I have always admired women with strong brows. Whether au natural or groomed – they completely finish a look.
My favorite eyebrows are the ones that are perfectly imperfect. You know the type: the brows that have that je ne sai quoi quality about them and a little attitude. It’s a look that I’ve been swooning over for years, which eventually led me to grow out my over-waxed brows, give in to that dreaded in-between phase, and come out the other side with enough hairs to finally embrace their natural shape.
I have tried it all and nothing really worked until I got them threaded at this wonderful place near my apartment and I have been going there ever since. Every four to six weeks, I go in with the same request: just a clean up, still trying to even them out [insert big smile, hoping they don’t take all my hair off!]. It’s been the best experience. Quick, easy, and I leave with truly lovely groomed brows! And for a price of $7 ($10 with tip), it’s so worth it. Now that I’ve reached my ideal shape, I’ve been on the hunt for the best products to make them pop.
I used to fill them in with an eye shadow and coarse bristle brush but it didn’t really hold them in place well. And then one glorious morning, I tried Glossier’s Boy Brow and it was life changing. It’s liquid wax in a tube! Using the small mascara applicator, I apply in short, upward strokes to sculpt full brows into my desired shape. The best part – it takes about 30 seconds to apply BOTH of my eyebrows. The color is also just enough to give me a pop of color without being too much (I use brown). It has been a total transformation: they are now tamed and a touch darker, and the product stays on all day and is also easy to wash off.
And since no two eyebrows are alike, I asked the studio what they do for their brows…
Garance and Elle both have a great natural shape, but they both like to fill and color their brows. Garance first uses Anastasia Beverly Hills Perfect Brow Pencil in Taupe then Diorshow Brow Styler Gel in brown to help keep them in place all day. Meanwhile, Elle would feel naked if she didn’t fill in her brows with Dolce and Gabanna’s Shaping Eyebrow Pencil.
Emily’s brows have never been touched by a professional (oh, what I would do to go back in time and tell my younger self to back off my brows)! So it was super cool to hear how she manages her hairs. She really doesn’t really do much to them… Just a few plucks every now and then, but she really embraces them being a little bit overgrown. AKA she has that perfectly imperfect shape that I love!
Our lovely model, Keisha has thick and beautiful natural eyebrows. She swears by Eyeko Brow Gel which is a tinted gel, so she gets the color fill as well as the hold in one sweep. She loves the clean results from threading, but requests that they don’t touch the top of the brows as they look too ‘done’ and start to thin out. I actually love this advice and will be using this for my next appointment.
Then we have Marina and Brie who have similar techniques! Marina is a natural blonde with fair skin and light hair so she fills in her brows with a darker shade so they help define and shape her face. When she has the time, she prefers to dye them (Trish McEvoy is her favorite) and come to think of it a lot of my natural blonde friends do this as well. And if for some reason she doesn’t have time to dye them, she colors them in with Benefit’s Brow Zings Shaping Kit in dark. Brie has had to embrace her natural eyebrow color and shape from an early age – growing up with blonde hair and dark eyebrows will do that to a kid! But for the past eight years she has filled them in, naturally. An early product favorite of hers was NYC Color which she found at Target for $3.99 – and used it for years. Most recently though, she’s been captivated by Glossier’s Boy Brow (okay, we’re a little bit obsessed at the studio).
And then there are some new techniques I never even heard about like brow tattooing! And using castor oil to help them grow? Garance knows someone who has tried brow tattooing, and she says the result is amazing… So let us know if you want to know more about this… Or if you know more? The idea scares me slightly, but definitely can take some time out of one’s morning routine!
One of our Studio Interns, Ashley, swears by castor oil. She applies this to her eyebrows and lashes every night, and she said it really helps them grow. Then, in the morning, she brushes them and uses some of – you guessed it – Glossier’s Boy Brow. Hmm.. I can see a pattern here!
Now it’s your turn. We want to hear all about your brow stories and what works best for you!
Let’s make 2016 the year of the awesome brow, shall we?
Earring by Sophie Bille Brahe