Hey brow lovers!
Eyebrows can somewhat be a topic of controversy, from the latest fishtail brows, braided brows, halo brows (all of which are completely unwearable and look crazy!), its easy to understand why most people are thoroughly confused and just keep struggling through this brow game before they either give up or google there way to a how to, which is probably why you're here. This post will help you understand what each different kind of brow product does and hopefully help you choose the right style for the look you're going for.
Read on for these tips and some of my favourite brow tricks to make your #browbabe debut
Lets break it down shall we?
There are five different formulas or products each brow can have. Not saying you need to use them all (I actually hope you use two or less) but its good to know whats going to give you your desired brow so you can get them babies popping in no time.
What are they?
Now what on earth do they all do? Read on lovely!
Lets kick this off with the most common brow product you'll find. Eye brow pencil can come in many shapes and sizes so it really depends on the look you're going for as to what you would choose. To make it as easy as possible I'm using examples from Anastasia Beverly Hills for this post because she really has the best range of eyebrow products you could ever ask for.
An eyebrow pencil has two main shapes, a fine tip or an angled tip.
So you can see the difference between the width and shape of the pencil. The finer the tip the more 'Hair like' you can draw in your brow with little flicks to give a more natural effect. The wider, angled tip gives you more definition so you can thicken the brow and give a sharper edge and fill the whole shape quickly.
Personally I prefer the smaller tip of the Brow Wiz rather than a wider tip as my brows are only light and the heavier shape tends to make them too strong a contrast to my white blonde hair.
Liv's Tip: Always fill your brows from the bottom up so the top of your brows aren't too defined. This will give you a more natural brow.
Brow Powder or Shadow
Up next we are going to the other basic, a brow powder. This is for your barely there brows or ones that don't like the penciled look. Brow powders are a great way to lightly shadow the skin of your brow area without any waxy texture. Generally a powdered brow wont last as long as a pencil or pomade but they are great way for a beginner to start filling their brows. Best brush to use is an angled brush in a natural fibre like Designer Makeup Tools 406-06 Sable Short Angle Brush as its going to be easy to use and apply product gradually rather than blobbing shadow down too quickly.
If you have a spoolie or old clean mascara wand hand they are a great way to brush out anything too dark.
Brow Pomade or Creme
This is where I think a lot of brows get too heavy. Brow pomade is essentially a gel eyeliner in eye brow colours which, if you remember the first time you tried gel eyeliner, you can understand why they can get out of hand quickly.
Brow Pomade can be used in two ways, one is to fill the entire brow and make it a strong shape like what you see on YouTube and Instagram quite often. The other way is to draw in little tiny flicks of hair to fill gaps (which is what I love) to give you very realistic tiny tiny hairs to fill a brow and make everyone believe you are as blessed as any Insta It Girl.
If you are going to go down the pomade track, please be patient and practice before you step out on the town. It takes practice and can be a little scary at first so take it slow.
Best to apply a pomade or creme with a synthetic angles brush like Designer Makeup Tools 106VS-06 Ultra Sharp Vegan Angle Liner Brush as the synthetic bristles will give a sharper line when attempting your little hair lines.
Brow Definer or Concealer
This is another one of those scary products. Mainly because its been over promoted on YouTube and social media as a crucial step but it can be quite heavy and on the wrong eye shape it is a big bad idea.
Using a brow definer like a concealer under your brow is a great way to tidy a strong brow and conceal redness around the brow area. It shouldn't ever be white, yellow, thick or unblended. EVER! While it looks great on a computer screen, this hot tip actually came from drag queens so you can imagine it can be pretty full on. If you do this on a stronger brow bone or a hooded eye you are literally drawing a stripe of attention away from your eyes and making everyone notice the skin between your eyes and brows. I don't know about you but I'd rather people see my eyes rather than the strip of skin under my brows.... Is that the whole reason we do our brows in the first place? To make our eyes look better?
If you want to define under your brows with a concealer, choose a shade that is your skin tone and not 5 shades lighter. Its only going to look crazy and its way harder to blend into the rest of your face. So keep it matching. You can always pop a later nude shadow under the arch of your brow to give you a bit of extra glow if you need.
So there you have it, the a-z of brow products. I'll be posting a brow tutorial next week with lots of info and you'll see these products in action. I hope this has been helpful and you got something from the post!
I'm not sponsored by Anastasia BH in anyway. I just love the products <3 and you can get them everywhere now so they are super accessible too.
Til Next Week ...
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