I wouldn’t be the first or the only person to acknowledge the importance of eyebrows. They frame your face and make your features stand out. Unfortunately, my eyebrows are really invisible because the hair is very sparse. After having overplucked my eyebrows and used products that are way too dark for my coloring, I have finally come up with a brow routine that works for me. Today I’m sharing my 5 brow essentials that give me the eyebrows I should have been born with!
I prefer to pluck the wayward hairs off, but mostly just below my brows. I was a little skeptical about Tweezerman tweezers. I mean, how different can tweezers be, right? Why would I pay several times the price for a pair of tweezers? After reading so many raving reviews about these though, my curiosity got the better of me, and I purchased a pair. Guess what? I don’t regret a single bit! As you can probably see from the lettering that has worn off a bit, I have owned this pair for quite a while (at least a year and a half), and they still work really well! They can grab even the hair that is still partially hiding under the skin with amazing precision, which I really appreciate! My major gripe with cheaper tweezers I had in the past is that they became looser, and I had to constantly opening them up a bit to make them work again. This is something I haven’t had to do all this time with this pair! I also like the fact that they come in a variety of colors. It’s irrelevant really, but I think it adds a fun element to my bathroom cabinet.
Ever since I got Bobbi Brown Sable and Eye Brow Brush from the US last November, I have been using them on a daily basis. I have reviewed them separately in the past (here and here. Those are my earlier posts though, so please don’t be too hard on me), and I still think the Eye Brow Brush is the most amazing brush I have tried for my brows (believe me, I have tried my fair share of them). I dab the brush in Sable and fill my eyebrows with light feathery strokes, and voila I’ve got eyebrows! Sable is perfect for my coloring; it doesn’t make my eyebrows look too dark or harsh.
The lesson I learnt from being matched to Sable is that your ideal brow-filler shade might be different from what you expect. I would have expected a much darker shade just because my hair is dark, while in fact anything darker would be an overkill. When it is possible, try it on or get help from a sales assistant. That will prevent you from sporting eyebrows that are way too dark and make you look mean. Ladies who have very light hair color, on the other hand, would benefit from going two shades darker.
While we’re at it, I have also used Sable as a contour shade and it rocks harder than a rockstar! Now that’s what I call versatility!
Bobbi Brown launched the Natural Brow Shaper & Hair Touch Up recently. I got to try it out in Mahogany. In retrospect I might only need it in Rich Brown, but it is a PR sample and I didn’t really get to try it on before taking it home. Mahogany does work for me though, as you will see in the picture later. I just need to use a very light hand!
As you can see, the brow shaper comes with a brush that is very similar to that of mascara. In my experience, the tip usually comes with more product, and if you go right at it with the tip you might end up with too much on your brows. What I do is I lay the brush down horizontally and use very light and short strokes to go through my brows. This formula does keep hair in place. You don’t have to brush the hair up and down before you use this, as it has that part covered too.
The brow shaper hangs on better than an eyeshadow, which might really come in handy if you’re exerting yourself a little physically. Unless you really rub, it doesn’t go away with water. However, my Bioderma and definitely a regular makeup remover can remove it very easily. I wouldn’t promise this will hold on to a whole trip to the beach, but you definitely won’t have to touch up as often as you would if you were using an eyeshadow to fill your brows. Let’s just say this will for sure be in my beach bag this summer!
Now we have got our eyebrows filled, what should we do to make the brow bones pop a little more? Ladies and gentlemen, may I introduce you to Bobbi Brown Bone? This unassuming pot of off-white eyeshadow is my go-to brow bone highlighter shade, whether or not I’m wearing other eye makeup on a given day.
It is matte, but it is not a flat, dull matte. It gives the skin under my brows a nice sheen that doesn’t deteriorate to looking greasy at the end of the day. The difference is subtle, but the second I dab it on with my MAC 217 I can see the arch of my eyebrows has been lifted. You really have to try it for yourself to experience the magic! I don’t think I have used anything else to highlight my brow bones after I got this pot. It is not shimmery, so with or without other eye makeup it is not going to look weird (say goodbye to weird reflection in pictures)!
Here is a swatch photo of Bobbi Brown Brow Shaper in Mahogany, Bobbi Brown Sable, Bobbi Brown Bone, and Bobbi Brown Bone sheered out. If you look very closely you can see the slight sheen Bone gives when it is sheered out. Please note the effect will be even more natural if you use an eyeshadow brush.
This is me with my brows filled. The right side (your left) is filled with Sable, and left with Mahogany.
What do you think? Could I have been born with them? What do you use to fill your eyebrows? I would LOVE to hear about it!
Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx
Disclosure: This post contains one PR sample, and I purchased everything else with my own money. This has no influence on my integrity and commitment to my readers.
Bonus behind-the-scene photo. I thought it’d be a good idea to snap some pics with Muffin now that I have a tripod. The only thing she could think of was apparently getting the heck out of there!