My all-time favorite brow tools and products
Let’s talk about brows, ladies! I’m sure you’ve probably heard the saying “eyebrows frame your face” over and over again. It’s so true! Eyebrows can make or break one’s appearance. Having the right eyebrow shape, length, and thickness will enhance your features and complete your look with or without makeup. I honestly cannot leave the house without filling in my eyebrows real quick whether I have makeup on or not. I have a lot of sparse and bald spots (thanks to junior high super thin trend), so filling them in is a must for me. Oh, and over the years I’ve definitely learned that there is no such thing as a “trend” when it comes to brows. Your eyebrows should complement your face shape and features. And, these products and tools have helped me achieve the perfect shaped brows every single time.
Before I jump into each product, I wanted to mention that if it’s your first time getting your brows done, please please please go to a professional. That way you leave the place with not only perfectly groomed brows but also with a “blueprint” of the shape that matches you. That way if you wanted to do them yourself or at least clean them up between appointments, it would be easy to tweeze away the stray hairs once a week and still maintain the same shape.
These tweezers are my favorite! I’ve had my Tweezerman slanted tweezers for over 10 years now (10 YEARS!!!) and it’s still in perfect condition. The Tweezerman line has a variety of angles and styles to choose from, however, I’ve never really been a fan of any other style other than the slanted tweezers. Tip: You can use the upper angled side of the slanted tweezers as a pointed tweezer to get those stubborn hairs that are too small to remove. Funny story, I’ve stopped saying pluck ever since cosmetology school because the teacher would tell the class we’re not chickens and we don’t get plucked, we tweeze. So, I say the same to anyone who uses the word “pluck”. 😉
These are my all-time favorite pair! Just like my tweezers, I’ve had my scissors for about 10 years as well and they are still sharp with great performance. You want the scissors to be sharp with ultra thin blades for precision cutting. Brush up the hairs with a spoolie and only cut the hairs that go above the eyebrow hairline. If you cut too much off, you will be left with sparse areas and bald spots. Only trim the hairs that stand upright on your eyebrows, not the ones that fall along your arch.
I’m obsessed with the performance and quality of Anastasia Beverly Hills products. I’ve tried so many other brands and I always go back to Anastasia’s products. I prefer pencils, specifically one mechanical (here) and once pencil (here) that you actually sharpen. And, these two are the only ones that have a long wear on my brows that don’t smudge until I’ve taken my makeup off. First, I use the mechanical to outline my brows - the result is sharp and crisp. Then, I use the traditional pencil to fill in the sparse areas and add dimension and shadow. I always start from the middle of the brow to the tail with tiny hair-like strokes. Then, with a very light hand I fill in the beginning of the brows with tiny hair-like strokes. The brows should start off light to dark. I brush through with a spoolie to blend and finish it off with a brow gel.
Ahhh brow gel - the best product ever invented. Seriously! I mean it! You see, if you’re anything like me where you prefer to wear your hair down, but tired of your hair brushing against your brows and ending up in wild brows, your solution is a brow gel. Just one coat of brow gel is plenty to last you throughout the day. It’s like hairspray for the brows. And, my favorite is Anastasia’s brow gel. A little bit goes a long way. And, there is no scent to it. Some of the ones I’ve tried have a strong alcohol base scent to them that lingers on even after it has dried. And, others have a shiny or glossy finish. This is by far the best one I’ve used that looks great in photos and even better in person - so natural!
Any double sided, preferably lighted, mirror will do the job. Here is one that’s affordable and has great reviews. Okay, so with tweezing up close in 5x magnification is a big NO-NO. When you are that close, you end up taking more hairs than needed. Always remember to flip back and forth between the magnification to check your results. Believe me, I’ve been there and I wouldn’t want that awkward thin line look happening to your brows. I tend to use the magnifying side to see whereabouts I need to focus on, flip to the normal side and continue tweezing.
I hope by sharing some tricks and tips and my holy-grail eyebrow products helps you in the right direction of what to buy and invest in.