Eyebrows were never really “my thing”. Not that I didn’t know that people filled in their brows. It was just one of those things I never did.
Like flossing regularly.
Maybe the fear is that people will notice. Go a little heavy handed on the dip brow and wind up an internet meme. Or worse, have someone call you out on it…which happened to me.
About six months ago a kind and extremely well-meaning coworker of mine commented on my attempt at amp’d up brow-age. I was still very new at the skill, mind you. SO looking at my face during a light conversation, she asks “Aren’t they supposed to be even?” My brows, that is. And then the death blow, “don’t they go all the way to ‘HERE’?” she asked, pointing to the inner corner of her eyes.
Yes. That happened.
SO of course I shrugged, grinned and brushed it off. Then absolutely mortified, I hid in the bathroom to gain my composure, re-emerged in time for lunch and flew home to fix my crooked and misshapen brow.
Did I over react? Probably. Do I check my brows with a fine tooth comb every morning? Certainly. The point is that you don’t have to do a dramatic, stenciled-on-precision brow to get the face framing benefits. Especially if it makes you feel like having an anxiety attack every time you sit down at the makeup table.
My eyebrows are still uncooperative at times but I now have a pretty solid routine that works for me. Not-too-pronounced brows that look natural enough that no one will shame me to a bathroom ever again but still look like they exist.
So don’t lose control of your faculties and go on an afternoon bender (like I did) over perfect brows. Start small, get comfy, and above all get the products that are easy for YOU!
1. Find an Awesome Brow Powder- Lately I’ve been in love with this NYX Eyebrow Cake Powder in Taupe I had picked up at Ulta a few months back. It is cheap in the best sense of the word, and the little brush/spooly combo it comes with seems chintzy but I have found I choose it more than my more pricey tools. Another option? Use an eye shadow powder that you probably have floating around in your makeup bag. Urban Decay Naked Basics 2 is the perfect example. I’m a dark blonde/light brunette so I gravitate toward a used the shade “PRIMAL” and it works like magic.
2. The Right Brush! You need an angled brush to do the job. Sorry, there is just no other way. I use a $3 E.L.F one and you can get it at Target! Bonus.
3. A Brow Brush for Combing- No monetary investment is necessary if you have an old, dried out mascara still floating around in your makeup bag. I use an old Bare Minerals Mascara wand that I cleaned with warm soapy water. It is also great for de-clumping your eyelashes when applying mascara. Just don’t use the same one or you will have mascara chunks in your eyebrows.
**Brow Wax- It’s in “the kit” so you can use it if you’d like. If I’m looking to get fancy, I will apply the wax to the brow before applying the powder. This sets the shape and keeps those pesky brow hairs in place.
And check out THIS awesome tutorial for natural brow-age.
What are your favorite brow products? Are you a natural gal or a sleek and precise brow lover?