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Make-up masterclass: 5 top tips for beautiful brows

Paddy McGurgan is one of NI's best-known beauty experts and over the coming weeks he'll tell you all you need to know about the latest make-up techniques

By Paddy McGurgan

Big and bold, or au naturel - brows, and how you wear them, can provoke a debate among beauty junkies.

Whether you prefer a Scouse brow to a Hollywood arch we've all been raising our brow game recently.

Eyebrows truly are my favourite and most challenging part of a make-up application. Because there is no 'one size fits all' template, with everyone having a very different approach to brows in terms of style, shape and colour and overall.

There is a plethora of brow products, ranging from pencil to pomade and powder, all of which I enjoy using.

Here I am going to share my top products for almost every style of brow, and why and how to use them.

Makeup Revolution Ultra Brow Palette in Medium to Dark, £7.99 at Superdrug


Eyebrow powder is a softer approach at filling in your brows, and is the perfect product for anyone who enjoys a subtle, softly filled-in brow. If you prefer to use powder, it's best to buy a brow powder palette. Simply because you are able to mix colours, using lighter shades towards the start of the brow, defining towards the tails with a darker shade.

NYX Professional Makeup Tame & Frame Tinted Eyebrow Gel Pomade, £6, Boots


Next up, lets talk brow pomade. This is going to be very controversial, but this is my least favourite type of brow product. I find pomade generally very thick and emollient on the brows. I like brows, to look real - real hair, not overly filled in - and to look defined with a natural allure. So I definitely exercise a word of warning when using pomade. Ensure your brow brush is waxed and as thin as possible to ensure full control over the product. Apply, using small stroking motions when using this type of product, as it can slide.

Illamasqua Eyebrow Cake, Thunder, £18, Make up Pro Store


When it comes to my all-time favourite product ever created for the brows, it has to be eyebrow cake. And the Illamasqua Eyebrow Cake is one that I have used time and again because it works so well for all. Best used wet, simply spray a small amount of water onto the cake and the end result will be naturally-pigmented hair strokes. For those trying to achieve the most natural or strong Instagram brow this is my go-to product.

Rimmel Professional Eye Brow Pencil, £3.29, chemists/supermarkets


A brow pencil is the ideal product for someone who wants a softer effect on the brows. It is important to ensure that your pencil is always sharpened well to make sure you achieve a sharp defined line.

NYX Professional Makeup Control Freak Brow Gel, £6, Boots


If you are a natural girl, and do not like definition in your brows then an eyebrow gel will be your best friend. This product by NYX offers a new way to tame brows fast. The clear formula works well over powder or pencil to seal the deal and make a statement with your brows. Meanwhile, the unique non-sticky formula is comfortable to wear all day and can also be used as a clear mascara.

Top tips for beautiful brows

  1. Research your therapist - make sure you are completely happy with your eyebrow therapist, and do not be afraid to tell them how you like your eyebrows waxed/tinted.
  2. Invest in an eyebrow brush which is the staple of an eyebrow routine. Use this with wax to achieve a sharp finish.
  3. If you have any regrowth under your brow simply counteract with a cream concealer and blend into the skin again.
  4. If you place too much product on the brows, use a spoolie to comb through the brows for a real hair effect.
  5. Brows are sisters, not twins, so do not worry if they are slightly different; this is normal and try to get them as similar as possible.

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