Health and Beauty
Beauty eye spy
Our pick of treatments and products to give you beautiful brows and luscious lashes
Words by Beth Forsyth, Emma Langman and Catherine Coyle
I’m proud to say the day after I visited the newly opened Blink Brow Bar in Space NK, I left my house without any eye make-up on. From a blonde whose lashes and brows normally pale into insignificance this was no mean feat! I’ve had my eyebrows threaded a few times and while it was still a tad uncomfortable, the blissful head, neck and shoulder massage coupled with the technician’s skill really helped minimise the ouch-factor. A light brown tint really showed-off my brows’ fabulous new shape. My lashes were tinted a darker brown and the expertly applied Flirty lashes (which lasted for over a week) gave me a doe-eyed look. Blink Brow Bar has a new fan in me. (BF)
HOW MUCH? Threading from £17, full bridal packages from £40.
AVAILABLE AT Space NK, Princes Square, Glasgow, 0141 248 7931.
One of Benefit’s brow experts plucked my brows to create the perfect arch and I was chuffed with the results. The brow and eye-shaping kit Brows A Go Go (£26.50) and concealer Boi-ing (£16.50) covered up any redness, before a quick spritz of the new Ultra Radiance Facial Re-hydrating Mist (£19.50) left me feeling refreshed. It’s a thumbs up from me for my lovely coiffed brows. (EL)
HOW MUCH? From £11.50.
AVAILABLE AT Frasers, Glasgow; Debenhams, Glasgow, Silverburn and Stirling.
At Filthy Gorgeous in Glasgow, my brows were expertly licked into shape using the ancient technique of threading. It was a little sore at first but any redness disappeared after a quick application of Airbrush foundation (used by TV presenters because of it’s HD-quality effect). A full set of individual lashes was applied too and I loved the results – my eyes were beautifully framed by the lashes which looked natural and fell out easily after four days. (EL)
HOW MUCH? Prices from £14.
AVAILABLE AT Debenhams, Glasgow.
Shu Uemura is well-known for its false lashes and after a visit to its counter I can definitely see why! There are so many options to choose from – from natural-looking fluttery extensions to disco diva gold and silver discs. I opted for Smoky Layers (£18.50), which really made my eyes stand out. Shu Uemura doesn’t recommended keeping the lashes on overnight but they can be reused up to 20 times and a complimentary application service is included each time, too. (EL)
HOW MUCH? From £4.65.
AVAILABLE AT Frasers, Glasgow; Harvey Nichols, Edinburgh.
I don’t normally wear mascara, so I was quite nervous about having false lashes. Would they feel odd? Would I look even odder? I had a quarter set of Glamour Puss lashes applied and was delighted with the results. They added definition to my peepers and lasted for about a week. My eyebrows were also expertly waxed into a shape and I’m pleased to report it hardly hurt at all. (EL)
HOW MUCH? From £8.
AVAILABLE AT West Regent St, Glasgow, 0141 221 2500.
As a girl with very dark, thick hair, I was excited at the prospect of trying a new hair removal technique. Brides-to-be, be warned: having your brows threaded is not for the faint-hearted but is definitely worth the effort.The shape achieved by the technician at Benito Brow Bar was clean and sharp, giving a subtle face-framing effect. A natty trick that really helped minimise redness; slick on some aloe vera gel for a couple of days morning and night post-threading. This will reduce swelling and close pores which helps stall regrowth. An eyelash tint took mere moments and the blue-black colour really made my eyes stand out. (CC)
HOW MUCH? Eyebrow shape, £13; eyelash tint. £15.
AVAILABLE AT Frasers, Glasgow; Debenhams, Edinburgh.