I have to hold my hands up, for a few weeks ago I mauled my eyebrows. Mauled is certainly the correct word here. I went on an eyebrow plucking marathon and managed to take too much from the front, ends, top – you name it, I plucked it. Luckily it was just before I went on holiday, so while I was away I went into brow rehab, took a step back from the tweezers and managed to let them recover. And that’s something I’ve been doing since; minimal plucking paired with a bit of pencilling in and shading and just four weeks later they’re already looking better – less angry brow, more happy ‘beautifully arched, frames the face’ brow. But there are a few products that I rely on (quite heavily right now), to get them there…
In terms of tweezers, although I’m trying to steer clear of them at the moment, the best in the market are Tweezerman’s by a mile. So sharp, they grab every single little hair, rather pricey but worth the investment. Then to shade, fatten and elongate my brows I either use an eyeshadow or a pencil. Eyeshadow if I have a little less time on my hands as it’s what I’m more practiced at doing and pencil if I need something longer lasting. The eyeshadow that I find matches my brow shade nicely is MAC’s Espresso and I apply it with an Eco-Tools Angled Brush*. Then for pencil, my recent purchase of the Laura Mercier Eye Brow Pencil in Warm Brunette is perfect. Can Laura Mercier do any wrong? It’s long-lasting, the easiest colour choice I’ve ever made (you match it up to your hair colour, I have warm brunette hair simples) and not too difficult to use. After I’ve applied either the eyeshadow or pencil, I quickly run the Eco-Tools Mascara Wand* through my brows just to make sure the colours dustributed evenly. As a final touch, I’ve been quickly applying the Anastasia Tinted Brow Gel in Espresso just to keep everything in place for the day. It might aound like a bit of a faff written out like this but each morning it takes a minute or two to complete. You know me I’d rather be sleeping than fiddling around with my face in the morning!
I think the moral of the story here is if you fancy a brow overhaul then it’s probably best to leave it to the professionals. I had my brows done at a Benefit Brow Bar a while back now and I couldn’t reccomend them enough (post on that here). I think when my brows have recovered I’ll definitely start making trips there for a bit if up-keep. Until then I will be playing the following phrase on loop in my head, ‘step away from the brows, step away from the brows…’