How to choose which type of brow product you should be using
Bold and bushy or over-plucked and underrepresented, no matter your brow situation, there are ample products to suit.
But sometimes that's the problem. With a myriad of products available, how do you know which type of product to choose to make the most of your own set?
You should consider both the type of brows you have naturally, and what you'd like them to look like with cosmetic help. Do you want your set soft and understated or chic and streamlined? Do you have time for precision application or are you after a simple solution?
Here are your best brow options and how to use them:
bh loves: Australis Micro Brow Pencil, $14.95
Use a pencil if: you have gaps to fill or need to create a strong shape at the start of each brow. they are ieal for precision but never draw a solid line with a brow pencil. Instead, use a very light hand, sketching in fine short strokes that mimic natural hair, re assessing constantly before continuing – less is more!
bh loves: The Brow Gal Convertible Brow $44.95
Use a powder if: you have a decent amount of hair but are after a fuller, more groomed appearance overall. Brush hair upwards with a spoolie brush them smooth the shape downwards when you get beyond the arch, then use a dense angle brush to sweep on powder in small strokes.
bh loves: Revlon Colorstay Brow Kit, $28
Use a solid gel or wax if: your hairs are unruly or sprout out at odd angles. Applied with an angle brush these add dense colour and hold to fill in larger gaps and secure hairs in place, but they do run the risk of looking blocky, so don’t paint on, use small strokes. They can also be used as a base for powder if you want a dimensional, long-lasting effect.
Use a pomade if: you’re after a Instagram brow: that bold, crisp shape with a tapered tail that Kylie Jenner, James Charles and the like made super popular. The smooth cream or mousse in a pot is best applied with an angle brush, starting by defining the arch, then tail, then using an-almost clean brush to shape the front. Many pomades are waterproof and can handle hot climates well.
bh loves: Benefit Gimme Brow+ $46
Use a wand gel with a brush if: you want unstructured, yet well maintained brows or your have few hairs and want to volumise them. Brush lightly over so hair picks up the pigment but it doesn’t colour your skin.
bh loves: MAC Shape & Shade Brow Tint, $40
Use a marker if: you want to minimise the appearance of a scar or gap where the hair wont grow. The fine tip allows you to sketch single hairs easily in the direction of natural growth. They also suit oilier skin types as the tint delivered by the felt-tip lasts well.
Once you’ve decided the type of product that suits, the hardest part is getting the right colour.
“When it comes to brow products, shade is everything” says Benefit’s National Brow Artist Sarah Taiapa-Bell.
“The key is to use your hair colour as a guide, but your eyebrows do not have to match your hair exactly; in fact, they can lighter or darker than your hair colour and still be extremely flattering! For the most natural brow look, pick a shade that matches your hair colour. For a bolder brow, choose a shade that’s 1-2 tones darker than your hair colour. To soften your look, go one shade lighter than the hair on your head.”
Which type of brow product do you favour?