Monday, 24 November 2014

Must-haves For Brows

a photo of brow products

There's nothing that defines a face more than eyebrows, and its also one bandwagon I am most definitely firmly on. I'm naturally quite well equipped when it comes to brows, but unfortunately years of overzealous tweezing have left the front of my furry little friends a bit patchy and sad looking. All is not lost though, thanks to this little array of wonders that I rely on to make the best of my brows...

The Soap and Glory 2-in-1 Brow Filling Pencil and Brush (£8) was such a good little find. The perfect dupe for the highly coveted and twice as expensive Anastasia Brow Wiz, this multi-tasking pencil has a really fine nib which is perfect for drawing on realistic individual hairs. It only comes in two shades, but they are refreshingly cool toned which is hard to find on the high street. Quite often I'll use this to fill in my patchy bits and to define the arch of my brows before following on with another product, or if I'm feeling particularly lazy or want a very natural look I'll leave it there. I've been raving about this so much that I actually included it in both my September and October favourites without realising. Rookie error...

Now we can't talk about must-have brow products without a mention of Anastasia Beverley Hills now can we? Like everyone else after the perfect brow I picked up the Dip Brow Pomade (£15) and it's really grown on me. I wont lie, it did take me a while to get the hang of as its so easy to apply way too much and just look angry, but it was worth persevering with. It's no surprise this keeps selling out, it's a lovely waxy/creamy product that blends perfectly and once it's there it isn't going anywhere.

On the pot of goodness theme, I recently got my hands on the  newly launched Rodial Eye Sculpt (£34) which isn't actually meant for brows but its really nice for a natural look. It only comes in one colour so won't work for everyone, but I find it a pretty good match for my brows. It's has a soft, mousse-like texture which is so easy to work with. I like to use this in the day especially, just on its own. It's pretty pricey but will last for ages and its such a lovely eye product, perfect for smoking up a neutral eye and I love that I can use it for my brows too. I'm quite smitten truth be known.

I picked up the Make Up For Ever Aqua Brows (£16.75) at IMATS this year, mainly because it really intrigued me. It's a creamy paste that you need the tiniest amount of, and it builds up really nicely. It's quite similar to the ABH Dip Brow, but creamier and therefore a bit easier to apply - perfect for eyebrow newbs. It's waterproof and also has great staying power.

The best tool that I've come across for brows is without a doubt the Liz Earle Brow and Eyeliner Brush (£12.50). This is supposed to be used for eyeliner, which, given it has an eyebrow spoolie on is a bit odd if you ask me, but I never use brushes for just their intended purpose. Slanted brushes make precise application really easy, and unlike most slanted brushes it's actually quite soft and flexible without being fluffy, so you can get right in there and create the perfect arch.

Lastly, to finish things off and keep my eyebrows in place I always apply a sweep of the Benefit Gimme Brow (£17.50). I'm on my second tube of this now and couldn't be without it. The tiny little brush makes application really easy and it has just the right amount of tint and hold, without things getting a bit stiff. No one likes a crispy brow right?

So those are my must-haves for perfect brows. Have you tried any of these or do you have any of your own favourites?

Laura

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