Eyebrows can change the shape of your face and make you look younger. As a training salon opens in Leeds, Stephanie Smith gets tips from the High Definition Brows founder. Plus our top beauty products of the week.
Eyebrow specialists High Definition Brows is opening a training academy in Leeds at Compass House, Rose Wharf on East Street – a new go-to for those in search of face-defining eyebrows.
High Definition was founded by Nilam Holmes-Patel, who has more than 20 years’ experience as a brow stylist, make-up artist and salon owner with an A-list client list including Nicole Scherzinger, Kylie Minogue, Amanda Holden and Rochelle Humes. Nilam launched the High Definition Brows brand in 2008 with Karen Betts and it has expanded to encompass a make-up range and the launch of High Definition Boutiques and franchises this year.
Nilam has the following advice for creating great brows at home: “Powders are easy to use and are so versatile, you can build up the colour pretty easily by adding more bit by bit. You can do this without looking shiny or like you’ve painted your brows on – and you can always use brow powders as eye shadows too.
“If you prefer a more natural looking brow, lightly sweep the powder into any sparse areas and fill the front and tails.”
HD Brows Eye&Brow Palette, £25, is an award-winning brow product and a favourite with make-up artists and celebrities. Nilam says: “If a dramatic brow is more your style, mix the powder with wax for a stronger, more defined look. If natural is more your thing, create brow hair strokes for a fuller, textured brow.”
Pencils have their place too, says Nilam. “Brow pencils are good to give a crisper line, as well as being brilliant when it comes to defining and faking the appearance of hair strokes – just fill in the gaps. Use a firm, sharp and non-waxy pencil to draw feathery strokes into any sparse areas, as well as sharpen any edges of the brow.” The Browtec is a retractable thin and firm pencil and the perfect tool to mimic hair strokes. It costs £16.
All products and details of salons and the new academy can be found on www.hdbrows.com.