All Hail The Brows

Eyebrows 1Mimi Kelly is the artistic director/owner of Killer Hair, Newton. She’s an award-winning hair colourist and makeup artist. Every week Mimi will be doing what she does best ... give her opinion. Your eyebrows, always there, staring out from your face and either doing you justice or committing a crime. The brow though small, has a big job. They frame your face and in this they trick the eye into seeing symmetry, or create an imbalance that at in some cases can age you and have your features looking off. I got all this information from Lisa at OFF wax and brow bar located in Newmarket, Takapuna and soon to be Britomart store. I gave OFF a call after a long hard look in the mirror had me thinking my wannabee Linda Evangalista eyebrows that were last shaped some time ago. Rather than plucking things up, I thought I should call the professionals. Before my appointment I let them grow for 3 weeks and thank you fringe because it ain't easy. Lisa started by brow mapping, this is taking the markers from my facial features to create points at which my perfect brow would start, arch and end. She then looked at my new growth and hooray it wasn't too late, I had new growth were my true brow should be and so a new more natural shape was possible. We discussed how the perfect brow for any face is the true natural shape trimmed, and any stragglers gently waxed and removed to create a clean and beautiful brow. Now as a blonde I normally lighten my natural brow just scared of a 'papa don't preach' Madonna look, but Lisa talked me into defining my new shape and going a touch darker which worked wonders. I still have a little way to go to growing back in my high arch but while I wait I'm lightly filling them in with some brow product and I'll see Lisa again in three weeks for her expert opinion to get me where I want to be. So much has been made of the brow on the runway and in editorial. We see big and full brows which is as nuts in real life as over plucked thin and scary ones. If you feel your brows could be better I tell you nothing will change the way your face looks back at you as much as getting it right. I left OFF and returned to the salon where staff were saying 'wow they look great.' A new brow shape in 6 weeks is not so hard really. X Mimi