I’m a bit of a creature of habit with brows – when I find something that works I stick to it. This is particularly the case when I’m doing my makeup in a hurry. A shoddy brow pencil can make or break your whole makeup, so I always reach for my favourites. Luckily, there’s a couple of them in my collection that I just can’t put down.
The OG favourite. This is the one that’s stuck around the longest in my collection and was definitely the turning point for me when it came to understanding how to fill in brows. The angled nib is great for filling in sparse patches. It’s been a favourite for so long but now a very similar pencil (that I’ll mention in a sec) might just have it beaten. I used Blonde and find it’s really great for me but it can get a little warm if I go too heavy-handed.
Nothing can really come close to brow products from the queen of brows, Anastasia Beverly Hills. Somehow, she just gets it right every time. Although I’ve been keen to get my hands on the Brow Definer, the Brow Wiz still remains a favourite when I need proper control and precision. The teeny nib is so effective when it comes to emulating every individual brow hair so I particularly love using this at the front of my brow to really give the illusion of fullness. I use Taupe in the ABH products and find it works perfectly – never too warm.
The Benefit brow releases of last year really took me by surprise, so much so that there’s now two firm favourites in my brow collection. Goof Proof is my number one for a quick and easy application in the mornings, the angled nib is reminiscent of the Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil but it’s a little smaller, and subsequently a little easier to control. If you have a couple of sparse patches in your brows then this would be my pick, especially as it’s a couple of dollars cheaper than the Hourglass, too. I dabble with Shades 1 and 2, personally, and find they both work well, with Shade 2 being just a little more intense.
The other Benefit offering is Precisely, My Brow – their answer to the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz. I find the packaging of the Benefit products to be really high quality, with the added bonus of being totally beautiful to look at. Precisely, My Brow would be my recommendation to you if you already have quite even brows, with minimal sparse patches, and just like to add a little more fullness to them. The small nib emulates brow hairs, similar to the ABH Brow Wiz, and really helps to define the shape of your brow.
Two new additions that I thought were worth mentioning come from Full Brow, a Melbourne-based brand who, as the name suggests, focus entirely on keeping your brows in order. The packaging is fun and quirky but the products themselves impress as well. I’ve never really been one for brow powders but I find that this one gives a soft yet defined appearance to the brow. It does take a little more time than a couple of quick swipes with a pencil but the results are really worth it. Brow powders are also great for beginners because you can build them up to your desired intensity, starting off slow. A quick brush through of the brow wax ensures they stay in place as well.
Although I’ll be the first to admit that having four almost identical brow pencils in my collection is overkill, they’re all such great formulas that I can wholeheartedly recommend any of them to you, depending on what you’re after. As for the brow powder, that’s me stepping out of my mechanical pencil comfort zone and so far, I’m impressed.
What are your favourite brow products?
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