They are taking over the cosmetic world. I would say that if your brows are lookin’ perfect, then odds are you don’t need much else to complete your look. To me, over-plucking your brows is kind of like changing what’s meant to be your natural shape.
Trust me, I use my tweezers every other day, but it’s all about subtly shaping your eyebrows and cleaning up the unnecessary hairs (who wants a unibrow though, for real). I have also noticed that having less hair around your eyelids allows for eyeshadow to lay more smoothly.
Overdrawing though.. is a different story. Yes, we have all been there. When I first started to fill in my brows, I did not realize that some areas should be lighter than others. So basically, it looked like my eyebrows were way too dark for my face. I soon learned the art of penciling in your eyebrows.
For most pencils, the easiest application technique is small short strokes, rather then drawing a line. Eyebrows are supposed to look natural, even though they are filled in. It’s also not a bad idea to start out by using a lighter shade and building up the color. Another tip is to fill in the middle part of your brows with the darkest shade, or the most layers, but remembering to leave both ends of your eyebrow the lightest. For me, this technique allows me to create perfect, naturally filled in eyebrows.
Here are some of my eyebrow product recommendations:
Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil– I love this pencil. It is thicker than other brands that I typically use and the tip is slanted. The angled tip makes it much easier to fill in your arches, or when it’s turned sideways, it’s really simple to shade in your entire brow with just a few swipes. This pencil comes in nine shades, which makes finding the exact color to match your brows a piece of cake.
Diorshow Brow Styler Ultra-Fine Precision Brow Pencil- What a classic… I have used this brow pencil since high school. The super skinny tip makes it possible to fill in every detail to create the perfect pair of brows. What’s interesting about this particular product is that it only comes in three shades: universal brown, universal dark brown, and light brown. Some may feel like this will limit them and not match to their color… but this is not the case. Dior has managed to create shades that match any color in the blonde to brunette color family. It’s a little pricey, but this brow pencil will always be worth the money for me.
L’Oreal Paris Brow Stylist Designer Eyebrow Pencil– I have had this pencil in my possession for years, and it has never failed me. This particular item has a brow brush on the opposite end, which is indeed a must. So the answer is yes, you can find a quality eyebrow pencil for under $10… there’s no excuse for not having brows that are on #fleek. Note: I’ve found a list of some more affordable brow products that I want to try here.
Benefit Volumizing Fiber Gel– Tinted brow gels are my new obsession. They keep the hairs in place all day, and give a slightly darker tint to pump up your brow game. What’s nice about this particular product is that the gel adds volume, giving the illusion of thicker brows. A volumizing product for your eyebrows… I’m into it.
Milk Makeup Gel Brow-Milk Makeup is the new beauty brand that has caught the makeup industry’s eye, and Vanity Fair confirms this. The on-the-go concept of the brow gel makes it easy to use for anyone. This particular brow pencil is awesome because the matte gel formula will keep your brows in place all day long without any fuss.
Check out my recommendations and keep trying new ways to keep your eyebrows lookin’ fresh all day, every day. And remember: More penciling and tweezing isn’t always better!
Keep it real,
Alex B. ♥