Experts Jacqueline Brennan and Kristin Fisher share their advice for taming and tweezing your eyelashes and eyebrows while you’re stuck in lockdown.
Who would have thought we’d be back here again. By now it’s likely you’re well-versed in the at-home beauty basics. From removing your own Shellac, making your own cellulite-busting coffee scrub, to an expert’s guide to dermarolling at home – properly, the Internet (and Body+Soul, ahem) has you covered.
But now that we’re finding ourselves in extended lockdowns and further restrictions across the country, we’re bringing you Lockdown Hacks, a fresh take on your pandemic beauty routine and tapping into our cohort of experts for the best ways to look after yourself from top to toe.
You could be using this time to grow the fluffiest brows of your dreams, or upping your skillset so you never have to go to a brow appointment again. Or, read on below for the best expert advice to follow on at-home, right now.
1. Up your green tea intake
According to Beauty Therapist and Lash Expert Jacqueline Brennan the caffeine and flavonoids found in green tea are good for your lashes. But she’s not talking about sipping it, it’s also great to apply topically. “These ingredients maintain the health of existing lashes and boost growth. It’s easy to apply, too. Just brew some green tea, let it cool and apply to your lashes with a cotton ball, there’s no need to rinse,” she explains. “Drink the rest for good health benefits for the rest of your body!”
2. If you’re going to tweeze, read this first
“Whilst I’m not encouraging you to go rogue and tweeze your face off, if you insist on plucking the stray hairs, investing in a professional pair of tweezers is essential,” explains brow guru Kristin Fisher. “Our pick is always the Tweezerman Slant Tweezer, $37.95 at Adore Beauty.”
“Start by brushing your brow hairs upwards with your spoolie and take a few hairs at a time on each brow, very low down on the lid. Try not to take too many hairs that are near the body of the brow, leave those bad boys to us (whenever that may be)! Next, place your pinkie finger on the bridge of your nose, under the middle of your brows (under where the mono grows) and only take what is above the finger width. One of the biggest mistakes we see from home-grooming is plucking too far in between the brows – remember, less is always more.”
3. Be gentle
It might sound obvious, but treating your lashes with care is important. “All of the oils, gels and techniques in the world won’t give you good lashes if you’re being harsh with them,” says Brennan. “Rubbing your eyes and tugging when you’re removing your makeup are two common ways that people aren’t so gentle with their eyes. I suggest something oil based (for natural lashes not for extensions) an oil based formula will be more gentle and conditioning as well more effective in removing mascara.”
“Castor oil, cedarwood oil, coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, jojoba oil, and Moroccan argan oil are helpful for repairing hair as well as for encouraging hair growth,” Brennan adds. “The best way to apply oil is with a cotton ball or the end of a Q-tip. Just soak the cotton in oil and wipe over your lashes. We recommend doing this right before bed, as the oil can make your vision blurry for a little while. You can wash it off in the morning if you need to, but we find that it generally soaks in well overnight and there’s no need.”
4. From the garden to grooming
Although castor oil is the MVP of hair growth, aloe vera is also a game changer when it comes to boosting growth. “Aloe has so many amazing benefits, but one of my favourites is that it stimulates hair growth,” explains Fisher. “It’s filled with vitamins such as A, C, E, and B1 that strengthen hair follicles and are essential for growth. If you happen to own an aloe plant, cut open a leaf and dip your mascara wand in, and apply directly on the brows. If you’re not in the minority that grow their own aloe, don’t fret, 100% aloe vera from your local supermarket will do!”
5. For an almost KFE brow…
“Last year when we were in our first lockdown, I had SO many questions on what’s the best tint brand. Although I’ve recently discovered the ‘brow’ feature on zoom, my answer still remains the same; the 1000 Hour Eyelash and Eyebrow Kit, $20 at Chemist Warehouse. It’s so easy to use and gives a beautiful, soft tint (just don’t leave it on longer than recommended!),” says Fisher.
“If you’re virgin to the DIY brow world, start off by choosing a lighter colour. Once it’s on, you can always go darker, but you can’t go lighter. Start by applying the tint at the tail of the brow, then softly apply throughout the body. I like my brows soft at the front, so I apply less here. Then, use your spoolie to comb through the tint you have applied – this will ensure you don’t stain the skin at the front, and keep your brows looking nice and natural. Wipe off and voilà, an almost KFE brow!”
Read our foolproof guide to tinting your brows at home using this exact kit.