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8th August 2013

Eyebrow makeover at Shavata

I’m quite new to styling my eyebrows as mine have always been quite fair with little regrowth to manage so I haven’t really known where to start. I love the heavier look that we’re seeing coming through for AW13 so jumped at the chance to go for a more defined look  – what better place to start than longstanding eyebrow experts Shavata?

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The Shavata brow bar in Harvey Nichols features huge mirrors and comfy chairs to get settled for a consultation. I met Neelam who asked which kind of look I’d like to go for then explained the different techniques, shapes and the tinting process (which requires a patch test 48 hours before an appointment).

With advice from Neelam I decided to go for a reshape using the threading technique, keeping to the natural shape of my eyebrow but with more of a defined arch and a deeper colour to show off the shape.

The first process was the tinting – my eyebrows were wiped to remove any oil and a mixed tint called Combinal One was applied using a q-tip. Neelam explained that this particular tint is used as it lifts gradually and tends to last longer than most tints on the market. The tint was left on for one minute then removed to check the result.

The process is carried out in one-minute intervals to ensure that the customer is happy with the result – different hair colours and types develop at different rates so it’s important to keep checking. We decided that I should go a bit darker so the tint was reapplied for a further minute.

Here is the result

After tint

Now for the nerve wracking bit – the threading! Using the long entwined threads, Neelam first took the hair from between my eyebrows (I didn’t know I had any…) then from the top and finally, asking me to pull the skin taught from above and below my eyebrow, threaded the underneath to create the arch. This was the most uncomfortable part but by no means painful – the results were worth it.

Threading

The process was repeated for my other eyebrow and any stray hairs were carefully removed with tweezers and the eyebrows were trimmed using scissors for a neater more manageable look. A lovely soothing gel (£9.95) was then applied, which really did instantly cool and ease the redness of my skin.

Highlighter

Neelam then took me through a range of products that can be used on the eyebrow to enhance the results and create a shape that will last all day. She first used the Brow Perfector (£19.50) which contains castor oil, a magical ingredient for eyebrows that encourages hair strength and growth. The Brow Perfector contains three shades to enable you to change your look from day to night or depending on your eye make-up.

She then applied a highlighter pencil (£9.95) that defines the shape of the brow further and hides regrowth at a later date – it’s also great for highlighting cheekbones. Finally the Brow Tamer Gel (£14.50) was applied to set the shape and the colour all day and to avoid smudging.

Here’s the final result

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I love my new eyebrow look and would highly recommend visiting experts like Shavata if you have never had a shape or tint before – you’ll be amazed at the result and the difference that a professional touch makes. I will most definitely be back.

For more information about Shavata at Harvey Nichols and the different services available visit www.shavata.co.uk.

There’s also a range of fabulous lash and nail treatments available at Shavata, including eyelash perming with a tint (from £75), semi-permanent lash extension (from £60) as well as 25% off all nail treatments throughout August including a full manicure, a full set gel or acrylic enhancements and pedicures.

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