with brows as light as mine I have to have them done once a week which is tiring. “Who has time?” I whined to Kim and she talked me out of my brow ridge, explaining that Hybrid Tint gives results that last about six weeks. I tried it and it really works!

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Refy’s Brow Sculpt, €20, brownthomas.com

After my brows were tinted, I was able to put most of my brow products aside and instead just use one to set the hairs in place. I brush a hold product through the hair before smoothing it out with my finger to create a laminated effect.

My favorite is at the moment Refy’s Brow Sculpt (20 € per braunthomas.com) that I mentioned last week. It holds hair well and doesn’t feel heavy or flaky.

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Got2B Glued 4 Brows & Edges by Schwarzkopf, €5.99, boots.ie

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I’m definitely trying Schwarzkopf Got2B Glued 4 Brows & Edges (€5.99 over boots.ie) which has gotten rave reviews online but keeps selling out – I’ll be back as soon as I manage to get my hands on it.

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Soap Brows, €16.99, duoireland.com

I still absolutely love soap brewing (€16.99 per duoireland.com), who just launched a “strong” version of the product for extra hold.

Lost in translation

You may have heard about it Profhilo, an injectable skin treatment, on the grapevine. But what is it and what does it do? Profhilo is an injectable form of hyaluronic acid. As you probably know, hyaluronic acid attracts and retains moisture in the body. So when it’s right at the skin’s surface, the result is plumper, more radiant skin with a more even texture. This treatment is suitable for the face, neck and hands and results in a more natural look than other injectable treatments.

Something old…

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MAC Studio Radiance Face and Body Foundation, €32, brownthomas.com

MAC Face and Body Foundation has been an essential part of most makeup artist kits for decades. A lightweight liquid foundation, this product evens out imperfections and evens skin tone without looking heavy or unnatural. The product is translucent and moisturizing, but also long-lasting, making it a dream to use on the body when you’re breaking it out for a special occasion. Recently the product was packaged as new MAC Studio Radiance Foundation for face and body (32€ about braunthomas.com), and some fans feel the formula has changed, although the brand insists it’s the same. I still think it’s a great product, formulation change or no formulation change.

… Something new

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Nu Bare Look Tint by YSL, €32, boots.ie

YSL Nu Bare Look Tint (32€ about boots.ie) is lightweight and has a water-cream texture, meaning it’s transparent but buildable. As with all skin tones, the aim of the product is to even out skin tone and improve skin’s appearance without masking it and I think it succeeds. It leaves a dewy finish that looks fresh and youthful, but those with oily skin may want to set it with powder to make it last longer. Thanks to its skin nourishing ingredients and moisturizing nature, this product would work very well on mature skin or people with dry skin.

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