My brows and I don’t hold hands and sing songs around the campfire.
My brows and I don’t “hug it out.”
This is because my brows and I have dueling agendas. While they like the sparse spots that appear around their arches, I want brows that are fluffy and full.
While they like looking unfinished and being underwhelming, I want brows that give out high fives and say, “Haaay, GURL, HAAY!” when they enter a room.
This epic, ongoing battle for total and complete brow domination recently led me to try two new brow products coming soon from Urban Decay — one, a new line of Brow Beater pencils ($20 each), and the other a new line of Brow Tamer brow gels (also $20 each).
Both promise to bust out bad@ss submission holds on brows to wrestle them into place.
Because my brows are so unruly that it takes a team to wrangle them, I’ve been using both the new Brow Beater and Brow Tamer simultaneously to fill and shape, but if the battle with your brows is more of a testy skirmish than a mixed martial arts fight, you should be able to get good results from just one or the other.
If using both, I’ll usually start with Brow Beater, which comes with a super skinny twist-up brow pencil on one end and a spoolie on the other.
I like brow pencils with thin tips like this one because they make it easy to draw super fine hairs, resulting in a more natural brow look. This one also has a few other good things going for it, like a firm spoolie to skillfully corral unruly brow hairs, natural-looking colors and a hard texture. I feel that harder pencils are generally easier to wield and longer lasting than creamy ones (Brow Beater lasts all day).
If you like Anastasia’s Brow Wiz, you’ll probably also like this. They’re very similar.
Recommended for even the sparsest o’ brows. It’s $20 and coming soon in Taupe, Neutral Brown, Warm Brown and Dark. The shade I’m wearing here is Dark.
Then, after I’m done filling in my brows with Brow Beater, I’ll add some definition and soften the effect of the pencil by running one of the Brow Tamer gels through my entire brow from tip to tail. These are medium-hold gels for adding subtle color and leaving brows looking and feeling soft, so they’re best for ladies and gents who don’t want their brows to look too severe.
If you want something with firm hold and intense color, Brow Tamer may not be ideal. It’s $20 and coming soon in Clear, Taupe, Neutral Brown, Warm Brown and Dark. I bounce back and forth between Dark and Clear.
Both Brow Beater and Brow Tamer are coming soon to Urban Decay counters, the UD website, Sephora, Ulta and select Macy’s stores.
PRICE: $20 each
AVAILABILITY: Coming soon to Urban Decay counters, the UD website, Sephora, Ulta and select Macy’s stores.
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: Brow Beater gets a solid A, and Brow Tamer gets a borderline A-/B+
Your friendly neighborhood brow addict,