Beauty trends come and beauty trends go, but if there’s one thing we’ve learned over the years, it’s how important the upkeep of our brows and lashes is. At The Urban List, our beauty team has learned the hard way that our at-home DIY attempts might leave us looking a liiiiittle off the beauty mark we were aiming for (you know, that bit where you try to ‘even out’ your brows and end up pretty much bald above each eye? We’ve all been there…). Which is why this season, we locked in a date with Melbourne’s experts in everything lash and brow, Simply Brows & Lashes, to show us how it’s done.
If you know anything about the Melbourne beauty scene, you’ll have heard the name Simply Brows & Lashes before now. The trail-blazing studio is responsible for some of the most stunning lash extensions in town, and is one of the first to bring the threading brow definition technique into the beauty spotlight here in Melbourne. With microblading on the way (that’s the semi-permanent pigment technique favoured by red-carpet celebs of 2016), we can expect another brow revelation to be at our fingertips in no time.
Having recently opened a brand new space in Northcote, in addition to its impressive Camberwell and South Yarra venues, we chatted to Melbourne’s brow and lash experts about their treatments that allow us to get the most out of our daily looks. From a simple but effective brow tint and threading treatment that leaves you looking as though you've had a facelift (all in under 30 minutes!), to bold statement eyes framed by glamorous Russian lashes, here are three key ways to up your eye game:
#1: Rock Statement Eyes (Like Kim)
So, you’re sick of being the shirking violet in your #girlgang and feel that you’re in need of a look that will make a few waves in your social circles. Statement eyes a la Kim Kardashian are 100% where it’s at.
What To Ask For: Volume Lash Extensions & Brow Make Over
A bold brow, shaped via threading—a traditional technique that uses twisted cotton thread to remove unwanted brow hairs (check out the video to see it in action)—combined with a brow tint makes for sharp, well-defined brows that frame your eyes. Seriously, it’s basically a facelift without the surgery, cost or time factor.
Pair this with luscious lighter-than-air Russian lashes that are applied in individually constructed fans to your natural lashes, and you’ll have a look that’s all about impact and needs pretty much no make-up application—wake up, use a mascara brush to comb your brows and lashes into place, and you’re good to go.
Simply Brows & Lashes uses top-quality Russian lashes that won’t damage or strain your natural lashes, meaning they look fuller and last longer. With up to 700 lashes per application, these are the crème de la crème of the lash extension world.
Wanting to go a little heavier in the brow area on special occasions? Simply Brows & Lashes produces their own tried-and-tested brow kit that includes all the brushes and pigment you need to build up more volume when you want it.
#2: Get Movie-Star Lashes (Like Zooey)
You loooove that dreamy doe-eyed look and fantasise about batting your lashes playfully in your latest Snapchat story, but the gods of eye furniture didn’t grant you quite the length you desire. Movie-star natural lashes, plus a brow makeover, is your beauty must-try.
What To Ask For: Classic Lash Extensions & Brow Make Over
If the Russian lashes are a little much for your everyday look, natural lash extensions are an incredible alternative that let you bulk out the volume *and* ditch the mascara, without rocking a red carpet look 24/7. The team at Simply Brows & Lashes use high-grade silk lashes that are applied individually to your natural lashes, again giving you up to four weeks of wear if you look after them.
So, why threading if you’re all about the lashes? A tidy brow line opens up the eye, letting you get the most out of any lash extension treatment. A threading session with one of the Simply Brows & Lashes team ensures that you’ll end up with neat brows that complement anything that’s going on in the lash area. Because there’s no point in opting for natural extensions if your stray brow hairs are going to detract from them.
#3: Frame Your Peepers (Like Cara)
Cara Delevigne changed the modelling world with her face-framing brows and, if you’re anything like us, you have been envying that naturally full brow look since you first set eyes on this brow-blessed Brit.
What To Ask For: Mini Eye Make Over
The key to Cara’s look is keeping it simple. A straight-up brow threading will give you a brow shape that complements your bone structure and defines your eye area, opening up the face and making you look younger, while the brow tinting maximises fullness, giving you the trademark Delevigne definition.
Opting for eyelash tinting too makes the most of girl-next-door lashes, boosting natural volume and saving you time on make-up each day. Did somebody say dream beauty combo?
If you’ve never had brow threading, tinting or eyelash extensions before, the Simply Brows & Lashes team are fantastically friendly and welcoming, and can give expert advice on the shape of brow, colour of tint and length of lash that’s going to work for you. Book in now for your treatment via their handy online booking service.
Simply Brows & Lashes also provides IPL hair removal and waxing in its South Yarra and Northcote venues. Check out their Camberwell, South Yarra and Northcote salons for the next available appointment.
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Image credit: Andrew Englisch & Jenna Fahey White