Lily Collins, Cara Delevingne, Demi Lovato, Hailee Steinfeld… these women are known for their signature eyebrows. But with so many types of brow products in the market, how do you know which one works best for you?
Tapered brow pencil
Best for: filling in thin, sparse brows that have no defined shape
If your brows are naturally sparse without any defined shape, a hard brow pencil is the way to go. The overall effect is more natural, but always remember to buff or blend out your brows with a spoolie brush after shaping them. Choose one that has a tapered/oval tip, which gives you better control over how much product you apply. Use the thicker part of the nib for the front of the brows, and add extra definition to the outline and tail with the thinner part of the nib.
From top: Innisfree Eco Brow Pencil, shu uemura Hard Formula Eyebrow Pencil, Kate Lasting Eyebrow W Flat Pencil
Best for: creating an au naturel effect while keeping brows neat
Women who have bushier brows need not worry about adding volume or fullness, but sometimes your brow hair tends to get a bit out of control. Tame unruly brows with a brow mascara – comb it gently through the hairs to keep them neat, so that they all face the same direction. The new-generation brow mascaras come with a sponge-tip applicator at the end, which works great to add definition for the tail end of your brows.
From left: L’oreal Brow Artist Chisel Straight, Chosungah22 Dong Gong Minn Brow Maker, Benefit Gimme Brow
Liquid brow pens
Best for: extending the ‘tail’ for shorter-than-usual brows
If your brows need some help in the length department, liquid brow pens/markers are best for creating that ultra-fine tail. However, using this product alone to shape your brows might end up looking a tad theatrical, so the brow marker should be used as a supplementary product for that extra touch only. For the head portion of the brows, it’s still best to stick to a powder or pencil for a more believable effect.
Clockwise from left: K-Palette Real Lasting 2-Way Eyebrow, NYX Eyebrow Marker, Kill Brow Tinted Tattoo Pen
Tips for perfect brows:
1. Always, always, always blend! Make a spoolie brush (like a softer mascara brush) your best friend when it comes to brows.
2. Your eyebrows should be lighter at the beginning, and darker towards the end.
3. Do your brows always smudge around the ends after your face gets oily? ‘Seal’ them in during application by going over your brows once with brow powder.
4. If your brows end up too dark, gently brush pressed powder or nude-coloured eyeshadow over them. This tones down the colour instantly.
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