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Wednesday, 26 March 2014

the bold brow guide

how to wear bold brows

ILLAMASQUA BROW CAKE IN THUNDER*
BENEFIT GIMMIE BROW IN MEDIUM/DARK*
URBAN DECAY BROW BOX IN BROWN SUGAR
REAL TECHNIQUES EYEBROW BRUSH

I don’t think the bold brow trend is showing any signs of stopping any time soon. Cara Delevingne is still the pioneer for the bushy brow look but it is not always something us mere mortals can get right. I suppose she does have a team of people making her look fabulous constantly… We’ll give her that. Most of us worry about the dreaded "scouse brow” or looking like were forever angry due to over filling of the eyebrows. Don't fret. Here are a few of my tips I’ve picked up when attempting the heavy brow look.

Powder, Always

Pencils are so 80’s. A go-to for brows for generations, but I can’t help but think the whole thing is really dated. While there a few good eyebrow pencils out there nothing looks as natural as a nice soft powder. Choose a shade that is either the same colour as your brows or slightly darker in tone if you want a really dramatic look. I love the Illamasqua Brow Cake in Thunder, it’s slightly darker than my natural brows but can be used wet or dry to give different effects.

Pigment Precision

Think about where you place your pigment. What I like to do is lightly apply product to the middle of the brow, brush down from the arch and then blend into the front to shape. Typically the front of the brow is most sparse, but applying too much pigment to this area can make them look fake and over defined. Blend outwards and always remember to tap off before application!

Mixology

As with foundation, one colour doesn’t fit all when it comes to brows. Some brows have grey undertones, red undertones or neutral undertones. Picking a shade that's too cool or too warm can make your brows look fake. Mix and match different shades to find the perfect shade for defining your arches! The Urban Decay Brow Box has one lighter shade and one darker shade as well as a wax for taming the brows down.


SHOP THE POST:

ILLAMASQUA BROW CAKE IN THUNDER review swatch
ILLAMASQUA BROW CAKE IN THUNDER
£14.50
REAL TECHNIQUES eye starter set review swatch
REAL TECHNIQUES eye starter set
£21.99

Benefit gimmie brow review swatch
BENEFIT GIMMIE BROW IN MEDIUM/DARK £17.50
urban decay brow box review swatch
URBAN DECAY BROW BOX IN BROWN SUGAR £17


How do you feel about bold brows?

31 comments

  1. Yes the powders are so much better!!!

    xx Mira

    www.glamdevils.com

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  2. I always opt for brow powder! I agree that the pencils do give that 80's look sometimes ahha :)! xx

    BerrieBlogs| {beauty blog}

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  3. Was literally going to buy a brow kit today, so this is so useful!

    Liz, Style by 1415 | Store x

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  4. Love using my real techniques brush with a powder, find it looks the most natural :)
    thegirlsnextdooruk.blogspot.co.uk

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  5. since using powder my eyebrows look so much better although i'm still trying to make them look naturally 'full' so maybe some experimentation is in order - just no more pencil !
    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Fashion Lifestyle + Photography - www.brittonloves.blogspot.co.uk
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  6. I've really been getting into brows lately so this is a really interest post, I use a pencil currently but I'm trying to use it up so I can move on to powders.

    http://thebravestindividual.blogspot.co.uk/

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  7. Great post!!! The RT set is so expensive so I guess Benefit is better :)
    nice post!!

    http://www.glossandmagic.com/

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  8. I love the real techniques brush for eyebrows!

    kathrynlouisedavies.blogspot.co.uk

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  9. Always use powders, so much easier in my opinion

    jessssicahart.blogspot.co.uk

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  10. I've tried getting into using my Anastasia Brow Wiz, but I always go for my MAC Charcoal Brown powder as I think it gives a more natural look.. I love a bold brow and I hope the trend never dies out! Loving Benefit Gimme Brow at the moment too, it's quite similar to Maybelline Brow Drama I think, but the wand is far easier to work with ... x

    Rachael | overdosedemaquillage.com

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  11. I love bold brows, I wish mine weren't so pale, I can't go without defining them at all. Powders have definitely changed my life though and I love how there's so many great products out there now. I've never heard of the urban decay box so I might have to give that a whirl once my hd brows palette runs out

    Kat xx

    rainbowcrush.com

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  12. Definitely agree that powder is better! May have to try that benefit package

    Xx Milly

    www.lovemilly.blogspot.ca

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  13. Great tips! I definitely think that powder is the best option to go for (: xx

    A Little Treat | Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

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  14. I love all of urban decay's products!
    Have an amazing day :)
    http://sheseeksvictoria.wordpress.com

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  15. Been wanting to try the Gimmie Brow from Benefit for a while, it sounds really good- I've been loving the bold brow look atm
    Daniella x


    http://daniella-r.blogspot.co.uk

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  16. I'm moving gimme brow too!!

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  17. awww I thought you wre gonna show them on you or a like how-to of how to get fierce brows. Still good stuff to know though! I'm currently using the dipbrow pomade by Anastasia and then I set my brows with powder afterwards.

    inwiththenew.net

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  18. Great tips :) I wanna try this

    vanillia96.blogspot.com

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  19. I recently picked up the Benefit gimme brows and I'm in love! Love the sound of the Illamasqua brow cake, will have to try that out :) x

    http://abeautyromancee.blogspot.co.uk
    http://abeautyromancee.blogspot.co.uk

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  20. I go back and forth between pencil, wax and powder. Depends on what I'm feeling that day! - HM x
    www.hannmaree.com

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  21. I always use a powder as I always find pencil makes it look too drawn on! Great post xx

    Abby | http://teenagelovesxo.blogspot.co.uk/

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  22. Love a powdered brow, pencil can look too drawn on and if not blended properly can be a right disaster

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  23. I use the Anastasia brow powder and it's just perfect. There are two colors in there so I can either go for a subtle brow or a more dramatic one (I prefer the latter) :)

    WOMANOUK (beauty & portrait drawings)

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  24. I love powders, my HD Brow kit is definitely my favourite for in between treatments :) I do use a pencil in some places where I still quite haven't had hair come through x

    Sarah @ sarahlouxo.com xx

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  25. I use a mix of powder, pencil and Benefit Gimme Brow! The pencil helps for precision shaping and I like the powder and gimme brow for filling in gaps.
    Amber
    Lovely Notions

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  26. love!
    xx
    daniella
    simplybeautifulelegant.blogspot.com

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  27. Filling in my brows is a must, but I often struggle with the front of the brows. Not only are they superrrr sparse there, they start further away from my nose which looks really unflattering. Which means I have a lot more filling in to do at the front. Arghhhh!

    Malinda | Corrupted By Society

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  28. I have a sephora brush that looks just like the real techniques one! Loved seeing the products in action in your video lily!
    The Beauty Break

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