Raising a Brow

Please ignore the under-eye circles. this was taken post-work. But note the BROWS.

In the past, I must say I never really paid much attention to my sparse eyebrows. Sure, I would tweeze a few strays, but I didn’t agonize over them and try to shape them, mostly because there was not much to shape. But in the past year or so, I have fallen in love with the strong eyebrow look (a la Hilary Rhoda, or Ashley Olsen) and decided to stop tweezing them. But of course, after a month of no tweezing, there was not much of a difference. So I did the next thing I could think of: I took myself to Sephora.

Chloe, a tiny and friendly makeup artist with perfect skin and insanely nice eyebrows, sat me down and lined up a number of eyebrow pencils, after we decided wax and shadows might be too advanced for a brow newbie like me. After deciding the Sephora Brow Sculpting Pencil was too rough, and the Sephora Brow Tint pen (which was raved about on Into the Gloss) was a bit too faint, we decided on Lancome’s Le Crayon Poudre Powder Pencil for Brows in Brunet. Chloe filled in both of my brows with it, used the comb on one end of the pencil to rake the color through, and voila! Picture perfect brows that made my eyes pop and cheekbones seem more prominent. Kind of amazing. 

Chloe also showed me how to fill them in myself, using my iris as a guide. And she didn’t pressure me into buying anything either, pointing out I could save some dollars on the Sephora line, even if I had to sacrifice some wow factor. I appreciate that. If you are in the Sephora in Soho, ask for her!

Anyway, the next morning I tried to do them myself and have to admit, I was a little heavy-handed, using too much color. But the pencil is super soft and easy to blend, so I was able to correct it pretty quickly. Granted, my eyebrows didn’t look quite as good as when Chloe did them, but when does that ever happen. I’m excited to try again. I WILL have brows, dammit!


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