I have been waiting so patiently for my ColourPop order to arrive but alas, a couple more days to go until the lippie swatch party! In the meantime, I will address my obsession and eternal struggle for fabulous eyebrows. Even if I don’t have time for a full face, I cannot leave the house without my eyebrows – if you feel this is absurd, read this: http://www.glamourmagazine.co.uk/beauty/celebrity/2012/02/celebrity-eyebrows and reconsider. I do not have naturally good eyebrows but with the saturation of products in the market to enhance my assets, I can obtain acceptable arches. I do not shape my own eyebrows, I have no advice to lend on how to shape them but do have some favorite products to keep them tame in between waxing.
I have strawberry blonde eyebrows, I avoid brow pencils as they tend to be more pigmented and less forgiving than gels or brow mascaras. I also tend to use brow pencils like a crayon, going back and forth – the exact thing you are not supposed to do and I achieve that obviously drawn in look. My eyebrow routine starts with a swipe of UD’s Ultimate Ozone Primer Pencil above and below. I know that this product is intended for the lip line but it creates a no-budge barrier for your brows too. For my daytime look, I use NYX Cosmetics’ Tinted Brow Mascara in blonde. Unless you are a bottle, classic or deep red, I would not recommend using truly red tint in your eyebrows – they will look fake. In the summer I use blonde, in the winter I use chocolate but never red. I also don’t spend a lot of money on my brow products, I am just not that addicted to my brands. The reason I love this mascara is that it is so easy to use, the color provides just enough definition and the brush is the perfect size. Just swipe in an upward motion and use a comb to shape, it will provide the perfect amount of hold when it dries. If you get a little carried away with your swiping and smudge your forehead, just use a Q-tip to dob off. No clumping, no caking, even when you get to the bottom of the tube.
When I am done swiping and shaping, I use the pink end of the Eyebrow Push-Up Bra above and below in the same fashion as my primer pencil. This pencil also works great to highlight your water line, I keep a second on hand for this purpose. There are two things that underwhelm me about this pencil, half of it is a brow pencil that I rarely use and it does not glide, it pulls your skin a little. To combat this, I heat the pencil just a titch and dot the product on then blend with an eye shadow brush – works like a charm. I would prefer that the entire pencil was the pink highlighter but for the price, I guess it isn’t a deal breaker.
My brow game is pretty low-key but I feel oddly put together with my eyebrows on. For an additional 10 minutes or so, it is worth it to imagine that I am that much closer to stunning eyebrows.