Defined and well-groomed eyebrows can really bring your whole look together. They frame the face, balance out your facial features and make you look younger. But finding the right eyebrow products can be a challenge. There are so many on the market: pencils, powders, waxes, kits with stencils, kits without stencils, kits with shaping waxes… How to choose the best one for your needs? Which one gives a more natural appearance? And what colour should you choose? Here are a few tips to help you make the right choice:
A pencil is probably the most used tool to fill in eyebrows, but it is also one of the trickiest. Pencils tend to glide on smoothly without tugging and provide a more precise application, but can also often look too harsh and give you that ugly “drawn-on” appearance. To avoid that and make your eyebrows look natural, you have to use light, feathery and quick strokes. This requires both a steady hand and lots of practice. My favourite eyebrow pencil is Senna Sketch A Brow. It has buildable pigmentation and a thin point, which makes it easier to create faux hair that looks real. And it also features a small comb on one side to tame unruly hair. If your pencil doesn’t come with a comb, you could use an old mascara wand. That will do the trick too.
2. Eyebrow powder
I prefer to use powders to fill in my brows because they tend to look more natural (unless you overdo it, in which cause they’ll look heavy). They have a natural, matte finish, are great for filling in patches and last long. Make sure you opt for one with buildable colour payoff as that gives you better control over application and will prevent you from using too much product. If you don’t want to invest in an eyebrow powder, then opt for a matte eyeshadow that matches your brow colour exactly. Whatever you use, apply it with an angled brush for a more precise application.
Powders are often included in kits. One of my favourites is the Sleek Makeup Brow Kit. It comes with a creamy shaping wax that glides on smoothly, giving definition to eyebrows and taming unruly hair; an eyebrow powder to set the shaping wax and make eyebrows look naturally fuller; two brushes for an easier application; and a pair of tweezers to get rid of stray hair (the tweezers are also the dud of the kit, being too small to do their job properly). This is a great kit for those on a budget as it features all you need for brow grooming at an affordable price.
3. Brow kit with stencils
To me, brow kits with stencils are the best option for newbies. Stencils make it easy to create a nice, arched shape. You don’t have to worry about where to start plucking from; just place the stencil over your brow, fill it in with powder and, once you’ve got a good shape, you can start cleaning it up and removing stray hairs. It’s true that it’s difficult to find a stencil that fits your brow shape perfectly, so you may have to move it around a little, but still, they are a pretty good guide for colour placement.
Senna Form A Brow kit includes 4 stencils in different sizes, so most people will be able to find a good match. In addition, it also features three brow powders, a mirror, a brush to apply the powder, a brush to tame unruly hair and instructions. Kits like this also allow you to gather everything you need at a reasonable price. It’s true that the Senna one is on the pricey side, but then getting all these products separately may cost you pretty much the same, if not more. Plus, these kits are also very travel-friendly.
- Always choose a powder or pencil with a matte finish. Shimmering brows aren’t attractive!
- Always choose a shade that matches that of your brows exactly, otherwise your brows will look fake and unnatural. And avoid black shades, even if you have black hair. Black is way too harsh. Instead, opt for a dark-brown hue.
- For a more defined look, tidy up the edges of the brows with a creamy concealer.
- If simply combing isn’t enough to tame unruly hair, consider purchasing a brow gel. They are mascara-like products that are available either clear or slightly tinted.
The Bottom Line
While pencils provide a more precise application, powders are easier to apply and tend to look more natural. Brow kits instead are a great way to get everything you need for eyebrow grooming without breaking the bank and are also easy to travel with. If you’re a newbie, choose one with stencils, which will act as a guide for colour placement. Whatever products you decide to use, make sure you choose a matte, buildable shade that matches that of your eyebrows for a more natural look.
What products do you use to groom your eyebrows?