Hello and welcome to a bit of a mashup post! Speaking of mashups, this post is brought to you today by the most excellent mashup album I have EVER heard, Isosine’s Mashup Manifesto IV which you can find HERE on BandCamp. It has been blowing my mind all day. Ed Sheeran v Sia? Fallout Boy v Taylor Swift? Come ON! Anyway, let’s talk about eyebrows.
I’m actually a pretty new brow-lover. I ignored them for a long time. I didn’t really think anything needed to be done apart from making sure they were waxed regularly. Then I started filling them and my whole world changed!
I will admit, I don’t really like the whole “instagram brows” trend. If you don’t know what that is, you can google it and you’ll see a lot of SHARP, perfect, sculpted brows with very straight edges and the inner part of the brow slightly faded out. Not only do I Not Have Time Fo Dat, I just don’t like how it looks on anyone let alone on me. That’s not to say that if you like it, you shouldn’t wear it – you know my deal, wear what makes you happy! I just can’t get into it. I like a strong, full, dark but still natural brow. So that’s my little disclaimer, let’s get on with it.
I gathered together my brow stuff thinking I’d just have a couple of things to photograph and then uhhhhhhhhhhhhh
Anyway, I am not going to talk about all these things today. I thought I’d pick just a few things to run through.
Here’s my face makeup for the day, products and result. I went mostly high end here, but the brows lean more towards drugstore.
The above photo contains my totally untouched brows. All I’ve done is run a wet q-tip through them to make sure they don’t have any foundation left in them. They’re not bad really – they don’t need heaps of work. Of course, the left one is way more of a mess than the right one – don’t we all have one naughty brow and one good?
Let’s talk about how I make the magic happen. First of all, a good brow brush. My absolute ride-or-die brow brush is the Anastasia Brow Brush. It has a great spoolie on one end and a sharp, fine, angled brush on the other end. You can see it near the tweezers in the picture. The other brow brush I got in a BoxyCharm box and it’s kind of garbage, the brow brush end is too “fluffy” make it really not exact at all but I might use it for travel or something (tossing things out is hard okay?). I always give my brows a good brush through with a spoolie before I do anything to them, and I strongly recommend this for everyone as a first step.
For the purposes of the review section of this post, I decided I would do one picture with JUST the two products I bought yesterday at CVS. They’re both “mascara wand” type brow products that promise to fill and define brows. They looked pretty similar to me but in saying that I couldn’t see the wands through the packaging. I bought the Rimmel Brow This Way brow styling gel in dark brown and the L’Oreal Brow Stylist Plumper in medium brown.
The first thing I noticed when I started carefully brushing the Rimmel one through my brows is that the wand was a smidge too big to be useful for me, and the product was .. well there was a lot of it. It was a bit gloopy. I got a bit blorp of it right where I didn’t want it and it was just kind of a mess and took a lot of cleaning up. The color however was very good, nice and dark and not too warm (amirite, brunette girls? Why is everything for us so warm/orange?!). I did a bit of a cleanup (but not TOO much, I wanted this to be an honest image) and moved on.
Now, the next product was .. well.. look, I just really love it. The wand is tiny, and enables much more precision. The color is a little tiny bit lighter, but not by much, and it’s no warmer than the other one. Observe:
The top is the Rimmel, and you can see even in this picture how gloopy and “too much” it is. When I wiped this off, I noticed how even the staying power of the L’Oreal was better – it was harder to wipe off. The L’Oreal really is just a winner in every single way. It’s so much easier to use and still gives a great effect. Here’s the comparison pic.
So as you can see, the brow on (your) left is a mess. There’s stuff all over the place. The right is neater. HOWEVER! I still feel like, for me, these products aren’t quite enough by themselves. So I decided to wipe and start again, using one of my latest absolute LOVES, the IT Cosmetics Brow Power eyebrow pencil in “Universal Taupe”. They really mean it. Taupe is not a color I’d ever go for but it is actually perfect and I love it. This is a mini version that I got in an Ipsy bag and you can bet your bottom dollar I’ll be buying the full size when this one runs out. It is $24 so a little pricier than the other things in this post but well worth it IMO.
In order to use this I just give another brush through with the spoolie end and then use the other end to fill in my brows. To do that I just use short, light strokes to make sure any more sparse areas are filled in and that my brows have a more defined shape. The tail ends of my brows don’t really trail to a point so I don’t do too much there, I just run over them quickly. This is actually weirdly hard to explain and I really recommend just playing with your technique to see what works for you! Speaking of which: if you’re new to filling in your brows you might find that the look is TOO strong. Trust me – it’s not. Just let your eyes get used to your face with stronger brows. It takes time. Take a picture and see what you think – guaranteed you’ll be like “oh yes that is actually great” or you might even think they need more filling in. Anyway here’s my brows just filled in with this product:
P good IMO! After this I would pretty often use a clear brow gel to set them, something like the very cheap Ardell clear brow gel that I got from Priceline and pretty much swear by, or for a bit of extra color maybe the Maybelline Brow Drama which I really like. But now even that has been surpassed! The weird ball end of that wand has always been a bit strange to me, and the amazing little mini wand on the L’Oreal Brow Stylist Plumper has taken its place in the pack. Here’s my brows after a quick brush through on top of the crayon:
I pretty much love this product and strongly recommend grabbing it. It’s about $9 in the USA from any drugstore or Ulta, and hopefully also available in the usual places in Australia.
The stars of the show:
And here, have a bonus very-good-light pic with a lil bit of contour added for funsies (and practice):
Loving myself sick, and I hope you are too on this fine Sunday/Monday.
Some more mini reviews coming soon – as always please let me know if there’s stuff you want me to ramble on about!