The BrowGal, Tonya Crooks shares her brow secrets with us

Q&A with Tonya Crooks, creator of The BrowGal

How do I get the perfect shaped brow?
That is a very big question! But a great one. We believe in starting with a professional to help you find your natural face shape - like the ladies at About Face who I personally trained when I visited New Zealand in November 2015. The BrowGal believes in educating the customer and giving everyone the tools to maintain the best shape for their face. You will learn this in your first The BrowGal Brow Design appointment at About Face. We don't believe in stencils, threading, or cookie cutter brows. 

How often should I pluck?
You definitely don't want to be an "every day" plucker, but when you see stray brow hairs come in, maybe every 7-10 days you should grab and remove. But don't get in the habit of over-tweezing because that habit creates thinning of the brows over time. The new look is the bigger, bolder, thicker brow, seen all over the world. You want a healthy brow so in between your professional appointment try not to tweeze too much and overdo it. Especially over 35 years old, your brows have trouble coming in as thick, full and healthy when you are constantly removing.  

What shape should I be aiming for?
The natural shape that fits your face. Each set of brows is similar to a fingerprint. No two are the same. You want to get to know your face, your features, and facial muscle movements. If you try to manufacture too high of an arch when you have an arc or a straighter brow, you will give yourself that constant "surprised look." You can always look at a picture of yourself from when you were young to find out your natural shape if you have over-plucked over the years. Mimic that in a fuller way with the BrowGal how-to steps (see below) and Become Your Own Brow Artist!

Is it best to leave your brows to a professional or try and do them yourself?
You always want to consult with a professional but The BrowGal method is teaches the customer how to maintain the shape with help you find in between your professional appointments. There is a big difference between a brow shaper and a brow professional/brow artist. The BrowGal doesn't believe in cookie cutter brows, but teaching and empowering you to be your own brow artist, similar to what MAC did in the 90's with makeup. 

If you do them yourself what tips should you remember?
1. Brush your brows up to determine their natural shape. 
2. Fill in the shape with your colour of The BrowGal eyebrow pencil, using short strokes to emulate the look of hair (see more detail pencil steps below) 
3. Brush through the brows again to blend the colour. 
4. Tame the natural shape with The BrowGal scissors (more detailed steps below)
5. Remove unwanted hairs with The BrowGal tweezers, in the direction of hair growth so as not to break off the hair at the root. 
6. Take one last brush through the brow using the spoolie brush on the end of your The BrowGal pencil
7. Apply the highlighter pencil 1 mm below the brow to accentuate your arch, blend through with a brush or a finger, to create the appearance of a thicker brow. 
8. Apply The BrowGal clear, water resistant gel to set the shape. Less is more and it will wear all day! 

What products should you use on your brows?
The BrowGal starter set of a pencil, highlighter and gel with help you get started on a day-to-day basis for filling and setting your brows correctly for that red carpet look. A fuller brow makes you look healthier, younger, and more vibrant! The range of products I have created is everything I use in my shop on celebrity and everyday clients. My number 2 pencil was created for Megan Fox because she needed colours that matched her colouring, the number 3 was created for Fergie. 

How should you apply a brow pencil?
You want to make sure your pencil is very sharp, and that you have a harder lead, that isn't too creamy, that can emulate natural hair like strokes. You want to create a clean base line on the bottom part of the brow, as a fluid line that starts at the inside corner of the eye, to the end of the brow. Then you want to brush through, and do the same for the top to create two parallel lines that intersect at the end of the brow. Brush through with the spoolie brush. Go back in with the pencil and fill in the middle of the brow for any low spots or areas of opportunity with light hair-like strokes. 

How do you choose the right colour to suit your skin tone?
It is not necessarily your skin tone for the eyebrow pencil, more the colour of your hair. The key is to determine if your eyebrow hair is a warmer tone (any colours with brown, yellow, orange - colours you would associate with light or a fire) or more of an ash tone (which is void of any colour like an orange or yellow - think of an ash in a fire) and use a pencil accordingly. Our 3 warm tones are Espresso, Chocolate, and Blonde. Our 3 ash tones are Black, Medium Brown, and Taupe. Match the colour that suits you best or visit About Face to find your best colour match.

What can you use for unruly brows?
Scissors and brow gel. When using The BrowGal Scissors: brush your brows up in the direction of the hair growth (with the spoolie brush) and very conservatively trim the tips of the hairs. Brush through again and repeat if needed. Less is more. People get afraid to trim their brows but it's nothing to be afraid of if you follow these simple steps. Use The BrowGal Clear Brow Gel to set the fill of your pencil, to waterproof your brows, or even without fill if you just want them to lay down and "behave"! 

What’s your best piece of advice when it comes to brows?
Put down the tweezers. Give them a chance to grow. If they have been over tweezed and lost their way, let them grow back to determine what the natural shape is and work with that. To grow quicker use Second Chance Brow Enhancement Serum from The BrowGal and talk to a professional, like the ladies at About Face.

Book your The BrowGal Brow Design appointment here - your 30 minute appointment includes a brow shape, colour match and lesson to you can recreate your brows at home every day. Special offer - purchase $100 or more of The BrowGal products and get your Brow Design for half price!

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