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How to Choose an Eyebrow Product 2010-05-19 09:00:00

Choosing the Right Eyebrow Product . . . Complete With Chart!

Grooming the brows is one of the easiest ways to bring your whole beauty look together. In fact, if I had to pick five essential beauty products, they'd include: concealer, mascara, blush, gloss, and a brow powder or pencil. Not only does accentuating the brows give the face a lifted appearance, but it adds balance by providing shape and youthful volume. Over the next few days, I'll be giving you eyebrow tips, from selecting the right product for your needs to choosing the right shade to little tricks you can use to make brow shaping all the more easy. Let's kick it off with choosing the right product. Get my complete chart when you read more.

WHAT IT IS PROS CONS
Eyebrow pencil: Probably the most popular product to spruce up the brows, a brow pencil should be light and soft enough to glide right over the brows, but not so hard as to tug at the skin. Easy to use and control, lasts a long time, and can be very natural looking when applied correctly. Try Anastasia Perfect Brow Pencil ($22), which also has a brow brush at the opposite end, or BeneFit Instant Brow Pencil ($20), which dries to a powder. Pencils can look harsh or too "drawn on." To avoid the Joan Crawford look, pinch the tip to warm it up if needed, and use very light, quick, and feathery motions to mimic what hair looks like. Clean up any harsh lines with a Q-tip dunked in makeup remover.
Eyebrow powder: A matte pressed powder that's highly pigmented to fill in gaps or help to reshape the brow. Tip: an eyeshadow that matches the hair will also work, too. Very natural looking, great for filling in patches, long-lasting, and versatile. (Can be used over a brow pencil to set it, and can also be used under a gel.) Can look too dense if not applied properly. To avoid a heavy-looking brow, use a brow powder, like Anastasia Brow Powder ($22), with an angled brush, like Duo Angled/Spooley Brush ($26). If the look is still harsh, apply a bit of loose powder over the brows to offset.
Eyebrow gel: A lightweight, mascara-like product that not only helps to tame unruly brows, but also sets other powders and pencils. Comes in clear or slightly tinted gel formulas. Fast and easy to use. Perfect for someone who doesn't really need to fill in the brows, but wants to create a bit of volume or add a slight hint of color. Tip: for the most natural look, keep the gel application to the brows only. Try MAC Brow Set ($15) or a multitasker, Revlon Brow Fantasy Pencil ($7.50). Trying to reshape the brow with an eyebrow gel will only give you messy and completely unnatural results. Stick to a gel's intended purpose of enhancing and setting instead.
Cream products: A creamy, highly-pigmented formula applied with a brush. Gives the most coverage. Great for people who really need extra help in the brow department. Try Laura Mercier Brow Definer ($20) or Makeup For Ever Waterproof Eyebrow Corrector ($19). Harder to find, not as easy to control, doesn't always look very natural, and can have a tendency to smudge. (Set with powder to avoid slipups.)
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