Posts Tagged 'eyebrows'

All Hail Benefit Brow Bar Queen Hilary Foote

It’s official – my eyebrows have been touched by a Queen. The Benefit Brow Queen that is, Hilary Foote.

Hilary, who happens to be one huge bundle of friendly, gorgeous fun in a small package – the type of person you’d want to be your best friend (yes, fo lyfe) – is Benefit’s Global Brow Expert, and was kind enough to jet over from San Francisco to spread the Benefit Brow love.

So what does being Benefit’s Global Brow Expert entail? Personal appearances, media interviews, product development, global brow training, private A-list clients (she couldn’t and wouldn’t tell me who!) and generally having mad eyebrow skillz.

“At Benefit we are all about giving a consistent brow shape, measured to your individual face. No matter where you go, and everyone travels so much these days, LA, New York or Hong Kong, we want women to be confident that they can get a consistent brow shape at one of our bars every time.”

This brow measuring system is a winner. The three points of the brow can be accurately measured to your face shape and natural brow and bone structure.

I had a chat with Hilz (yeah, she told me to add her on Facebook, so I can totally call her that) while she was tending to my overdue brows and got her to answer my brow Q’s.

What are some common mistakes people make with brows?

Creating an arch that’s too round, which is actually aging to the face, having brows that are too thin, especially when they taper thin and arch too rapidly – I call them sperm/tadpole brows! Another is starting the brows too far away from each other, so that there is a wide gap between them, this can actually make your nose look larger and wider.

What you should really remember is to stick with brows that suit you, don’t use shaping to follow brow trends. You can use makeup for that; fill them in darker, thicker, powder them lighter. If you follow shaping trends, you might end up with a look that is totally wrong for you that will affect the look of your whole face.

A common complaint I get from friends is that their eyebrow is dead straight, and has no natural arch. How can they achieve an arched look?

Trimming the brow hair can really help with this, along with removing a thin line of hair from the top of the brow where it begins, and then under where the arch should be, which gives the brow a subtle tilt and will create that beautiful arch. A lot of people are wary of waxing from the top of the brow, but when done correctly, it works beautifully.

And what about the hair/eyebrow colour rules?

Ah yes! Your brows should always be the colour of the darkest part of your hair. For those that have naturally very dark hair and go blonde, you’ll have to try for a colour that’s somewhere in-between, but it will have a very dramatic look. I don’t really like to reccommened tinting the brows lighter, because when you bleach the brow it tends to give an orange tint – it never really looks right.

Which celebrity do you think has the best brows?

For blondes, definitely Kate Hudson, and Nicole Kidman. Who else? Brunettes; Anne Hathaway has amazing brows, so does Penelope Cruz, Keira Knightley and Camilla Belle. Oh – also, Christina Hendricks from Mad Men, she loves Benefit. The makeup artist from Mad Men actually uses a lot of Benefit makeup on the show.

And whose brows would you most like to get your hands/tweezers on?

Oh, Michelle Obama! She is such a gorgeous, beautiful and kind lady, but her brows make her look hella mad! I would love to sort that out.

(Please note, indirect quotes)

After all that chit-chat, my brows were done and Hilary passed me the mirror – oo la la they had never looked better! I was in love, wishing to freeze them like that forever so another hair never grew.

Thank you very much to Benefit for the opportunity to meet the amazing Hilary, she is fantastic, along with the whole Benefit team. You guys need to starting bottling and selling that superb sweet-sherbet first-rate kind of fun personality – forget the makeup! Oh, no don’t. I love that too!

Coming up soon: Benefit’s 3-point brow measuring system, and a vanity pic of my wonderful Hilarized-brows. Sorry, has to be done!


Benefit Boutique Paddington

After my fantastic day at the Maxted Thomas Beauty Blogger Event I didn’t think it could get any better. But I was 100% wrong as I climbed into the bus that was to take myself, Ann-Alyce and some other bloggers down to the Benefit Boutique on Oxford St, Paddington for an experience at their famous Brow Bar.

The boutique was buzzing when we arrived; girls being waxed, tinted and primped everywhere. There is always such a great atmosphere at the Benefit boutiques/beauty bars, with Sunday evening being no exception. ABBA tunes and the Grease soundtrack were pumping as fruit platters, mineral water and my favourite, cupcakes were passed around.

The services on offer were full lash strip application, eyebrow tint and eyebrow shape (wax). I find my eyebrows dark enough so opted instead for a wax and a lash strip application. I’d had my eyebrows done at the Benefit Bar before so knew to expect a great shape. My eyebrows were ‘mapped’ to determine where the best natural arch should be, and also where my eyebrow should end (on the angle from the outer edge of your eye.) They stopped short of the mark but luckily I have some sneaky tricks to lengthen them out. My fave Brows-a-Go-Go, Imma lookin’ at you!

Gettin' shaped.

The waxing process is swift and barely painful, with results I’ve loved 100% of the time. Yes, statistically, that’s a 50% chance of loving it, but try it out and you’ll see!

Or see a close up here, and tell me what you think (Brows have been groomed with Brows-a-Go-Go):

Was hoping for better quality picture, but there's only so many webcam shots you can take of yourself in public before people start staring at you with contempt for you narcissistic ways...

Lashed up and loving the cupcakes. Thanks for a fabulous afternoon Benefit!

Best ending to a great day!

Do YOU love the Benefit Brow Bar?

No Longer An Eyebrow Threading Virgin

As I mentioned in my previous post, things had got a little outta control in the grooming department. Luckily, I had sourced hundreds of salons offering various services – so much so that the number of beauty salon pamphlets in my handbag rivaled the restaurant brochures. And that’s saying something.

While walking the streets of Manhattan, I definitely noticed something – threading. It was everywhere. And cheap. Eyebrows ranged from 5 – 8 US dollars, with lips and other areas of the face the same. Waxing on the other hand – really expensive. Especially if you wanted to go somewhere that looked like you wouldn’t walk out with some new friends (Hey! Meet Rash and Herpes.) I was shocked at some of the prices. Bikini line wasn’t too bad but to go a little further? Out of control! It got up to $80 US dollars (inc. tax & tip) for a brazilian! What are they spreading down there? Liquid gold?!

But I digress. The abundance of salons offering threading, coupled with the low price and my natural curiosity at never having gone under the twine made it a sure choice.

I chose to get my brows done at Jeniette Day Spa on 13th Street, in between University and Broadway. They were the cheapest I had seen ($5) and also claimed to be one of the original threading salons in New York.


So, curious as to how this threading thing goes? I was too. I was seated on a chair, given a pillow for behind my neck and told to scoot down so my head was resting on the top of the chair (it was comfier than it sounds, although a recliner would have been much easier!) My beautician wound up the white cotton, pulled some through her mouth and got to work, leaning in close to begin work on my unruly eyebrows. I couldn’t help but think that you would want to keep your breath pretty minty fresh all day long…

There are plenty of videos on YouTube that show the threading technique in great detail (I did a video for 2 seconds before I was told off. I would put it up but… it’s for 2 seconds and features great views of my nasal passages…) so have a search on there if you are curious. Basically, the cotton is twisted and pulled so that lines of hairs or even individual hairs can be removed with great precision.

Pain? It’s no rainbow, but there was hardly any. It’s certainly a different sensation to anything I had felt before. I would describe it as someone pulling their nail across your skin… or, someone rapidly twisting cotton across your skin. Whichever you can relate to more!

The result? A great shape! It was so precise that my beautician removed a line of hair from the top of my brow (I never allow people to wax the top of my brow) that gave a fantastic subtle angle. I would have prefered to have the end of my brow hairs trimmed as mine tend to ‘bubble up’ if left too long but that’s just me being picky – it’s an easy DIY job.

Threading would be fantastic for any of you who have sensitive skin, find waxing too painful or can’t wax due to medication ie. acne medication.

To the best of my knowledge, it’s going to be a bit more than five dollars in Australia, but I will certainly be looking to get my brows threaded again in Melbourne.

Have you ever had your brows threaded?
Any salons you would like to suggest?
Come on… don’t keep it a secret!

UPDATE: I found this handy blog- that is acting as a forum/pin board to find threaders in your area. Can be a little confusing to follow but great for those who have no idea where to start looking!

A Little Bitta Colour!

It’s fantastic how the small things can really lift your mood when you’re feeling a little off or down… commonly verbalised with super articulate sounds such as ‘meh’ or ‘blah’.

A few days ago this was me, meh-ing and blah-ing all over town. A recent post from Primped’s Zoe Foster spoke of beauty maintenance routines, which left my heart a little heavy. What maintenance routine? Being overseas means mine has basically disappeared. My brows were out of control, nails long and scraggy (I didn’t bring clippers) and then there are areas we just should not even go into.

It may sound a little superficial, but the few weeks of feeling ‘unkept’ had taken its toll on me – and I would only have a fairly basic regular beauty routine. (Can’t imagine the high-mainty girls!) Sure, I was still using my skincare, but I needed a lift – and to get my nails cut!

So I headed out for a mini-tidy up. I say mini as that’s all my rapidly (rapidly, as in one of those out of control trains rapidly hurtling along train tracks to the broken bridge that are always on cartoons) dwindling bank account would allow me.

I got my eyebrows threaded (interesting experience – more to come) and my nails attended to with a $7 manicure.

I took along an Essie polish I had purchased that morning – Carousel Coral (US $8).

I basically skipped out of the nail salon. Having this pretty coral on neatly shaped nails x 10 was a joy to my eyes (and my de-fuzzed brows a joy to others’ eyes!) So glad I’ve got the bottle to re-do this, as I think it will suit the forthcoming California leg of my trip to a tee! It looks fantastic when paired with slightly bronzed skin. Keep it in mind for the Aus summer ladies!

Does a small tidy up help your mood?
Make you feel a little cleaner/neater?
Sure did for me!

Brows @ the Benefit Brow Bar

About two months ago, I made the decision to grow out my eyebrows. I admit the first week or two may have just been a lax ‘tude to my brows, but after that, a conscious decision was made to let them go wild – with the intention of a harsh whip back into shape of course.

And it was hard. Oh it was hard. Life doesn’t stop for your brows to grow out; social events were attended and photos of my face taken. I cringed to think people may have thought I actually wanted them in that state! A strong will was needed to resist the temptation to pluck out that one rogue hair curling in the opposite direction to the others, or to trim the hairs once they had started to bubble up. (Weird I know, once my brow hairs get to a certain length, they just get a kink in them – think one half of the Mc Donald’s arch)

Disclaimer: Eyebrow hairs may have been tampered with and picture may not be an accurate representation.

But I persevered and let them get truly rank, with the goal of going to the Benefit Brow Bar and having them attended to. I had read so much, and walked past curiously enough times to pique my interest, that I decided I must try it for myself.

After a few attempts to get them done at the Burke Street Melbourne bar – they were booked out both times, I would suggest calling ahead to see if they are free, yes I know it says ‘drop in service’ but save yourself the frustration – I went to Chadstone Myer’s Benefit bar.

This isn’t the Chadstone store but they all look a lil’ something like this:

Image courtesty of

I was taken to the waxing station where I propped myself up on the seat and explained to the very friendly brow-girl (a qualified beauty therapist – phew) that I was after a defined look that wasn’t too thin (after all, I hadn’t just grown all those hairs to have them totally ripped out again)

Having always been used to lying on the traditional table while having waxing done, it was a strange feeling to be sitting on a stool, trying to keep your head steady as the wax is applied to your brows.

A few strips were ripped off the first, and kudos to the waxer, I barely felt them she was so swift, and I was shown the result for my approval (yes) and then the other brow was completed.

Within 15 minutes my eyebrows had been waxed and then powered in to fill any sparse places. Easy.

I am really happy with the shape my brows were given, they are very close to my natural arch. I think I would like the second half of my eyebrow to be just a leetle bit thicker, so next wax I will request that.

A wax at the Benefit Brow Bar is $25 dollars, or you can request tweeze-only for $35.

It’s definitely an easy option during your lunch break or while shopping, but students or those looking to cut back may find they can get similar results at their beauty therapist for 5 – 10 dollars less. Or 2 – 5 sushi rolls, depending on your filling. Yes, I think in sushi currency.

The result:

New brow shape, with a little help from Benefit’s Brows a-G0-Go brow shaping kit. (My new obsession)

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