Testing eyebrows….

If our eyes be the window to our soul then we must frame them properly 😉 Good brows can make such a difference, they really do frame our eyes and the rest of our face – they can complete a look and bring everything together. Good brows can also add youth 🙂

Not so good brows can do the opposite. Heavy brows can weigh a face down and take over our eyes; they can make us look older and even angry. Very thin brows can be quite ageing too as can dark colours – choose tones that work with your natural skin tone and your hair. You can still get definition with lighter colours.

Good brows are about balance, here is a little Betty tip from last year about creating the right shape. I draw in my arch first, then the outer tail, then I go back and fill in the inside shape.

If you weren’t blessed in the eyebrow department (I wasn’t) don’t despair there are many products we can use to help them…

On shoots I like to use an angled brush with a gel or a wax. I sometimes use a powder as well, this tends to give a softer look – although dampen your brush and you can get a sharper finish. Using a combination of products can help create the texture of hair if you are lacking in the brow department.

I’ve had Jane Iredale’s Bitty Brows in my kit for yonks along with some non-natural waxes, however recently the natural world seems to be catching up on the eyebrow front :)..

Ecobrow have six colours to choose from which is amazing. In my kit currently I have Penelope (the most used as was the first one I tried), Sharon and Marilyn (lighter one at the bottom).

(sorry for picture quality – my iphone is currently cracking up and can’t focus.. sounds kind of familiar ;))

The colours have been great – I love that they have no red in these tones – there is a red available for red heads 🙂 The texture is very creamy with good strong colour – apply with a slanted eyebrow brush and dab any excess off on the back of your hand first, otherwise you might get very strong brows! Draw short soft strokes and then soften with a spoolie. I find that these have great longevity.

Ingredients – Neopentyl glycol diheptamate, silica, cetyl acetate, acetylated lanolin oil, ceresin, polyethylene cera microcristallina (microcrystalline wax), nylon-12, cetyl recinolente, dimethicone, natural fragrance, tocopherol (vitamin e). May Contain (+/): Iron Oxides (CI77491/77492/CI77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI77891).

Ceresin and microcrystalline wax are derived from petroleum – I know I know – we don’t like petroleum – I’ve actually asked Ecobrow just to confirm this so will report back.

This last week I’ve been trying Hynt’s Eyebrow Definer which is described as cream to powder. Compared to Ecobrow it is harder in texture and the pigment is less dense. It takes longer to build a brow up, but you can do it by layering it – I think this is actually great for those who are more heavy handed. With the Ecobrow it could be easy to go a bit too dark, where as with this one I feel like you would get a lighter touch. That said there I’ve been using taupe and there is a black one which may well have a much stronger pigment – anyone tried it? The taupe is a great neutral tone with no red and works well for me. I have mid brown hair but very fair brows.

The ingredients are a lot simpler and purer than Ecobrow, I think this does explain the difference in texture and pigment. However it was definitely still on at the end of the day so performance and longevity is great. These definers are vegan.

Ingredients – Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Oil , Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil), Hydrogenated Jojoba Oil (Jojoba Wax): May Contain: Mica, Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide, Tin Oxide).

I’ve also been using Benecos’ eyebrow pencils and have been quite impressed. I love that they are double ended with a spoolie brush because it means no searching around for a stray one. They are a great texture – eyebrow pencils need to be harder than regular eye pencils so that they can create a harder finish rather than something soft and smokey. Also for longevity – anything too soft will just wipe off. However it is a fine line and I’ve often found eyebrow pencils too hard, so that they create too hard a line or I just can’t get any colour pay off. These pencils seem to be just right – you can create a great shape, and then brush through with the spoolie to soften. I tend to draw short little strokes, brush through, then more strokes, brush through and so on until brows are the desired shape.

There are three colours -(from top to bottom) blonde, gentle brown and brown. I have personally been using blonde as I find the gentle brown too red. If I want an extra bit of strength I might use the brown in very short light feathery strokes just along the top of my brow, emphasising the arch. Then I would brush through well.

These pencils are vegan.

Ingredients: c10-18 triglycerides, hydrogenated vegetable oil, hydrogenated cottonseed oil, mica, caprylic/capric triglyceride, talc, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil*, tocopherol, ascorbyl palmitate, ci 77891 (titanium dioxide), ci 77499 (iron oxides), ci 77492 (iron oxides), ci 77491 (iron oxides)
*certified organic

Have you tried any of these? What do you use on your eyebrows?

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