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Brows 101: Different Ways To Fill In Your Eyebrows

March 1, 2006


Today, let’s look at the various eyebrow products out there as requested by Jadebutterfly.


Powders
Without a doubt, these give the most natural look. They are great for filling in sparse areas and you can build up the color gradually. Powders are also the most long-lasting but they do require an angled brush for application. My pick? Anastasia Brow Powder Duo.

You can also use eyeshadows as brow powders. I love using Stila Espresso Eyeshadow, a “shimmery grey brown” with a slanted brush to fill in my eyebrows every day for a natural look. The color is perfect and very pigmented. Plus the powder formula stays on all day until I take it off.



Pencils
These give a more precise application and are best for lengthening the arch. They are also great for touch-ups but you will need a steady hand and practice as the result can end up looking harsh if applied improperly.



Gels/waxes
These are great for keeping your eyebrows in shape. Tinted ones can also help change your brow color and make your brows look fuller without looking fake. The only downside is they do not provide as much precision as pencils or powders.

MAC Brow Set comes in 4 tinted shades and clear. I use Beguile, a “full-bodied taupe”, a perfect match for my Asian brows. It added just a little color to my brows and kept them in shape without flaking or stiffening. I always use this with a pencil for a polished look.



Image: Courtesy of Bobbi Brown.

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13 Comments

  • Reply Anonymous March 1, 2006 at 3:04 pm

    hi..your blog is great. i was wondering if you could recommend some lengthening, volumizing waterproof high-end mascara that doesn’t smudge? thanks in advance!!

  • Reply Minna March 1, 2006 at 4:19 pm

    i love lorac’s brow wax too. 🙂

  • Reply Grace March 5, 2006 at 4:25 pm

    where do you buy the testimo brow gel? and do you just apply the gel on top of the eyebrows without any liner? thanks!

  • Reply Phyllis March 5, 2006 at 4:31 pm

    I got the T’estimo brow gel when I was visiting Asia – sadly, it’s not available in the US.

  • Reply Phyllis March 6, 2006 at 4:55 pm

    you basically use it like any other brow gel. for me, i have to fill in the end with a pencil because i tweeze my eyebrows and i keep the end thin, then i brush the gel over my eyebrow.

  • Reply Anonymous March 16, 2006 at 5:05 pm

    which testimo brow gel colour do u use??coz there’s like 3 shades of brown…and btw i love ur blog…it’s really awesome

  • Reply apple920 March 16, 2006 at 5:08 pm

    which testimo brow gel colour do u use??coz there’s like 3 shades of brown…and btw i love ur blog…it’s really awesome

  • Reply Phyllis March 16, 2006 at 6:34 pm

    I use #01 for the T’estimo Eyebrow Mascara.

  • Reply Anonymous April 11, 2006 at 12:44 am

    thanks for the post!

    JadeButterfly.

  • Reply Jenny September 24, 2007 at 5:57 pm

    Phyllis, I love your site! It has been really helpful for me and I bet all the lost girls out there too. I’m looking for a really good brow mascara that can lighten my brows to a golden brown color. If you dont mind, Can you recommend other Eyebrow Mascaras that are just as good as Kanebo’s T`estimo’s Gold Bronze? I don’t want to buy it online since they don’t have it in the U.S. thanks a lot, I really appreciate it.

  • Reply Phyllis September 25, 2007 at 1:42 pm

    hey Jenny, I am really sorry but I don’t think I have seen anything similar in the US either (this is definitely an Asian thing!) The closest match I have to say would be Jane’s Magical Mushroom eyeshadow. Alternatively, you can use another bronze eyeshadow to fill in your eyebrows for the same result.

  • Reply jenny September 26, 2007 at 7:16 am

    Thank you so much Phyllis =) I’ll try it out and see what else I could work with but can you tell me where can I buy Jane’s Magical Mushroom eyeshadow?

  • Reply Kaman July 19, 2008 at 9:47 am

    This was such an informative post! I needed something like this to help me find the right brow makeup. I’ve tried pencil and gel before, but i’ve never tried powder. I liked the way you explained what kind of effects each kind does for your brows. Thanks again! Love your blog!

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