Thursday, 19 March 2015

Brow 101 - The Complete Guide to Brow Make-Up

Brow 101

With so many different brow products on the market nowadays, it can be hard to know what product is right for you. To help you on your way, here's the lowdown on the Brow 101.
Do you use a make-up for your brows, if so what do you find works for you? Leave a comment down below or tweet me.
HD Brows Foxy Palette
1. Powder
Brow powder is a great product if your after a softer look. I recommend applying the powder with an angled brush, using light strokes. The product is buildable, so start off light and build up the colour, if your after a more intense look. I love how versatile powder can be as you can also mix shades together to create your own custom colour that works for you. Palette's are an excellent investment as a little goes along way, the best I've found are the HD Brows Palettes and MAC eye shadows. My favourite brush to apply Brow powder is from Crown Brushes.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Pomade
Pomades are one of the newer kids on the block and again are great value for money, due to there strong pigmentation. These are better if you are little more advanced with your brows, as they take a bit longer to perfect. Using a fine angled brush is best to apply the pomade, making sure you wipe off any excess before application, I then like to brush the colour out with a mascara spoolie to create a softer look. I have a full review on the Anastasia Brow Pomade, but I've also heard the new NYX cosmetics version is good too.

HD Brows, Maybelline Brow Drama & Benefit Gimme Brow
These are great if your in a rush, but still like to define your brows. They give a beautiful wash of colour to the eyebrow and are also buildable to cover up any gaps you may have. Most drugstore brands do a version now that are available in a wide range of colours, but my favourite is Benefit Gimme Brow as the brush is the perfect size for your brow area.

MAC Eye Brows in Stud & Soap and Glory Archery in Hot Chocolate
Pencil can give you a more precise brow, helping fill in any gaps you may have with tiny pencil strokes. I'd say a brow pencil is a staple to have in your make-up bag, as it's great for quick touch ups on the go. As well as filling in any gaps, these can be useful for outlining your brow to create your initial shape and also can be smudged out to form a softer look. I like using a pencil to define the outline of the lower part of my brow, I then smudge this up into the brow to remove any harsh lines I may have. MAC Eyebrows is one of my favourite pencils as the tip is so tiny, but a good drugstore version is Soap and Glory Archery.

Soap & Glory Archery and NYX Eyebrow Marker
Brow Marker is another relatively new concept which is very similar to a super fine felt tip marker and again can be used to create light hair strokes in sparse areas. I love a brow marker as it is very natural looking, but does take a bit of perfecting. Although a little practise is needed, if your not confident, this can be a great alternative to a pencil as it gives an even softer finish. NYX Cosmetics Eyebrow Marker and Soap & Glory Archery are affordable options.

MAC Clear Brow Set
If all else fails, you can always go for the good old clear brow gel or Vaseline to swipe through your brows. Not only is this a quick, non time-consuming option, it also pins all those unruly brow hairs into place, so your brows stay groomed and neat all day long. The one that keeps my eyebrow hairs in place all day is MAC Clear Brow Set, but you can also go for the cheaper option, Vaseline, which works just as well with a mascara spoolie to brush through the hairs.
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