There are certain risks we are not willing to take in life. Ordering sushi from a fast food restaurant? Nope. Telling a room of Game of Thrones fans that we actually liked the last episode of the series? Never. And messing with the shape of your brows? Absolutely not. We all know too well the tragic aftermath of over plucking the small hair. So, we consider our eyebrows a sacred territory.
Bushy brows are in style, and it can no longer be considered just a trend but an industry focus. Full, lush eyebrows are a tell-tale sign of youth. No matter the face, a prominent brow can take years off your face. Defined brows are essential for framing your face and helping you express yourself. The fact that eyebrows play an extremely essential role in accentuating your facial features is exactly why we typically turn to the professionals for anything that has to do with our arches.
Since many salons have temporarily closed to slow the spread of COVID-19, tweezing a few strays is more tempting than ever. Self-isolation or not, you can, in fact, clean up your brows at home. Also, it is perfect timing for anyone with pencil-thin eyebrows. Look out for conditioning and moisturizing products that include oleic acid, lecithin, and atelocollagen as active ingredients. Applying castor oil over your brow hair overnight can do wonders; it activates dormant hair follicles while simultaneously nourishing them for rapid re-growth.
Pro tip: Almond oil can be used as an alternative if castor oil doesn’t agree with you. Almond oil has the same properties as castor oil in terms of moisturizing brow hair, stimulating hair growth.
If you know any eyebrow obsessive, you know that they are not messing around when it comes to perfectly sculpting, feathering, and brushing their eyebrows. These people tend to be the most hard-to-please beauty shoppers. And they are right to set the bar up high. What makes finding the best eyebrow makeup even more tricky is all the personal factors at play. Everything from your skin type to your hair colour, and ahem, how badly you over-plucked back in the days when you thought tweezers were your best friends.
Generally speaking, pencils and their precise tips are ideal for adding definition and a more structured shape to your brows. Powders are ideals for creating the illusion of volume and fullness, while gels tend to have slightly more grip to help tame unruly hair. Read on for the best brow products available these days.
Brow Product #1: Benefit Gimme Brow Eyebrow Gel
No exaggeration, I have tried just about every gel out there, and nothing beats Gimme Brow Gel. It doesn’t matter if you have razor-thin brows; this product pumps up brows with microfibers, so they look fuller and fluffier. It comes in 11 shades and is water-resistant as well as long-wearing. The trick is to backcomb your brow hair with a teeny-tiny brush that is custom to the brand, then swipe them upward and into place. It is practically impossible not to be obsessed with this product!
Brow Product #2: Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow-Wiz
This classic product doesn’t look impressive at first glance, honestly, and if you are going by shape alone, you can find plenty of dupes. The brand offers ten shades, and all of them are exceptionally good. The formula has the right consistency, not too hard and not too soft either. It has a precise tip that doesn’t require sharpening. The waxy consistency formula helps mimic brow hair to work even if you have little to no eyebrows and simultaneously keep your brow hair in place. Win-win situation right there!
Brow Product #3: Glossier Boy Brow
Glossier’s top-selling Boy Brow has always intrigued me. Lightweight and pigmented formula groom, condition, and fluff your brows for a polished look with flexible hold and a touch of natural colour. Boy Brow comes in a small, white tube with a short fluffy spoolie. The product presents four shades, which include clear, blonde, brown, and black. Pretty convenient and straightforward, uh? Prepare for your life to change.
Brow Product #4: Urban Decay Brow Endowed
Thick, luscious brows almost felt like a dream to me until I found this product. Urban Decay Brow Endowed has a double-sided end that volumizes and sets brow hair with a primer that fluffs and holds, combined with a tinted cream that fills and shapes. What is truly, truly appreciated in this product is that it has these delicate little wands that help build on colour naturally.
Brow Product #5: Maybelline Tattoo Studio Brow Tint Pen
It wasn’t until I turned 20 that I realized a huge difference a perfectly defined arch could make. Intrigued, I tried Maybelline Tattoo Studio Brow Tint Pen. Unlike most clunky brow markers, this one has a four-pronged tip that gives you the same realistic hair-like strokes as professional micro-blading tools would provide. The formula also boasts a lofty, 24 hours smudge-proof claim.
Pro Tip: flip the tip of the pen so that it is horizontal and then draw hair-like strokes upward. It makes the final product look much more realistic.
Whether your eyebrows grow like weeds or are pencil-thin, it goes without saying that eyebrows of all shapes and sizes are beautiful. If you want to ride the bushy brows train, by all means, buckle up. Otherwise, keep rocking what you have got. Plus, trends don’t even last that long literally. Please tell us what you think about this trend & your favourite go-to brow product.