“Plucked, penciled, sharp and shaped, natural-looking, diva arched – the eyebrow, as revealing, individual and expressive as the eye itself.”
It seems that most women have heard all about the “perfect” brow shape, and know about all of the brow products that are available – tweezers, brow gel, scissors, etc. – but just try to get a woman to change her brows or her brow products, and you’re in for a fight. Most women seem to pick a brow shape when they first start tweezing as a teen, and stick with it.
That shape and size become part of your adult identity, not just because you’re now doing something “grown up” but because your eyebrows help others identify you, more so than any other features on your entire body – even your eyes! Your brows are essentially a fingerprint or a signature, and changing your brows can be extremely disconcerting – you feel that you don’t recognize yourself.
But in my opinion, most women could use a little help with their brows. Even supermodels and celebrities use brow products. Their brows just aren’t that fabulous all by themselves! It seems a little daunting to change your brows, but MAC’s new collection, The Stylish Brow, has some great tools that make it easy to temporarily alter your brow shape and size.
You may not like the change at first – you may not even want to try changing them at all! But remember, you can always wash it off (unlike with plucking or tweezing). So, I’m going to pull out a line from Green Eggs & Ham: “You do not like them, so you say. Try them! Try them! And you may. Try them and you may I say.”
To help you find the best brow product for you, MAC has come out with several different product types, each of which is available in different shades to match your brows.
The major pieces of this collection, the Brow Duos ($27.50) are great for creating a natural look, but can also be used to create a dramatic brow as well. Available in three shades, Blonde, Redhead, and Brunette each duo features two complimentary shades of eyeshadow from MAC’s permanent collection.
Brunette comes with Coquette and Brun. These colors are perfect for dark haired gals, and are just ashy enough to look very realistic. The lighter shade is great for filling in brows, and the darker shade is good for defining your brows (especially the tail end).
Use an angled brush for a softer look, or a stiff flat brush for a more defined look. The versatility of the Brow Duos makes them a great choice for anyone. They last all day for me without fading.
I’m a huge fan of MAC Fluidlines, so I was especially excited to test out the Fluidline Brow Gelcremes ($15). These brow cremes are available in three hues – Dirty Blonde, Redhead and Deep Dark Brunette.
I tested Deep Dark Brunette and found the shade to be very, very dark and pigmented; so use a light hand or your brows may look a bit severe. A slightly lighter, ashier shade of brown would be more natural looking. But if you like a very diva-esque brow with definite edges, these are fantastic. I do like that this product sets completely and doesn’t smudge.
Finally, we got a look at the Veluxe Brow Liner Pencils ($19.50) available in five shades. These pencils have an incredibly soft texture and smooth application. I tested Deep Dark Brunette, a medium brown which is less dark than the Fluidline, but applies heavily.
The pencil remains soft and smudgeable, unlike the other brow products in this collection. The spoolie on the other end of the pencil is nice for grooming brows after they’re filled in. As far as brow pencils go, it’s pretty comparable to other mid-range brow pencils in terms of quality and price.
With MAC’s help, finding the right brow products is like finding the perfect bra – it can totally change how you look for the better, and it makes you feel great.
Readers – what is your brow beauty routine?
The Stylish Brow
Blonde – Omega (matte) and Soba (satin)
Redhead – Cork (satin) and Espresso (matte)
Brunette – Coquette (satin) and Brun (satin)
$27.50 US/$33.00 CDN
Blacktrack – Solid flat black
$16 US/$19 CDN
Fluidline Brow Gelcreme
Dirty Blonde – Soft taupe brown
Deep Dark Brunette – Rich brunette
Redhead – Muted golden brown
$16 US/$19 CDN
Lingering – Soft taupe brown
$16 US/$19 CDN
Veluxe Brow Liner
Strawberry Blonde – Soft muted beige-taupe
Redhead – Soft brown
Brunette – Muted mid-tone grey
Deep Brunette – Muted blackish-brown
Deep Dark Brunette – Dark dirty chocolate
$19.50 US/$23 CDN
$34 US/$40.50 CDN
208 Angled Brow
$20 US/$24 CDN
Marilyn is a makeup maniac and slow but stubborn runner. She loves color coding her day planner, reading celebrity gossip and drinking good wine. Marilyn blogs about makeup and fitness over at her blog, Lipgloss and Spandex.
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