Top 3 Must-Have Brow Tools
I love some pretty eyebrows, and I’m often asked what my favorite brow products and tools are. Here are my 3 must-haves… I use them every day.
Brow Must-Have #1 – Anastasia Beverly Hills Duo Brush #12 for Brows
Even on “no makeup” days – I at least give a tiny dab of color to my brows. Your eyebrows frame your face, and it is absolutely amazing to me how much better most women look with a little brow touch up. The synthetic bristles of this brush are the perfect balance in texture: it perfectly picks up color and provides wonderful definition for a well-defined brow look, yet, it can also offer the lightest, most delicate, hair-like strokes for even the most nude makeup applications. The spooley end is fabulous for coming brows up and over, as well as for softening brow powder after application. I have owned more eyebrow brushes than I care to think of, and there is not a single one I like as well as this brush. There are definitely good and “ok” brushes out there, but this one is GREAT and I consider it an absolute must-have for anyone who fills her brows. By the way, if you aren’t filling your brows – you should start! If you happen to be a client of mine and aren’t sure how to fill your brows, just let me know during your next appointment and I’ll be thrilled to show you! This awesome little treasure costs around $18 and can be purchased through any number of outlets including Ulta, Amazon, and directly from Anastasia.
Brow Must-Have #2 – Anastasia Beverly Hills Precision Tweezers
I purchased my first set of Precision Tweezers in 2006. I still own them. They still tweeze just as beautifully as they did the day I purchased them. They have never bent nor stopped grabbing hairs with… wait for it… precision. But really, they haven’t. I now own several of these tweezers. I have one on my beauty vanity, one in my purse, and two at my skin care studio. The Anastasia Precision Tweezers do not break hairs off, they are precise enough to grab even the finest of little hairs as well as the shortest little hairs that you so desperately try to get but most tweezers just won’t grasp on to. These truly are “precise” tweezers and I consider them a must have tool. These tweezers run $28 – thus far, I’m working on my 11th year with my first pair – if only I got 11 years out of ALL my investments! As of the writing of this blog post, Anastasia is offering free shipping for orders over $25, so if you picked up the brow brush above and these tweezers – you’d pay nothing for shipping.
Quick note: I receive NO kickbacks from ANY of these products lines or companies. I just happen to be loyal to products I love – and I want my tribe (that’s all my guests at the studio and my readers) to know about those things I find extra special!
Brow Must-Have #3 – Matte Eye Shadow in a Perfect Color for You
Here’s the truth: I dislike brow pencils and most brow powders. I threw away all my brow pencils years ago, and if you were to dig through my makeup stash, you might find a long lost brow powder product – but it’d be so old, I’d hope you’d throw it away for me.
For some reason, the industry seems to think we need waxy and tacky substances to properly fill our brows. I am of a different opinion. I think most of us just need a little color and a good brush (see above), and unless we have particularly unruly brows – we don’t need the waxy, tacky, sticky stuff.
So, matte shadow it is. Cheap, a bazillion colors to choose from, lasts forever, easily removed if you mess up, no strange feeling residue, and can be applied as natural or dramatic as desired – with ease.
The key here is finding a matte eye shadow in a color suitable to your natural brow color, or in some cases, to match nicely with whatever dye color you’ve been using in your hair. I personally use a medium depth cool tone brown (meaning it does not have a golden hue) that’s in a bigger eye shadow palette that I love. I get eyes, brows, and a myriad of other uses out of one palette. But, I’ve had singles before as well. As for application, I really should make a video about this sometime in the future – but what you’re looking to do is gently tap the edge of your brush into your color, and using short, gentle strokes, follow the natural lines of your brow and fill in the center. You only add more powder when you really need more color. Using short and gentle movements means you won’t be tracing harsh lines around your brows. To get a great inner edge to your brows, hold the edge of the brush vertically – and gently press it against the inner line of your brow. You’ll get a perfectly aligned inner brow and can then use that as a starting point for your fill. Use the spooley end of your brush to gently brush your brows up and over to soften any areas that need it. And, just like I mentioned earlier, if you’re a guest at The Lantern Skin Studio and need help learning how to fill and define your brows, just let me know the next time you’re in – I’ll be happy to show you!
Do you have favorite brow tools and products? Have you tried any of the ideas above? I always enjoy reading your ideas and feedback so feel free to leave a comment below!
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