January 28, 2015

DEM BROWS

     

                           Welcome back to 1984 everyone, because big brows are BACK!
If you're reading this saying "Duhhh," I know, I know. They've been making a comeback for a while (or since Cara Delevingne hit the scene) but lately companies have been KILLING IT with brow product options. I'm here to break down what I think are the best brow products out there, so you can define your brows, frame your face, look younger, and keep your brow game on fleek!
 (Sorry, had to).


What EVERYONE Needs: A Spooly
Spoolies are the bristled wands that are used more commonly for mascara, but lately for brows. At first I thought it was kind of an odd thing to use, but once I used one to comb through my brows for the first time, I was HOOKED!
You can find spoolies at the drugstore in individual packets for very cheap, but lots of brands are incorporating spoolies into their brow products. ELF makes a $1.50 stand alone spooly on a brush, & no matter how cheap you go, a spooly is essential, and embarrassingly life-changing.

Brow Pencils
There are several drugstore brow pencils out there, but I think solely because there is a spooly on one of the pencil, the best drugstore option has got to be the Maybelline's Master Shape Brow Pencil. The one thing about ANY brow product from a drugstore, is that they will most likely have a very limited number of shades. So if you're feeling spendy or having trouble matching a shade, I highly recommend the Anastasia Brow Wiz Pencil. This pencil is very small, so you can really create "hair-like" strokes. It also comes in a huge variety of shades and has probably the best spooly known to mankind attached on the other side.
As far as pencils as a whole go, I think they are the best place to start to get comfortable with filling in your brows, especially if you have never done so before.

Tinted Brow Gels
Lately I have been so into brow gels. They are a fast all-in-one solution to doing your brows. The spooly combs them, the tint "colors" them, and the gel sets them into place. This is the best thing to use if a) you love a more natural look, or b) you don't have a lot of filling in to do.
My favorite drugstore versions are the Maybelline Brow Drama (this has an AMAZING brush and shame range) or the L'Oreal Paris Brow Artist Plumper (more product & smaller brush for more control).
The hands-down best high-end gel product is the Benefit Gimme Brow. This product combs, tints, holds into place AND has fibers in it that adhere onto your natural brow to give it an actual filling effect, which is pretty amazing.

Brow Powders
Brow Powders are LITERALLY everywhere, because they are essentially just eye shadow that you use to fill in your brows. This can look very nice and natural if you pick out the right color for you. You should always remember that your brows should be a little bit darker than your natural hair color.
I think the best brow powders are the ones that come in duos, such as the Milani or Wet n Wild Brow Powders, or the Anastasia Brow Powder. You can use any kind of smaller brush to fill in your brows with powder, but I highly recommend an angled brush! It will make the powder strokes look more like hairs and much more natural. You can also use any color that suits your brow tone in any kind of palette or eyes shadow you already own! Two birds with one stone, people!

Brow Pomade/ Wax
Pomades and Waxes are best for your brows if you have bald patches or a lot of filling in to do. BEWARE, these are also easy to OVERFILL your eyebrows with, which is NOT on fleek.
(If you want to see what I mean, check out @Anastasiabeverlyhills instagram account....)
The best drugstore Wax is the Elf Brow Kit, which comes in at $3 which is obviously fabulous. & of course the best high-end option is the Anastasia Brow Pomade.
A wax or a pomade is not only great for much-needed filling in, but it's also waterproof and won't move around throughout the day. I love my Anastasia Pomade, but only use it during the summer (really because it's too light for me in the winter). The best way to apply this product is definitely with an angled brush, much in the same way as brow powders.

I know this post was long, I hope you survived & got some serious brow inspo!

What is your favorite brow product right now?
xx Mollie 

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