You know those moments that have you thinking, 'How did I go so long with out this in my life?!' Well, filling in my brows was one of those moments for me. I have naturally pretty full and thick eyebrows and I always thought of it as a pointless step, reserved for those who have sparse hair. Well, imagine my surprise when I was playing around with MAC's Carbon eyeshadow and a 263 brush late 2012 and I couldn't believe how much of a difference it made to my overall look. If I'm going out, my eye makeup can be quite heavy and filling in my eyebrows just completes and balances my whole makeup look. On an everyday basis when I'm just wearing a few coats of mascara and sometimes a single eyeshadow, even then, filling in my eyebrows is something I just can't seem to get enough of now.
While I do have dark hair, I never stuck with Carbon eyeshadow to fill in my brows as it was just too dark and made them look quite flat. When I made the decision to make filling in my brows a regular thing, I went browsing around the eyeshadows at my local MAC counter and settled on Brun. It's described as a "muted blackish-brown" and it perfectly suits my hair, which is perhaps as dark as you can get. My hair does have red undertones in it from my mahogany coloured highlights and it doesn't clash with them at all either.
My brush of choice when filling in my eyebrows is the Real Techniques Brow Brush. I used to use the MAC 263 Small Angle Brush, however, it's a lot finer than the Real Techniques counterpart, meaning it takes just that little bit longer to define them and achieve my desired shape. The Real Techniques Brow Brush is fuss free and I have beautiful bold brows in under a minute.
I've been using the Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil in Dark Brunette for a couple of months now and I absolutely love it. It gives a really natural finish (as opposed to the drawn on look) and I find it so much fun to use. I'm sure we all have those products we get excited to use in our routines and this is one of them for me. I can't really explain why though! I'm still not the best at using pencils to fill in my eyebrows, so if I'm in a rush, I'll stick to my eyeshadow and Brow Brush. However, if I have a little more time to spare, I love this pencil and it's really easy to rub off if I "colour out of the lines". The brow groomer on the other end of the pencil works wonders too. It's so soft and I love brushing this through my brows. Is that weird? I reach for my Real Techniques Lash-Brow Groomer when I'm not using my Hourglass pencil and while I do like it, it's pretty standard and it would be even better if the bristles were a little softer.
Eyeshadow or pencil, I always finish off my eyebrows with a coat of Anastasia Tinted Brow Gel in Espresso. The brush helps smooth the hairs into place and this stuff does not budge. I thought I could get away with just using this to fill in my eyebrows, and while you definitely could if you have naturally thick brows, I prefer a bolder, more defined look. For me, I use this simply to keep them in place, though I do love that extra tint of colour. I'm sure a clear brow gel would be just as effective, however, using a coloured one means I don't have a manky looking tube!
I really want to try the Anastasia Brow Wiz next, but I keep thinking that it may be a tad excessive. Knowing me, I'll probably end up giving in and I'll probably reserve that purchase for that US trip I can't seem to stop dreaming of...