November 22, 2011

The Importance of Brows

Way backs in the annals of time i.e. last January, my post bemoaning my brow struggles quite quickly became our most popular post ever (It has recently been royally usurped by this post). However, since then, I have become much more comfortable filling in my brows and love how transformative they can be. So, I decided it was time to do an update post on how I fill my brows in and my favourite products!

Brows are probably my favourite make-up to do after lips. Being as fair as I am, filling in my brows totally changes my face and I love being able to shape and sculpt them, whether it be with a light hand for a natural look or with a more definite stroke for a bold, defined look. Read on to see the different looks I like to create and my favourite products!

Nice and Natural

I don't wear much make-up on a day-to-day basis but, when I do, I like to use my MAC Brow Pencil in Fling to lightly define my brows. This shade is a warm taupe brown that would work well for most people of the fairer haired species.

MAC Fling

This type of pencil is pretty foolproof. The product itself is quite hard and rough and this combination seems to make each stroke appear as individual hairs as opposed to harsh lines. This means a lot less work is required to create a good, natural-looking brow.

If I feel like amping it up a notch for daytime, I will create more definition using an angled brush (MAC 263) and Wedge eyeshadow by MAC. This is effectively the powder version of Fling pencil but, lends itself to a much more intense finish and is more manoeuvrable than than a pencil so you can create different shapes on the ends and arches of your brows.

MAC Wedge and MAC 263

Definitely Defined

I'm all about the fierce brow for night time. I feel like you can get away with a much harsher, stronger line and the overall look requires a lot less in the way of eyeshadow/liner than the more natural brow does.

My new favourite brow product for night is my HD Brows palette. This came in the September GlossyBox and is a revelation in terms of brows. My palette is in Foxy and I mix the bottom two shades, Warm Brown and Ash Brown, to create the perfect brow colour for me.

HD Brows

I use the same MAC 263 brush to sculpt my brows, this time drawing two straight lines to create the perfect strong edges and filling in the space between with short, deliberate strokes. A MAC make-up artist showed me this method years ago and I have never found a more effective way of creating a sharp arch.

Be Bold

Generally, I abide by the well-known rule that brows should be two shades lighter than your hair but, when I'm feeling rebellious, I like to kick the shade up those two notches so that my brows are the same dark auburn as my hair colour.

I wouldn't advise this look for everyday wear as it's very much in-yo-face but, breaking it out for the odd night out makes for a really effective look.

When I got my make-up done in MAC for my recent university graduation, I asked for the eyes and skin to kept toned down but, to make a real statement with my brows and lips.

I loved my brows especially and a number of other MAC artists came over to compliment my MUA on her execution of them. She used Lingering brow pencil to create the look buy, I'm currently loving the NYX Eyebrow Cake Powder in Auburn/Red for the same bold effect.

NYX Eyebrow Cake Powder

We were sent this by Irish online beauty store Beauty Emporium and, having not tried any NYX products prior to this, I must admit I am very impressed. There are two shades in the palette which I mix to create the reddened brown shade and I apply this with the MAC 163. The palette also comes with a wax which I don't use as my brows aren't that unruly.

Swatches (L-R): MAC Fling, MAC Wedge, HD Brows Ash Brown (Top) and Warm Brown (Bottom), NYX Eyebrow Cake Powder Brown (Top) Red (Bottom)

As I mentioned above, the rule of thumb with brows is to go two shades lighter. This can be hard to visualise yourself so my advice would be to go to a make-up counter and ask them to suggests shade for you. Once you have an idea of colour, you can choose your own product or mix your own like I do with the HD Brows palette. It's worth asking and getting the shade right because brows are so important in framing and defining your face and unfilled or wrongly shaded brows can really make or break your entire look.

Let me know if there are any brow products you think I should try!


  1. try Ardell brow palette its great as well

  2. I don't think that two shades lighter works for me as a redhead. I'm guilty of matching it up for a night time look! It makes such a huge difference to my whole face though. Brows have become my one thing that I do even if I do nothing else

  3. I just made my first purchase online at and all OK, fast and simple, however, without problems, I recommend


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