Eyebrows on point, life on point: it’s just a fact. I was lucky enough to be born with naturally flawless Scottish brows that don’t need fucking with, but others aren’t as lucky as I am. This is where makeup comes in. Thing is, it’s totally overwhelming! Pomades! Pencils! Powders! Where does it end?! Luckily, all you really need to keep your brows in check are some tweezers, a brush, and something to fill them in. There are a few other things you can do to keep them in check, but let’s start with the basics.
Before I go any further, it’s worth saying that the holy grail of eyebrow products is anything by Anastasia Beverly Hills. If you win this season of RuPaul’s Drag Race you get a free lifetime supply! Anastasia Soare started with a salon in Beverly Hills and ended up being the famed brow groomer of the stars (and by that I mean Kim K), so naturally she began to hawk her own products, and is now the empress of eyebrows. Naturally, her products are pretty pricy, but, luckily, just about every cosmetics company out there is making eyebrow products these days, so you can go as low or high end as you want. ABH also recently rolled out a line of liquid lipsticks that are supposedly to die for, as well as a contour kit and some eyeshadows that look lovely. So keep an eye out for a full-on cosmetics empire in the future!
Anyway, onto what you need:
TWEEZERS: This is kind of a duh. Tweezerman tweezers have a major cult following, but like many cult beauty products, they’re expensive. If you’ve got really long individual hairs, you can get a small pair of BROW SCISSORS to trim them with.
SPOOLIE BRUSH: sort of like a mascara brush, but straighter and usually bigger. Helps brush your hairs into what direction you want them to go in, very useful if you have unruly brows.
Okay, the next list is gonna look scary, but keep in mind that you only need ONE of these:
BROW PENCIL: your most basic of brow fill-ins, also the easiest to use. The big thing about filling in your brows is unless you have naturally jet black hair or are purposefully going for that painted-on look, you should avoid black and stick with lighter colors. This is why you might want to avoid using just plain regular eyeliner, especially if you have light hair. Try to go for khaki-toned colors when picking your shade.
BROW POWDER: Generally lighter, softer, and more natural-looking than brow pencils, it’s also slightly trickier to apply. Again, you might want to stay away from just regular eyeshadow because you’re going to want something completely matte and with a soft texture. Apply brow powder with an ANGLED LINER BRUSH.
BROW POMADE: This is for the hardcore brow artistes. If you have really super unruly brows that are also fine to the point of almost non-existant, you should consider investing in some pomade. Also applied with a fine brush, you have to be super careful when applying it, lest you get wonky, asymmetrical brows.
BROW MASCARA: slightly easier to use than brow pomade, but still something that should only be used by those with super-fine brows, as it’s much heavier than pencils or powder.
Those products are your basics for brow maintenance. There are a few others for if you really want that eyebrow game high score:
EYEBROW WAX/GEL: if you need a little extra help keeping everything in place, consider getting a wax or a clear gel.
HIGHLIGHTER/CONCEALER: highlights the browbone underneath the brow, and conceals those little hairs so that your brows are in the right shape without lots of tweezing and shaving.
SETTING POWDER: just like with the rest of your makeup, setting powder goes on and keeps it there.
So go forth and be on fleek!