Brows maketh the face

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When I look back on my high school years, I think of all those hairs I tweezed out of my eyebrows that I’ll never see again. In my adolescent years (and very likely in your adolescent years, unless you are around 20) THIN & SHARP are the words that come to mind when we imagine the perfect brow. How far we have come in the past decade – over tweezing is out, patches be gone and the perfect brow is thick and neat. If I walk around my local shopping centre, I don’t think I see anybody under the age of 25 with thin brows. Of course, this isn’t always a good thing – like any trend, some people just take it TOO FAR.

Anastasia Beverly Hills can be credited with some of the biggest improvements in the brow game with her pencils and powders. If you want to improve your brow look, read on…

(Disclaimer: I haven’t talked about concealer or eyebrow brushes – consider this a beginners guide to eyebrows)

Pencil

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If you are new to getting your eyebrows on fleek, or want something low-fuss, this stuff is THE SH*T. Easy and quick to use, huge range of colours and completely natural finish. You can buy it direct from the Anastasia Beverly Hills site, or from Sephora Aus.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Perfect Brow Pencil
RRP: $26.00 (USD) / $42.00
Stockists: Anastasia Beverly Hills / Sephora 

Powder

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Anybody who watches Cammy on Snapchat [she’s an eyebrow queen from LA / find her @blossombeautylo] knows that the secret to a completely natural brow is the ombre finish at the start of the brow. For a long time I only used powder, but I find the ABH pencil is quicker and more precise than this powder. If you have unruly brows, the wax in this set is useful. Unfortunately, I think this powder is either on it’s way out or just isn’t worthy of being in Australia. Keep your eyes peeled if you’re overseas.

Smashbox Brow Tech
RRP: $26.00 (USD)
Stockists: www.sephora.com

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It is completely annoying to read recommendations of products not available in Australia, so I’ll include a product that you most definitely can find locally. Benefit has really upped their brow range this year and although I’m satisfied with my current tools, I think they are worth checking out if you are keen to find a decent product at your local department store. Powder and wax combo that has 6 shades.

Benefit Brow Zings
RRP: $55.00
Stockist: Myer 

Gel

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If you were not naturally blessed with a lot of hair in your brow, but have a decent shape and want to thicken up your look, use a gel to add some fake hair. This will help even up any patches or thinness and will blend in effortlessly. If you fear any of these other products or think drawing it on is too much, this is the stuff for you.

Benefit 3D Browtones
RRP: $42.00
Stockist: Myer 

Cream

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I admit this stuff is the scariest of the lot – the almighty pomade. It’s not a product I personally want to use, but the severe nature of the pomade just doesn’t suit me and nor do I have the patience for it. Keep in mind, I am olive skinned and have naturally dark brows (no $$$ spent on eyebrow tints for me), so I’ve found the pomade finish is just a bit too much for me. If you have some serious bald patches or are seriously faking it when it comes to your brows (i.e. you don’t have much hair there), this stuff is for you. You will need a stiff angled brush for this as well as a spare 10 or so minutes.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade
RRP: $18.00 (USD) / $32.00
Stockists: Anastasia Beverly Hills / Sephora 

Waxing, Tweezing and in between

My final warning to you is about what to do to care for your brows. You can have all the pomades and powders that Anastasia can think of, but they are useless to you if the base is hopeless. Only tweeze stray hairs, don’t even think about touching those long hairs your face has been growing for God knows how long! Find a decent brow technician, and find what suits you – tweezing, waxing or threading. Whatever you do, DO NOT go to a walk-in salon that does not specialise in brows – you will be butchered, and if you’re anything like me, you’ll never see those hairs return. You may be slaying in all other aspects, but rubbish brows will be your downfall. Go to someone who will see you as an ongoing client – save your walk-in waxing for arms and legs.

Remember, BROWS MAKETH YOUR FACE.

And if irritation occurs, discontinue use… 

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Liquid Love

Does anybody wear regular lipstick anymore? I guess some people do, but beauty lovers are all about the liquid lipstick at the moment. So, what do I recommend, rate and hate? Read on!

 

Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick

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This stuff is amazing if you want seriously long wear. Unfortunately, it does feather and flake, but this can be minimised by applying some sort of balm as required. Huge range of colours, plus you’ll look really #onfleek for owning this.
Available: Online from Anastasia Beverly Hills website (shipping is pricey so convince some friends they need this in their lives also)
rrp: $USD20.00

NYX Soft Matte Lipcream

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This stuff is the shiz in terms of feathering and flaking – very minimal. However, it doesn’t have the longevity of the others. Great range of colours, smells good and feels nice on the lips.
Available: Target and I believe Priceline is now stocking it also? Please confirm in comments. 
rrp: $12.95

tarteist™ creamy matte lip paint

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Arghhhhhhh, I love this stuff! Feels powdery soft when it goes on, and wears well. This is definitely the least offensive application of all the ones I’ve included – total pleasure to wear. Range of colours is growing, so keep your eyes peeled.
Available: Sephora 
rrp: $29.00 

Too Faced Melted Long Wear Lipstick

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This stuff is good, but without taking into account postage and handling costs of the ABH liquid lipstick, this one is the most expensive of the range. It has a sponge applicator (not a sponge wand applicator for those interested in details), which I personally found easier for a quick application. Good range of colours, but nothing I have died over yet.
Available: Mecca Cosmetica/Maxima
rrp: $31.00

So, that’s a wrap on liquid lipsticks at the moment. I think this product area will continue to grow until the next new thing comes out… Lip tattoos, maybe?

And remember, if irritation occurs, discontinue use…