October 03, 2013
The Eyebrow Guide
I've been meaning for the longest time to do a proper post on brows; I've had my fair share of eyebrow drama and have learned the hard way that they really are the most important thing to get right! These days, as I mentioned the other week, I keep mine in check with regular-ish appointments at The Brow Artist. In between visits, I try not to pluck at all - just the odd stray hair. Even if you don't want to go down the professional route, if your brows are overplucked and/or mis-shapen, I think the best thing to do is just completely leave them alone for a few weeks and see what happens!
With bigger eyebrows back in vogue, just a pencil alone won't really suffice for a lot of us. I thought I was kind of over pencils altogether until I tried L'Oréal Paris Super Liner Brow Artist* - it's a really nifty little product; a double-ended pencil with a normal, fairly soft brow pencil at one end, and a clear waxy one on the other to set everything in place. The colour (Dark Brunette) is a great match for me and the wax really works and is not shiny or detectable on the brows - perfection, and great value at €8.95.
Day-to-day, my most used brow product still has to be Make Up For Ever Aqua Brow (€19). I just can't recommend it enough - you can read myself and Sinéad's joint review here. I also feel like everyone needs a few good spoolies in their life - I have a big pack of them that I picked up from Crown Brush at the beauty show last year for about €3. I always use these to comb my brows upwards before applying any product. You need these in your life if you don't have any already - especially if, like me, those little brushes on some eye pencils do nothing for you!
Tinted brow gels are also having a moment, and it's been great to see some more affordable offerings coming on to the market. I'd always wanted to try the Anastasia one, but since these two came into my possession, I really don't feel the need to try anything else. I've been trialling two from Maybelline and MeMeMe - they're both great, but I think I overall prefer the Maybelline Brow Drama Sculpting Brow Mascara* (€7.49) as the brush is bigger and the colour suits me better. It's not shiny or too strong-looking, you can build it up too, but you will need to team this with a pencil or powder if you're after a real power brow. The MeMeMe Arch Angel* (€10.50) is another dual-ended, nifty product, with a liquid highlighter at the other end. I like the brow mascara a lot but the brush is a little small for my own brows and I haven't found myself using the highlighter much, purely because I have a few powder highlighters that I am firmly devoted to!