Makeup trends and fads come and go every season. Over the last 5-10 years, we’ve seen full coverage go viral, baking your face and sharp enough winged eyeliner to kill. But those trends, like most, were over almost before they started. They got their 10 minutes in the sun. One trend has managed to grip makeup wear-ers for years, and it’s now considered one of the most important parts of your face – your eyebrows. From the Instagram brow (yikes) to the current soap brow trend, what you do with your eyebrows is a staple of makeup routines and can make or break a look. We’re here for you if you’ve struggled to find your style and what you want to do with your brows. Check out our guide to brow lamination and tinting and what process might be the best for you to get the eyebrows you’ve always dreamed of.
When starting your all-important eyebrow journey, it’s important to weigh your options, so what is brow lamination? Glamour.com says the following – “Brow lamination, also called brow to sculpt or brow lift, is essentially a perm for your eyebrows. […] Similar to microblading and tinting, brow lamination was designed to give the illusion of fuller, more defined eyebrows.” The current trend that is looking like it will stick around for a while are the full, defined brows. Long gone are the days of the over-plucked 90s and 2000s brow. Ask your mom – they are still recovering from that trend. “Your hairs are coaxed into place to look fluffier and more defined and have a slicked-up, shiny look—I imagine this is where the term lamination comes from. It’s great for that feathery, model look that was previously possible only with genetics or soap brows”.
Lamination protects your eyebrows and is the perfect option for people with relatively full brows looking to keep them nice and protect them and its “perfect for those looking to add volume and a more defined arch, as it makes the brow area appear larger and fuller.” Lamination also gives you an instant eye lift, pulling focus to your full brows. Lasting around 6 weeks, once you see the results, you’ll never want to go back.
Brow tinting has become just as popular as brow lamination in the last few years and is more geared towards people with less full brows. Vogue.com says tinting is “a semi-permanent dye which gives you fuller and more defined eyebrows when applied. It can be done at a salon, a doctor’s clinic or even in your own bedroom with a home kit.”
The actual process of brow tinting is just like dyeing your hair – but with an added layer. Pmuhub.com says that “It combines two effects – it colors the hairs themselves, but also slightly stains the skin underneath for an extra effect. Its power to thicken the brows lies in the fact that the dye colors all the super-thin baby hairs in the brow arches that are otherwise invisible. The shade left on the skin provides a light makeup look. That way, brow tinting gives the brows density, definition, and dimension. The color of the brow tint can be custom-mixed to suit the color of your hair and your wishes.”
Vogue says that “This is an ideal treatment for commitment-phobes, as it is a quick process and only lasts for about four weeks. “You should first get them done professionally so you learn the know-how of the process. If you don’t do it properly, it can make your brows look uneven[…]’.
This process also works best for people with lighter brows, creating a natural-looking enhancement without the hefty cosmetics.
If you’re looking for both color and a lift, some people combine this dynamic duo to create the perfect storm. Wellandgood.com says that “brow lamination redirects the hairs and pushes them in whatever direction you want. In most cases, that’s up so that the brow looks fuller. The brow tint also fluffs up the individual hairs to make them look a little puffier.” So if youre looking for the best of both worlds, it might be the right idea to talk to your salon about what you think will work for you and give you the brows of your dreams.