25 May 2011

Brow Know-How: Threading at Elysian Brows

Elysian Brows on Dawson Street, Dublin
When the reality of the recession started to bite, I - like a lot of other women I know - started to experiment with DIY. Nothing to do with paintbrushes or power tools (heaven forfend!), but DIY of the beauty kind. I’ve attempted a range of home treatment alternatives to expensive salon visits, from home dye kits to facials to manicures, but a recent visit to Elysian Brows has persuaded me that there are some things that are best left to the professionals.

Located at 21 Dawson Street, just a few doors up from the Mansion House, Elysian Brows boasts a gorgeously feminine interior that feels seriously luxe, complete with chandeliers, sparkly tiles and pretty throw cushions. Owner Libby Ryan trained with Beverly Hills brow expert Anastasia Soare, who has shaped the brows of a host of Hollywood celebs from Jennifer Lopez to Kim Kardashian and The Hills’ Kristin Cavallari - -- and Elysian Brows is the sole Irish stockist of Anastasia’s brow care range.
Libby’s philosophy is that all eyebrows look best when kept natural and as full as possible and that, when shaped correctly, brows can dramatically enhance our appearance. My consultation confirmed what I’d suspected: my brows are thin and over-plucked, and I haven’t been filling them in to the optimum shape for my face.  Libby pointed out the differences in my brows - one is naturally fuller, while the other has a better natural shape – and stressed that brows shouldn’t be identical but sisters, not twins.
Though they also offer tweezing, Elysian Brows recommend threading for perfectly sculpted eyebrows. I’ve had this done before so I was anticipating the unusual prickly and ticklish sensation. The experience was quick and relatively painless – there was a little bit of discomfort, but this was mostly due to the very bright light shining in my face throughout; a necessary evil. Libby finished by filling out my brows with a pencil and conditioning gel and explained that while powder gives a softer finish, pencil works better on bare skin.  
And the results? I looked instantly more groomed with fuller, defined but natural looking eyebrows. In work the next day I was complimented separately on my tan and my new haircut and asked had I been away, when my eyebrows were the only thing I’d changed. 
Threading at Elysian Brows costs €30 with an initial consultation and €20 thereafter.  Most people will need a touch up every 4-6 weeks, so this strikes me as pretty good value for the service provided and results achieved.
Libby has kindly promised to share her considerable brow know-how and I’ll shortly be posting her top ten tips for beautiful brows. For now, I'll leave you with this slightly scary before and after picture...
Goes without saying really but the before pic is on top; excuse the redness in the after shot, it went away after a few minutes!

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