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Battle of the Brow Products - Which Method Should You Choose?

1. Eyebrow Pencils - Use a pencil to recreate or define the shape of your brows.  Pencils create a sharp line, which can create dramatic brows.  If you are trying to even out the shape or length of your brows, use a pencil.  

—- Use short, brisk strokes with pencils in the shape of hair growth in order to create a totally natural looking brow!

2. Tinted Brow Gel - Use tinted gels to alter the color of your brows and keep them in place.  This method is best for people who already have shapely, even brows who just want a bit more oomph!  Great option for people who have dyed their hair a different color and need to quickly alter the color of their brows to match.

—- Sweep brow gel through the brows in the direction of natural hair growth.  For a really locked-and-loaded brow, first sweep all hairs up toward your forehead, trim uneven hairs, and then set in the desired shape.

3. Brow Powders - Powders are easy to use and are ideal for simply filling in sparse areas of the brows and adding a little extra color.  Use powder to disguise holes or mistakes in your brow shape, but using them to create a whole new shape may look less natural.

—- Use a small angled eyeliner brush to apply brow powder to sparse areas.  If your lines get messy, use concealer to clean up the edges of your brows.  Use a gel or wax to keep powder in place longer.

4. Stencils - Use stencils to create perfectly symmetrical brows.  Although eyebrows are supposed to be sisters, not twins, some people have severely different shapes, and would like to correct that.  Using a stencil can be tricky but provides great looking brows.

—- Hold the stencil in place over your natural brow (stencil must be similar in shape to your current eyebrows) and use a powder or pencil to fill in the shape.  Flip stencil over to create the other eyebrow.

5. Tinted Wax - Wax generally provides a bit of color and helps to keep brows in place at the same time.  This method is ideal to use in conjunction with powder, and is mainly used for filling in sparse areas rather than creating a whole new shape.

—- Use the same small angled liner brush to apply wax as you would powder.  Apply wax over or under the powder (experiment to see which order you prefer).

6.  Gel Eyeliner/Brow Mousse - Use these options to create a very defined, bold eyebrow.  These can be used for filling in sparse areas as well as creating a whole new shape.  Can be used with stencils, and can be set with brow gel.

—- Apply these cream products to the brow with any eyeliner or brow brush that you feel comfortable with.  Clean up messy lines with concealer.

Remember that your eyebrows are the foundations of your face!  A clean, defined, well-groomed brow will instantly make you look more put together and help your makeup look more fierce!  Bold brows are IN so don’t be afraid to embrace your natural shape and size!

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lalal-i-e asked: What's the best way to fill in the eyebrows? And how do you choose the right color?

Hello!

I don’t think there’s really any “best” method anymore, because brows in general have become such a big deal that people are trying all kinds of new ways to fill them in, change the shape, and accentuate them.  It would really depend on the look you’re going for!  Finding the right color is easier than you think.  When looking for pencils it might be a bit more difficult, because they come in only a few set shades, but powders are unlimited because you can just use any old eyeshadow! You should use one that’s 1-2 shades lighter than your hair color.. unless you’re a blonde like me, in which case you should use a color 1-2 shades darker than your hair ;)  Also, if you have black hair, I advise against using black to fill in your brows (use charcoal or dark brown) because it will look very fake.

For instance, if you’re looking for a totally natural, everyday, your-brows-but-better kind of fill, I think the best way is to just use a powder (eyeshadow or brow powder) on an angled brush.  Use quick, upward strokes through your brows to fill in any sparse patches.  Finish your brows and make them waterproof by swiping a bit of brow gel or clear mascara over top of them.

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If you’d like a more dramatic brow look, like the popular “airbrushed” or “ombre” eyebrow, use a mixture of both powders (for filling) and pencils or gel (for outlining).  Make the tail very defined and fill it in completely, but just underline the rest of your brow.  Use the powder to fill in and blend out any harsh lines, keeping the inner parts of your brows the lightest.  Here’s an example a la ChrisspyMakeup:

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And of course, the only way to make your brow fill look any good is to have perfectly manicured eyebrows!  Trim those bad boys to keep lines straight even without a pencil.  For more eyebrow info/tips/recommendations, check out THIS

Hope this helps you!  Brows are all about trial and error, so don’t get discouraged if your first try doesn’t work out.

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raquellazy asked: Do you know any dupes for the brow bar to go ?

Absolutely!  I know that Whitening Lightning’s Brow Bar To Go is really *popular* on YouTube and Instagram right now, but it’s definitely not the most amazing brow product out there, especially for the money.  I do have it and I like it, but I’ll always go back to my “dupes”.

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Whitening Lightening Brow Bar - $42 - WhiteningLightning.com

Two brow powders, one setting gel.  Only one color choice available.

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Milani Brow Fix Kit - $7 - Drugstores and Superstores

Two brow colors, one highlight shade, one angled brush mini, one sponge tip applicator, mini tweezers.  Two color choices available.

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ELF Brow Kit - $3 - Kmart, Target, eyeslipsface.com

One tinted gel, one powder, two applicators.  Four color choices.

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lips-red-as-the-rose asked: I have pretty thin brows, how can I do a gradient filled in brow? Great blog btw :)

Thank you!  :)

Gradient brows are actually pretty simple to do, although I do suggest practicing a bit before you go out with them.  You will need your typical brow-filling products… an angled eyeliner brush, brow powder or eyeshadow, and concealer (for cleaning up edges).

There are lots of youtube tutorials on the topic, but here is my little “how-to”:

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1.  Using your angled brush and your color, draw a line along the bottom side of your brow.

2.  Fill in the tail of your brow up to the arch.  The arch and tail should be the darkest part of your brows.

3.  Use whatever is left on your angled brush (don’t add more color unless necessary) to blend the line you created in step one upwards, filling in your brow from the center to the front.  Use upward and outward strokes to make the color as soft as possible.  Once you have finished this, the front part of your brow should be lightest, gradually darkening as it goes towards the arch and then the tail.

4.  Use your concealer to clean up around your brows and to add highlight to your browbone.  Your concealer should either match your skintone, or be one shade lighter to bring focus to your newly-perfect brows!

Are you impressed with my Microsoft Paint skills?  Because I am.  Here is a little pictorial from Chrisspy Makeup, from her Instagram account @Chrisspy:

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And here is a YouTube video that may help you:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wYoDvo0MKUM

Good luck!  If I’m inspired I might do my own actual pictorial later and post it for you all.





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DrugstorePrincess’ Eyebrow Tutorial
This is how I fill in my brows.  Now that I have red hair, it is a whole new experience for me, trying to change the color as well as maintain a solid shape.  
What I Use:
Matte Eyeshadow (ones shown are from my 88 Matte Palette, you can purchase one here)
Small angled eyeliner brush… the one I use is from ELF Studio collection, and it costs $3
Any concealer that either matches your foundation or is slightly lighter, to give your brows a natural highlight (I use Hard Candy Glamoflauge)
A flat concealer brush, for blending in your concealer.
Brow Gel or clear mascara (optional, for setting)
How I Do It:
Put shadow onto your angled brush, and line underneath your brow. Stick close to your natural eyebrow, unless you’re intending on adding a lot of thickness.  I have extended mine out past my natural brow inwards, to add more length to them.  (I spent years misguidedly plucking in between my brows which caused them to now be very far apart!)
Create another line above your brow.  If you want to create the “faded” effect that many gurus do with their brows, draw your top line much lighter than your bottom line (I’m not doing this)
Use your brush to blend the color evenly throughout your brow.  Make sure you are doing short little strokes, upwards and outwards at an angle.  This will help the color look as natural as possible.
Now onto concealer - use your concealer brush to apply concealer as a sort of “corrector” all around your brow.  This helps clean up any messiness, and can help you reshape your brows if you went a little too crazy on one or the other.  I recommend that you set your concealer with powder to keep it in place!
Now you’re pretty much done - apply a quick layer of brow gel or clear mascara over top to keep the color in place all day.  I normally never see any color fade or smudging, so I often skip this step.
Remember, practice makes perfect!  And you never want to stray too far from your brow’s natural shape.  This technique may not be for everybody, and it’s up to you to find whatever method that looks best on your brows!

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DrugstorePrincess’ Eyebrow Tutorial

This is how I fill in my brows.  Now that I have red hair, it is a whole new experience for me, trying to change the color as well as maintain a solid shape.  

What I Use:

  • Matte Eyeshadow (ones shown are from my 88 Matte Palette, you can purchase one here)
  • Small angled eyeliner brush… the one I use is from ELF Studio collection, and it costs $3
  • Any concealer that either matches your foundation or is slightly lighter, to give your brows a natural highlight (I use Hard Candy Glamoflauge)
  • A flat concealer brush, for blending in your concealer.
  • Brow Gel or clear mascara (optional, for setting)

How I Do It:

  1. Put shadow onto your angled brush, and line underneath your brow. Stick close to your natural eyebrow, unless you’re intending on adding a lot of thickness.  I have extended mine out past my natural brow inwards, to add more length to them.  (I spent years misguidedly plucking in between my brows which caused them to now be very far apart!)
  2. Create another line above your brow.  If you want to create the “faded” effect that many gurus do with their brows, draw your top line much lighter than your bottom line (I’m not doing this)
  3. Use your brush to blend the color evenly throughout your brow.  Make sure you are doing short little strokes, upwards and outwards at an angle.  This will help the color look as natural as possible.
  4. Now onto concealer - use your concealer brush to apply concealer as a sort of “corrector” all around your brow.  This helps clean up any messiness, and can help you reshape your brows if you went a little too crazy on one or the other.  I recommend that you set your concealer with powder to keep it in place!
  5. Now you’re pretty much done - apply a quick layer of brow gel or clear mascara over top to keep the color in place all day.  I normally never see any color fade or smudging, so I often skip this step.

Remember, practice makes perfect!  And you never want to stray too far from your brow’s natural shape.  This technique may not be for everybody, and it’s up to you to find whatever method that looks best on your brows!

Follow me on Instagram @DrugstorePrincess to see posts like these first!

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kr1st1bets0n asked: Hi there! I checked your FAQ (and hopefully didn't miss it) but I was wondering if you knew somewhere that I could find face shape/eye shape guide to match up the perf eyebrows for me?

Hello!  Thanks for checking the FAQ first :)

There is no set eyebrow shape that you should have - everyone’s natural shape is unique, and altering that shape too dramatically will look unnatural.  But there are a few guidelines that will help you shape and maintain your brows!

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I’ll go by letter, step by step.  Get out a pencil or a makeup brush to help you visually figure out these lines!

A) Place your pencil vertically at the side of your nose.  This is where your brows should begin-ish.  Ish, because depending on the shape of your nose, you may want to start at the inside or the outside of your pencil.  The closer together your brows are, the narrower your nose will look.  So if you already have a very thin nose, you may want to add some shape to it visually by starting your brows at the outer part of your pencil.  If your brows are already very far apart (mine are, due to years of uneducated plucking), you may want to fill them in to make them slightly closer together.

B) Place your pencil vertically at the outer line of the colored part of your eye.  This will determine where your arch should occur.  Another method to determine this is to place your pencil at an angle from the corner of your nose across your pupil.  Do not over shape your arch, because if you make it too thin, your whole eyebrow will lose definition.  Start out with a light hand.

C) Place your pencil at an angle from the corner of your nose to the outer corner of your eye.  This will help you figure out the most flattering length and angle of your brows.  You don’t want to manipulate the tail of your eyebrow to curl too sharply downwards, or to flatten out completely.

D) Place your pencil horizontally across your browbone along the lower line of your eyebrow.  This will determine where your brow should end.  Brows that are too long or too short will throw off the balance of your face and won’t be flattering on your eyes.  

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  I hope this helps you!  Remember that your natural shape is the most flattering :)

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crescentmark asked: Do you know any dupes for Anastasia brow mechanical pencil? It's making a dent in my wallet now :'(

Anastasia Brow Wiz is probably the most popular HG brow product - it’s really fantastic, in shade selection, consistency, opacity, and packaging.  But it can be a bit expensive if you’ve got tight pockets and go through them quickly! 

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One of my new favorite brow products is Maybelline MasterShape Brow pencil.  It is quite similar to Anastasia’s pencil, for a fraction of the price!  There are four shades (blonde, soft brown, deep brown, and auburn), and they also have the brush on one end to blend with!

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I’ve also liked Rimmel’s Professional Eyebrow Pencil for years.  It also has a shaping tool on one side, and provides great, natural looking color.

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But the most similar product would probably be Maybelline Define-A-Brow pencil.  It is also a mechanical pencil, with a very fine tip for really natural strokes.

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Hope that helps!

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sophie991 asked: I want to pluck my eyebrows but when I do it is far to sore and I end up stopping, is their a way I can stop it being so sore?😋

Aw, well it can definitely be painful at first, but after a few times you get more used to it I think.  There are a lot of easy ways to make plucking easier!

If you’re able, take some ibuprofen or aspirin about 20 minutes before you pluck with a full glass of water.  This will help block the pain and make the whole process much more bearable.  

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Run a washcloth or some other type of compress under hot water, and then press this on your eyebrows for a few minutes.  The steam from the hot water will make the hairs easier to remove!

Don’t be ashamed to ice your brows afterwards… this can reduce any redness, swelling or pain that you get from plucking.

Good luck! :)

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Review: HyperColor Brow & Hair Powder

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I was lucky enough to receive the press kit for HyperColor Brow & Hair Color by Anastasia Beverly Hills a few weeks ago, and I am thoroughly impressed and completely in love!  These “hair-chalks-but-better” have JUST released at ULTA, (click here to check them out) and if you’ve ever wanted to try colored streaks, colorful ombre, or colored brows for a cool makeup experience, HyperColor Powder is for you!!!

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Click through to see swatches, how-tos, and my full review of all five of their innovative colors.

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hillcm asked: Would you recommend treat&tame over elf's eyebrow kit? I feel like I just waste the powder half of the kit because I don't use it, lol.

Haha that’s funny, I always feel like I’m wasting the gel half!  But I wouldn’t recommend one over the other necessarily, because they both perform very differently.  

With Treat & Tame, you can’t fill them in or draw them precisely, it really just smooths and darkens them.  You can’t create a precise line.  I use it often just to make sure every little hair stays in place!

And, unless you’re trying to grow your brows out, you’ll end up wasting the Treat half, like I do!  So you’ll be in the same predicament.  At least they’re both very inexpensive!





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vvndangerous asked: How about your eyebrows! What'd you use for them!? :)

Ah I always forget eyebrows!

I used a Wet n Wild Brow/Eye Pencil in the lightest brown shade available, which is only $0.99!

And I set them with ELF’s Brow Treat and Tame in Light, which is $3  :)  Just the “Tame” side.

I’m trying to get my eyebrows to look more dramatic since they’re naturally very thin, but I’m failing quite horribly haha.





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Review: ELF Studio Brow Kit

Having structured, perfect brows is not only a hot trend right now, but it can also make your whole face look younger, brighter, and more awake.  Having full brows is a must for any eye look, and pulls your whole makeup routine together.  

But filling in your brows doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg!  This ELF brow filler is my daily go-to and really does the trick without breaking the bank.

This small, sleek compact comes with a gel/cream, a powder, and a small angled brush.  It is smudge-resistant and provides even, natural color that isn’t red-toned and applies very smoothly.  There are four shade options:  Light (which is what I use), Medium, Dark, and Ash.

The left and darker side of the kit is the gel.  The gel is very opaque and will help keep every brow hair in place as well as fill in any empty spots.  The texture is great and doesn’t look unnatural even if you over fill or change your arch.

The right side is the powder.  The powder is lighter than the gel, but is also very opaque and looks perfectly natural when applied.  You can use both the gel and the powder at once, or you could choose to use just one (I use just the powder most days, because it is the perfect shade for my brows on it’s own).  

The brush is very small, but is a perfect miniature of the Studio Angled Brush from ELF, and is dense and perfect for filling in brows.  It is actually double sided, with a sort of flat shader brush on the other side.  On the go, it is very convenient to use.

Overall, I would say that this is a must-purchase for those of you who fill in your brows daily, or who would like to try it out.  I almost forgot the best part… it’s only $3!  Completely affordable and sure to impress.

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Hello Beauties! What are your favorite eyebrow products?

Here’s a chance to let DSP know what your favorite products are for filling in and shaping your brows!!

What do you use?

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lauren-padilla11 asked: I was looking to use a eyebrow filler (ex. powder and gels) because I had messed up plucking my eyebrows beyond repair and wanted to make them look more put together and fuller. How do I find the right one for me without it looking overdone or scary and is fairly cheap but works?

Hello!  I think that the best method for filling in brows, and having them look natural, is to simply use a matte eyeshadow and an angled brush!

You could always invest in a separate brow powder, but if you have a color that works for your brow color (for me, Naked by Urban Decay is a perfect shade), then there is no reason to go further than your current makeup collection.  Brow powder is just glorified eyeshadow after all!

Just use an angled brush to fill in your brows, using short, quick strokes in the direction that your hair grows to mimick your natural brow hair.  Then you can leave them as they are, or set them with clear mascara or brow gel.

ELF Wet Gloss Mascara & Brow Gel - $1





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