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Eyes are the window to the soul, and I think the same can be said for eyebrows.
It seems as though the beauty community has become more and more obsessed with eyebrows in the last couple of years. Although we may all have different opinions on “Power Brows” and “Instagram Brows”, I hope the brow trend never dies out. The shape and size of your eyebrows really alter the appearance of your entire face, a fact I wish I knew in high school when I used to pluck my eyebrows into sad, skinny, little tadpoles. Fast forward to today and I now own a myriad of brow products that I rotate through depending on the occasion, and my mood.
Whether you’re just starting out your brow journey or you’ve been around the makeup block a few times, it’s easy to be overwhelmed when sorting through all of the endless brow products we have at our disposal. If you’ve ever had trouble deciding whether you’re better off using a pencil, pen, powder or gel product then I have some advice for you. And the best part is three out of four of these products come from the drugstore!
In all of the pictures below I only put product on one eyebrow so you could see the difference 🙂
*NYX Micro Brow Pencil in Brunette
I like to use an eyebrow pencil for my everyday, not-too-fancy not-too-lazy brows. Pencils are easy to use and give me the most natural looking brows. When looking for brow pencils, always go for one that applies softly but not too gummy. The pencil should be small and precise enough for you to draw on little brow hairs if you need it.
I find that pencils also look best for people who already have a bit of hair on their brows and are just looking to fill in the empty gaps a bit. I love the NYX Micro Brow Pencil. It also has a built in spoolie at the end of it which makes it a perfect two-in-one product. I hear it’s a good dupe for the Anastasia Brow Wiz pencil, which costs twice as much!
Pros: easy to use, easy to blend, looks natural, great for beginners
Cons: may not wear very long
*elf Studio Eyebrow Kit in Medium
When I want more defined brows, I reach for a gel product like the elf Studio Eyebrow Kit. I like to use this with the elf Studio Eyebrow Duo Brush which comes with a flat, angled brush on one end and a spoolie on the other (yes, I have a lot of spoolies laying around). This product is a great dupe for the Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade.
It’s easy to go overboard with creamy products, so it’s important to use a light hand and gentle strokes when applying this to your brows. I really only focus the gel on the outer corner and use whatever product I have left on my brush to fill in the gaps in the rest of my brow. With an angled brush it’s easy to draw on a defined tip at the end of the brow and create a little square at the inner corner of the brow, a look I personally like.
Pros: more definition, lasts longer, wax helps brow hairs lay down flat, great for people with sparse hairs
Cons: easy to go overboard, can be hard to work with depending on the consistency
*Smashbox Brow Tech in Dark Brown
When I first started applying makeup to my brows, I skipped the pencil learning curve and jumped right into brow powders. At first I didn’t like it, but with practice this has become my favorite way to do my brows. Powder makes your eyebrows look natural but more done-up. This also makes my eyebrows look nice and thick, so if you have sparse hair on your brows then powder may be the way you want to go. The Smashbox Brow Tech trio comes with two powders and a clear gel to set your brows with. I haven’t found a drugstore powder product that I like just as much yet, but I’d love to hear your suggestions!
I like to apply powders with a flat eyeliner brush, focusing the darkest color mostly on the outer third of my brows. If I have any product left on my brush then I gently stroke that through the length of my brow and then apply the lighter color in the inner square using a fluffy brush.
Pros: darker and thicker looking brows, blends out nicely, easy to use
Cons: gel not required, but suggested
BROW TINT PEN
*Milani Brow Tint Pen in Dark Brown
To be honest, out of all of the types of brow products I use this is my least favorite. Maybe it’s just this particular pen, but I find that the color of the Milani Brow Tint Pen doesn’t look natural on me. Color aside, I find that sometimes pens can feel too “wet” and wipe off easily.
But the pen tip makes it easier for your to define a little tip at the end of your brows, so it has the precision thing going for it.
Cons: wears off easily, wipes off easily
I hope this little review makes it easier for you to pick out your next brow product! Good luck!