My Go-To Brow Products

A few months ago, I was using various automatic eyebrow pencils while my teeny weeny hairs were “growing out.” The reason why I say “growing out” is because my eyebrows technically stopped growing when I was a teenager due to overplucking and my own naivety.

After some much-appreciated regrowth, I’m satisfied with my eyebrows now and am back to filling them in with powder – which is by far the most natural way to do it. The reason why I disliked penciling them in is because it always looked harsh and unnatural no matter what I did.

My current eyebrow tools:
MAC #263 angled liner brush
MAC #204 spoolie brush
MAC eyeshadow “Espresso”
MAC eyeshadow “Charcoal Brown”

Of course, pick whichever tools work for you since there’s various brands out there that make an array of brushes that look just like the ones I’m talking about.

For my skin tone and the color of my hair, I’ve found that MAC’s eyeshadows in “Espresso” and “Charcoal Brown” work best for me. I have very fair, pale skin with yellow undertones; and, my hair is naturally dark brown (and not black). In the past, I tried gray-ish colors for my brows and it didn’t look quite right!

I use the angled liner brush to apply the color onto my brows. I shade from the front of the brows to the tail, and then work backwards to fill in space I missed. I shape the tops appropriately for a slight arch but nothing dramatic.

The spoolie is used to brush through the brows once they’ve been put on if I feel they’re a bit on the dark side. Sometimes I feather out the front of my brows (and leave the tail end a little darker). Honestly, it depends on my mood and how I feel about the brows after I’ve “put them on.”

Both “Espresso” and “Charcoal Brown” are dark brown shades that are warm in tone. Nothing is worse than accidentally using a bronze shade or a brown with reddish undertones. Then, you definitely won’t match and forget about wanting your brows to look natural!

I’ve found “Espresso” is the perfect dark brown shade and it’s very forgiving with various shades of darker hair. “Charcoal Brown” is lighter than “Espresso” and works for me when I’m wearing heavier eye makeup. I like to contrast the darker eye makeup with slightly lighter brows to tone it down a bit. “Charcoal Brown” seems to suit many people – including those with brown, light brown, and dark blonde hair. It’s really all about how much you apply – all this can be controlled with a light hand.

Another great thing about using these products as brow products is that they double as regular eyeshadows. Both are great for crease work, lining your eyes, and adding drama by smoking it up in the outer corners.

Here’s an example of “Charcoal Brown” used on the brows and on my lids. Also on my lids are Burberry “Pale Barley” and MAC “Bronze,” with “Charcoal Brown” blending it all together along my barely there crease. :)

*Pictures taken using CANON POWERSHOT SD1300 IS DIGITAL ELPH (12.1 Megapixels)

Eyebrows are Important

As the title states, eyebrows are important; and, as the picture clearly depicts – unless you want to walk around looking like Lord Voldemort, reconsidering the importance of your brows can be helpful. However, without understanding its significance and its function, I think many women neglect the eyebrows – thinking, as long as they pluck – there’s nothing more they need to do. The truth of the matter is, without eyebrows, our faces lack shape and structure. There’s nothing that frames the features on our faces. Our hair, much like eyebrows, has a similar function – and, this is why it is commonly said that front layers “frame” the face – helping the overall appearance of your face to be slimmed (or so they say).

Shamefully, when I was in my teens, I got tweezer happy and plucked away every single stray hair in the eyebrow region. Because I persistently did this, the eyebrow hair that now grows – grows back sparse and patchy. Genetically speaking, the hair that grows on my face grows thin on its own; however, though this is great in general, it’s not too great for my barely there eyebrows. So, to all the youngsters out there who want to grow up so fast – don’t over pluck. And, thick eyebrows are ‘in’ anyway.

For the longest time, I struggled to fill in my brows with powder because every one was saying that it was the best option for a “natural look.” Sure, this works if you have HAIR; and seeing as how powder doesn’t quite adhere to bald skin like I want it to – I’ve resorted to using eyebrow pencils to get the job done. But the problem has always been in the color range.

I don’t have black hair and I don’t have typical brown hair either. And, if you follow the rule of thumb – shade your brows a shade or two lighter than the hair on your head – technically…there’s not a suitable color for me. Boo. For years, I’ve been using a combination of MAC’s Lingering and Spiked eyebrow pencil to get the color I want (since there was no in-between shade. Seeing as how they’re $15 a pop – $30 on just my brows every few months was annoying, costly, and well, I felt stupid for doing that since I already have a lengthy and costly makeup habit any way to begin with.

Pictured below are MAC’s automatic eyebrow pencils in Lingering and Spiked respectively. MAC’s website says that this is a “self-propelling, self-sharpening, brow defining” pencil that “confidently adds what you need: shape, colour, [and] density in one streamlined tool.” It states that “like a pen, [it] creates its own just-right point…[and] provides definition, shape, deepens/fills in colour.”

Notice how Lingering is probably more suitable for those who are medium brunettes and some blondes, while the dark shade, Spiked, is probably more suitable for those with really dark hair – pretty much black. Previously, mixing these shades was my costly solution until recently.

My new, cheaper solution that gets the job done way better: Maybelline’s Define-A-Brow pencil that looks just like MAC’s. Only this time, I just need one pencil, in the perfect shade (MEDIUM BROWN), all for roughly $5. Holla. It’s the same waxy texture, that glides on easily, draws onto the skin yet fades into the hairs, and easily controllable. The medium brown shade is much warmer and is just what it says it is: a medium brown tone – it’s not too dark that it looks black, and it’s not too light that it looks like it’s meant for a blonde. Perfection. Best of all, the formula is smudge-proof – which is always a good thing since it’s never attractive to walk around with a half of a brow on a humid day.

None of these products claim to be “waterproof,” however, I think all of them come close to being “water resistant.” It’s probably best to not go swimming with your eyebrows drawn on, but running to your car on a rainy day won’t smear your brow shade all over your forehead!

Pictured here are swatches of MAC’s automatic eyebrow pencils in Lingering, Spiked, and Maybelline’s Medium Brown respectively. So, instead of spending $30 just for brows every few months, I can take that $30 and spend it once a year on my brows. Problem solved, and I’m happy. What are your go-to brow products?

*Pictures taken using CANON POWERSHOT SD1300 IS DIGITAL ELPH (12.1 Megapixels)
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