It’s the year of the brows… Benefit Cosmetics had a huge launch earlier in the year in Las Vegas, for their brand new entire brow collection. This has lead to lots of other brands following suit and bringing out more and more brow specific products and ranges. Brows really do shape your face and using the right products can help to transform your look. When I was younger I would have said foundation and mascara were the top products I couldn’t live without and would take to a desert island, whereas nowadays it’s all about the brows over the mascara – big statement I know!
I am fortunate to have quite big brows and like them to be pretty bushy and all over the place – seriously, I would rather a uni-brow than no brows at all! It all goes back to when I was about 14 and got pluck-happy and practically plucked about 80% of my brows, leaving me with 1990s style drawn-on thin lines that I hated and made me look about 30! My mum made me spend a whole summer holiday growing them back out, which was hideous, but actually the best thing ever.
Since then, I have had them shaped a few times and now have HD brows done once or twice a year. I tint my brows at home every 6-8 weeks using the Eylure Pro-Brow kits in Dark Brown and that is it. I have dabbled with threading but didn’t get on too well with them as couldn’t ever get the salon to do the shape right and they always wanted to take them too thin. (we like what we like!)
After years of trial and (a lot of) error I now have a pretty easy set-up to get my brows how they are; I do them the same every day and have learnt to do it quite quickly.
My favourite product for my brows has to be Brow Zings by Benefit Cosmetics in shade (dark), I have also tried the MUA one which is also pretty good, but the Benefit is the sure winner. It comes in a palette with the powder, brow wax, little tweezers (never really use these) and a little brush (again, I only use this in an emergency and am without my angled brush – yes, I mean emergency!)
My brush of preference is a brow angled brush; the one I am currently using is from a store in called Eve and Boy in Malaysia,although I have a Mac one as well. I like it to have a clear hard defined angle that does really neat lines (tip – test it on the back of your hand first). I like to start at the bottom of my brow and draw a line to the arch – it mainly follows the hairs but fills in some gaps that I have along the bottom. I then do it on the top and extend the end of the brow out a bit so it finishes at the same point as the corner of my eye. I then do small strokes at the middle of the brows and corner them off to give them a more defined shape.
After filling in my brows I like to brush them through so all hairs are sticking up (aiming for the Cara Delevingne look) – I like to use the Benefit Cosmetics Ready Set Brow, this also keeps them in place all day long.
Finally I take my MAC Studio Finish concealer and a small brush and just draw a line around my brows and then blend it all in to make the brows stand out and define their shape.
Love to know what products you use!