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Eye Love Brow and Beauty Bar

Posted by Alexandra Grigorescu / Posted on September 11, 2012

eye love brow and beauty bar torontoEye Love Brow and Beauty Bar shares a light-filled, loft space with Lebel and Crowe on West Queen West, and is located up the same slender staircase, and announced by similarly modest signage. As you'd expect from the name, the focus is almost exclusively on brows, and capitulates nicely on the idea of eyebrows anchoring a face--and the time-honoured truth that most people are dunces on the subject.

eye love brow and beauty bar torontoMary Dang started out as a make-up artist 10 or so years ago, and was mainly freelancing. She discovered her passion for brows early on, and wanted to explore it further. "I found out it was my niche," Dang tells me. She previously worked at The Brow House, and she's developed a dedicated following due in large part to her personal touch.

eye love brow and beauty bar torontoThe people who seek her out are in need of "eyebrow help," and are not content with, nor will they receive, a quick eyebrow tune-up. Rather, Dang takes her time, and prides herself on careful assessment--both at the level of the brows themselves, and the face as a whole.

eye love brow and beauty bar torontoDang takes something of an unusual approach to brows. While waxing is an option (and hear me out), Dang primarily uses tweezers. I can already hear the naysayers--"I can tweeze at home," they cry--but how many of us tweeze half-heartedly and then, defeated, turn to a salon for help in the end.

eye love brow and beauty bar toronto"Waxing is a clean-up method," Dang says, and is used only to remove stray hairs. Why tweezing? Dang believes it allows for more intricacy and detail-work. "If you know what you're doing, it's hard to over-tweeze," she says, and I immediately ruffle up my fringe to hide my own uneven brows.

eye love brow and beauty bar torontoWhile you might expect this to yield a limited menu of services, Eye Love actually offers a variety. The most intensive of these is the brow consultation and shaping ($30 and highly recommended for first-time visitors), which involves a discussion of concerns and goals, after which Dang proposes solutions, and if all's well, she goes ahead and begins shaping.

The process takes around 30 minutes, and finishes off with an in-depth lesson on how to fill in the brows so as to emphasize them (read: not look prehistoric). Following this, maintenance sessions are $25 for 20 minutes. And of course, men are also offered these services--dubbed 'manscaping,' in open defiance to the term's more risque common usage.

eye love brow and beauty bar torontoYou can also take advantage of Dang's extensive background in make-up, through tutorials on either eyes ($40 for around 30 minutes) or the full face ($90 for 1 hour). You're offered the option of bringing in your own make-up--at the risk of learning that you're using the wrong tools--or conduct your tutorial using Dang's.

eye love brow and beauty bar torontoFor those looking to break-up with their lash curlers, consider lash perms ($65), which promise to give you doe eyes, 2 months at a time. Particularly popular in Asia and Europe, the process involves applying a mild perming solution to your lashes. Sound barbaric? "You're practically napping the whole time," Dang assures me.

She also offers add-ons such as lip waxing and chin waxing ($10), and eyelash and eyebrow tinting ($25). As for the make-up on offer, you'll find Dang's personal, and extensive collection, including M.A.C., Stila, and Nars.

eye love brow and beauty bar torontoDang also offers the Brow Rescue Package in either brow shaping or lash/brow tinting, at discounts for greater volume--if you're, you know, aiming to make a long-term commitment to your brows.

Discussion

21 Comments

Rizie / September 11, 2012 at 10:07 am
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I have been seeing Mary for about half a year now & I can honestly say that my brows have never looked better! I highly recommend a visit if your brows need some taming or you need to reshape/start over
Karen / September 11, 2012 at 10:54 am
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A bit overrated. And the space doesn't even look particularly nice.
Tiffany / September 11, 2012 at 10:56 am
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All this for fucking eyebrows?! No wonder people hate Toronto....
KitCait replying to a comment from Tiffany / September 11, 2012 at 12:35 pm
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Tiffany, I can see how it could seem like a lot but people really don't give credit to how much your eyebrows frame your face.

With a great shaped eyebrow you can work with the natural bone structure of the face and display how gorgeous you really are.

Fira replying to a comment from Tiffany / September 11, 2012 at 12:40 pm
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Yes, all this for eyebrows. I have been waiting for one of those for a long time, pretty much since the Benefit Brow Bar closed in Holt Renfrew.
Why are you underestimating the importance of grooming? You are a woman - look like one!

And how is it that everyone hates Toronto? Everyone loves it! It is a great city that is becoming more and more stylish and charming every year!
jae / September 11, 2012 at 12:46 pm
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Eyebrow salons are now in every city...and I agree with KitCait. Good/bad eyebrows are noticed.
Diane / September 11, 2012 at 12:59 pm
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I love the Eye Love Brow bar! I had tried a lot of different ways to shape my wild brows but now they are tame and look great. Mary gives amazing service and is really knowledgeable. I also did the makeup consiultation, which I loved. I learned so much and use the techniques every day.
Michelle / September 11, 2012 at 01:06 pm
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I think this is a great idea. You can get waxing and threading done at any nail place for cheap but do they actually look at your face or your natural brows and think about what they are doing? No. I made the mistake of asking to have my brows "cleaned up" at the place I got my pedicure (which was great) but ended up with one brow shorter than the other. That was June and they are still not right. I don't even have wild brows. So, I can see why this kind of service makes perfect sense.
Tiffany replying to a comment from Fira / September 11, 2012 at 02:27 pm
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Thank you.

For proving my point.
Val / September 11, 2012 at 02:38 pm
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How were we supposed to know her name is Mary without reading the comments? The article refers to her as Dang from the beginning.

While I think $30 is the most I've paid to have my eyebrows shaped, I have in the past paid $20 to have them destroyed and $25 to have them made absolutely, absolutely perfect. Eyebrows aren't worth cheaping out on. Mine take too long to grow back, if at all.

Case and point: http://www.wackyarchives.com/bizarre/you-think-unibrows-are-bad.html

Check mate: http://cavemancircus.com/2010/05/19/a-gallery-of-orange-colored-guidos-to-point-and-laugh-at-of-the-day-1/
Val replying to a comment from Val / September 11, 2012 at 02:39 pm
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Hehem, case in point.
Megan / September 11, 2012 at 03:07 pm
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I've been seeing Mary for several months now, and am very pleased with her service. She is professional, friendly, and takes the time to assess the best brows to suit your face. She remembers my name and things we've previously talked about, so we have a great conversation. Her salon is clean and bright, and I always leave feeling that I got great service for a fair price.
Maryam replying to a comment from Tiffany / September 11, 2012 at 03:44 pm
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it is not much. I have a pair of middle eastern black full tick eyebrows that speak in my face louder than any other feature. for me, A well shaped pair of brows do what a great hair cut does for everybody.
jeezlouise / September 11, 2012 at 04:23 pm
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This is exactly what I was looking/hoping for! I'm living away for 6 months with no beauty salon access so I can't wait for her to get at my brows after 6 months of no touch-ups!
Gloria / September 11, 2012 at 09:46 pm
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I've been to Brow House. If this is the same Mary who helped me, she's very nice and personable.

I honestly wish we as a species can get over the hair thing, but if you'd like to shape your brows, you can't go wrong with this lovely lady.
Mila / September 13, 2012 at 08:17 pm
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I stopped by this place and the Asian girl who was working there was getting her hair done and "was too busy" to take a walk-in. It's one thing if you are busy with a client but if you are getting your hair done during business hours while you are suppose to eb working, that's a different story! I walked out and will not go back!
JM / October 3, 2012 at 06:13 pm
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@Mila:

It says 'by appointment only on the door' (visible in the photos above). I'm assuming this means 'no walk-ins.'
Hannah replying to a comment from Tiffany / January 25, 2013 at 10:54 pm
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So by your logic, everyone must hate other metropolitan areas with brow bars all over the world (with many existing way before brow bars made their way here). Your comments are terribly naive and embarrassing to read and I'm wondering why you're even on this website if you loathe Toronto so much. I'm all for criticism but rather the constructive kind, not the shallow and inorganic kind where no one grows from the experience.
Mila replying to a comment from JM / February 7, 2013 at 10:57 pm
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That would make sense if the place was busy but it wasn't. The employee was too busy getting her hair done instead of taking in a new client. Lost a client and revenue, not very good business sense.
DM replying to a comment from Mila / April 4, 2013 at 02:11 pm
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No - if any sort of business states "by appointment only" clearly on their website, on the front door, and on their business cards, why should anyone be an exception to that? If you take a look at her website, her days are filled with appointments weeks in advance, and especially because it's her own personal business, what she chooses to do during her time off is her choice - whether she is in her work environment or not. Whether it was busy or not is completely irrelevant. You should respect how she runs her business and not feel entitled to such exceptions.

FYI - I had my first appointment with Mary in February and she was awesome. She takes the time to hear you out and gives you her honest, expert opinion. I've threaded my eyebrows all my life and I was a bit hesitant to invest $30 in them, but after my last eyebrow mis-hap, I grew them in for a bit over a month and went to Mary and she made the pain of growing them in so worth it! And plucking your eyebrows seems to keep them clean for so much longer than threading and waxing! Can't wait for my next appointment!
Michelle / February 25, 2014 at 05:04 pm
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Mary is a life saver! I have the finest eyebrow hhairs so every hair makes a big difference in the overall shape. She knows exactly which hairs to tweeze. It is worth it, trust me.

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