Ever since Cara Delevingne’s perfectly thick and arched eyebrows entered the scene, my brow envy has been at an all-time high. As a product of the 90s and overly plucked arches, my brows tend to have a difficult time filling out. I yearn for the bushy brows of the 80s, the Cindy Crawford/ Brooke Shields emphasized and lush eyebrows. But sadly, this will never be my reality. And in 2013, big, bold, bushy brows are on-trend. Thus, I must make do with what the beauty God’s have given me. In order to achieve brows that wow, I turn to these wonderful products:
1. Benefit Gimme Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel ($22) – This colored brow gel is great to wear alone, or layer over a brow pencil or powder for more color and thicker arches. The applicator is like a mascara wand, but tapered to half the size so it’s ideal for brushing on brows, where most gels with larger applicators can get quite messy. Comes in two shades: light/ medium and medium/ dark.
2. MAC Brow Finisher ($16) – A maleable wax that keeps unruly hairs in place. While you can use it over a brow powder or pencil, it’s also great for ladies with naturally fuller arches. This incredible stuff leaves brows looking polished, groomed and conditioned. I use at night before bed as “training,” to keep my hairs growing upwards.
3. Anastasia Mini Duo Brush ($18) – Just about the most important brow tool… ever. This brush allows you to apply powder into sparse areas of your brows while the flip side, the spooley, works wonders for brushing powder and pencil into place (so that you aren’t left with harsh lines) and making the overall look appear more natural.
4. Anastasia Brow Powder Duo ($23) – When it comes to powder, it’s best to purchase a product that gives you options – a duo. There are a plethora of great powder duos on the market, but Anastasia’s is my favorite. The two shades can be mixed together to create your perfect brow match, and the pigment is more subdued than that of other companies. However, another duo that is worth trying is Benefit’s Brow Zings ($30) (it comes with mini tweezers!). The only caveat is that they don’t have as many color combinations to choose from.
TIP – Wherever the powder first hits your brow is the area that will get the most color, so make sure to start in thin sections, lightly feathering brush and powder onto brows in quick strokes.
5. It Cosmetics Brow Power ($24) – If you prefer to fill in your brows with a pencil (the preference is completely up to you), then this one is the best. The formula isn’t too waxy, as many brow pencils tend to be, so the color stays in place. And, again, this universal shade is a bit subdued so it gives a more natural effect. Start with light, feathered strokes in sparse areas and continue to build until you have achieved thick, lush arches. This pencil also has a patent-pending technology that actually helps hairs grow!
And if you’re still not satisfied with your brows, invest in a serious brow enhancing serum like neuBrow Eyebrow Enhancer. Although pricey ($100), this stuff really works to regrow hair in sparse areas. You’ll have (naturally) lush arches in about 30 days.
Click here for my 2 minute brow shaping tutorial!