Monthly Archives: October 2014

When It Comes To Filling In Eyebrows, Unlike Clothes Less Is More!

I’d like to clarify that not all dark intense brows are no no’s. Naturally thick brows that have been groomed and shaped well will compliment the face.

Eyebrows are an important facial feature, they define, frame and open the eye area and help to emphasis a number of facial expressions. Ideally brows should be well maintained, balanced and not too thin.

Examples of natural full brows that have been maintained  to perfection

Examples of natural full brows that have been groomed to perfection.

A person with naturally sparse or fair brows that attempts to create the same full brow effect (as the fortunate beauties above) will struggle to replicate an authentic shape and texture. The results usually end up looking like the brows and mustache of the late great comedian Groucho Marx.

Take Groucho's advice and don't join this club!

Take Groucho’s advice and don’t join this club!

Brows Making A Statement For All The Wrong Reasons

I’m all for creativity however when filling in brows, be a little restrained and avoid drawing outside the natural lines! A heavy handed, over styled  dark brow is usually the result of an innocent novice over exaggerating their natural brow shape and shade. Applying too much product, creating sharp angular or harsh rounded brows. A look often sported by teenagers and the entrepreneur Katie Price.

Brows that have been over jealously filled in.  NOT following the natural shape, creating two completely unrelated shape.

Brows that have been over zealously filled in NOT following the natural shape, creating dark mismatched brows

The shade used by Katie above is too dark for her colouring (even with an intense tan). Each brow is also a completely different shape. Remember Brows Are Sisters Not Twins So Please STOP Shaping Them As If They Were Distant Relatives!

If you are guilty of creating black Lego brick shaped brows, stop using the items pictured below. They all have perfectly good uses but do not include brow enhancement. Plus they are seriously blackening your brow reputation!

Products that should NOT be used to enhance Eyebrows

Black listed items that should NOT be used to enhance Eyebrows

Getting the Right Intensity of Brow for You

  1. Make an appointment to see a Brow Professional. Let them know you are opting for a thicker brow. They will remove hairs from the correct areas only. The remaining hairs will be your natural stencil.
  2. If you have fair or fine brow hairs consider a Tint (a semi permanent dye specifically for brows and lashes) one or two shades darker than your natural colour to create a fuller looking brow.
  3. Use a Real Techniques Lash and Brow Groomer (a soft toothbrush will do) to brush brows. Regular use will train and shape brows.
  4. Select the type of product you plan to fill your brow in with. (seem my other post for suggestions) Select a shade either the same or a couple of shades darker than your brows.
  5. When using powder or wax products us an Tweezerman slanted Brow Brush to apply. Follow the direction of your natural hair growth. The shorter bristles of the brush should slant in the direction of your hair growth. A small amount of product will go a long way.
  6. When using an eyebrow pencil or wax pen make sure your tool is sharpened for precise application. Draw in fine hair strokes in any gaps, following the direction of natural hair growth. Enhance the groomed shape you have and resist the temptation to excessively alter your brow shape
  7. When both brows have been filled, stand back from the mirror and check that you are happy with their placement (Remember Sisters not Twins) and that each looks roughly the same colour and shape.
  8. Once you are happy use either your ring finger or eyebrow brush comb to slightly soften the edges of your brows and blend the product in seamlessly.  Your aim is to replicate real brows which are naturally slightly softer and lighter towards the bridge of the nose and tapered at the outer edges.
  9. Use a cotton bud to clean up any errors.

Mother Plucker Tips:

  • Brows must be tinted before any form of hair removal to avoid tinting products getting into open follicles. This will look unsightly and can cause irritation.
  • Dark brows can work with blond hair, however this does not work for all. Brows can also be lightened.
  • Black is very harsh tone for brows, when I’m working with dark haired clients I opt for dark Brown/grey products firsts before trying black.
  • Wax products will make brows appear much darker than the natural shade so use sparingly.

That’s all for now folks, if you have any questions on this post please post a comment.

More Eye Grooming, Beauty, Nail and & Wellbeing posts to come!

Enhance to Enchant x

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Brows Are Sisters Not Twins So Please STOP Shaping Them As If They Were Distant Relatives!

Brows are Sisters not twins stop treating them like distant relatives!

Jemima Khan  – Guilty of dividing and not ruling her brows

Wide brows were hip many moons ago reaching a pinnacle in the late  80’s early 90’s. This style of brow placement suited the fashions of the times. Think of TV shows like  ‘Dynasty’. The female cast were beautifully made up, with flamboyant glittery outfits, big hair, large shoulder pads and equally large spaces between their brows.

As an experienced Eyebrow Grooming Specialist I frequently get new clients that have been mislead by outdated beauty tips which advise for brows to start from the outer corner of each nostril. This ancient and incorrect technique creates brows that are harsh, aging and dated.

Ladies, Ladies, Ladies please stop trying to keep up with the the Joans…

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The famously talented Joans (above) are examples of great beauties who all over plucked the space separating their brows. Ideally this gap should be no wider than the bridge of your nose. Unless you are intentionally aiming for a retro look avoid mimicking the Joans method as over time brows becoming more divided and displaced.

Incorrect Brow Placement

Over plucking in this way is not only unattractive and unflattering. It can eventually damage hair follicles. Ultimately changing the natural growth pattern.

However all is not lost, as I tell my clients. The first step is to get your brows back on track by making an appointment to see a trained brow professional. Who will remove hairs from the correct areas only (see Correct Brow Placement diagram below). The front of your brow should begin at the inner edge of your nostrils. On either side of the tip of your nose.

Correct Brow Placement

Once your shape has been redefined you will be able to recognize where hairs need to be allowed to grow back and where you should be removing them, while you are maintaining your brows between appointments.

During this period of regrowth, be patient and resist the temptation to give up. Don’t assume that your brows will never recover or at least be improved. It can taken between a month to a year (realistically) for brows to return. During this time you can literally fill in the gaps with the many wonderful brow beauty products currently on the market.

Here are a few recommendations from me The Mother Plucker  (Natalie Marshall).

Remember it’s all related, our brows are not arched enemies, forced to be 10 paces apart before a duel.

If you are still stuck for eyebrow inspiration. Love them or hate them, when it comes to brows you NEED to be keeping up with the Kardashians!

Sisters not Twins.

Keeping Up With The Kardashian' s Brows

Enhance to Enchant x

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How Will You #StandUpToCancer today?

The Broadcaster Channel 4 are promoting StandUpToCancer, to benefit groundbreaking #Cancer treatments.  Ch4’s staff have also been taking part in fun challenges to raise money to beat Cancer sooner. From selling cotton candy to auctioning dates.

My first happy client after redeeming her StandupToCancer raffle prize

My first happy client after redeeming her StandupToCancer raffle prize

I was given the opportunity to donate my Mother Plucker Threading and CND Nail pampering sessions to a Ch4 Staff raffle.  As a freelance Grooming Specialist I don’t have wads of cash to flash but I can offer my skills. I can’t think of a better way to promote well-being and use my time, than taking part in this fundraising event.

You can still get involved too! We are all invited to an epic evening of Ch4 Live TV Fundraising tonight from 7pm. Check out the talented line up and further information here

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What’s your Birthday wish?

I count my Birthday as the beginning of my new year, I’m fortunate to have a 3 month head start on most people’s resolutions.

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Below is a list of what I vowed to achieve as I blew out the candles on my cake:

  1. Join an Adult Gymnastics Club. I didn’t have the opportunity in my childhood and it’s never too late.
  2. Make Yoga part of my life.  Running my own grooming business (The Mother Plucker) is liberating but means my mind and body are rarely at rest. I want to learn how to be truly present.
  3. Become a Blogger. My social media skills are lacking to say the least. I challenged myself to interact and improve the quality and quantity of my online coverage.

I plan to share the outcome of my goals in my blog, along with Wellbeing and Beauty posts.

Watch this space and bear with me I’m a novice!

The Mother Plucker.

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