Anyone who has ever had their makeup done by moi knows that I am a little obsessed with brows, I have made it my personal mission to ensure that these unsung heroes get the attention they truly deserve. The power of the brow is not to be underestimated, when done properly they can lift the whole face, spreading gravity defying properties all over the eye area (hell, who doesn’t want some of that?)
Naked brows with no makeup
Shape is crucial, anything resembling a tadpole should be avoided at all costs and over plucking is criminal to the poor defenceless brow. I recommend getting your brows shaped by a professional and by this I don’t mean your beautician, but by a brows expert, someone who does brows everyday, all day.
Here I take my cue from Zoe Foster Blake’s Fruity Beauty blog where she encourages open discussion on who makes up your personal beauty army. In the interests of caring and sharing my own personal beauty army, I have always gone to the very talented Diana Calvet of Brows Baby (apart from once when she was away, sorry Diana it was only the once, I promise) – then I went to Nathan at Parlour B.
I always recommend brushing the product through afterwards to blend either with a brow brush or a clean mascara wand.
If you already have full, lustrous, perfectly shaped brows to rival Kate Winslet’s then read no further. Fashionistas know that a bold brow is the the look du jour but not all of us are blessed with Cara Delevingne’s statement brows. But for us mere mortals there is still hope, fine sparse hairs can cut the mustard provided they are given the attention they crave. Beautiful brows are the result of good grooming, shaping and filling, for this i have a several ‘go to’ products that do the job.
Often the most cost effective choice is eyeshadow, used either wet (for more intensity) or dry for a softer look. Avoid shades with any red undertones (pinky red brows look good on few people), choose something that is no more than a shade or two lighter/darker than your natural shade. Mac shadows that I like are…..Omega and Coquette
Another popular product choice for brows is the pencil, often the easiest to carry and use but beware sharp lines (which are not associated with anti ageing properties), unless Greta Garbo is your inspiration. My brand choices are Mac (Fling and Stud), Chanel, Kevyn Aucoin (Brunette) all readily available and provide good colour ranges.
Another great product are brow gels – quick and easy to use whilst offering buildable texture. Either brush straight on to the hair for a natural soft effect or gently tap on to fill gaps whilst creating shape. My lastest squeeze being Benefits’s Gimme Brow (light/medium) but Mac’s Girl Boy is good too
If eyes are the window to ours souls then brows are the bespoke blinds we need to dress them with. Not only do they give your face structure and shape, but our brows draw attention to the eyes and can turn a good makeup into a Great Makeup.
Next time you do your makeup please spare a thought for your hairy friends. Don’t abandon them, instead show them some love and they will love back, lifting and framing your peepers spreading anti ageing love all over your face. Thank you brows, keep up the good work.