4.22.2013

The Brow Routine.

I only started filling in my brows regularly about 2 years ago, and it has literally taken me about that long to find a method that worked for me. I've tried so many different products and techniques, many with astonishingly horrific results, that it has made me appreciate my current routine that much more.

The problem with my brows is that they are very sparse, the individual hairs are quite thin, and the shape leaves much to be desired. I am not one of those lucky people who can simply brush through my brows with some brow gel and call it a day, mainly because a brow gel would likely brush right past my brow hairs and deposit the product directly onto my skin.

Pencils, felt-tip pens and liquid brow products all tend to give my brows a harsh, drawn-on kind of look. When I first started experimenting with filling them in, I got quite a few "What the hell?!" looks from my brother. I've found through trial and error that I get the most natural looking brow (even if it may look drawn-on to some) with a brow powder. My brow powder of choice is the Anastasia Brow Powder Duo in Brunette.

I've tried several different angled liner brushes for my brows and while they were all decent, the Japonesque Angled Brow Definer Brush #240 trumps them all by a long shot. It's quite thin and stiff and makes it easy to control application, especially at the tail end of the brows. Definitely the best brow brush I've ever tried.
I used to use a mixture of MAC Wedge and Mystery eyeshadows for my brows, but it was too warm-toned for my liking. The Anastasia Brow Powder Duo in Brunette contains two cool-toned shades, and I tend to mix them about 50/50 for my brows.

Below are my brows without any product:

Here are my brows after filling them in with the Anastasia Brow Powder Duo in Brunette using the Japonesque #240 brush:
What a difference it makes, right? 

Filling in my brows is by far my least favorite part of my makeup routine (which is probably why I never talk about them on my blog), simply because it can really be hit or miss for me. Some days, filling them in and getting them to look similar and decent is quite easy, while other days, it can be a struggle because I'm more or less drawing them on with powder since my natural brows are so lacking. However, the brows' ability to complete a look is undeniable, which is why it is a necessity for me.

Now when I don't fill them in, my brother asks me where my brows went. -_-


41 comments:

  1. brow powders are the best... well unless you have no brows at all. Still haven't tried any Anastasia products.

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  2. I must fill in my brows or my face will look naked. I can fill them in using powder or i draw little hair strokes with a pencil. The harder the pencil the better for me. Soft waxy pencils make my brows look weird!

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  3. I literally just ran out of MAC Lingering and I think I have to try that Hourglass one! I tried this Anastasia one but it was too brown for me =( I was thinking of looking into the Shiseido one as well, since that's actually a grey pencil, which I think would suit my dark hair better.

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  4. Haha, I love your brother's comments! I agree, using soft pencil tends to look a little too drawn in! Powders really are the best for a more natural look!

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  5. Tiffany, your brow routine makes SUCH a difference! That last line made me laugh. Brows are so difficult to get right- I've tried pencils and powders and am still figuring it out. I'm eyeing MAC Copperplate but for now Lioele's Artist Auto Eyebrow Pencil in Grey-Black does fine. Getting a grey-black pencil was hard enough, I can't be bothered looking for another one.

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  6. When I first started doing my brows I was using Relvon Colorstay Brown Pencil and I loved that but come across my Benefit Eye Brow Kit and have never looked back.
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  7. LOL Tiffany I have the SAME PROBLEM! My family always tease me as well. I used to fill them in too dark, but when I don't I have no visible eyebrows to be spoken of! I eventually found Bobbi Brown Sable is more or less a good shade, and that worked for a while until I discovered HOURGLASS ARCH (I can see Becca raving about it as well haha)! I use Light Brunette which is really the perfect shade (and makes Sable seem way too brown)! It just looks so natural, not too warm and not too cool. It's also just about impossible to create any harsh lines, and the attached spoolie can easily soften everything down. I've got nothing but love for that thing, and when I use it up I will DEFINITELY repurchase, though it's still going very strong after a couple of months!

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  8. I love the finished product :) My brows have long fine hairs that I trim, but grow too fast. Using a powder tends to look unnatural on me so I use a creamy pencil. But then I find a tinted brow gel defines the hairs again and brings the natural look back. Have you ever tried filling your brows with the powder and a stencil? I do it on occasion, but I can't find the right shape stencil for the look I'm currently trying to get.

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  9. Brows can be such a pain in the ass :( I've only started filling them in a few months ago and I hate it haha but since I've gotten used to the more polished and framed look, I just can't go back to not filling them in. What works best for me is when I use my Anastasia Tinted Brow Gel first to emphasize my own brow hairs and I then fill in the sparse spots with my MAC Fling eyebrow pencil. Have you tried using a tinted brow gel first? I feel like it looks much more natural than just powder or pencil xxx

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  10. Your brows kind of look like mine actually in the before! I have about the same sparseness and they grow down too which bothers me to no end. Sometimes they'll grow straight out-WHY haha! I like Anastasia brow products as they do work well. Love your after shot! You do a great job! Right now I'm using a MAC brow pencil and really like the small pencil to fill in my brows.

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  11. That's a really big diference. and your eyebrows look perfect.
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  12. I think your brows look great Tiffany! I hardly ever use brow products, just because I think most of them make my eyebrows look too drawn-on, like you talked about. Maybe I'll check this one out!


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  13. I love the finished product. I think they look very natural and the color is perfect! I've been thinking about getting one of the Anastasia brow products and this post is giving me that extra push to go for the powder hehe ;-)

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  14. Oh brothers! You do a beautiful job! I don't really need to fill my brows but I started shaping them occasionally. I have a lot of trouble looking at myself with a fuller brow. When I do it my boyfriend says "something's different, I'm not sure what though" haha. Exactly my same thoughts though :-)

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  15. Have you thought about semi/permanent eyebrows? It was a total life changer for me. It took like 5 years for me to get the guts to do it though. If you are ever in the bay I can recommend you 2 ladies. Or there's also one in Koreatown in SoCal that I am dying to try out.
    Before eyebrow tattoo I used to be like you too - I hated them so much!

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  16. I've been curious about the Shiseido one too since, as you stated, it's actually grey instead of just an ashy brown. But before I could buy it, I got the Hourglass one and fell in love. I think I will eventually try the Shiseido one though

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  17. I know how you feel when it comes to brows, Ive started having mine cosmetically tattooed ! lol.

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  18. oh brothers!!! LOL - funny to read that filling in your brows is your least favourite part. it's definitely one of my favourite parts (after applying under eye concealer) .. i feel complete once i have my brows 'on' =)

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  19. Ok, sounds like I need to try the Hourglass and Shiseido ones! I think I need to give brow pencils another shot. I haven't had any luck with them in the past.

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  20. I definitely know what you mean. It doesn't feel complete until I've done my brows, but I just wish they would fill themselves in! Haha. It just takes too much concentration for me :-/

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  21. Oooh, how do you like it so far??

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  22. I've thought about it but haven't seriously considered it before. I'm afraid I'll go to the wrong person and end up with brows that look super drawn on or brows that end up turning a weird greyish green color after a few years :-/ I'd love to know who you recommend though! I'll be in SoCal (and possibly the bay) in December.


    And yeah, I've tried MUFE Aqua Brow but it looked a little too drawn on for my taste, but I probably just needed to practice more with it.

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  23. What pencils do you like to use? Let me know what you think of the Anastasia powder if you end up giving it another shot. Maybe you just needed to use a denser, stiffer brush so that it doesn't drop the powder onto your cheeks?

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  24. Haha, right? And thank you so much. You're lucky that your brows look great naturally! :) I think it often takes some time to get used to how they look once you start filling them in too.

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  25. Thanks so much, Nora! You should definitely give Anastasia products a try. She definitely knows what she's talking about when it comes to brows ;)

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  26. Thanks, Aly! I'm jealous of people who don't need to fill them in. Mine are just so sparse that they look non-existent from a distance if I don't :-/

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  27. Thanks, Tracy! I'm glad you can understand my frustration with the sparse brow issue! I think I might need to give pencils another try to see if I can find a more natural looking one than the pencils I tried in the past that made my brows look ridiculously drawn on.

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  28. I feel the same way! Once you perfect your routine, it's hard to stop filling them in. My makeup just doesn't seem complete without filling in my brows now. I don't think a brow gel would work for me because my brow hairs are so thin and sparse that I think the brush would just brush through them and deposit the gel onto the skin under my brows instead :-/ I think brow gels may be better suited for those who have a sufficient amount of brow hairs for it to cling to? xx

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  29. Thanks, Alison! I've actually never tried a stencil before. Is it easy to do?

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  30. Ohh, I really feel like I need to try the Hourglass pencil now after both you and Becca raved about it! Thanks for the recommendation, Sunny! Adding it to my wishlist now :)

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  31. That's funny because ever since I cut my bangs the other week, I've been skimping on filling in my brows some days too just because they're pretty much covered anyway! :)

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  32. Thank you, Teri! I wish my brows looked like yours naturally!

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  33. I'm glad you feel the same way! Wouldn't it be nice if they could just fill themselves in? ;)

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  34. Thanks, Cherie! I actually want to try out a grey-toned pencil now. Especially since my hair is close to black right now, I sometimes find my current brow routine slightly too brown, but I wonder if a grey-black would match my hair better without being too harsh.

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  35. Thanks, Romila! What brow powder do you like to use? I actually want to try a stiffer, more waxy pencil now...I wonder if it would look more natural than a soft pencil!

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  36. What pencils do you like to use, Lily? It sounds like where I've been going wrong with the pencils is using ones that were too soft, so I want to try a harder one now :)

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  37. Thanks, Julie! What are your go-to brow products?

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  38. Ahh I've only use MAC Espresso :) I heard good things about Shu Uemura Hard Formula Brow Pencil! Apparently it's really worth it!

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  39. I'm not sure...a friend of mine has really sparse brows and she swears by it as well. I can't use it on its own but it really does accentuate my own brow hairs and makes them look more natural, even after filling them in with my brow pencil. I would suggest you give it a go :) maybe use a cheaper version in the beginning, just to see if you like the effect or not ;) xx

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  40. Some said that here in the comments too! The Shu Uemura and Hourglass pencils are on my wishlist now :)

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  41. Ah I wish I was as talented at filling out my brows!!! I like my general shape already but have some patchy spots that seem to take forever to grow out. I've been using a MUFE eyebrow pencil, but I'm sure I could use something better? I don't know...I need to stop being lazy!!! lol

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