Ahh eyebrows, Cara Delevingne’s gift to the world. If not for her I’d still be throwing away $30 each month to get my eyebrows waxed or threaded. But luckily I know better now; I invest in brow pencils instead and tweeze sparingly.
My brows have always leaned more towards thin and sparse than thick and full. In fact, I was one of the few people in my middle school class who did NOT have a unibrow and everyone was convinced I was secretly plucking them (this was the late ’90s when Rachel Green brows were in, btw). Fast forward to 2013, the height of the Delevingne-esque eyebrow trend, when I was obsessively applying castor oil to my brows before bed every night. It worked; I had more eyebrow hair! But wait, something was still wrong. My brows still had no shape and parts of it were still patchy.
Enter the brow pencil, my lazy go-to for filling in eyebrows. Lately I alternate between Diorshow Brow Styler and Benefit’s Instant Eyebrow Pencil, which has been discontinued and replaced by the new Goof Proof Brow Pencil. The best part about the Dior brow pencil is that you don’t need to sharpen it (although the tip is very delicate, so be careful). And although I’ve liked eyebrow wax, powder, and gel, I’ve found that pencils are not only easier and quicker to use, they also give me more natural results. Because I already have dark brows, I opt for a lighter pencil for a more softer look.
My method is simple: As I start filling in my sprouts (the beginning of the brow), I use my other hand to lift up my arch and pencil upward, then I follow the natural shape to the brow tail. I use the spool to brush upward and along my shape to smooth everything out. Sometimes I’ll underline the lower part of my brow for a more precise shape. Finally, to further emphasize an arch, I use my favorite highlighter stick from W3ll People along my brow bone. And that’s pretty much it! It all sounds more high maintenance than it actually is, I promise. P.S.: here’s a really good tutorial from Into The Gloss.
Let me know your brow routine in the comments!