Today I’m going to torture my eyebrows with various filler products for the sake of SCIENCE! Also I thought it would be fun to look at how different brow fillers do different things, then it just kind of spiralled and turned into a “brow fillers for dummies” type thing. I’ll be talking gels, pencils, and powders – no pommade because it never appealed to me and generally seems like a giant hassle to put on. No sir. Anyways, time to throw you headfirst and fully-clothed into the deep end of browland!
Brow gel/brow mascara is the most natural option you have, as all it really does is tint and lengthen the hairs, but the downside is that you get little to no precision or control over your eyebrow shape. If all you want is a little extra volume without having to worry about your eyebrow-drawing skills, brow gel is a worthwhile investment. It’s also a nice way to keep your brow hair from doing weird stuff if it tends to be unruly.
Brow pencils are a pretty popular method, and the nice thing about them is how versatile and forgiving they are. This is largely due to their blendability – brushing them out will very nicely distribute the color, so if you blend them with a spoolie it’s pretty hard to get a bad result. You can literally just scribble in your brow area, brush it out, and get something presentable. Thus, if you’re new to brows but still want to be able to shape them and have a larger degree of control over them, pencils are your friend. Admittedly I use brown pencil eyeliner and disposable mascara sample wands because I’m cheap, but if you intend on using pencils in the long haul I’d get an actual pencil because they’re actually built to last and not smudge, whereas pencil liner’s job is to smudge so by itself it’s not the best option.
Powder is my weapon of choice whenever I’m too lazy to do my full brow routine. Its main appeal is precision, but god is it easy to screw up powder. On the upside, it lasts freaking forever, but this is a double-edged sword, since this means that you don’t get the godly blendability that pencil offers. Once you get the hang of it, you’ll find that it gives extremely versatile results – you can do both natural-looking and Instagram MUA brows. I don’t like the Instagram MUA style on me, but different strokes for different folks, yo. The key is to start with light powder then be very conservative with where you put the dark powder.
I don’t use just one filler, I use ALL OF THEM. All the ones I own, anyways. I layer them pencil – powder – gel, but once you get to grips with your preferences you may find that something different works for you and that’s cool.
In conclusion, brows are weird but hopefully I helped with making them a little less weird. THE PAIN WAS WORTH IT.
Do you have a preferred weapon in the tough brow world? Let me know!