She’s writing about brows again? Why yes, yes I am, because not only am I borderline obsessed but I have reason to believe that you are too, if the amount of conversations I have about eyebrows on a weekly – nay daily – basis is anything to go by. And no they’re not instigated by me. Not all of ‘em, anyway. Today's topic? My current favourite brow bits.
I was sent a few bits from the revamped Eylure range (loving the new packaging, btw!), and the wax crayon, €8.49, was my pick of the pack. For convenience and ease of use, it’s much easier to run this lightly through the brows than to mess about dipping brushes into solid wax, and it works really well to hold my brows in shape once I’ve brushed them through. It also serves to tame those pesky wiry little hairs that seem to have minds of their own.
The Kevyn Aucoin Precision Brow Pencil is HG for me (that’s Holy Grail if you’re not down with the beauty blogger lingo) if my brows need a lot of defining. If they’re a bit patchy, thinner than I’d like or I’m not quite happy with the shape, the super skinny nib and excellent colour match of the Dark Brunette pencil helps me to sort things in a quite convincing way.
On happier brow days (they do happen, if very occasionally!), Benefit’s Gimme Brow, €23.65, will often suffice on its own. Don’t mistake this for any old brow gel: it’s packed full of fibres that adhere to your natural brow hairs to add fullness and thickness, while holding everything in shape. It’s quick, it’s easy and it works.
The Wet n Wild kit was the winner of the three budget brow kits I pitted against each other here. It’s pocket friendly and the shades are good but the packaging reflects the price; I’ve been using the L’Oreal Brow Artist Genius kit lately and think it could be a contender. Watch this space!
It hasn’t been getting much use in the colder weather, but Make Up Forever Aqua Brow, €20, is a brilliant pick for when the temperatures start to pick up. This highly pigmented gel always comes away with me on holiday, where it’s invaluable for its long-lasting, water resistant and smudge proof ways. If you use a light hand, the finish looks nice and natural, too.
Of course, all the products in the world will not make a difference if your brows are a whack shape – and trust me, bad brows do happen to great people. This is really a case of do what I say, not what I do, because my trips to brow artists tend to be born out of fear and desperation, about six months later than I should have had ‘em seen to. But regular professional shaping followed by at-home maintenance between visits is really the way to go.