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.”

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 Lisa.

 

Name: Lisa Patulny
Age: 33
Occupation: Writer, stylist, and founder of Call Time On Melanoma

Tell us about your first brow grooming experience?

“I probably first had my brows waxed when I was about 15. At the time I thought they looked great, but when I look back at photos I cringe. At that stage I had no idea what my brows should look like, I just put my complete trust in the beautician I saw every other month. I would ask her to keep them ‘as full as possible’. She didn’t.”

What is your current brow routine?

“Thanks to Lien, very minimal. These days I pluck and shape about once a week, and tint when I think of it—maybe monthly. Day to day, I use Benefit’s Precisely, My Brow Eyebrow Pencil in an ashy brown shade to fill in gaps and add definition, then brush brows up and set firmly in place with West Barn Co.’s Soap Brows Kit. On no-makeup days I might use Glossier’s Boy Brow.”

What does “Brow Confidence” mean to you?

“It means being empowered with the skills to own your own beauty. Having worked as a beauty editor for over a decade, I can tell you that good brows have the power to change the shape of your face and make it appear more youthful. For me, they just make me feel more beautiful.”

How did you find out about Lien?

“I found Lien through Zoë Foster-Blake’s (now defunct) beauty blog Fruity Beauty over ten years ago. (!) I thought Zoë’s brows were incredible so when she named Lien as her go-to expert in a post, I was sold. I reached out to make an appointment and remember being very intrigued by Lien’s process. From memory I sent through a photo and was asked to grow out my brows for a few months before coming in. Lien was the first person I’d met who seemed more concerned with delivering a beautiful result than making money off appointments. And then, of course, once we did meet I was blown away by Lien’s skill and passion for sharing those skills. I adored her immediately. I’ve not seen anyone else for brows since—Lien is the best, no doubt.”

“Once we did meet I was blown away by Lien’s skill and passion for sharing those skills. I adored her immediately. I’ve not seen anyone else for brows since—Lien is the best, no doubt.”

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

“That everyone has their own individual ‘best shape’, and following that God-given guide is often the best chance you have of achieving brows that suit your face. Wanting super-bushy or very fine brows if you weren’t born with them is a) probably not gonna happen, and b) possibly not the best brow look for you anyhow.”

Describe your brows in three words –

“Work in progress.”

 

Follow Lisa at @lisapatulny and @calltimeonmelanoma.

Image by Sevak Babakhani

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 Rosalinde.

 

Name: Rosalinde Czysnok
Age: 24
Occupation: Content and Creative Manager

Tell us about your first brow grooming experience?

“I had a few very expensive, unfortunate and impersonal beautician brow experiences before I met Lien. Now I can’t wait for our 8-weekly brow (tidy up), business and boy chats!”

What is your current brow routine?

“Since my first appointment with Lien I have used the same products and tools! A spoolie to sculpt, Bobbi Brown Eyeshadow in ‘Smoke’ and an angled brush to define, and a coat of Maybelline Brow Drama Sculpting Brow Mascara to finish. (I have even got my Mum and Sister using the product!) In between visits I only tweezer the hairs that interfere with my eyeshadow 😉 and freshen
my brow colour up with 1000-HOUR Eyelash & Brow Dye.

What does “Brow Confidence” mean to you?

“Full, feminine and effortless brows that look beautiful naturally or when done up for a more dramatic, defined look!”

How did you find out about Lien?

“I was Instagram influenced by one of the OG, unequivocally honest and trusted beauty industry influencers, Zoë Foster Blake! I let my brows grow out for 6 months before reaching out to make an appointment with Lien. Straight away, I loved Lien’s frank, infectious personality and her passion and personalisation – and that was 6 years ago!”

“Straight away, I loved Lien’s frank, infectious personality and her passion and personalisation – and that was 6 years ago!”

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

“How to effortlessly maintain my desired brows when not living in the same city as Lien! Lien has equipped me with the know-how and a simple list of essential tools to ensure I am at my brow best wherever in the world I am!”

“Lien has equipped me with the know-how and a simple list of essential tools to ensure I am at my brow best wherever I am in the world!”

Describe your brows in three words –

“Sculpted, framing, flattering”

 

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 Elyce.

 

Name: Elyce Campbell
Age: 30
Occupation: Social Media and Communications Director

Tell us about your first brow experience?

“When I was young my mum always told me to never trim or pluck my eyebrows as she plucked all of hers out when she was young and they never grew back. So I grew up with wild, thick and full brows until one day, at around 16 years old, I made a visit to a beautician just to get them tidied up but instead she got scared and waxed them all off leaving them looking like two tiny tadpoles. I thought it was amazing that I finally had brows like everyone else my age, my mum however was not impressed.”

What is your current brow routine?

“I see Lien every few months and just pluck out the random stray hairs that grow in-between visits but I don’t trust myself to trim them as they grow really long so I leave that to Lien!

Everyday I spritz water onto a Pears soap (Lien’s magic trick) then brush them up with the soapy mixture on an eyebrow brush, they stay in place all day and I don’t even need to use a powder or pencil. I love the natural soapy look.”

What does “Brow Confidence” mean to you?

“It means walking out the door with maybe only my soap-brows done. No foundation, no makeup, just my brows done. My best asset.”

Brow confidence is…”No foundation, no makeup, just my brows done. My best asset.”

How did you find out about Lien?

“I love Zoë Foster Blake’s full and thick eyebrows so I did some stalking and found out her brow artist was Lien. At my first appointment I was so intrigued with Lien’s measuring system and the fact she used only tweezers, I also got some great life advice at the same time. I felt like a new woman walking out of Lien’s salon and knew I would never trust anyone else except her to do my brows.”

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

“I always thought because I had wild, thick and Cara Delevingne-style brows that I didn’t need any maintenance as I was always receiving comments and compliments from people like “wow your brows, they’re so…BIG!”. That is, until I saw Lien who made me realise after an appointment with her I would still have my full brows only in a more feminine, maintained way that I now embrace and love.”

Describe your brows in three words –

“Feminine, full, 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 Stephanie.

 

Name: Stephanie Sqaudrito
Age: 26
Occupation: Social media strategist

Tell us about your first brow experience?

“I started getting my eyebrows waxed by a local beautician around the age of 14. Luckily she respected my naturally full brows and didn’t strip them within an inch of themselves like I know happens so often. I went religiously to her every three weeks because my brows grew so fast and bushy, and I had no idea how to groom them myself.”

What is your current brow routine?

“I now visit Lien every 8-10 weeks so she can work her magic. I always leave feeling like I’ve just had a face lift. In between appointments I pluck them myself and have just started trimming too. To style, I simply use soap! It’s such a great technique that Lien taught me. I also like the Surratt Brow Pomade, it’s great to keep in my bag to tame my unruly brows on the go. I never fill in my brows or do anything else, just some highlight on the brow bone and I’m good to go.”

What does “Brow Confidence” mean to you?

“It means feeling in control over them! I used to feel like I was a slave to those frequent salon visits and just had no idea how to tame these bushy caterpillars above my eyes. Lien gave me the confidence to maintain them myself and just see her to keep consistency (and for great conversation!).”

“Brow confidence also means knowing that the brow shape I have is the best for my face – it’s not dictated by trends or other people’s brows.”

How did you find out about Lien?

“I was always complaining to the girls in my office about my brows being unruly. My boss at the time, Alison Rice, recommended Lien to me as she had been going to her for years. I put off reaching out because I was in a committed relationship to my regular beautician, but eventually I did and I’m so glad. I’ll never forget my first phone consultation with Lien, after I sent her a picture of my brows, and she told me, “Hun, you don’t even realise how uneven your brows are.” I think I fell in love right there and then. I needed that kind of honesty! I booked my first appointment for that weekend (at 6am on a Sunday, because I was that desperate to get in), and was really impressed by how Lien measured my brows and clearly took her time to assess the best brow shape for me personally before going in with the tweezers.”

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

“Just how to maintain them in general. Every time I visit I have more questions and she’s always happy to share her expertise.”

Describe your brows in three words –

“Lots of hair ????.”

 

Stylist and brand consultant, Camilla messaged Lien just over a year ago for help with her brows. Only problem is… she’s based in London. Luckily, thanks to Whatsapp, several makeshift diagrams and Lien’s ongoing counsel, Camilla was able to achieve her Ultimate Brow Shape all the way in the UK! Here’s her story –

“Hi, I’m Camilla! I was studying at a university in Melbourne over a decade ago and started to follow quite a few Instagram accounts for the Aussie style inspiration. Honestly, Melbournites and Sydneysiders have the best taste. This is how I first discovered Lien – through stylish social media osmosis!

After following @BrowConfidence for a few years, I’d sussed out that Lien was the ultimate ‘go-to’ brow guru and loved her natural aesthetic; she really seemed to understand face shapes and brows of all ethnicities.

Sadly, since she’s based in sunny Sydney and I’m in old, grey Blighty (London), having the chance to visit her seemed like a pipe dream. In London (and England), the eyebrow scene has become quite aggressive with thick, painted and micro-bladed brows or tadpole threaded.

I’m half-Danish, half-Persian and I over-plucked my brows at school as part of that 90s trend (oh the regret!) and while I’ve never waxed them, I went through a phase of having them threaded over the years and they gradually lost their natural thickness.

 

 

“Unfortunately in 2017, I had thyroid cancer and since then I noticed that my brows were rapidly thinning at the ends. I tried to grow them out but did not feel confident about their shape. A year ago my brows had lost the plot and in a moment of madness, I went for a brow threading session and the lady at the brow bar butchered them, hacking off the top and underneath until I was left with two crazy arches.”

I was immediately filled with regret and nearly didn’t leave the house after that! I was waiting for them to grow back and was in quite a low place after cancer. But it was around this time a friend kindly gifted me a rose quartz crystal.

One night I decided I had nothing to lose by DM’ing Lien to ask if she could help me from afar to regain my natural shape. I slept with that rose quartz under my pillow and woke up at 5am to a message from Lien saying hello and asking me to send her a current selfie. After a few minutes we were on WhatsApp and then a call to discuss how to get my brows back.

After that initial consultation over the phone I felt confident we could work together to correct the shape of my brows. Lien was so easy to talk, she a great energy and is obviously passionate about her practice.

“I was worried that not being able to physically see each other would impact the shaping process but Lien was super confident that my brows could be their very best in a few months.”

The first thing she told me was that I really needed to relax my brows in photographs and practice not raising them. This was actually quite tough after a lifetime of bad habits. I also had to get very comfortable with the idea of sending selfies so she could assess my brow shape and give me my Ultimate Brow Shape measurements.

 

 

Once Lien had worked her magic with the measurements she could easily describe what we needed to do: fill my brows out and soften the over-arched look.

Whilst I’m pretty plucky with a tweezer, I was admittedly nervous to amend my own shape. But, Lien was encouraging and would send diagrams with lines across my brows that showed exactly where I needed to pluck. The beauty of her diagrams was that it was only ever a few hairs at a time. Eventually, I even came to grips with trimming the ends!

Over the summer I pinged her photos on WhatsApp with questions and she’d send me back diagrams and directions, creating change bit by bit to get my perfect shape. I think it helps that I’m a visual person. I imagine if you’re not used to tending to your own brows it could be a little overwhelming.

Since correcting my brows I’ve received a lot of compliments, mainly that I look youthful and well. I even got a “your brows are perfect”. But, the real test was at my engagement party when a friend told me that I had gorgeously thick brows like Sophia Loren. Now that’s a compliment I’ll take!

Lien came into my life at a point when I was low in confidence – not just with my brows. I only recently told her about the incident with the rose quartz under my pillow because I do believe she came into my life to help me at that very moment. She’s taught me how to love my natural brows and to steer clear of threading, which in hindsight was costing me a small fortune alongside new brow products.

Now I have the skills and the eye to maintain my own brows – saving me not just money, but teaching me to care and shape for them for the rest of my life.”

 

 

 

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!

This month, say hi to Kathryn.

 

Name: Kathryn Cowan
Age: 30
Occupation: Business Planning and Operations Analyst

Tell us about your first brow experience?

Too much wax at my local beauty salon. I can’t help but stare at my crooked and over waxed brows every time I look at my school photos.”

What is your current brow routine?

Legendary Brows Clear Gel by Charlotte Tilbury, Bobbi Brown Eyeshadow in Smoke and my trusty paint brush. The whole routine takes about one minute.

What does “Brow Confidence” mean to you?

No matter how little makeup I wear or how tired I feel, if I have given my brows a little tszuj then I’m set! It’s always so nice when friends and strangers compliment my brows.”

How did you find out about Lien?

At a time when I was feeling particularly self conscious about my brows, I read Zoë Foster’s glowing review of Lien so I called to book my first appointment. That was about six years ago and I have never looked back.

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

Patience. The road to resurrecting brows is not a quick or easy one but you have to trust the process. I have 100% faith that with Lien, I am in safe hands and I love the chats I get to have with her while she works her magic because she is such a wonderful and genuine person.

Describe your brows in three words –

“Full, effortless frames.”

 

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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!

This month, say hi to Alice.

 

Name: Alice Morgan
Age: 27
Occupation: Critical Care Emergency and Trauma Nurse

Tell us about your first brow experience?

“I have two very distinct ‘brow memories: At the tender age of 11 or 12, I asked my big sister to take me to get my lower legs waxed. After what was a traumatic, coming-of-age experience my sister gently suggested I also get my monobrow waxed. “MONOBROW,” I scolded, “as if I have one.” Judging by the pain inflicted onto that tiny surface area, did I ever! What followed was many years of waxing/plucking/you name it, I did it to my brows.

The second memory is of 13-year-old Alice and her best mate, Kate catching the train from Geelong to Melbourne to see a ‘Brow Guru’ who was in town for the weekend to have our brow’s shaped (not Lien, unfortunately I did not know she existed at this point). After both saving up the steep $100 (in 2006 this was big bucks), we were in and out in 15 minutes after our brows were touch by everyone else but said guru. We sat on the train home in silence not sure whether to be excited by our ‘FABULOUS SHAPES’ or disappointed that we’d paid an exorbitant amount for nothing…”

What is your current brow routine?

“Quick tweeze, zhoosh the hairs up with the old mascara comb, Lien’s trick – spritz of water onto Pears soap-set brows. Voila!”

What does “Brow Confidence” mean to you?

“That I am some degree of put-together when I am in the scrubs, hair throw-up and functioning on the sip of coffee I managed to get in after  my alarm startled me for the 1000th time in the morning. Lien has given me a trusty non-fail toolkit that I can look and feel fab with little effort.”

How did you find out about Lien?

“Oh, just my bestie ZFB passed on the deets. LOL, I wish. I came to be aware of Lien through Zoë’s Instagram and the rest is history. That was 2014 (or maybe 2013?).”

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

“Until recently I had the security blanket of knowing I would only be a couple of weeks away from seeing Lien. But with a relocation to London on the horizon I have been re-educated about the importance of stencilling my shape with concealer and only attacking the hairs that fall outside this border. So far, it is foolproof. Check back with me in 6 months when I am flying back to Australia to see Lien rather than my family.”

Describe your brows in three words –

Boyfriend’s response: “eyebrows, hairy, brown”. Cute, thanks babe!

I think I’ll go with: “improving, full, exciting!”

 

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