How to find the right brow shape as told by Sharon Lee Hamilton
Brow queen Sharon Lee Hamilton dishes on her secrets to creating the perfect brow and how to maintain it. We visited her Woollahra, Sydney salon to experience her talents firsthand.
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Sharon Lee is one of the world’s leading experts when it comes to eyebrows. Her brow talents are so sought after that she regularly ventures out from her luxurious Woollahra, Sydney salon to destinations like Melbourne, New York and Los Angeles. And now I know why: she sculpts the best damn brow I’ve ever seen.
I recently had the chance to experience two of Sharon Lee’s most popular services, the Brow Wow and the Luxe Lash Lift. While many salons have a brow shaping service, the Brow Wow at Sharon Lee Brows is different in that it's entirely unique to each individual brow.
“Ours is all-inclusive incorporating comprehensive consultation, full shaping, any colour needed (or lightening), eyelash tint, glycolic exfoliation, pure collagen mask and heated paraffin hand treatment. It’s all encompassing. We don’t use stencils or have a standard shape in any way. It’s utterly personalised, “ she explains.
While I usually choose to do my brows myself, I’ve had them done a few times and have never quite been happy with them. Sharon Lee explains it’s because mine are “too high” and that I should focus on taming from the top rather than sculpting purely from the bottom like you would in most cases. And this is her tried and tested secret to good brows.
“[It’s about] getting the right brows for the right face. There is perfection for everyone. No one trend suits all.” In my case, I’d been plucking from the bottom which is not the right strategy for my face.
After Sharon Lee personally spent time crafting the ideal shape for me, my brows looked better than they’d ever looked. In fact, my face looked different, more structured even. Sharon Lee had even picked up that one of my brows was higher than the other (something I tried to hide, poorly) and corrected it – my face looked much more symmetrical. She also tinted my brows slightly since mine are naturally too warm to match my hair. Another minor mismatch fixed!
My only disappointment was that my brows grow so quickly. This amazing new shape would be grown out in a week and a half. But she explains that if you tweeze enough, you can hold onto your shape.
“Tweeze. Regularly. Take the hair whilst it’s super short and you’ll be sure to be taking hair that isn’t meant to be there. Once you get any length to it you’ll struggle to differentiate between new growth and old and thus lose the line,” she says.
The actual shaping and tint section of the Brow Wow takes place in a semi-private sunlit room that looks onto a tranquil courtyard. Yes, it’s just as relaxing as it sounds. But for the rest of the treatment, you venture back into the main section of the salon.
Image: Before (above) and after (below)
Next up for me was the eyelash tint, glycolic exfoliation, pure collagen mask, heated paraffin hand treatment – and of course, the Luxe Lash Lift.
The paraffin wax treatment was particularly interesting. A moisturising lotion is massaged into your hands and forearm. Then your hand and arm is placed in a plastic glove filled with warm paraffin wax. The wax helps the moisturiser penetrate more deeply and the paraffin is nourishing in itself. It’s an interesting feeling, the sensation of the wax hardening around your fingers, but not unenjoyable.
The Luxe Lash Lift was the last step before the lash tint. Sharon Lee explained that a lash lift is a bit like a perm for your lashes. “It’s a solution, not unlike a perm lotion. [It] entails a soft rubber rod and lashes are manoeuvred to [the] ideal position. They are set in place and last around 6-8 weeks.”
I’ve had lash lifts before; a few in fact. I’ve had some pretty decent ones and one truly horrible experience where the lashes were only lifted correctly on one eye. The Sharon Lee lift was easily the best I’ve had. My lashes were lifted skyhigh and you could tell that they had each been strategically placed so that there were no gaps. And when the tint was added, I could have been wearing false lashes. It would have been hard to tell the difference between falsies and my own real lashes.
Sharon Lee’s parting advice before I had to step out and head back to the office was: use a lash growth serum to make that lift last! She said, “I highly recommend a lash serum with growth promoters. This reduces the shedding greatly and helps with [the] condition of the lashes.”
This is certainly not the kind of salon you can just duck into during your lunch break; I was in there for over two hours. This is a holistic experience. It’s the ultimate pampering package for brow enthusiasts. It’s not easy to get an appointment, but if you can, you’ll come out feeling primped, primed and very, very relaxed.
Head to the Sharon Lee Brows website to book your own appointment.
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