January 23, 2020 at 03:00AM by CWC
People are willing to do whatever it takes for the sake of gorgeous brows. First it was microblading, then pinching, then feathering, with the latest addition of brow lamination—all of which promise to add a little oomph above your eyes. While all of these treatments offer different-yet-beautiful results, there’s one thing they have in common: They require the handiwork of a professional. But according to the pros, you can actually achieve brow lamination (which involves sweeping the texture of your hair up for more fullness) at home—for a whole lot less coin—with the right products and a steady hand.
If you’re not familiar, brow lamination makes it look like you’ve brushed and gelled your brows into a permanent boy brow style. “The look of brow lamination is upswept brows,” says celebrity brow oracle (and the only person I will ever trust with my own caterpillars) Joey Healy. The treatment works to help redirect the hair growth of your brow hairs, which tend to grow in different directions, explains Benefit Cosmetics global brow expert Jared Bailey. When the professionals do it, they use a perm solution to chemically relax the curl and bend in your brow hairs, and the result is a #wokeuplikethis version of boy brow—but you can replicate this without having to drop roughly $90 on the treatment.
To get the brow lamination look from home, Healy and Bailey have some genius ideas for how you can recreate brow lamination with what you’ve already got in your makeup bag. Use a clear brow gel like Benefit 24-Hour Brow Setter ($24) or Joey Healy Structure Clear Set ($25), and let the product air dry on the wand to allow it to thicken up before you apply. Then, brush up brows to get that thick, vertically unswept look. If you want something a bit less textural and more pasted down, Healy suggests coating a spoolie with good, old-fashioned bar soap, and combing your brows with it. One pro tip? “You don’t want to put too much pressure because you could end up creating friction that could remove the brow hair,” he says. Et voila: Laminated caterpillars that’ll stand up in style all day long.
You could also try eyebrow extensions for fuller brows (yep, that’s a thing too). And if you don’t want to hand over your brow care to an artist, here are five things you can do at home to make them look flawless.