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…
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.
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.
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!
If you don’t happen to have a gel liner on hand, any kind of long-wearing cream or gel brow filler should work fine. Alternately, you could replace the eyeshadow in this equation for a brow pencil, if that’s more your style.
Try it sometime! Even if you don’t experience Broadway-caliber brow drama (lucky!), it might be fun to change up your brow routine.
That moment when you have central heating and hot water again…
OH, GLORIOUS YES!
No more washing zombie apocalypse-style, WOO-HOO! Yes, my gas line is operational again, and I will definitely not miss freezing my butt off tomorrow morning.
I have to say, though, that living without hot running water and central heating has given me a new appreciation for both of those things, as well as an appreciation for flannel sheets.
My mom-in-law gave us of some Martha Stewart Flannel Sheets for Christmas, and they’ve been wonderful this past week. They’re super soft, warm and, wouldn’t ya know it? — on sale now at macys.com, if you’re interested.
Your (finally warm again) friendly neighborhood beauty addict,