3 Products for Perfect Brows
First, we gel. Before I fill in and shape, I need to make sure that my brows are in place and I can see what I’m dealing with in terms of sparse spots that need additional filling via brow pencil. For years, I incorrectly thought that pencil went before gel until a makeup artist showed me the light. Sure enough, I was dead wrong. While it may seem counterintuitive, prepping your brows with gel first actually means you’ll need less brow pencil—and this is good news since the brow pencil I love doesn’t last as long as I’d like (making it a more expensive product).
I use Benefit Gimme Brow+ Volumizing Eyebrow Gel in shade 03 Neutral Light Brown. I’ve found that all shades of this product are very natural and work wonders to add volume and natural color to any eyebrow hairs that are lighter than I’d like. This product keeps things in place, doesn’t clump and lasts all day. So once they’re tamed and combed into place by this gel, my brows are ready for pencil.
If it works, it works, and I see no reason to stray from the products that never disappoint. Anastasia Beverly Hills’ Brow Wiz Brow Pencil in shade Taupe is still the only one I use, and for good reason. As someone with lighter brows, the shade is ideal and not overpowering or too gold. So many “light brown” or “blonde” brow pencils that I’ve tried do not pass this test and appear orangey when applied. This pencil is not only one of the products for perfect brows color, but it stays in place all day long .
When I apply this pencil, I focus on the outside half of my brows, because loading up the inside half with product is where things really start to look unnatural. Keeping things a little lighter and fluffier there allows for the overall look to appear the most natural. Focus on any sparse spots, defining your arch and filling in the ends of the brows to frame your face beautifully.
Laura Mercier’s Matte Radiance Baked Powder is 100% a part of my daily brow routine. Shade 01 is forever my favorite highlighter and it’s actually a “matte” product! While it seems counterintuitive, this product actually illuminates without sparkles or overt “shine” of any kind. It’s an essential part of contouring my face and defining my cheekbones, but it’s also a key component of my brows, too. After I’ve used both gel and pencil, I apply a light line of this highlighter (with this brush preferably, but you can use any thin brush) directly beneath the arch of my brow. While this helps define the brows of course, it also really lifts the eyes and makes everything pop. I can always tell when I’ve accidentally forgotten this step because although subtle, the impact is huge.
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