You know me, I love a bushy brow. Even way back when slim brows where the thing I was still rocking a fairly larger brow than everyone else – slim brows and me just don’t mix (which 12 year old Suzie did discover back in 2003 and never over-plucked again). I may not be a whizz (yet) when it comes to wielding a blending brush, but brow pencils and angled brushes? Gimmie!
Practice makes perfect (or close enough) but I can’t take all the credit. Below are a few brow babes I can’t live without:
Brow Brush: Best for naturally super thick brows, combing out product and just general grooming. My weapon of choice is the Topshop Brow Pencil in “Brown”. The colour match is a little too warm for me, but for lightly filling in and not thickening the brows it works, but the real beauty is the brush on the end which is not only super convenient, but a damn good brush too – can’t stand those stupid tooth brush-esque ones, ya know?
Powder Shadow: Perfect for filling in sparse areas in the middle of the brow. When used alone the right colour can be used to give perfectly arched (and slightly un natural) brows. MAC’S Charcoal Brown isn’t my ideal shade for doing this but it works just right when brushed over a more cool toned pencil to give just the right brow colour – not to dark, not too warm. I find using a shadow on top of everything else fills the brow out and gives real oomph to them.
Angled Brush: Use with a powder shadow and thank me later. I use a MAC 266 and the shape allows me to fill in the tail end and lower inner brow (where straight lines are needed) with minimal effort. It’s also brilliant if you like a sharp arch too but works just as well when it comes to creating curved lines.
Brow Pencil: This is where the whole obsession started and I was amazed that I could draw hairs into sparse areas where there were none. I use the L’Oreal Super Liner Brow Artist*, but the Rimmel Professional Brow Pencil is a cheaper offering but with less chance of a colour match. This is a good one to start off with if you’re new to pencil. My advice? 1) Keep them sharp – otherwise they just tend to get a bit smudgy 2) You need a steady hand – have breakfast before putting your makeup on if you’re generally shakey – otherwise you’ll end up with brows where you don’t want them. Been there, done that.
Super Fine Brow Pencil: Okay, so not an essential if you have everything else, but if you’re looking to up your game and are pretty handy with a pencil then a super fine pencil is worth investing in. I currently use the Clinique Super Fine Liner For Brows* in 02 – Soft Brown a surprisingly perfect colour match. I love this one for thickening the under side of my brows and the sparse area at the front (where my monobrow is forever trying to make a comeback), as that’s where you’d expect to be able to see some fine hairs. If you want incredibly natural brows but aren’t a fan of power – give this a go.
Got all that? Good. Pick a few of these up and consider your mischievous brows managed.