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5 brow tips from the best celebrity make-up artists

by Holly O'Neill
11th Sep 2020

What these make-up artists don’t know about brows isn’t worth knowing…


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Anastasia Soare

Last year, the founder of Anastasia Beverly Hills told us that she learned how to create the perfect brows using Leonardo da Vinci’s Golden Ratio. “Eyebrow hairs are darker than the base, obviously,” says Soare, “so you use a base that is lighter than your hair and you use strokes that are as dark as your hair. Use whatever as a base, like powder or Brow Wiz, and create strokes of hair with a darker colour. Then, you blend. Use a darker colour and add more pressure from the middle towards the end and go lighter in the front. That’s the best way to do it! Then use a clear brow gel to settle the colour and hold the hair throughout the day. It should be the last thing you use. You can use it again during the day just to refresh if you wish to.”

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz, €25


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Daniel Martin

Meghan Markle’s make-up artist Daniel Martin appeared on ITV’s Lorraine last November where he explained the tricks behind Meghan’s brows and the importance of a neutral eyeshadow palette for applying a lighter shade of powder just below the brow for a fuller look. “So when you go in, go one shade lighter and just fill it in,” he explained. Another hack he uses to keep brows in place is hairspray. “I feel like once you get to a place with your brow you can use a setting. I have a friend who puts hair spray on a mascara spoolie and finishes off her brow like that,” he said.

Benefit Cosmetics Foolproof Brow Powder, €26

Kelley Baker

“There are a few ways to make yourself look younger by creating a fuller brow,” says Kelley Baker, brow artist to the Kardashians, Shay Mitchell, Olivia Culpo, Zendaya and more. “One trick is to highlight the brow bone to open up your eyes. The second is to brush up your brows with a clear brow gel making your brows look fuller then they naturally are.” Looking to learn more about the Kelley Baker brow technique? She’s coming to Dublin for a masterclass in March – get your tickets here.
Kelley Baker Clear Brow Setting Gel, sold exclusively in Ireland with The Brow Boss


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Sir John

Make-up artist Sir John shared last year that he uses glue to get Bey’s brows flat and brushed up. It’s a drag trick too, but like contouring, its effects are supposed to be performative. Using glue in your brows, if you’re performing drag, or on stage like Yonce, is going to stop your brows getting sweaty. Let’s not do this every day though — you’ll dry your brow hairs and the surrounding skin out plus trying to get the glue out is definitely going to cause trouble for the growth of your brows. Looking for an alternative? Try West Barn Co.’s Soapbrows. “Soapbrows amp up the brow, giving extra texture, body and fullness whilst setting your brow hairs in place,” says Ireland’s eyebrow guru Kim O’Sullivan. “It’s vegan too.”

West Barn Co’s Soapbrows, available at The Dublin Make-up Academy

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Katie Jane Hughes

Make-up artist Katie Jane Hughes is known for her feathery, brushed-up boy brows, so knowing she was involved in the creation of Glossier’s Brow Flick liner made its debut even more exciting. In an Instagram tutorial ahead of the launch, she recommended using it on completely oil-free, clean brows. “You shouldn’t have any moisturizer on them or any oils or serums or any skincare products — and no highlighters,” she explains. “I think it’s really important to only use it with the pen pointing down and only use the tip of the pen,” she continued. “Don’t use the side of the pen, because you’ll get a thick, dense stroke.” Head over to her Instagram Highlights to watch her Brow Flick tutorial.

Glossier Brow Flick, €18

Photography by Jason Lloyd Evans.

Read more: Anastasia Soare tells us how to get the perfect brows for your face shape

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