Where my brows at?!
My relationship with my brows. It’s complicated. I’ve been growing them out for what seems like millennia (but has only been about a year).
They’re just so damned moody! Moody little brows.
Weeks will pass without so much as a peep out of them — no dramatic diva outbursts whatsoever. I’ll go about my days filling them in with eyeshadow or a brow pencil and be done in the blink of a fuzzy caterpillar’s eye.
They turn against me and become totally uncooperative.
It’s weird…and it usually happens overnight, like the follicles all had a meeting while I slept and voted to revolt.
All of a sudden, they all have their own little ideas and refuse to lay down correctly, and I start feeling like I have to use more product than usual to get them to behave. Consequently, I end up unintentionally crossing that invisible line that separates bold brows from Groucho Marx.
Told ya. Complicated.
Seriously, though, if your brows consistently behave, cherish it. You’re lucky.
Mine have been going through one of their spells… The outer tail areas (the sides closer to my ears) have been particularly ill-tempered lately, and I just haven’t been able to get them to look as crisp or defined as I like with my usual slate of products, so I’ve been brainstorming possible solutions.
And I think I found one…
MAC Brun Eye Shadow (left) and Dipdown Fluidline (right)
Instead of filling in each entire brow with a single product, I’ve been using a combination of two — a powder eyeshadow and a matte gel liner.
First, I fill in the inside half of both brows with a dark brown eyeshadow (usually MAC Brun) using an angled brush.
Applying MAC Brun to the inner portion of my brows with an angled brush
Then, I quickly clean my angled brush by wiping it across a paper towel, and use it to fill in the outer half with a matte gel liner. I’ve been using MAC Fluidline in Dipdown for this, a dark brown with a flat matte finish.
Filling the outer tail with MAC Dipdown Fluidline
The result? Brows that start softly defined closer to my nose but get progressively darker and crisper and more defined as they move out toward my ears. Natural, yet bold, and not Groucho Marx, LOL!
Naturally bold brows, yo!