They say that eyebrows are the frame to the face and perfecting them can instantly perk up your everyday look. However, which eyebrow product will work best for you? From powders to pencils and gels and mousses, the right application and technique can take your look from natural to glamorous.
#1 Brow Powders: Brow powder is essentially a shadow that can enhance, define and add volume to the eyebrow. You could easily use an eye shadow (within your hair color range) and angled liner brush to apply. Choosing the right shade can make all the difference in the appearance of your brows. Too dark of a shade may have you looking like Joan Crawford and too light may not show up at all. A good rule of thumb is to pick a shadow that is one shade lighter than your natural brow color. This application, done right, can give you a natural result. Those will sparse brows can surely use brow powder but may need a brow pencil in addition to fill in any gaps.
#2 Brow Pencils: Brow pencils generally come in two forms, those that need to be sharpened and a retractable version. If you opt for the version that needs to be sharpened be sure that is hard and sharp when applying. It’s important not to push too hard when applying also. Pencils that are too soft will apply the shade too dark, thick and obvious. That’s why my personal preference are the skinny retractable brow pencils. They are skinny enough that they mimic the natural brow hairs and don’t need to be sharpened. For both pencil forms, be sure to use short and light strokes to imitate the natural brow shape. Lastly, ALWAYS be sure to blend with a spoolie brush for the most natural results. If the pencil isn’t waterproof and you have issues with your brows smudging, be sure to set them with a brow gel.
#3 Brow Gels: Brow gels look similar to mascara but are designed for your brows. They usually come clear or in tinted formulas to suit your brow needs. A clear gel can be used to set your brow shape and work great alone for those with naturally full brows. Tinted brow gels can also enhance brows by not only setting brows but adding a little color to the brows. Tinted brow gels come in a variety of shades to match your hair color and more recently, bright colors have been added for you thrill seekers.
#4 Brow Mousse: I haven’t tried many different brands that carry brow mousses but in my experience, some look similar to mascaras and some come in a potted form. Unlike a gel, a brow mousse feels less sticky and stiff. They come water resistant, add a hint of color and don’t flake like some brow gels.
Photo: Melting Pot Beauty Inc.