Brow Confidence is about building a community of women that want a better future for their brows – and go to Lien Davies for it!

This month, say hi to Steph.

Name: Steph Torpy
Age: 31
Occupation: Lawyer

Tell us about your first brow grooming experience?

“No good brow-grooming experience ever started with the family tweezers and 5 minutes alone in the bathroom. Unfortunately for me, mine did.”

What is your current brow routine?

“Each morning I start by brushing up my brows with a dry spoolie (important, so that you know the shape you’re working with). Then, I fill in my brows lightly with Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz.  Finally, to set the shape I apply a small amount of Pears soap on a wet spoolie. The process takes only a minute and it’s a non-negotiable in my day.

A hot tip for fans of the Pears soap, if you’re travelling (or find the bar of soap too bulky), Muji sell small rectangular plastic containers for about $2. All you need to do is cut the soap to size and it’s perfect to store in your makeup bag.”

“Brow Confidence is the confidence I get from knowing that my brow shape has been tailored to my face and is exactly right for me.”

What does “Brow Confidence” mean to you?

“Brow Confidence is the confidence I get from knowing that my brow shape has been tailored to my face and is exactly right for me.”

How did you find out about Lien?

“I had been a long-time admirer of Lien’s work for a number of years, after the walking beauty bible Zoë Foster-Blake outed her as her Brow Guru. When Lien made a call-out for new clients in Melbourne, I didn’t hesitate.

During my first appointment, Lien transformed my brows by shortening the tails and using powder to create fuller, thicker brows.  Thankfully my brows have grown back after years of mistreatment, so these days our appointments mainly consist of trimming and subtle shaping (which means that the shape is easily maintained between appointments).”

“I’ve learned so much from Lien over the years, but the biggest tip is that shorter, thicker brows suit my face.”

Biggest lesson you’ve taken away during your time with Lien/Brow Confidence?

“I’ve learned so much from Lien over the years, but the biggest tip is that shorter, thicker brows suit my face. Being petite with fine features, I always thought my brows needed to be petite too. Lien’s taught me that by ‘fattening’ up my brows, my face looks instantly rounder, softer, and fuller.”

Describe your brows in three words.

“Shorter, thicker, better.”

Brow Confidence is about building a community of women that want a better future for their brows – and go to Lien Davies for it!

This month, say hi to Lia.

Name: Lia Townsend
Age: 36
Occupation: Heart and hands of Stories to Gather

Tell us about your first brow grooming experience?

“It involved my friends taking me to a woman who had titled herself “Queen of the Arch” after school. I left with thin, arched eyebrows which was the style at the time, but not at all appropriate for my eyebrow and face shape.”

What is your current brow routine?

“I see Lien every few months for a trim and shape. Each morning I brush up my eyebrows with a spoolie and use brow soap (Pears soap and water) to help hold them in place. My face seems brighter, I feel more polished, and it has become an essential part of my morning routine. A spoolie would be my desert island beauty product.”

“My face seems brighter, I feel more polished, and [doing my brows] has become an essential part of my morning routine.”

What does “Brow Confidence” mean to you?

“Embracing my natural shape to work for me rather than trying to make it fit into something else.”

How did you find out about Lien?

“A friend referred me to Lien and I knew from my first appointment that I would not let anyone else touch my eyebrows. She worked on balancing my eyebrows and showed me the areas in which I needed to grow out. What surprised me was that she shortened the tail which no one had ever done before. It instantly made my eyebrows look fuller and my eyes appear larger.”

“I knew from my first appointment that I would not let anyone else touch my eyebrows.”

Biggest lesson you’ve taken away during your time with Lien/Brow Confidence?

“To conceal around your eyebrows to define the shape rather than adding colour. This helps to give further definition to my eyebrows without the heaviness that colouring brings to my already very dark eyebrows.”

Describe your brows in three words.

“Essential, natural, and refined. “

Brow Confidence is about building a community of women that want a better future for their brows – and go to Lien Davies for it!

This month, say hi to Alexandra.

Name: Alexandra Whiting
Age: 33
Occupation: Content creator & brand consultant

Tell us about your first brow grooming experience?

“It was at the Benefit Brow Bar in Myer Sydney City. I was working at the Cue concession upstairs, and would go there on my lunch break, probably too often. I think I was 21, and I was terrible at beauty as a teenager – honestly, my younger sister taught me how to shave my legs before I went into high school – so I hadn’t overplucked, but that brow bar was a bit hit and miss.”

What is your current brow routine?

“I will say, outside of coffee and brushing my teeth, it’s my most consistent routine.

At Lien’s request, I brush my brows up with a disposable mascara wand (I buy the packs from Priceline) and a lathering of Pears soap. In the mornings when I’m actually doing my brows, I pencil them in first with the MECCA MAX Brow Guru Micro-Matic Pencil in Dark. I was very proud Lien approved of the colour when I brought it in. I use it for the colour (so many brow products are way too warm!), but it’s a nice consistency too. It just runs out very quickly, so I also order in bulk.

The other thing that I’m newly doing (Lien has graduated me), is adding hair strokes with Anastasia Beverly Hills Micro-Stroking Detailing Brow Pen in Granite. It takes some practice and time, so it’s mainly happening for big occasions.”

“The thing Lien said that really made me think differently about brows, and beauty in general, is that it takes effort!”

What does “Brow Confidence” mean to you?

“I started seeing Lien in July last year, and the thing she said that really made me think differently about brows, and beauty in general, is that it takes effort! And you get out what you put in. I think I’d spent so long promoting beauty products as being ‘easy’ or ‘simple’ that I sort of brainwashed myself into thinking it didn’t take any work.

So to me, brow confidence means taking charge of your brow regime and focusing on developing your skill and finding what works, rather than some wonder product or treatment that supposedly does it all for you.”

How did you find out about Lien?

“I knew of Lien, but I remember asking Alison Rice (my former boss, and friend!) about her and she told me how amazing she is. I’d been living interstate for a few years so it was my time to go see her. I texted her my photographs and she immediately called me and told me she could help me. But she wanted me to start by relaxing my forehead. I hadn’t realised but I was raising one eyebrow, like a lot, when I was smiling, and I’m a smiley person!”

“Brow Confidence means taking charge of your brow regime and focusing on developing your skill and finding what works.”

Biggest lesson you’ve taken away during your time with Lien/Brow Confidence?

“Draw the shape you want, not just what’s there.”

Describe your brows in three words.

“Important, pampered, and (now) good.”

Brow Confidence is about building a community of women that want a better future for their brows – and go to Lien Davies for it!

This month, say hi to Beck.

Name: Rebecca Sullivan
Age: 29
Occupation: PR & Communications Manager at ModelCo and MCoBeauty

Tell us about your first brow grooming experience?

“It involved 14-year-old me, a pair of Body Shop tweezers, and a magnifying mirror… So, a total disaster.”

What is your current brow routine?

“Thanks to Lien, I’m really happy with the shape of my brows now, so it’s just about keeping them neat and tidy because they can grow very fast and become a bit long and unruly.

I see Lien every few months for a big trim and the rest of the time I pluck my stray hairs every few days, then I just brush them up with a tinted brow gel or pomade, using either Glossier Boy Brow or MCoBeauty More Brows.

If I’m doing full glam, I’ll fill them in properly with a tool like Benefit Brow Microfilling Pen or just a matte brown eyeshadow on a really thin paintbrush I bought from a craft shop.”

“Thanks to Lien, I’m really happy with the shape of my brows now, so it’s just about keeping them neat and tidy.”

What does “Brow Confidence” mean to you?

“Being able to leave the house without having to ‘do’ my eyebrows first. I love not wearing makeup so having good natural brows makes me feel put together when I’ve got a bare face.”

How did you find out about Lien?

“An old colleague of mine waltzed into the office one day with fabulous looking eyebrows, so obviously I harassed her into giving me Lien’s number immediately.

The main thing I remember from my first appointment is that Lien was encouraging me to see her as little as possible and maintain my brows mostly by myself, which I was astonished by. I used to get my brows done every 2-4 weeks, but it was becoming too expensive and hard to fit into my schedule. She wanted me to learn to love a more natural, fluffier-looking brow and ditch the overly manicured look – now I’m fully converted.”

“The main thing I remember from my first appointment is that Lien was encouraging me to see her as little as possible and maintain my brows mostly by myself, which I was astonished by.”

Biggest lesson you’ve taken away during your time with Lien/Brow Confidence?

“Less is more. And that we don’t need tinting, laminating, or any expensive fancy products to have good brows. A $5 paintbrush, a plain matte eyeshadow, and a brow gel are all you need.”

Describe your brows in three words.

“Natural, full and fluffy.”

Brow Confidence is about building a community of women that want a better future for their brows – and go to Lien Davies for it!

This month, say hi to Shaunna.

Name: Shaunna Prasad
Age: 30
Occupation: Marketing

Tell us about your first brow grooming experience?

“I was 14 and I had finally convinced my mum to let me get my eyebrows waxed. The beautician advised that I needed to get my forehead waxed too. Obviously, I obliged… I remember waking up the next day red and with pimples all over my forehead. It was downhill from there until I met Lien!”

What is your current brow routine?

“A brush through in the morning, followed by some brow pomade through the front and tail, and a touch of brow mascara.”

“Brow Confidence means having confidence in my natural brows and not being afraid to step out of the house with bare brows.”

What does “Brow Confidence” mean to you?

“It took me a really long time to get there, but it means having confidence in my natural brows and not being afraid to step out of the house with bare brows.”

How did you find out about Lien?

“I had just had a nightmare of a brow wax, and I scoured the internet for the best brows in Sydney. I came across Lien (thank God I did!) and sent her an enquiry. She called me soon after for a chat and I recall crying on the phone while Lien attempted to console a complete stranger. I was extremely nervous for my first appointment. Lien was amazing and made me feel so comfortable. She was completely honest from the outset and warned me it wouldn’t be a quick fix. I knew from that point my brows were in good hands.”

“Lien was completely honest from the outset and warned me it wouldn’t be a quick fix. I knew from that point my brows were in good hands.”

Biggest lesson you’ve taken away during your time with Lien/Brow Confidence?

“Put the tweezers down.”

Describe your brows in three words.

“Beautiful, bold, natural.”

Brow Confidence is about building a community of women that want a better future for their brows – and go to Lien Davies for it!

This month, say hi to Caroline.

Name: Caroline Raffan
Age: 31
Occupation: Marketing

Tell us about your first brow grooming experience?

“I think I was about 12 or 13 when my mum took me to a salon and said to the beautician, ‘She’s got a lovely shape, but I want to make sure she keeps it that way.’ I remember she was very specific with her instructions to only take away the messy ones at the bottom of my brow and leave the top intact as is. It was during the time of pencil-thin brows, and I think she was scared they would go overboard if they touched the top of my brows.”

What is your current brow routine?

“Brush them up with a bit of Pears soap and a touch of brow mascara near the front of my brows where they are a bit lighter and I’m good to go! When I’m wearing makeup I usually add just a bit of highlighter underneath my brow as well. Since Lien has taken control of my brows, my everyday routine is really simple, easy, and quick! Prior to this, I remember working on my brows for ages with all sorts of different products to try and make them look right and I could never quite achieve the look I was after.”

“Since Lien has taken control of my brows, my everyday routine is really simple, easy, and quick!”

What does “Brow Confidence” mean to you?

“It’s true what they say: good brows change your whole face. Brow confidence to me means feeling good and confident not only about my brows but my whole face. On the weekends when I’m wearing no makeup, I’ll just pop on some moisturiser and sunscreen, brush my brows up with some Pears soap and I’m ready to go.”

How did you find out about Lien?

“My housemate has been going to Lien for years, and I’d always loved her brows. One day, after feeling like my brows really needed a switch up, I asked for Lien’s number and that was that. During my first appointment with Lien she really took the time to teach me about my brows and how they should look based on my face. I remember after my first appointment walking out and feeling like my whole face has just had a facelift! The trimming, and taking away those flyaway hairs at the top of my brows was really the game changer for me. ”

“I remember after my first appointment walking out and feeling like my whole face has just had a facelift!”

Biggest lesson you’ve taken away during your time with Lien/Brow Confidence?

“Don’t touch them and let Lien work her magic every 5 weeks! During the first bout of lockdown in NSW I could see the brows growing out more and more. I started just plucking a stray here and there just to keep it under control (at least a little). What Lien has taught me is the power of the brow trim, and just how much it transforms not only your shape but brow routine as well. I got a little overconfident and decided to give the trimming a go myself – and then I had instant regret. Luckily, it was lockdown so no one saw me, and I didn’t do too much damage. By the time I saw Lien again after lockdown they had grown out again and she fixed me right up.”

Describe your brows in three words.

“Everyday low maintenance.”

Brow Confidence is about building a community of women that want a better future for their brows – and go to Lien Davies for it!

This month, say hi to Eleanna.

Name: Eleanna Hingston
Age: 28
Occupation: Freelance makeup artist and Mecca Colour Specialist

Tell us about your first brow grooming experience?

“I was 13, I had a pair of deliciously fluffy, unruly natural brows. It was 2004 and not only did my best friend have naturally wafer-thin, sculpted brows, but so did Mischa Barton. So needless to say, in an effort to achieve thin, sculpted brows (okay, maybe I didn’t care so much about the ‘sculpted’ aspect) I attacked my brows with my mum’s tweezers. This went on for the next 5 years until I started getting them waxed or threaded at random places that could squeeze me in for an appointment on the day.”

What is your current brow routine?

“I alternate between Benefit Precisely My Brow Pencil and my trusty Bobbi Brown Eyeshadow in the shade Smoke to shape and fill in the gaps as needed. I brush them up and hold in place with Pears soap. I finish off with a few stokes of Hourglass Arch Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel to give them a bit more fluff and fullness.”

“You have to put in the hard work to learn how to do your own brows and transform them yourself using quick and easy techniques.”

What does “Brow Confidence” mean to you?

“Feeling content with the brows I’ve got, and never having to live in fear of having a dreaded ‘bad brow day’. (You know those days when you couldn’t get the shape of your brows right, resulting in painfully overfilling them three shades too dark.) It means having the tools and knowhow to style and achieve your dream brows every day.

It also means having a trusted guru and friend to reach out to when your brows get a little unruly (aka Lien), and you are confident that after every appointment, you’re going to walk away feeling happy and looking refreshed (good riddance to unpredictable and traumatising brow appointments.)”

How did you find out about Lien?

“I found Lien via Instagram about 3 years ago. I remember being in desperate search of somewhere new to get my brows done, off the back of a bad waxing experience right before a big event. When I came across Lien/Brow Confidence, and I was instantly soothed and refreshed after reading about her methodology and brow philosophy, I had never come across anyone like Lien before.

After our initial phone conversation and hearing a few gentle honest truths about how and where my brows needed correction, I was ridiculously excited to meet Lien for our first appointment. I remember being incredibly in awe of how Lien transformed my brows, and how much it changed the shape of my whole face (I still get that ‘in awe’ moment every time I see Lien). One of the other things I noticed about Lien in our initial appointment and I still love to this day, is how much Lien puts me at ease. Lien has such a calming nature about her, I trust and respect her so much and I know can truly relax knowing I’m in the hands of a true expert.”

“[Brow Confidence] means having a trusted guru and friend to reach out to when your brows get a little unruly.”

Biggest lesson you’ve taken away during your time with Lien/Brow Confidence?

“How to correct my brows using Lien’s formula. It’s a technique that I use every day on myself and on my clients as a makeup artist. Once you understand Lien’s formula, there’s no brow that baffles you. Lien has also taught me that your natural shape isn’t usually your most flattering brow shape, and there are no quick fixes when it comes to brows. There are no magic products, quick-fix treatments (micro-blading, lamination) that can fix or transform your brows that work long term. You have to put in the hard work to learn how to do your own brows and transform everyday them yourself using quick and easy techniques.”

Describe your brows in three words –

“Thank. You. Lien.”

Brow Confidence is about building a community of women that want a better future for their brows – and go to Lien Davies for it!

This month, say hi to Claire.

Name: Claire Nicolas
Age: 34
Occupation: Brand Manager

Tell us about your first brow grooming experience?

“My mum grabbing the tweezers and plucking my eyebrows after me nagging for some time!”

What is your current brow routine?

“I see Lien every 5-6 weeks and in between, I tweeze any stray hairs. Everyday (without fail) I fill in the front and the ends ever so slightly and use some soap to set them.”

“Good brows come through dedication and commitment and require someone who cares to help take care of them.”

What does “Brow Confidence” mean to you?

“Having my brows done gives me confidence. When they are well-groomed I instantly feel ‘put together’, and ready to face the world.”

How did you find out about Lien?

“I had always admired Zoë Foster Blake’s brows and she tagged Lien in a pic on Insta – I stalked Lien’s page and loved what I saw, so I got on the phone right away to book in. Six years on, it’s been the best beauty decision I’ve ever made.

After my first appointment, I remember being so happy and finally feeling understood. I had always felt there was something not right with the shape of my brows and right away Lien pointed out they were too highly arched and that the brow product I was using was not right for my colouring. She balanced my brows, used the right product and all of a sudden my face looked less harsh and well-framed.”

“Six years on, it’s been the best beauty decision I’ve ever made.”

Biggest lesson you’ve taken away during your time with Lien/Brow Confidence?

“That good brows come through dedication and commitment and require someone who cares to help take care of them. It’s crazy to expect that someone can create the right brow shape for your face, and to create symmetry while laying down with hot wax on your face all in a 5-minute timeframe.”

Describe your brows in three words –

“Full, defined, and I can’t think of the third!”

Brow Confidence is about building a community of women that want a better future for their brows – and go to Lien Davies for it!

This month, say hi to Clare.

Name: Clare Morrison
Age: 41
Occupation: On leave from primary teaching to be Mum to four incredible human beings

Tell us about your first brow grooming experience?

“One of my friends plucked my eyebrows for me when I was in Year 12. Luckily I came out of the ’90s relatively unscathed – although I have had my fair share of uneven unfortunate waxing experiences.”

What is your current brow routine?

“I brush them up with a spoolie, apply Bobbi Brown Eye Shadow in Smoke to define where needed and apply a little of the Maybelline Brow Mascara in Dark Brown just at the head of my brows to catch those fluffy fine hairs.

If I’m feeling fancy and have more time (rarely!), I define them using Laura Mercier’s Secret Camouflage in SC 03 and use a spoolie with Soapbrows and the Mac Shape & Shade in Fling.”

“Softly defined eyes and brows always help me feel polished.”

What does “Brow Confidence” mean to you?

“It means effortlessly groomed brows that frame the face, define your eyes and make you feel instantly put together.”

How did you find out about Lien?

“I met Lien after Zoë Foster Blake announced on Instagram that she was coming to Melbourne. I had just downloaded Lien’s e-Book and was trying (failing) to resuscitate my brows myself after much neglect and the occasional disappointing eyebrow wax. It was a time in my life when I had little time for beauty appointments as I juggled all the demands of life as Mum to a five-year-old, three-year-old, and one-year-old twins.

I immediately sent Lien an email and I think she took pity on me. Somehow after much negotiation of appointment availability and schedules I snuck away for a day of self-care in Melbourne. Meeting Lien was like an instant connection. What a special person she is! Five years on I look forward to our appointments every eight weeks or so as a treat – like a refresh button and reconnection with myself, and a catch up with a friend.”

“Meeting Lien was like an instant connection. What a special person she is!”

Biggest lesson you’ve taken away during your time with Lien/Brow Confidence?

“Brows are important! If you have the perfect shape for your face they frame everything and give you such a face lift! Softly defined eyes and brows always help me feel polished.”

Describe your brows in three words –

“Fluffy, defined, and cherished.”

Brow Confidence is about building a community of women that want a better future for their brows – and go to Lien Davies for it!

This month, say hi to Nip.

 

Name: Nipuni Mallawarachchi
Age: 31
Occupation: Early Childhood Project Officer

Tell us about your first brow grooming experience?

“Growing up I had very thick, hairy brows and (being completely honest) an ethnic monobrow. So my first brow experience at 14 felt like a godsend at the time. A quick wax at the local hairdresser, left me with two eyebrows and a distinct space in between. I remember feeling so great about them. But looking back on photos now, I cringe at how misshaped they were!”

What is your current brow routine?

“I tweeze to get rid of unwanted strays in between appointments, where Lien works her magic!

On the daily, I use a spoolie to shape and Pears Transparent Soap to set my brows. If I’m travelling I’ll usually pack a brow gel like Hourglass ARCH Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel in Dark Brunette. I use brow powder to fill in any patches – Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder Duo in Ash Brown is a favourite.”

“I take pride in how beautiful [my brows] make me feel.”

What does “Brow Confidence” mean to you?

“Having brow confidence has really been about a change in mindset for me. Because I used to feel so self conscious about my brows, I neglected to maintain them. Now, I don’t leave home without doing them! I take pride in how beautiful they make me feel. They frame my face and are one of my best assets.”

How did you find out about Lien?

“Back in 2016, I decided I wanted to have thicker, more natural brows for my wedding. So I decided to grow out my brows for 6 months. The problem was that I didn’t trust anyone to shape them, I had had too many bad experiences. One day, I saw the gorgeous Zoë Foster Blake had tagged Lien in one of her Instagram pics. I swiftly sent Lien an email requesting her wizardry for shaping ‘the bushy fox tails over my eyes.’ (This is a true excerpt from my email.) The rest is history.

My first lesson with Lien was a real eye opener; I had never had someone work on my brows with such precision and care. It felt like such a steep learning curve, but Lien was so warm and generous in teaching me about my ultimate brow shape. I knew I was in safe hands.”

“I had never had someone work on my brows with such precision and care.”

Biggest lesson you’ve taken away during your time with Lien/Brow Confidence?

“When I look at my brows at the end of my appointment with Lien, I always let out a little sigh of joy. Thick brows can still be fluffy and feathery! Lien has (very patiently) taught and empowered me with the skills to maintain my brows in between visits. We’ve come a long way! ”

Describe your brows in three words –

“Thick, striking, TAMEABLE.”

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