See that picture up there? You may see it as just a regular selfie, but to me, it’s so much more. This is a victory selfie. A representation of triumph after years of squashed hope and wasted effort. Photographic proof that I, Ashley, had accomplished something that once seemed impossible: transforming a day look to night look without even touching my eyebrows.
After years and years of experimenting, I finally figured out the secret.
If filling in your eyebrows every day is a must, then chances are you’ve experienced the pure horror of looking in the mirror only to find that your beautifully sculpted arch — crafted by angels themselves — has been wiped away.
Ugh. Moment of silence for that one.
After trying different products and methods, I finally figured out the 4 steps I desperately needed in my daily make up routine (and the order in which they’re done) to keep my brows on all day long. Lucky for you, this method is way too good to to keep to myself.
May there never be another ghosted brow again.
*All actions are bolded below. Products and tools you will need are underlined*
4 Steps for All Day Brows (or 5, if you’re feelin’ fancy)
- If you put foundation on before your brows, set your brow area with a translucent setting powder. I love Nyx’s HD Finishing Powder in Banana applied with a damp beauty sponge.
- Outline your brow using your favorite brow pencil. My two tried-and-true pencils are Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in the shade Caramel (best for precision and drawing thin lines), and Benefit’s Goof Proof Pencil in 03 (Best for covering more surface area. I’ll be writing about how to use this pencil for precision as well in a future post.)
- Fill in with a pomade using short strokes that mimic the look/direction of your natural brow hair. I’m currently using Benefit’s ka-BROW! pomade in 03 and love it, but I’ve also heard great things about Anastasia Beverly Hills’ Dipbrow and NYX Tame & Frame. I’ll definitely be trying those soon.
- This step is optional, but makes a difference in my look every time I include it. Take a little bit of concealer on a small angled brush, and carefully outline the bottom of your brow, as well as the top of your brow with concealer. Use the brush to blend each line out away from the brow, then use the pointed end of a damp beauty sponge to gently finish blending the concealer into your foundation.
- Set your brows with a clear brow gel. I’ve been using Anastasia Beverly Hills clear brow gel for years and I still can’t break up with it. Generously coat your brow hair (making sure not to touch the wand directly to your skin, as this could cause your beautiful work of art to smudge), and wait about a minute for the gel to get tacky like lash glue. Gently press any fly-away hairs down (this is usually the tail of my brows for me) until they stay put. Feel free to go back in with a little bit of pomade and fill in any new gaps this might bring.