EDIT 27/01/2015: Some of the photographs in this post have been updated.
O.K., guys. First off, let me preface this entire post by making it clear that I am no brow expert. Second, my brows are naturally on the thinner side. This relative thinness and sparseness is not due to over-plucking or waxing – I was born this way. 🙂 In fact, I only started paying some attention to my brows at all about 4 years ago. Over time, my “brow grooming” and brow routine have come to entail occasional (very minimal) plucking/trimming of strays in an effort to achieve some semblance of an arch and finding the best method to add some body to my brows without them looking drawn in. For those of us with thinner hairs, these are difficult goals to achieve.
I’m still on my brow journey and I suspect most of us will be on such a journey our entire lives. However, I thought I’d share with you my brow routine and products I’ve come to rely on, and enjoy, along the way – starting with the one’s I’ve had the longest and ending with the most recent. Oh, and I talk a little about wear time of the products but please bear in mind that I live in a hot, humid climate and this is a factor when it comes to longevity.
Anastasia of Beverly Hills Brow Powder in Brunette
The Anastasia Brow Powder I own came in the Beauty Express For Brows and Eyes Kit – my first foray into serious brow grooming. I bought this about 3 1/2 years ago so the version featured in the first photo (red packaging) isn’t sold anymore – it was re-packaged in black (forgive me for not showing you the whole thing but it’s so dirty!). The Kit retails for $39.50 USD and you get an angled brush, stencils, the brow powder duo in Blonde or Brunette, brow wax and an eye shadow duo (one shimmer, one matte), which I use to highlight the brow bone. It’s actually a pretty awesome selection. In the beginning, I did use the stencils from time to time but less so now that I’m more accustomed to achieving the shape I want. On the other hand, I use the wax and highlighter almost every time I use the brow powder. If you have no need for these other items, I would still recommend the powder (which can be purchased alone) as it helps me to achieve a fairly natural look – the lighter color for the inner brows and the darker color for the tail. This wears for about 8 hours before it starts to fade around the edges.
Anastasia of Beverly Hills Brow Whiz in Ebony
Fast forward a few months later. While I loved my Anastasia Brow Kit, and the effect that it gave – sometimes, with my brow hairs being as black as they are – I felt the powder would lean just a tad bit too red. So, I went in search of a solution. Having already fallen in love with Anastasia’s products, it was the first place I looked. This is when I discovered the oh-so-famous Brow Whiz. People love this thing and for good reason. It is a retractable pencil whose tiny and precise point is perfect to creating hair like strokes when filling in the brows. It was perfect for me because the color Ebony is so close to black (without being as harsh as a true black) that I can use it along with other products to create a more realistic colour match. The one minor flaw in the product is that it begins to break down and fade (on me) after about 6 hours. The Brow Whiz retails for $21.00 USD and £15.50 (Cult Beauty UK).
Benefit Cosmetics Gimme Brow in Medium/Deep
The Love of My Life. This product was released sometime in 2013, I believe. In any event, I acquired it shortly after it came out and it has been with me every since (new ones of course). The Gimme Brow is the perfect, no-fuss, quick solution for adding body/volume. I think it is favored by those blessed with thicker hairs who just want to fill in some sparse areas of already groomed brows. The Gimme Brow is tinted and contains tiny fibers which adhere to the skin as well as the brow hairs – the formula also helps brows stay in place (no need for a separate gel/wax). It is offered in Light/Medium and Medium/Deep. Even though my brows are on the thin side, I find that this product works well for me. In a hurry, I will use the Gimme Brow alone (which I did in the photo demonstration above – forgive the few strays there). When I have more time, I’ll use it along with the Anatasia Brow Whiz for precision and to further define. Benefit’s Gimme Brow retails for $22.00 USD and £17.50 (Benefit UK or Boots).
Anastasia Dip Brow Pomade in Chocolate
The newest addition to my brow bar – I’m still finding my feet with the Anastasia DipBrow Pomade. It is marketed as a smudge-free, waterproof pomade formula that performs as an all-in-one brow product. A little bit goes a long way and one has to be very careful not to over do it. Having only used the product a handful of times, I’m still working on this balance. Once applied, however, I do not need to use any other product to help it stay in place and it lasts all day without smudging. Also, I am a huge fan of the colour match – chocolate is near perfect. The DipBrow retails for $18.00 USD or £15.00 (Cult Beauty UK).
EDIT 27/01/2015: Since posting, I’ve really gotten the hang of using this product. I use a small angle brush, dip the brush into the product, taking the smallest amount and then wipe the excess on the back of the hand before applying to the brow.
I hope you guys have enjoyed this post and it’s been helpful. I know that I’m not perfect when it comes to my brows – but I’m trying. 🙂 Do you guys have a brow routine? What are your essential products?
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