Brows………The Fill Factor!
Over the past few years, there has been increasing importance placed on dressing the eyebrows. They do add to the overall finished look, frame the face and the majority of women i know, are very self conscious of their own.
My eyebrow from The 1980’s to today.
In the 1980’s, brows were quite natural, no real plucking or shaping was required. Mine were quite thick, not as heavy as Madonna’s were but, as i was and still am a huge fan of Madonna, i loved my eyebrows being slightly wild and bushy.
The 1990’s came with quite heavily plucked, pencil thin brows. I tried this out once and it looked too weird on me and thankfully, i never did it again.
Early noughties brought the ‘Scouse Brow’. This was a heavy brow that was penciled in to full opaqueness and then heavily defined around the edges. This made the brow the real focal point of the face and for a time, it was very popular. Brows were normally coloured darker than the natural hair colour and i never took to it at all. It was far too unnatural.
Now, we have been brought back to having a natural brow again; however this time, softly defined around the edges. They have a more coiffed finish.
Waxing and threading are very popular to give highly defined brows, as are 3D brows.
For those who have over plucked in the past and have very little eyebrows left, there is tattooing and Microblading.
I am lucky because. i never over plucked other than that one time and phew! My eyebrows grew back.
My current brow routine.
I only ever pluck underneath the brow and never above. They don’t really grow above the brow anyway.
I use a set of tweezers and take the few strays out carefully. I normally do this once to twice weekly and this keeps them defined and in good shape underneath.
Pictured above right is my brow without product.
Products I use to fill in my brows.
Chanel Sculpting Brow Pencil. 30 Brun Natural.
A natural mid toned brown pencil and not in any way ashy in colour. Works a treat and sets down without budging.
MAC Eyebrow Gel. Dirty Blonde.
A warm ash brown shade. I like applying this when i want a slightly lighter brow and i use an eyebrow brush to apply it with. Sets down and doesn’t budge.
Dior Brow Chalk. 002 Soft Brown. (New)
A slightly waxy kohl product which comes in an odd choice of shape. I love this mid toned brown with a tiny touch of ash to it. It’s great to apply with a brow brush for precision and by itself for a carefree, no fuss look. It doesn’t set but doesn’t wear off either.
Avon Ideal Flawless CC Concealer stick Softening yellow. (New)
A slightly waxy pencil. It is supposed to be a correcting concealer but it is fantastic to use as a highlighting pencil as well. I use it under my brow bone to brighten up the area.
Illamasqua Brow and Lash Gel.
A wonder product that has fast become a ‘Holy Grail’. It sets and keeps them brows in place all day. It also doesn’t flake into white bits either as the day goes on.
Body Shop Brow and Lash Comb Duo.
Any will do really. Used to blend products through brows.
Lancôme Eyeshadow Brush.
To blend highlighter underneath the brow bone.
Today’s look, i have used the Chanel pencil for this post.
1. Brush through brows. 2. Pencil at the base of the brows in a neat line to give precision and then, start to do short sweeps with the pencil upwards and out along the rest of the brow. 3.Brush the pencil through the brow to blend out.
4. wipe away any excess product that has brushed past the brow point. 5. Apply highlighter under brow bone to aid definition and brighten up the area underneath the brow. 6. highlighter under brow bone ready to be blended out.
7. Brush highlighter under brow to blend out. 8. Add brow gel and brush through the brows to set the brow as you want them and; finally. 9. The finished brow look.
Eyebrows are no longer the after thought to any beauty routine. In fact, they are currently big business.
If you are lucky enough to have amazing brows to begin with, little needs to be done other than a comb through and maybe a touch of coloured eyebrow gel.
If you’re like me; in the middle throws of life, then your eyebrows may start to be thinning out a touch. Filling in becomes a big part of the beauty routine and the right shade of brow product for your skin and brow tone, is very important.
Above left without product and right; with.
Microblading can also help with the thickening up of brows but again, be very careful that the right shade is used. It isn’t a cheap or permanent procedure either.
Threading helps with stray hairs and gives precise, very nicely shaped brows; however, it can further enhance thinning and patchiness to the brows, as it did with me.
The best method for me; at the moment is manual shading in. At least if i make a mistake, i can rub it all back off and start again. You can play around with different looks to your brows and it all comes off at the end of the day.
I hope this was an interesting read and your thoughts would be great thanks.
Take care and i will see you all soon. 😉