How to Rock a Bold Brow : HoneyTusk Eyebrow Studio




I’ve been lucky enough to have received many compliments recently about my brows.  All those #lippyaday and #foxinflatstyledare selfies all over Instagram have resulted in requests on how to style a bold brow.  After years of very hard work in growing them back after overplucking and overly keen beauticians, I have succeeded in getting my brows to resemble those of one of my style icons, Dame Elizabeth Taylor.  Finally!


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My brows in 2002

My brows and I have had a long and chequered history.  I didn’t touch them at all until I was 21 when a friend who had done a beautician course (and obviously secretly hated me), ruined them, leaving me with wonky brows, featuring an uneven gap between my eyes, the arch in completely the wrong place and far too thin.  Dear gods, I shudder to think of it even now.

I found a beautician who helped groom them so they were vaguely even – but it was the 90s so thin and arched was the order of the day.  I retained that brow look until well into the noughties – albeit slightly thicker and less arched  – when my fascination with retro cute vintage looks took a firm grip.  I decided to grow back my brows, and spent quite a lot of time researching “the perfect brow”.  Rae Morris’ Makeup : The Ultimate Guide and Kevyn Aucoin’s Making Faces books were invaluable.  Later on, Zoe Foster’s Amazing Face was extremely helpful too.  Around this time, I took the leap into using brow products.  I used to think they were for little old ladies with three hairs for eyebrows!



The classic 90s Supermodel Brow

Considerable time and effort was expended in growing my brows back – I was lusting after the full and luscious brows of Elizabeth Taylor.  Unfortunately, many months of hard work were destroyed on numerous occasions by over zealous beauticians who kept waxing off the fullness at the front of my brows.  Yup, the very bit that took my brows from the 90s to the 50s!



I was unable to put my trust in beauticians for years, and resorted to grooming my own brows. I had an unfortunate threading experience last year which left me with lovely brows but bruised skin.  Not ideal, I think you’ll agree.

Driving up and down Darling Street in Rozelle, I kept noticing the enticing words “brow studio”.  I complimented one of my Gorgeous Girls on her beautifully groomed brows, and she told me about HoneyTusk Eyebrow Studio.



HoneyTusk Eyebrow Studio is the brainchild of Marli, a fabulous beautician with over 10 years of experience.  It is located in Darling Street, Rozelle, with lots of on street parking.  If you’re heading over to the weekend Rozelle Markets, think smart and book yourself in at HoneyTusk.  Beauty and thrift market shopping – what a great day out!

If you need the perfect solution to your eyebrow woes, you need to hotfoot it to HoneyTusk Eyebrow Studio to get transformed and maintained by the wonderful Marli, a true artiste of the brow!


Marli, Brow Artiste Extraordinaire!

Marli, Brow Artiste Extraordinaire!  I have a new eyebrow icon!

Finally, I plucked up my courage and booked an appointment with Marli at HoneyTusk Eyebrow Studio.  One of the first things I noticed, which filled me with confidence, was her own beautiful brows.  Just like a colourist with very bad roots or a makeup artist with Agent Orange skin should fill even the bravest soul with trepidation, it is advisable to check your brow artist’s brows before letting them loose on yours!

The HoneyTusk experience was fabulous.  The delightful little space is quirky with vintage chairs, lovely decor and that wonderful thing so infrequently experienced in beauty spas and salons – non-whale, tinkly twinkly music.  Oh, the relief! I don’t know about you, but it always puts me on edge rather than relaxing me.



The music is just one of the many things that HoneyTusk Eyebrow Studio have got right.  It is a soothing and safe environment, where each client feels preciously pampered and looked after.

Marli welcomed me and took the time to talk to me in front of a mirror with natural light, discussing what I wanted from my brows.  She took the time to listen to me – it is amazing how many beauticians don’t consider this a valued part of their consultation!

I had my brows groomed using a combination of plucking and precision waxing, with Marli frequently stopping to step back and view the overall brow before removing any further hairs.  I also had my lashes tinted, and enjoyed a delightful hand massage whilst this took place.

Despite all that hard work in growing my brows back, I am left with gaps which I fear shall never grow back, so I’ve been using a variety of brow brushes, powders, pencils, waxes, mascaras, palettes … you name it, I’ve used it.




Marli assured me that if I’m able to leave my brows alone and commit to regular appointments, she will be able to make a huge difference.  The one hair that I might pluck at home might be the exact hair that will change the shape of my brow.

I was also given a lesson on how to make up my brows – the grooming is important but only part of the equation.  Her tips for me involved ignoring the usual “perfect brow diagram” that features in so many beauty guides.  Not everyone has the same shaped face, and there are other factors to take into consideration such as how widely spaced the eyes are, how deeply set the eyes are and the size and shape of the nose, cheeks, forehead etc.  Controversial!


Marli advised that I should:

  • Brush my brows into shape using a spooly brush
  • Start by pencilling my brows at the narrowest end, closest to my ears, to extend the line of the brow
  • Use the brow pencil to draw a line at the base of the fullest front part of the lash
  • Fill in the brow with a colour matched brow powder and a short stiff-bristled brush, blending the brow pencil line upwards.  Darker is better than too light.
  • Set the brow with a clear brow mascara


You know you need some more Marli magic.  Check out these tips:

  • Always get your eyebrows shaped at least once professionally.  This will give you the idea of what they should look like and will help you to maintain them until your next visit.
  • The quest for perfectly symmetrical brows will be forever challenging one.  Our brows will never be identical, so don’t attempt to get them exactly the same; otherwise you will end up overplucking them. They say that our brows are sisters not twins.
  • Good quality tools and equipment are vital to achieve a professional finish, so make sure you always have on hand a great set of tweezers and a good quality eyebrow brush. If you drop your tweezers they can become unusable, so make sure to take care of them.
  • Do not try to tweeze your brows if the shape has grown out.  Maintenance tweezing is ok to do between treatments but you should stay away from the line.  If the shape has grown out, leave it to the expert for your next visit.
  • Always use an aftercare product that help reduce redness and irritation. Only apply makeup if it is of high quality and non-comedogenic. This will help avoid breakouts in the area.
  • When tweezing your own brows always try and sit in front of a large mirror with natural sunlight.  This will allow you to pick up the light hairs that are often hard to see.
  • Think twice before trimming your eyebrows.  Trimming the brow is not recommended on all face shapes. Remember that a trimmed brow LOOKS like a trimmed brow.



Check out my (completely ungroomed) before and after shots.  What a difference!

You know you need HoneyTusk Eyebrow Studio, right?  I say run don’t walk, and book yourself in today!

HoneyTusk Eyebrow Studio are aware that a beautiful brow is only part of the beauty maintenance process, and offer a carefully selected menu of complementary services to complete your beauty regime.  One of the services they offer is a Lash Lift, the latest advance in eyelash perming.  I’m trying it out soon, and am beyond myself with excitement.  Be assured I’ll report back and let you know all about it.  Click here to like HoneyTusk Eyebrow Studio on Facebook for your chance to win a Lash Lift!


Kimba Likes Keeping it Real Policy:

In the interests of keeping it real, you can check out my Kimba Likes Keeping it Real Policy here.  When I booked my appointment, I asked permission to take photographs to feature in a blog post.  Marli very kindly offered to gift me a Signature Eyebrow Sculpt and Lash Tint.  However, I was under no obligation to publish this post.  I have chosen to do so because I was simply blown away by the fabulous service and environment and the gorgeous Marli herself.  I was so happy with the service that I purchased the products Marli recommended and have booked follow up appointments.  You can trust Kimba Likes to keep it real.



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  • Emily @ Have a laugh on me - 14 April 2013 - 1.20 pm

    I have big black eyebrows and get them waxed but big, not thin lines and my beautician says she’s jealous of them, but I don’t get it. I do hate that really tiny thin look though. LOVE the brows! EmReplyCancel

  • mumchic - 12 April 2013 - 10.06 pm

    LOVE a good brow and yours look perfect! Did she wax and pluck or thread as well?ReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 18 April 2013 - 6.53 pm

      Thank you! This was waxing and plucking. She doesn’t do threading. I’ve heard great things about it, but haven’t had a fabulous experience when I’ve tried it, sadly.ReplyCancel

  • Nikki@WonderfullyWomen - 12 April 2013 - 7.18 pm

    Those brows look fabulous! Mine are so fine if I plucked or played with them, there would be nothing left. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Kate - 12 April 2013 - 5.27 pm

    Fabulous. I have never heard of a brow studio. Wow, I think I will check out if we have one here in WA. Your eyebrows look great. I agree Elizabeth Taylor is a wonderful style icon.ReplyCancel

  • Kylie Purtell - 12 April 2013 - 2.31 pm

    For years I was given grief about my brows and only once ever got complimented on them, when someone told me they were like Brooke Shields in Blue Lagoon. Oh how I lamented the fact it was the 90’s and not the 80’s! But now that I am older so many people comment on them and say they wish they had my brows! How times have changed. I found a fabulous lady who does my brows and makes them look nice and neat without losing their perfect natural shape and thickness.ReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 18 April 2013 - 6.55 pm

      You obviously didn’t get attacked by a frenemy in the 90s like I did then! Lucky you! xReplyCancel

  • Amy Wells - 12 April 2013 - 12.22 pm

    Find you via FYBF…. And I have just realised I have soooo much to learn about eyebrows! Methinks I better get a skin care routine under control first and then move onto eyebrows though….. So much to think about :/ReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 18 April 2013 - 6.56 pm

      Ah, if you do absolutely nothing else at all, clean your skin every morning and night and wear sunscreen. That’s a great place to start! xReplyCancel

  • lydia C lee - 12 April 2013 - 7.13 am

    Look at that supermodel shot – what’s with the food??? What was that an ad for? I love Liz. She was so beautiful. I do nothing with mine but apparently they look done, as people ask them where I get them done. I had to google threading cos I had no idea what a friend was talking about…there’s a brow studio near us, that also does eyelashes. I think about that sometimes…ReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 18 April 2013 - 6.58 pm

      Lydia, it was a photo shoot for Vogue. Loved the juxtaposition of food and the Supers. Very tongue in cheek!

      Oh, La Liz. Just gorgeous.

      If you’ve got brows that look like they’ve been done, then you are a naturally very lucky person and should immediately buy a lottery ticket! I got a lash treatment this week – posting about it next week. 😉ReplyCancel

  • Sophie Allen - 12 April 2013 - 6.44 am

    My sister obsesses over her brows, everyday I think she tidies them up. I do it when I see they look terrible, but get them waxed most of the time Great tips, and I would love a brow studio!ReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 18 April 2013 - 6.59 pm

      Daily tidying can be dangerous – you can wind up taking too much off them accidentally. Marli told me the other day more than a few minutes for between appointment at home tidying is entering the danger zone! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Rachel from Redcliffe Style - 9 April 2013 - 4.05 pm

    My eyebrows have limited hair but I make the few hairs I have work hard. Eyebrow pencils make all the difference. You brows look great.ReplyCancel

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