All throughout my teenage years, I hated my blonde eyebrows and eyelashes. ( I was once asked if i actually had eyelashes, they were THAT light) Evidently, mascara was my best friend and I would not leave the house without it but i still walked around with invisible eyebrows. There were so many days that i wished i could alter the colour of my caterpillars as well, but i was blind to the wonders of eyebrow pencils. When i finally discovered those babies, I was a happy girl – albeit a frustrated one because i could NOT a colour that matched. I eventually settled on the taupe pencil by Almay and used it for years as it was the only one I could find that looked even remotely natural.
It wasn’t until recently that I found my true eyebrow saviours – Benefit’s Gimme Brow and Anastasia’s Brow Wiz.
Anastasia’s infamous Brow Wiz is apparently the best selling brow product in the world, and i can see why. It is an extremely slim mechanical pencil with a spoolie attached to the end. It is available in 6 shades that suit all hair colours and skin tones, including the magical ‘Caramel’ that is perfect for red hair with its mix of taupe and auburn. It is the only pencil I have ever found that even comes close to natural for my complexion(bye bye almay!). The ultra-slim pencil is ideal for outlining the shape and filling in the brows as it perfectly mimics hair for a more natural look. The pencil itself has great staying power but sometimes i will use a tinted brow gel to diffuse the colour and set the hairs into place.
My gel of choice is Benefit’s Gimme Brow because it is so much more than your average tinted brow gel. It is a revolutionary formula with volumizing fibers designed to fill in any sparse areas with natural looking, buildable colour – perfect for people with hair loss, over-plucking or invisible hair like moi. Gimme Brow comes in 2 shades meant to match all skin tones from pale to deep and luckily ‘light/medium’ has an ashy base that flatters my colouring. The best bit is that the gel comes in a tiny tube with a teeny tapered wand for precise details or for quick but clean application on rushed mornings. However, product does tend to build up on the edge of the wand so it is helpful to wipe off any excess before you use it.