Ask the expert: Styling options for your brows that flatter your face

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Ask the expert: Styling options for your brows that flatter your face
They frame your face, so how to ensure your eyebrows are doing you justice? By seeking out an expert’s advice and styling at OFF & ON.

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Beautiful eyebrows are more in focus than ever thanks to bold and playful eye makeup topping beauty trends for the season, as well as the ongoing use of face masks meaning the area is thrown into stark relief. But where once devotedly following brow trends was a given, we’ve now moved on to embracing – and enhancing – our own natural set, with a few guidelines.

With more than a decade’s experience focusing on hair removal and boosting brows and lashes, the team at OFF & ON’s six salons are dedicated to helping you achieve the most flattering and fitting set for your face with a selection of bespoke services offering the latest techniques. OFF & ON’s head brow trainer Rachel Steadman explains how services like a Brow Shape and Tint, a Brow Lamination or Microblading can easily freshen up your look without looking obvious or overdone.

Brows are more in the spotlight than ever. Why are they so important right now?

Masks are changing the way we look, while also making it a bit trickier to communicate. Never has it been so true that the eyes are the window to the soul and they are now the key focus of our face. Enhancing this feature not only brings out our expression but also creates a more defined and awake look to the eye area.

What are some options for ensuring ours are in great shape?

Now is the time to create your best brow with a shaping treatment or you could step it up by adding a brow colour. Tone, strength and definition come together for the perfect colour. Our custom brow colours are created by our experts who do this day in, day out and truly understand colour, like a hairdresser. You will never be ‘just’ dark brown! Low maintenance would be a simple brow shape every 3-4 weeks. Your brow artist can give you the overall shape that you can then enhance throughout the month with a good brow gel for grooming. Higher maintenance would be creating a pattern of every 3-4 weekly appointments to have a brow lift, brow colour and shape, like our signature OFF & ON Brow Wow, to keep your brow game strong with a full, fluffy-looking brow.

What’s influencing the way we wear our brows now?

Trends come and go but the one that endures is ‘your best brow’. We take into consideration feature size, face shape, brow measurements and our professional opinion to tailor your brow appointment to you. Not trend based or someone else’s brows on you – the most beautiful brow is your most believable one. In saying that, we’re seeing a lot of people asking for a fluffy, lifted brow at the moment, which our new Brow Lift treatment is designed to achieve.

What does a brow lift involve?

We love a brow lift! Also sometimes referred to as brow lamination, it works by resetting the brows into a straighter, more uniform position to allow more flexibility in styling your brows. It’s a popular treatment right now as it creates a fuller, fluffy-looking brow. Despite not being hard-and-fast followers of trends, this is one that we hope is here to stay!

What’s the difference between a brow tint and henna brows?

Brow tints come in a wide colour range and we can tailor the colour very specifically to the client’s complexion. It lasts up to four weeks and results in a subtle brow colour, great for tinting newbies. Henna on the other hand acts like a blanket over the hair, great for stubborn hairs that don’t grab colour and has the added benefit of giving the appearance of a thicker brow. Henna is amazing for helping problem brows as it has a strong staining power on the skin and the colour can last up to six weeks.

What’s the best approach for someone who has sparse or overplucked brows?

Brow colour will help pick up even the fine fluffy hairs and really fill the brow out nicely. If this isn’t quite enough, we offer a free microblading consultation to come and talk to one of our experts about what the next step looks like. Microblading is a semi-permanent technique akin to microfine tattooed hair strokes used to create the illusion of fuller brows.

How do brows naturally change as we age and how can we minimise these changes?

As we get older, our brows get sparser, thinner and lose their colour. We can minimise this by having a regular brow tint or henna that will help fill out the brow but also add depth and colour back in. Microblading is also a great option for those who feel that they want to bring back the look of more fullness to sparse brows.

What’s the best approach to styling brows at home?

Everyone needs brow gel, whether coloured or clear, to groom and hold the brows in place. Depending on the look you are wanting to achieve, a skinny pencil will create that feathery or fluffy brow, whereas brow powder is buildable and great for filling in larger areas or creating an ombré look. When choosing shades, staying close to your natural brow colour or one shade darker is key to add some attention to your brows, or match it up to the root colour of your hair.

.Visit offandon.co.nz to find out more about the range of brow, appearance and hair removal options at OFF & ON’s six locations in Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington and Christchurch.

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