It’s no secret that a full, perfected set of brows has been one of the most sought after beauty trends over the past few years. While you may be familiar with more permanent eyebrow filling options like microblading, we’re here to talk about an eyebrow trend that requires a little less commitment: eyebrow lamination! This eyebrow shaping technique is taking social media by storm, and if you do a quick Google search, it’s easy to see why. Ready to learn all there is to know about brow lamination? Get the 4-1-1 below, as well as a step-by-step tutorial on how to temporarily get the look of laminated brows with makeup.
WHAT IS EYEBROW LAMINATION?
We’re sure you’re wondering—what is eyebrow lamination? This eyebrow shaping technique involves smoothing out your brow hairs to create the appearance of fuller, thicker, more desirable brows, complete with a shiny, gel-like finish—hence the name. Consider it a longer-lasting (but still temporary) version of soap brows!
HOW LONG DOES EYEBROW LAMINATION LAST?
Wondering how long you can expect this beauty treatment to last? Eyebrow lamination is considered semi-permanent, with the results typically lasting for up to two months. Not too shabby, right?
A BREAKDOWN OF THE BROW LAMINATION PROCESS
So, what does the eyebrow lamination process entail? It’s actually quite simple!
STEP #1: PREP THE BROWS
First, your brow expert will smooth a special cream onto your brows. This cream will help your brow hairs more easily be molded into the desired brow shape by breaking down the bonds in each hair follicle.
STEP #2: BRUSH AND SHAPE
Next, they will brush your brows upward into a nearly vertical position to create that sleek, perfected soap brow look. They’ll move your brow hairs where needed to fill in gaps and sparse areas, extend the tail, and perfect your arch to your liking.
STEP #3: SEAL THE LOOK
Once your brow hairs are in position, a neutralizing cream will be applied to your brows to help keep them in position long-term. Your brow expert will also apply a brow oil to restore moisture.
STEP #4: FINISHING TOUCHES
Lastly, they will tweeze or wax your brows where needed. If you’d like an extra boost, this is also the step where they can apply an eyebrow tint for darker, slightly bolder brows. And there you have it: Beautiful, laminated brows aren’t so complicated after all.
HOW TO GET THE LOOK OF LAMINATED BROWS AT HOME
If you aren’t quite ready to commit to the semi-permanence of laminated brows, you can recreate a temporary version of the look at home with the help of eyebrow makeup. Here’s what to do.
STEP #1: WET YOUR BROWS
Dampen your eyebrows. This will help make it easier to mold your brow hairs into your desired look.
STEP #2: BRUSH AND POSITION
Use a spoolie to brush your brows into an upward, vertical position that mimics the positioning created with laminated brows. Don’t fret too much if not every hair is perfectly in place!
STEP #3: APPLY BROW GEL
Smooth on a clear mascara or brow gel like the L’Oréal Paris Brow Stylist Boost & Set Brow Mascara in Clear. After applying the mascara, carefully reposition and fine-tune any stray brow hairs with a spoolie so that they’re orderly and in a uniform fashion.
Editor’s note: Think you like the idea of a tinted brow look? If you would prefer to add some color to your brows, use a brow mascara with a tint instead. Pick a shade that’s slightly darker than your natural brows for a bolder result.
STEP #4: PERFECT YOUR SHAPE
Notice some standout hairs? This is where a small pair of eyebrow trimmers or tweezers can come in handy. Pluck and trim where necessary to ensure your brow look is nothing short of perfection.
Next up: Want more eyebrow makeup hacks that will give you envy-worthy brows? Head on over to our article, How to Get Fuller-Looking Eyebrows.