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How to get killer brows
by Gladys Chung

Killer eyebrows that suit your face can make you look younger and sharper.

Mr Didi Sin, Make Up For Ever's coach at the brand's Make Up School service at Sephora in Ion Orchard, shows you how to get them.

Service and product recommendations from Urban and Mr Sin.

1. Do not follow trends

Stick to brows that flatter your face shape and features - and always remember to work with your natural brow shape.

2. Go to a pro first

It is best to go to a professional to have your brows shaped, then maintain them by tweezing the stray hairs regularly.

The most painless way to tweeze stray hairs is just after a hot shower, when the pores are open.

Try the brow-shaping services at:

- Browhaus outlets, such as 03-18 Wheelock Place; from $15 for eyebrow grooming with threading.

- Make Up For Ever at Sephora, 01-05 Ion Orchard; $30 for a 30-minute, hands-on Brow Styling lesson and brow-shaping session.

- Benefit Brow Bar, at Benefit counters such as Tangs Beauty in Tangs Orchard; $22 for a brow wax.

- Shu Uemura Tokyo Brow Station, at Tangs Beauty; $15 for full eyebrow grooming.

3. Use a pencil as a guide

When drawing or maintaining your brows, use a pencil to gauge its shape.

Starting point: Hold a pencil vertically from the side of your nose. Where the other end of the pencil touches the brow bone is where your brows should start.

Arch: Move the vertical pencil over your face until it marks the outer corner of your iris. The point where that pencil touches the brow bone is where the peak of the arch should be. The brows should taper off from that point.

End: Place one end of the pencil by the side of your nose and point the other end towards the outer corner of your eye. The end of the pencil that touches the brow bone marks where your brows should end.

4. Fill in the sparse areas

Use a brow pencil to fill in the sparse areas of your brows if you want them to look bold and defined. Use the brow brush that usually comes with the pencil to neaten the hairs and blend the colour.

If you prefer a more natural-looking brow, use a coloured brow gel, which gives a softer finish. Apply it with a mascara wand by first going against the hairs to coat the first layer of colour, then by stroking the wand along the hairs for a second coat to hold them in place.

Always choose a colour that is at least one or two shades lighter than your natural hair colour, or it would make your brows look too harsh.

Go even lighter - up to four or five shades - if you are wearing bold smoky eye make-up, to balance the look.

For brow pencil liners, try: Maybelline Master Brow browliner, $9.90, from Watsons, Sasa and Guardian stores from next month; or Bobbi Brown Brow Pencil, $35, from Bobbi Brown counters.

For brow gels, try: Make Up For Ever Aqua Brow (left), or M.A.C Brow Set gel, $28, from M.A.C counters.

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