Friday, 23 October 2015

The Brow Edit

Brow Edit, brow products, brows, urban decay naked basics, brow gel, brow pencil, loreal brow plumper, maybelline brow drama brow mascara, soap and glory brow archery, real techniques, brush, spoolie, brow products


Brow Edit, brow products, brows, urban decay naked basics, brow gel, brow pencil, loreal brow plumper, maybelline brow drama brow mascara, soap and glory brow archery, real techniques, brush, spoolie, brow products




Brow Edit, brow products, brows, urban decay naked basics, brow gel, brow pencil, loreal brow plumper, maybelline brow drama brow mascara, soap and glory brow archery, real techniques, brush, spoolie, brow products


Brow Edit, brow products, brows, urban decay naked basics, brow gel, brow pencil, loreal brow plumper, maybelline brow drama brow mascara, soap and glory brow archery, real techniques, brush, spoolie, brow products


Ah, brows. The thing that seems to be on every makeup lover's mind and every makeup artist's Instagram. In the last year or so, it seems that the market for brow products has exploded with options available for the bushiest or sparsest of brows. Through all that, the product landscape has been a bit hard to navigate and over the last few years, I've whittled down the masses of picks to my firm favourites, which are products that I know will do the job well and won't leave me with brows that seem to either be glued in place or melting off my face (the rhyme was unintentional, I promise). 

In light of all that, I thought I'd share with you the different products that I trust to keep my brows in check on a daily basis! I'll start with a little description of what my brows are like. Considering I'm a blonde, my brows are actually quite dark and substantial, with a lot of maintenance needed to prevent any caterpillar situations. Having said that, following some overzealous plucking in my teens, (we've all been there) I do have some areas that are sparse and need filling in. On top of that, my brows get a little cray if they're left up to their own devices, with the hairs flying every which way, so I generally also require a gel of some sort to fix everything in place. So without further ado, here are some of the products that get those jobs done!

The powder: I've used powder on my eyebrows for years and this used to be the one and only way I'd fill them in. Because I'm lazy and I often struggle to really find a good colour match for my brows, I forewent the many brow powder options and went straight to my most basic eyeshadow palette; the Urban Decay Naked Basics. Although my brows are quite dark, if I use a powder that's actually the same colour as the hairs, I look straight up ridiculous. I think it probably has something to do with my light hair and pale face, but I digress. Using the shades Naked 2 and Feint from the palette, normally evened out any sparse areas, as well as giving my brows a bit more definition without making it look like I had drawn them on with a sharpie. This method is one I like because I think it can give the brows a softer look than if you use a pencil, so if I'm after a more "no makeup" look, this is the method I'll go for. From my experience, powder also tends to last really well and leaves brows looking nice and natural.

The pencil: Up until about a month ago, I was ready to throw in the towel with eyebrow pencils. All the ones I'd tried were far too warm toned and made me look like I had extremely dark ginger brows - not my best look. That all changed once I found the Soap & Glory Archery Brow Pencil in the shade Blondeshell. This stuff is straight up amazing. I've been nattering on about it for a while now, and I've already mentioned it here and here, so I'm sorry to keep going on about it, but I thought that if there was ever a time to bring it up again, it would be in a brow post. This has been touted as a dupe for the Anastasia Brow Wiz by many a blogger and it is a fraction of the price. This basically has a really fine waxy pencil on one end and a spoolie on the other - practicality. The thinness of the pencil makes the application process really foolproof, even for a clumsy gal like me, so somehow I manage to apply this and still get a natural looking result. The product lasts better than anything else I've tried, so if I'm going on a night out or have a busy day ahead of me, I always reach for this. There's already a backup in my makeup drawers too - I think that speaks for itself!

The gel: Finding good brow gels is a challenge. If I had a pound for every time I've tried an awful brow gel, well... I'd have a good £10 or so! My struggle with brow gels is that they seem to either make your brows ridiculously crispy, form weird, stretchy strings of gel that end up just gathering and looking rank or they just do nothing - I'm not sure which is worst! To be completely honest, I've had no luck with tracking down a good clear brow gel, I'm not sure what it is but they just seem to always be inferior to their tinted counterparts. I'm chuffed that I have found some good tinted brow gels though, because they're fab and affordable! First off is the Maybelline Brow Drama Sculpting Brow Mascara in the shade Blonde. Quick heads up: if you actually have blonde brows, perhaps give this one a miss, it leans far more to the brunette side than anything else in my opinion. Second: yes, I know, the brush is weird. The bobble at the end of the wand has been been the qualm of many who have tried this product. However, I would advise you not to let that put you off! It's still a great product, the colour isn't too warm toned and it sticks around throughout the day to prevent your brows getting into disarray (these rhymes though, seriously). A second top runner in the tinted brow gel department is the L'Oreal Brow Artist Plumper (there doesn't seem to be a shade on mine anymore, sorry!). This has a much more normal-looking brush, which makes application a bit easier than with the Maybelline brow gel. This one definitely leaves your brows with a tiny bit of crispiness. Because of that, I use this very sparingly and tend to remove a bit of the excess product on the brush before application. Once you get that faff out the way though, it lasts beautifully. This holds my brows in place all day and seems to also contain small fibres to help your brows look fuller - not a bad deal if you've got sparse areas like I do!

The tools: Right, onto the tools I use to achieve my desired brow look on a daily basis. I'm realising now that I've left out the obvious tweezers, (I use the Tweezerman ones, they're awesome) but I'm sure you're all clued up about the importance of those! Another perhaps slightly redundant choice was to mention a spoolie. I used the spoolie on the back of a Maybelline eyebrow pencil I used to use and after a while it became extremely impractical. It took me ages to actually buy a proper spoolie and I'm pretty sure it cost me all of £2. It makes brushing through your brows so much easier and if you feel like you've gone a bit overboard with the brow product, a quick brush through can soften the whole thing up again. A third important tool are angled brow brushes. The one above is from the Real Techniques Eye Starter Set and one I've found to be very handy in applying powder to my brows. I seem to have misplaced my favourite Cala Angled Brow Brush, which I am very upset about, but that is probably the best brush I have tried as of yet to get a completely accurate and even application of powder onto your brows. I'm sincerely hoping I manage to locate that one again!

That rounds off my edit of the best of the brow products! I have tried a lot of other products that didn't make it into this post, either because I wasn't too sure about them or because they were just downright awful. Most of the products I use are from the drugstore, because I just really can't justify spending upwards of £20 on what is essentially a brown pencil/gel. I hope this has been somewhat helpful in helping guide you through the seemingly endless brow product options! It's definitely taken some trial and error, but I've found what works for me, and as an added bonus, I no longer have to walk around with ginger brows - what a plus!


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  1. This has been really helpful for me! Up until I recently purchased the Dipbrow pomade by ABH I was solely a powder brows kind of gal but I really want to venture in to some other products and find what I really like best. I think the next thing to try is a brow pencil. x

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    1. I'm so glad that this was helpful for you! I was definitely a firm believer in brow powder until I found a brow pencil that was actually good! xo

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  2. This great I am looking for the perfect brow product! I really want to find a powder x

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    1. Thank you, I hope it helped! I hope you manage to find an amazing brow powder! xo

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  3. I've been using the ABH brow wiz for a while now but I really want to get back into powders. I'll have to find an eyeshadow color that matches my brows now.

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    1. I've heard so much about the ABH Brow Wiz, I really want to try it! I tend to use brow pencils more as well because they're just so quick and easy to use! xo

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  4. Im a powder girl cuz Im lazy as hell but maybe one day Ill try out a gel one (maybe) hehehe

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    1. Haha, I definitely have lazy days with my makeup too! Hopefully you find a gel product you like! xo

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  5. I use the same products! When I'm feeling like using powder on my brows, I use the Naked Basics Palette. But when I feel like using pencil, I would use the Anastasia Brow Wiz. I also set my brows with the Maybelline Brow Drama! I like the brow drama but the wand is a very awkward shape

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    1. The Naked Basics Palette is just so versatile, I love it! The Maybelline Brow Drama is so good, but I do wish that the wand wasn't such a weird shape! xo

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