Brow Confidence is all about building a community of women that want a better future for their brows (and go to Lien Davies for it!). In this new series of journal posts every month, get to know other Brow Confident women better as they share their unique brow experiences, routines and tips.


 

Name: Lien Davies
Age: Almost 42!
Occupation: Brow Stylist/Designer

Tell us, what was your first brow experience?

I can’t exactly remember when it was, but based on #flashback pictures I guess it happened when I was 18 years old. Like most girls, I just started tweezing – and next thing I knew I had thin, uneven, rounded brows for many years.

“[The first time I tweezed] there was no major dislike of my brows, I just wanted to tidy them up. I’m a bit of a neat freak.”

What is your current brow routine?

When it comes to my beauty ritual, styling my brows is my number one priority. This two-minute relaxing practice (haha, I’m sure you won’t agree) is my confidence booster.

Depending on my mood, my brows can look naturally undone, or darker and fuller.

For NATURAL BROWS, I alternate between powders (Bobbi Brown Eyeshadow in ‘Smoke’ or Inglot Brow Powder in #565 or #567 – cool tones) to slightly correct my brows then top with a few coats of a tinted brow mascara (Maybelline Brow Drama Mascara in ‘Dark Brown’ and Glossier Boy Brow in ‘Black’).

For STATEMENT BROWS, which only come out to play once in a while, I use multiple products in this specific layering order to help them last the distance:

1. Gel
2. Powder
3. Tinted brow mascara
4. Outline my brows in concealer (Maybelline Brow Precise Highlighter in Medium)

What does “Brow Confidence” mean to you?

Brow Confidence is my definition of beauty empowerment. When my brows are done and my features are subtly highlighted, I look my best (almost) natural self.

“I called my business Brow Confidence because that’s my aspiration for everyone. For over a decade I’ve been doing brows and heard countless stories from women who feel they have no control over their brows and how their brows make them feel less confident, so it’s about flipping that on its head.”

Describe your brows in 3 words –

Natural, balanced, fuss-free.

 

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Brow Confidence is all about building a community of women that want a better future for their brows (and go to Lien Davies for it!). In this new series of journal posts every month, get to know other Brow Confident women better as they share their unique brow experiences, routines and tips.


 

Name: Alice Treloar
Age: 30
Occupation: TV Producer

Tell us, what was your first brow experience?

I was pretty young when my older sister told me I had “John Howard” eyebrows and should probably do something about it. Thankfully I embraced the au naturale look – now, bigger is definitely better for brows – but I did need some hand-holding along the way. My first experience with Lien was a total game changer. Her method was precise, almost mathematical, using a ruler to measure face proportions. Her changes were subtle – shifting the arch point for a better shape, plucking strays to tidy but it had an immediate impact. The best bit? She armed me with the knowledge to DIY at home. Every appointment since is a valued beauty tutorial.

What is your current brow routine?

I try to keep things simple. 1) Skip washing my face because I’m inherently lazy. 2)  Fill in any gaps using Bobbi Brown Smoke Eye Shadow and a flat-tip paint brush. 3) Make sure strands are behaving (read: sticking up, not sideways) with Maybelline Light Brown Brow Mascara. Two coats, always.

What does “Brow Confidence” mean to you?

Sure, confidence comes from within and so on and so forth, but if we’re being honest, it also comes from looking good. We all want to put our best face forward.

“Well-manicured brows definitely put a little swagger in my step. Also, they take the focus away from my legs which I’ve probably neglected to shave.”

Describe your brows in 3 words –

My best feature (if pencil-thin eyebrows come back in vogue, I’m in trouble).

 

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Brow Confidence is all about building a community of women that want a better future for their brows (and go to Lien Davies for it!). In this new series of journal posts every month, get to know other Brow Confident women better as they share their unique brow experiences, routines and tips.


 

Name: Alison Rice
Age: 32
Occupation: Group Publisher POPSUGAR, Who What Wear, Byrdie and MyDomaine Australia.

Tell us, what was your first brow experience?

I’ve got many waxing horror stories and nurtured many-a-tadpole eyebrow back to life. But my first brow grooming experience was pretty bad because the wax was so hot it burnt my skin and left a mark. I continued to put my skin through that until I met Lien. I found her through a ZFB blog post (but didn’t we all find just about everything through her?).

“It was such a different experience because Lien asked me to email a picture of my brows so she could decide if she could help me.”

She then gave me a diagnosis which included spending six months growing them out before I saw her. Torture, but six years later and people stop me in the street to ask where I get them done. My brows are my pride and joy.

What is your current brow routine?

I am big on brow maintenance. Lien taught me how to trim and where to pluck between appointments (I only see her once every four-five months now).

Each morning I’ll get rid of any strays, then brush them up before using the Kevyn Aucoin Precision Brow Pencil. I lightly feather it on then brush the product through my brows thoroughly to break any sharp lines. I spend about five minutes getting the product amount and shape right, and if they are off, then I have a bad day. I haven’t found a brow product that is as effective as the Kevyn Aucoin pencil, although I do rate the IT Cosmetics one for a softer look.

When it comes to trimming, I do this once every five or so weeks. I brush them up and use manicure scissors to gently trim my top brow line. I find removing that length adds fullness and they also become way easier to shape.

What does “Brow Confidence” mean to you?

It means being able to walk confidently into any room and know my face is open and bright. Brow Confidence is also about opening up beauty dialogue between women. I love talking about my brows, and how Lien has really changed not only my face – symmetry and openness – but also my approach to beauty.

“If my brows look full and healthy, then I can spend less time doing my makeup and more time DOING DEALS.”

Describe your brows in 3 words –

Feathered, full, manicured.

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Brow Confidence is all about building a community of women that want a better future for their brows (and go to Lien Davies for it!). In this new series of journal posts every month, get to know other Brow Confident women better as they share their unique brow experiences, routines and tips.


 

Name: Daniella
Age: 29
Occupation: Teacher

Tell us, what was your first brow experience?

My eyebrows were waxed fortnightly and the regrowth and maintenance was becoming too much. I didn’t think my first appointment with Lien would make much difference; I thought it would be a process and I was wrong. Lien was amazing. She totally changed my brows. She spent a solid amount of time with me, measuring, plucking and reshaping the look. WOW! What a difference. I’ve never looked back.

“My eyebrows were waxed fortnightly and the regrowth and maintenance was becoming too much.”

What is your current brow routine?

There is no routine, that’s the beauty of it! I brush my brows up and I’m done. I do however, visit Lien every four weeks to ensure they are well-maintained.

What does “Brow Confidence” mean to you?

I have so much trust and faith in the hands of Lien. Brow confidence is exactly [how I’d describe] the experience. There’s no doubt in my mind when I sit in the chair.

Describe your brows in 3 words –

Dense, defined and dateless.

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Brow Confidence is all about building a community of women who want a better future for their brows (and go to Lien Davies for it!). In this new series of journal posts every month, get to know other Brow Confident women better as they share their unique brow experiences, routines and tips.


 

Name: Morgan Tait
Age: 28
Occupation: Art Director

Tell us, what was your first brow experience?

I try to forget my first experience! It was me, thinking I could shape them myself – rookie, and ending up over plucking and leaving myself with next to no hair!

What is your current brow routine?

I use Bobbi Brown Eyeshadow to shade and fill up my brows. Then apply Glossier Boy Brow Gel to hold and subtly tint, before finishing with Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Concealer traced lightly around the shape of the brow to straighten my lines and correct the shape. It takes me 10 minutes to do both! I’m definitely getting quicker.

What does “Brow Confidence” mean to you?

Wearing no makeup besides my brows! I’m so confident when I’ve completed my brow routine.

Describe your brows in 3 words –

Back from the dead! (Oops that was 4 words.)

 

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Brow Confidence is all about building a community of women who want a better future for their brows (and go to Lien Davies for it!). In this new series of journal posts every month, get to know other Brow Confident women better as they share their unique brow experiences, routines and tips.


 

Name: Kat Moses
Age: 26
Occupation: Talent Agent

Tell us, what was your first brow experience?

My mum took me to get my eyebrows waxed by a beautician when I was 12 years old  – thanks to my Lebanese background I had to start early. The beautician shaped them quite thin with a dominant arch. At the time I loved them because I didn’t know any better! I would have to re-visit every 1-2 weeks because of my fast hair growth.

What is your current brow routine?

Currently I tweeze and tidy my brows once a week, but I could actually do it every 3 days if I was bothered.

To ensure I don’t over pluck, or in my case overgrow, I pencil my Ultimate Brow Shape in first and tweeze around the shape.

What does “Brow Confidence” mean to you?

If my brows look natural and full then it gives me the confidence to wear less makeup and let them be the main asset.

Describe your brows in 3 words –

Thick, high maintenance and natural.

 

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Brow Confidence is all about building a community of women who want a better future for their brows (and go to Lien Davies for it!). In this new series of journal posts every month, get to know other Brow Confident women better as they share their unique brow experiences, routines and tips.


 

Name: Laura Cameron
Age: 25
Occupation: Publicist at Network 10

Tell us, what was your first brow experience?

I look back at my school photos and scream, “WHAT WAS I THINKING?!”. I don’t have naturally full brows, so they were just an uneven, holey mess.

Fast forward a few years and I think I had tried every brow place in Melbourne. Trying to create shape on my flat, half-dead brows (let’s be honest, they were completely dead) meant basically balding me. IT WAS A DIRE SITUATION.

“My brows had been over-waxed, over-plucked, over-threaded, you name it.”

And then I met the sweet angel that is Lien. Actually no, I saw her post on Instagram that she was planning a trip to Melbourne and I stalked her (in a friendly, but very pushy way) until she gave me an appointment. She told me very seriously that fixing my brows would take time (like, A LOT of time) and that I needed to be patient. Very. Patient.

I nodded earnestly and followed her instructions like a disciple. Lien recently told me that when we first met (many, many years ago) she wasn’t even sure she could fix me. Ha! But, she did. Because she is a magical brow whisperer.

To begin with, Lien put in a lot of time explaining how to fill in my brows – there was a ruler and measurements involved, which sounds crazy but it works.

“Because my brows were uneven, the reshaping couldn’t really begin until they had grown out properly.”

Lien’s process is all about enhancing and showing off one’s natural brow shape. Every face is different, and one shape absolutely does not work for everybody. I learnt this from years of trying and crying. (How awful is that feeling when you walk out from having your brows done and they look so awful and you’re basically like, “MY LIFE AND FACE ARE OVER!”.)

After my brows had recovered from their PTSD, Lien tweaked them to perfection and gave me brows that finally suit the shape of my face, are incredibly low maintenance and easy to fill in.

What is your current brow routine?

After washing my face in the morning, I give them a quick brush with a dry mascara wand. I then use a thin, flat art brush (from Eckersley’s) to fill in the gaps with a Bobbi Brown Eyeshadow in “Smoke”. I set them with a clear brow gel from M.A.C Cosmetics and wa-la! I’m on my way.

What does “Brow Confidence” mean to you?

Having brows that suit your face, make you happy when you look in the mirror, and are their best shape possible.

Describe your brows in 3 words –

Natural, even, low-maintenance.

 

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Brow Confidence is all about building a community of women who want a better future for their brows (and go to Lien Davies for it!). In this new series of journal posts, every month we’re helping you get to know your fellow Brow Confident sisters better by taking a look at their brow experiences, routines and tips.


 

Name: Christina Butcher
Age: I’d rather not say! 🙂
Occupation: Founder/Blogger at Hair Romance

Tell us, what was your first brow experience?

I remember a friend bringing out a pair of tweezers on a school camp and insisting on “fixing” everyone’s brows. From there I followed some bad brow trends and ended up with super skinny brows. It was a makeup education session with Rae Morris that made me put down my tweezers and try to regrow my brows. I was referred to Lien by a friend but I waited 3 months to call her so as to grow some of my brows back. Since the very first visit with Lien, I knew I had met a master and and no-one else has touched my brows since.

What is your current brow routine?

Even on no-makeup days, I still fill in my brows (I still have a couple of gaps thanks to those early tweezing mistakes!). I use an art brush and draw in some light strokes with a Bobbi Brown Matte Eyeshadow and then use the Eye of Horus Brow Mascara to keep my brows in place. I follow Lien’s ebook to keep my brows in shape at home and also book in a few times a year to see Lien for an expert shape and tint.

What does “Brow Confidence” mean to you?

Brow confidence comes with finding your ultimate brow shape. Good brows can make your eyes look bigger and your face look younger. With defined brows, I can wear less makeup and feel more confident. 

“Good brows can make you eyes look bigger and your face look younger.”

Describe your brows in 3 words –

Defined, expressive, tinted.

 

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Brow Confidence is all about building a community of women who want a better future for their brows (and go to Lien Davies for it!). In this new series of journal posts, every month we’re helping you get to know your fellow Brow Confident sisters better by taking a look at their brow experiences, routines and tips. I’ll start us off…


 

Name: Wendy
Age: 25
Occupation: Beauty Editor at GrittyPretty.com

Tell us, what was your first brow experience?

My first brow-grooming experience happened at the same time most of my formative beauty experiences did – in preparation for year 10 formal. I had crowdfunded a modest beauty budget from my relatives for a spray-tan, blowdry, makeup and brows. To be honest, my brows weren’t even that bad so I could have just left them alone.

Alas, I got them waxed because at 15 I knew less than nothing about beauty and while they weren’t terrible, they did look stiffer than glue on the night. Needless to say, I’ve been fighting the good fight for tweezing-only ever since.

What is your current brow routine?

If I wake up early enough, I’ll define the shape of my brows with Tony Moly Auto EyeBrow Liner in Black or Revlon Colorstay Brow Pencil in Soft Black. After that, I’ll run a brow gel through them (highly recommend Benefit Cosmetics Gimme Brow), which deposits pigment and micro hairs so brows look full.

Tip: With brow gel, I use my right hand to brush up the hairs  on my left brow and my left hand to brush up my right brow; I find this is the most effective way to get hairs to stay upright. I also tease the hairs by brushing the brow gel up and down and side to side, this way there’s enough product to envelop each hair so it holds.

If I’m feeling lazy or after I’ve seen lovely Lien, I won’t do much. My brows are succulents, they don’t need too much attention. Maybe a bit of brow gel to get all the hairs pointing in the same direction, that’s it.

“My brows are succulents, they don’t need too much attention. Maybe a bit of brow gel to get all the hairs pointing in the same direction, that’s it.”

What does “Brow Confidence” mean to you?

Having the skills and knowledge to groom your brows in the most flattering way.

Describe your brows in 3 words –

Balanced, happy, full.

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