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Battle of the brows – our tips to getting yours in shape

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The right brow shape can make us look years younger. Press rewind with our pick of the products.

It’s a fact: well-groomed brows not only define your eyes they also frame your face. If that doesn’t convince you of their importance, Sarah Taiapa Bell, national education manager for Benefit Cosmetics New Zealand, says a set of thicker brows will actually make you look younger. You’re sold now, aren’t you? So whether you’re still trying to recover from the trend of thin, over-plucked brows or you’re embracing a fuller set, here is our edit of the products to keep them in fine form.

1. Jane Iredale Bitty Brow Kit, $69.50
If you prefer a brush application over a pencil, then this compact is our pick. Use the beeswax to set hairs in place and the powder to finish, paying more attention to the sparser areas. The water-resistant powder will keep your brows in perfect shape whether you’re spending summer days at the beach or by the barbecue.

2. Clinique Instant Lift for Brows, $50
This product not only looks after your brows but the appearance of your entire eye area. One side of this double-ended crayon will colour, while the champagne side will lift and highlight when blended under your brow bone. You’ll notice your eyes immediately look bigger and more youthful.

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3. Billion Dollar Brows Universal Liner, $33
Finding the perfect colour for your brows can be tough so this is one pencil to rule them all – or at least suit us all. Sound hard to believe? It’s all in the application. Light strokes of the pencil will work for blondes, while brunettes can slowly build up the intensity until it’s their desired colour.

4. Benefit Gimme Brow, $41
American brand Benefit is known for its brow bars and products so you know your brows will be in safe hands with this wee wand. If you have sparse brows, then a few short swipes will fill in those gaps while tinting them at the same time.

5. L’Oreal Brow Artist Plumper, $19.99
For time-poor folk who have five minutes before running out the door (yes, that may well be all of us), this multi-tasking wand is a must. Not only is it a tinted gel but it also has brush-on fibres to thicken brows in seconds.

From the editors at Good Health Choices

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