This past year, I took two bigger strides in eyebrow grooming. First, I obtained an eyebrow pencil and started learning how to fill in my brows. By using a brow pencil, I could emphasize and even out my eyebrows. Second, some of my girlfriends and I went to get our brows threaded. It was the first time I experienced threading, and not only did it not hurt for me (it depends on the individual), but the results were pretty great. I love how threading can both clean up the hairs above my brows that I normally avoid with tweezers and give my eyebrows a defined yet natural shape.
While I only plan on getting my brows threaded a couple times a year, I use several products on a daily basis to shape and fill in my eyebrows.
I recently took the plunge and bought Slice Slanted Soft-Touch Tweezers, my first pair of higher-end tweezers. I was drawn in by the ergonomic design that better accommodes the hand, the rubberized finish that improves grip, and--more shallowly--the eye-catching red color. Online reviews compare these to the popular Tweezerman tweezers, but Amazon sells the Slice ones at a lower price. There is a slight learning curve to get used to the unconventional shape, but these tweezers are indeed comfortable to hold and very precise.
e.l.f. Eyelash & Brow Wand is a great little tool for its $1 price. I use it to brush my brows into place and blend in my eyebrow pencil and wax pencil.
Lioele Artist Auto Eyebrow Pencil in #3 Gray Black has been raved about by Jen from FrmHeadToToe, who uses it in nearly all of her videos. Lioele is a Korean brand that is available in America via Pretty and Cute, but my friend bought it for me from Hong Kong, where it is cheaper. The color of this pencil is perfect for Asians, which is its biggest selling point for me. However, I also like its slanted triangular shape and twist-up mechanism. To use, I flick the pencil in small strokes, following the natural direction of my brow hairs, and concentrating the pigment in areas where my brows are sparser. Then, I blend the color in with a spoolie. The eyebrow pencil actually has a spoolie at the other end which works very well, but I prefer my e.l.f. spoolie, as it is easier to wash.
NYX Eyebrow Shaper is a wax pencil used to help keep eyebrow hairs in place. I love the convenience of this product, as it is much more easier to use than an angled brush paired with a pan of wax. I simply run the pencil across the more unruly brow hairs and then brush them into place with a spoolie. It's important to not overdo it, as brows can then look matted down by wax. Therefore, I only use the pencil in sections that need it. The jumbo pencil size is cleanly sharpened by most dual-barreled sharpeners.
Keeping my eyebrows groomed is especially important to me because I wear glasses. Filling them in helps them to better frame my face and balance out my glasses. Also, while a "good" brow shape depends on an individual's face shape and personal preferences, I prefer the youthful, fuller-looking brow, slightly thicker in front and with a slight arch. Below are two photos that illustrate the effect groomed eyebrows can have. The first is a more professional photo taken by my friend and the second is an iPhone selfie.
|Credits to alison wanderland photography|