Brows are EVERYTHING to me. When it comes to the eyes, I can skip liner, shadows, mascara but never the brows. It’s a game changer for my face and it makes the world of a difference. It took me years to finally be satisfied with the shape of my brows and years to learn how to draw it although they’re still not perfect now.
I’m not necessarily blessed with full brows that only needs some brow gel to seal the deal. I honestly need 3 products or more for my brows to look the way I want it. Dont get me wrong, I’m not coming off as high maintenance but it’s what satisfies me, haha.
So lately for the past couple of months, eversince I was chosen to be a part of the Benefit BeneBrow clan (full post HERE), I’ve been letting Benefit Cosmetics take care of my brows; from the waxing to the products. [Stay till the end of the post for the giveaway 🙂]
In case you didn’t know, Benefit Cosmetics provides tinting and waxing services in their boutiques where you can go and get them done not only for the brows but also the upper lip area, arms and so on but lets just focus on the brows here today okay? 🙂
I’ve tried their brow tinting and waxing service for 4 times now and I think it’s time to share with you guys how it works!
- Brow Tinting Service at Benefit, RM30
Brow tinting will always be done before waxing. Its where they will sort of “dye” your brows with a dark brown color so that even without makeup, your brows will look fuller.
It takes only 10 minutes to do it, its temporary and lasts for about 3 weeks for me. It doesnt hurt, doesnt sting and the whole process is quick and easy!
- Brow Waxing Service at Benefit, RM53
Then the waxing will start. The best part bout this is that unlike threading, you dont have to lie down to get it done. All you gotta do is sit there and let them take care of you, which is what I personally prefer.
The wax is a little warm but it doesnt sting when applied to the skin. The waxing part… hurts a little hahah. But it’s really quick like ripping a band-aid so the pain doesn’t last!
Once that’s done, they will apply aloe vera and put a cooling pack on the area to soothe everything down and then fill in your brows and you’re good to go! It might get a little red post waxing but it goes away real fast so dont you worry.
And you’re done! Whole process takes about 15-20 minutes.
LOOK at the difference.
*Waxing cannot be done if you’ve had any laser done on your face or if you’re on retin-A treatments because it will burn your skin. So make sure to be free from any extreme treatments for about a week or two before waxing.
- Brow Routine
Although the tinting and waxing will be more than enough for people with fuller brows than mine, I still need to fill mine in everyday so lets get into my updated brow routine!
I always make sure to shape my brows into place with the spoolie side of the brush. This will make it easier for you to do all the drawing and filling later on.
2. Brow Pencil
Because naturally, the shape of my brows are a little uneven, I always outline my brows with a brow pencil. You can use any brow pencil with a shade that is the same or slightly darker than your brows.
3. Benefit Brow Powder
Then to fill in the brows, I use the powder from Benefit Brow Zings Brow Shaping Kit. This brow kit comes with a wax and powder thats in the perfect shade which isnt too dark or too light and I love it! The powder will give you a more natural look and the wax can be used for the tail of the brows.
4. Benefit Gimme Brow
When that’s done and I’m satisfied, I use the Benefit Gimme Brow to set everything in place so that it’s budge and sweat proof for the whole day!
This product has a ton of good reviews and I get why. Its a brow gel that has tiny fibres in it that will make your brows look fuller without other products. You can use it on its own on lazy days just for the extra bit of ooopmh or you can use it to set the powder product so that it will last all day.
Filled & unfilled
So that’s what I’ve been doing with my brows lately! But before I end this post, I was lucky enough to get Rileen Chua, Benefit Cosmetics National Brow Artist to answer some of the most frequently asked questions on BROWS! Who knows it better than her? 😀 so here you go guys!
1. Why is brow waxing better than threading, tweezing or shaving?
Brow shaping through waxing lasts for 3-4 weeks, depending on individual’s hair growth cycle. Waxing also removes the fine vellus hair that we can’t seem to grab a hold of using traditional brow shaping methods. Girls prefer waxing as they only experience one little “ouch” instead of “ouch ouch ouch …” on a section.
2. What are your eyebrow tips for beginners?
Shaping your brows is the easiest thing a girl can do to open up their eye area and add instant lift to your look. Try brow-mapping, our 3 step custom technique to finding the perfect brow shape for your face!
- Take a straight edge object (an eyeliner or a makeup brush will do), your favorite brow filler and place a little mark with your makeup as you go along
- First, find the Start: measuring straight from the dimple of the nose to the beginning of the brow. This will create a slimming effect for your nose
- Next, we look for the highest point of the brow: Beginning at the edge of the nose, pass through the pupil to find the highest portion of the brow. This will give a maximum lift to your eye area.
- Finally, find the End: Measuring from the outer edge of the nose past the outer corner of the eye. This is where the brow should end to create an eye-opening effect.
Once the marks are placed, carefully fill in the brows with a brow filler. voila! balanced brows that are uniquely you! (or alternatively, leave them to the pros 😛 )
3. What is the best product to use for the most natural brow look?
Use a brow mascara to tame unruly brows whilst giving them more volume. You can tap the product on to the brows before combing it through to give the brows more depth.
4. What should you do if you over-pluck your eyebrows?
Well, let’s start with DON’T PANIC!!! Take a deep breath. Now, theres two ways around this. Option A, start with a brow map to find your perfect brow shape. Then, take your favorite brow filler and begin connecting the points with short hair like strokes to mimic brow hair. Repeat steps daily before heading out, while you grow out your brows. Option B, opt for a brow tint. Every brow is filled with soft and fine vellus hair that, when tinted, creates a fuller, thicker brow instantly.
5. What is the one Benefit Brow Product that you recommend?
One brow product I can’t ever live without is Gimme Brow. It’s a brow volumnizing gel that not only holds your brow in place but tints it for a fuller looking brow. I use it on its own on off days, for a more natural look or pair it up with Brow Zings and High Brow, for a more 3-dimensional “power brow look” when I need to transform to your Brow Hero next door 😛
6. There are a lot of myths around brow waxing – are those true or false?
I’m the brow myth debunker and my job is to educate and communicate to the women of Malaysia. Many people say brows are twins but they’re not. They’re sisters! Anytime you have any questions, drop by our BrowBar and ask the experts. Alternatively, send us an FB message, I usually get it in 4.5 minutes!
7. What could you do in between appointments to maintain a great shape?
Maintaining your brows is like maintaining your hair in between appointments. You would never cut your hair yourself (Thank you, sock buns!) therefore, don’t take the strays out yourself! Use High Brow to draw over the strays, it will hide them till your next brow wax appointment while giving you a nice highlight on your brow bone.
I hope you guys found that helpful. But it’s not the end yet! If you wanna try out the brow wax service at Benefit, I gotchu covered!
You can WIN a pair of Brow wax card and Goody Bags with 2 Benefit Cosmetics Beauty Deluxe products worth RM153 each for you and your bestfriend by heading onto my Instagram @Bella.52 and follow the T&C there.
Tag a best friend under this photo on my Instagram!
And thank you Benefit Cosmetics Malaysia for this amazing opportunity and Rileen for sharing her incredible brow knowledge with us! ❤ ❤ ❤