When it comes to makeup application, any makeup artist will tell you that if one's skin is in good condition, the rest of the job becomes easy. Similarly, it's far easier to work on your brows when they're already groomed to begin with. In fact, if you feel like your brows are fab enough on their own, I recommend that you simply groom them, and forego eyebrow makeup altogether and sport the "natural brow" trend that has been embraced by beauty experts and aficionados alike in more recent months. It's important to note, however that the "natural brow" look looks good on those with rather full or thick brows. If yours are neither of the two, makeup ought to do the trick.
Grooming is key
To groom brows, take a good pair of tweezers (Tweezermans are my fave), and tweeze any visible stray hairs. Then, using a spoolie (or an old mascara brush that has been cleaned), brush up your brow hairs, and if you see any strands are exceptionally long or stick out, go ahead and trim them using a pair of brow shaping scissors which are equipped with narrow and pointed blades to give you the precision you need to snip tiny hairs. After that, you're done!
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Tools of the trade: Brow scissors, tweezers, and an old mascara wand
The right products cut application time in half
I like to start off with a light-colored, not too heavily pigmented pencil like L'Oréal's Brow Artist Pencil in Light Brown. I've been using it for maybe the past seven years now, and haven't felt the urge to switch to a different pencil because this one seems to be the most universal shade—whether you're morena, mestiza, brunette or blonde. I also love that it's easy to blend, and doesn't go on too strong so that even if you've made a mistake, it isn't too obvious or difficult to correct. Afterwards, I like to randomly draw "hairs" using K-Palette's 24H Real Lasting Eyebrow pen. Mimicking hairs lends a more natural look to your brows because it lessens the chances of you ending up with that dreaded "block brow," which looks, as the term implies, like one unnatural solid block and without any dimension.
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L'Oréal Brow Artist Pencil, K-Palette 24H Real Lasting Eyebrow pen, Make Up For Ever Aqua Brow
Seal the deal
The last step requires a tinted "sealing" product. I've road tested quite a few eyebrow mascaras, and I have to say, nothing quite compares to Make Up For Ever's Aqua Brow. Aside from making my brows water and humidity proof, it somehow is able to make my brows appear fuller with its micro pigments. The product comes in a tube so you will need to apply it with a spoolie or old mascara wand. A little of this product goes a long way so make sure to apply a little at a time.
Agoo Bengzon is Preview.ph's Expert Columnist for the months of September and October. With 12 years of being Preview's former Beauty Editor under her belt, Agoo is a certified beauty junkie. Her favorite things are brows that are on fleek and a lippie that lasts through dinner.