5 Tried and True Eyebrow Products
Two years ago, if you were to ask me what one beauty product I couldn't live without, I would have said mascara without a mili-second of hesitation. I have super blond lashes, so it's always seemed like a must. That said, two years ago, I wasn't in the practice of doing my equally-as-blonde eyebrows on a regular basis. Mostly because I once stole my mom's black eyeliner as a child and thickly traced over my brows with it. Obviously, it turned into a big old mess. (It was also waterproof, so you can imagine the ordeal it was to get it off.) But now that I do my brows regularly, the "one beauty product" question has been really tough to answer.
Applying eyebrow makeup is much like getting the perfect winged eyeliner. It takes practice to get it right and it can seem like an incredibly daunting task. Perhaps that's why it never became part of my routine. I've heard people explain how "it really frames your face" and how "necessary it is to a complete makeup look" time and time again, but it wasn't until I came across a less-intimidating-to-apply product that I really believed it in my case. And it was a slippery slope from there. Now, I might even dare to say that my brow makeup is equally as important to me as my mascara.
Here are a few of the brow products that I've tried and love.
As I mentioned above, this is the brow product that really started it all. It looks like a mascara brush and all you have to do is swipe it over your brows. It tints them with color and keeps them in place. Your brows looked sculpted and defined, and you don't have to worry about getting the line right. It also is enriched with antioxidants, honey suckle and sage extract, so it conditions your brows as you wear it.
After I got the hang of the brow gel, I was ready to graduate to a pencil. This one is really manageable because, like the name says, it's really fine so you don't have to worry about over-doing it. It gives you the ability to draw in fine hairs and it comes with a brush to help you blend it all in.
Soon, I felt confident enough to move on to powders. I was lucky enough to meet with Joey Healy himself and get a few application tips to help me get started. The goal of this one is to help you softly fill your brows in and the formula is waterproof, so it's not going anywhere. I think the real trick with this one is the Duo Brow Brush ($28). It's has firm, thick bristles made from cruelty-free boar and badger hair, so it offers more control in my opinion.
Now, this is where I got fancy. I came across this one in what feels like serendipity. I dropped my Joey Healy powder and it shattered everywhere, but literally the next day this one came to my desk. It's a creamy brow product so I don't have to worry about it meeting the same fate as my last brow product. It's ideal for those who like super sculpted, precise brows--a stage in my "brow-ducation" that I felt I had reached. It's waterproof, long-lasting and also works like a gel so it keeps all the hairs in place. (Side note: I also sometimes switch to Anastasia's Brow Powder Duo and love it too!)
Jouer Brow Definer ($20)
So that brings us to the present. While I'll still switch between all my favorites every now and then, I find myself favoring Jouer's brow pencil lately. I think I just really like how the color works with my skin tone and the product goes on smoothly, while the brush on the other side helps blend it all in.
What's your favorite brow product? Tell me in the comments and take at a look at some other Mixed Makeup staff picks below.