Now I’ve never been one to fuss about my brows – sure, I do love the Korean-style brows, but no matter what, I’ve got this thick curtain of bangs that obscure almost every carefully-drawn stroke (and sometimes my vision even). Alas, that fuels my inner lazy bum, and over time, I’ve just slacked off drawing, and consequently, trimming the brows.
But since beauty doesn’t come easy (and the occasional gusts of wind reveal my weakness), I’ve decided to stop being a brow bum, gotten off my bum, and accepted Erabelle’s offer of an eyebrow design.
Now, Erabelle isn’t just your run-of-the-mill brow place. It has more than 9 years of experience, and has also received the most awards for their brow services (Harper’s Bazaar Best Brow Construction 2013 & 2014, Singapore Women’s Weekly Best Brow Embroidery 2012, and more).
The cutest little Singapore passport-inspired booklet that contains information about Erabelle’s other services. Hiding coyly at the back is another brochure that tells you what sort of eyebrow is suitable for the respective face shapes.
Now since the rest of the guests were running late, we went on a short tour of the place and its fairy-tale themed rooms at this Bugis Junction outlet, which is located at #02-05.
Rather than a random choice, there’s actually a rationale behind the theme – it was chosen because most of us, regardless of whether we’re Gen X, Gen Y (or Gen the-rest-of-the-alphabets), grew up listening to these fairytales. They evoke a sense of familiarity, comfort and warm sincerity, the same sensations that Erabelle wants to instill into their customers
Nestled in the wall is this innocuous-looking screen, which is actually a tablet / control for the room’s music – you can choose your preferred type of music to relax to. This feature is available in all rooms.
Well, this needs no further explanation – the Glass Stilettos room is inspired by the Lady of the (Midnight) Hour, Miss Cinders herself. This is a slightly more feminine room vs the Enchanted Rose room (which is more commonly used to host male customers)
As much as I’m loving the interior decor (which coincidentally was conceptualised by the staff and not an external decor firm), it was time to sit down for the actual demo of Erabrowlogy (eyebrow embroidery).
Erabrowlogy is one of Erabelle’s signature Cosmetic Artistry services. The bespoke semi-permanent colour service adds colour and depth to faded/sparse brows, and can also restyle and reshape brows. The shape / length / colour of your brows are all customised to suit you. It uses a specialised Softstroke technique and micropen to gently apply the colour just below the epidermis of your skin. Effects are natural, and will last 2-3 years with the full course of treatment and proper care, and saves you the hassle of having to draw your brows everyday.
L: An eyebrow mask (the Brow Prep Mask) is applied to rid the brow areas of dead skin and excess sebum that contributes to poor colour penetration, and R: A patch test is also simultaneously carried out at the back of the neck to ensure that the skin will not have any bad reaction to the pigment used during the eyebrow embroidery.
Once this is done, the Erabelle therapist will conduct a face shape and eyebrow analysis. There are 6 types of common Asian face shapes – take a look at their brochure below and see what you have?
Once the face shape and eyebrow analyst is done, the therapist designs her brows, which include trimming and tweezing. Contrary to popular belief, eyebrow shaping isn’t just pluck and go. At Erabelle, the following 5 factors are taken into consideration:
- Length of the eyebrows
- Thickness of eyebrows (including distance between the brows and eyes, size of your eyes, size of your face and body frame)
- Shape and tip of the brow arch
- Starting point of the brows – light and natural looking
- Ending point of the brows – precise and complete
And off she goes! The model says that it’s not unpainful, but it’s not painful either – you’ll get used to the buzzing scratching motion after a bit. Since this utilises a machine, there’s constant and equal pressure and differs from other places that use the single stroke-by-stroke blade technique.
The whitish portions around the brows will fade – it’s the effects of the numbing cream. Otherwise, she looks pretty damned good, with such a natural finish. Imagine how awesome she’ll feel the next day (and the few months after) when she just has to leave the house without having to fuss over drawing her brows.
Erabrowlogy (60 minutes/ session) costs $1,314 and includes the following:
- Brow Prep Mask x 4
- Erabrow Design
- Semi-permanent Colouring Service x 4
- Browlogy Care Kit x 4
For those who’ve embroidered/tattooed their brows previously, fret not, there’s a shape and colour correction service here as well. It’s called Erabrowlogy Redesign & Change (60 minutes/ session). It costs $1,241.20 onwards and includes the following:
- Brow Prep Masks
- Erabrow Design
- Colour Correction
- Semi-Permanent Colouring Services
- Browlogy Care Kits
Note that there’s an additional surcharge of $214 per package if you wish to have a Master Artist do your eyebrows.
SPECIAL! If you’re interested in doing Erabrowlogy, 5 lucky readers will be able to get a 20% discount voucher (redeemable from 1 April to 30 June 2014). Simply email in to email@example.com telling me why you want to do eyebrow embroidery, and include your name, email address, mobile number and the last 5 digits of your IC number.Winners will be selected on 26 March.
Now it was my turn to try out another service of theirs – the Erabrow Design. The 20-minute service includes a face shape and eyebrow analysis and a tweeze,trim and design service for $50 ($29 for first trial!)
Not the most flattering photos of me, but focus on the brows instead. Left: My natural brows without doing anything, Middle: My brows after trimming and tweezing, and Right: My brows after being pencilled in
Erabrow Design (a 20-minute session) costs $50 ($29 for first trial!) and includes a face shape and eyebrow analysis, a tweeze, trim and design service according to your unique face shape.
To find out more about Erabrow (and to show ’em some love), visit Erabelle’s facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/ErabelleSG)
Erabelle outlets can be found at:
- Bugis: 200 Victoria Street #02-05 Bugis Junction, Tel: 68831151
- Bedok: 799 New Upper Changi Road #03-27 Bedok Point: Tel: 6753 2322
Erabelle Prestige outlets can be found at:
- Orchard: 103 Penang Road #01-06 to 11 VisionCrest, Tel: 6836 8388
- VivoCity: 1 Harbourfront Walk #02-01/02 VivoCity, Tel: 6376 8336
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