Irish Independent Showbiz Reporter and all around beauty guru puts the latest eyebrow trend to the test...and approves!
We all have a go-to beauty product that injects life into us, or makes us feel confident when braving the outside world. For me, it’s about the eyebrows, and the feeling that a quick line of pencil or brush of shadow can give my face more definition and structure.
So, when I was asked to head along to Up To My Eyes in Greystones, Co Wicklow, and try out their new Embrowdery service, a semi-permanent treatment that involves drawing on of hairs to add to existing brows, it didn’t take long to consider. The salon is famous for its eyelash extensions and has now become the first in Ireland to introduce this new technique to native beauty fiends.
Up To My Eyes owner Elaine McParland learned the intricate art in Hong Kong. Taking two hours for a consultation and application, Embrowdery uses a nano technology to draw 3D hair strokes with a cloning needle into the epidermis of the skin. Now, that's enough of the technical side of things, here's exactly how it works.
So, after the lovely Emily drew on some seriously glam looking brows, the real business began. For those who are used to professional tweezing or threading – Embrowdery will be a doddle for you. In fact, you’ll hardly feel a thing. I’ll confess that for me - baby that I am – it was a tad sore.
After the first round, I was almost ready to give up on the whole thing, when I heard the mention of anesthetic - and I relaxed immediately. From there on, I settled back into the chair and enjoyed a full 60 minutes of peace and quiet while Elaine worked her magic.
When the finished product was shown to me in a mirror, I felt like I was looking at a new and improved version of myself. My brows had been completely shaped, sculpted and sexed-up. It was amazing.
Of course, like all good things, dedication and consistency is required. Something I didn’t realise about Embrowdery – more for my lack of research and sheer excitement rather than anything else – is that this is no once-off treatment. In order to maintain the colour, two or three top-up visits are required to ensure that it lasts.
But this also allows you to change your mind about shape or colour if you want to, which completely makes sense because it allows you to be bold and ask for ‘more, more, more’ the next time around (watch your back, Cara Delevingne!).
Following my second and final sessions, the results both improved and lasted longer. Of course, results are as important as the experience itself, so on that note, aftercare is a must. You’re required to apply a fragrant and soothing Vaseline-like gel every three hours for the first few days, to prevent the brows from drying out and eventually scabbing over.
There are no guarantees how long exactly the treatment lasts. For some it could be 12 months, for others 48. It all depends on your skin type. But eventually, it will wear away with exfoliation. It costs €380 inclusive of two follow-up visits.
In the meantime, I’m still feeling fabulous.
For more information on Embrowdery, see www.uptomyeyes.ie
Up To My Eyes,
6 Theatre Lane,
Tel: (01) 287 2781.