Brows — my sweet, sweet joy and my sweet, sweet pain.
I’ve reluctantly come to grips with the painful reality that I will very likely never be one of those lucky gals/guys who wakes up in the morning with immaculately lush, gorgeous brows, and I’m OK with that.
Because that’s what makeup is for.
Although, truth be told, I’ll always be jealous of my BFF Jen for being one of those naturally big-browed babes…
Let me tell ya, it’s really annoying, LOL!
Back in the ’90s, when everyone was plucking their brows into oblivion, Jen was constantly bemoaning her beautiful brows, saying that they were too damn full and sooo difficult to tame. 🙂
Yeah, what I wouldn’t have given for that problem. I’m always having to fill in mine (freaking Raul!).
On the positive side, at least I’ll probably never run out of new techniques and brow products to try. There’s an endless supply and lots of room to play.
Last year I was really into filling them in with eyeshadow for a full, kinda in-your-face brow look, and sometimes, let me tell ya, those big brows entered a room before I did, haha!
These days I’m more chill about my brows… I still like them big and full, but a little less blocky and more textured, so that they look more natural and real, if that makes any sense. I want brows that look like they just naturally grew out of my head that way.
There are different ways to get a full, but natural brow look, but here’s mine. I use a brow pencil, brow gel, and follow these three simple steps.
First, you’ll need the following…
- A brow pencil with a skinny tip. I like Brow Wiz by Anastasia Beverley Hills ($21). It has a twist-up pencil on one end and a brow comb on the other.
- A brow comb (if your pencil doesn’t have one; see above)
- A clear brow gel, and my favorite of the moment is unsurprisingly called Clear Brow Gel ($22), also by Anastasia. I like it because it dries to a matte finish and has a very strong hold, so those little brow hairs don’t move a muslce once it sets.
Begin by filling in your brows with your brow pencil starting at the inner end using short strokes, light pressure, and moving in the same direction that your brow hairs grow, with the goal being to go with the natural flow.
Next, fill in the outer portion of your brows, again using short strokes, but here applying slightly more pressure than you did a moment ago. This way the hairs in inner portion of your brows (the sides closer to your nose) are a little lighter, where the hairs are normally more sparse, and darker in the outer portion, where the hairs normally grow denser.
Finally, brush a clear brow gel through your brows, then gently comb through it to break things up. That way your brows don’t look too solid or blocky.
Tada! Full (but still pretty natural-looking) brows.
A few pointers…
- If you find that you seem to apply a lot of pressure when you’re filling in your brows, try holding your pencil parallel to the brow, instead of perpendicular to it, or straight on, like you’re jabbing the point at your brow, and use the side of the brush head more than the tip.
- With your brow gel, try to get it just in the hairs, and not on your skin, basically just because when I get brow gel on my skin, it always breaks up the product too much and leaves me with blank patches.
- But even if you do end up with a few blank patches, don’t worry. Wait for the brow gel to dry, then go back in with your pencil to touch up those areas.
Your friendly neighborhood brow-loving beauty addict,