Brows are pretty important when it comes to how you’re perceived and how your face looks generally. Plucked too thin and you can look aged, filled in far too heavy, and you could be mistaken for Wakey lass Chloe Mafia, pre Khan surname and million dollar bank account.
I myself have been through many, shall we call them ‘developmental’ stages of my brow evolution, from seriously non existent, to caterpillar and everything in-between. These days, my brows have thankfully grown back and are looking pretty sassy on a daily basis all thanks to Antonia at Woodlands Beauty Clinic, Liverpool. I love having my brows tinted, and I always feel a million dollars when they’ve been done however, between appointments, I have some filling in to do.
Naturally brunette, my brows are a muddy, dull shade of brown and benefit from a little work every morning.
I start by filling my brows in with an angled brush and the Rimmel ‘Brow this way’ duo which features a powder and a setting gel, as well as a useful spooley for combing unruly hairs, and an angled brush for filling in brows on the go. For everyday in the office, using this duo is usually enough however, I sometimes like to spend a little longer working on a more maintained brow.
Step forward the Rimmel ‘Brow this way’ Shake Filling Powder* which is a new launch from Rimmel for SS17. The line offers 4 different shades; ‘001 light brown’, ‘002 medium brown’, ‘ 003 dark brown’ and ‘004 soft black’. I don’t actually think the shade offering is completely bob on – fairer haired girls would have a problem as the lightest taupe shade is still pretty dark and the dark brown variant is far too warm / chocolatey to mimic a natural brow shade. Background info aside, I use ‘002 medium brown’ for filling in the tail ends of my brows to keep them sharp and opaque in pigment.
The rounded applicator (shaped similarly to a Q-tip) is surprisingly effective at creating a precise brow and they stay in place pretty much all day long, give or take a little smudging, but nothing too horrendous. I do have one issue though, the dreaded fallout… the fallout is pretty terrible, and due to the nature of the highly pigmented powder, if any drops onto your cheeks it can spoil a beautiful base, as it stains. These guys are £5.99 and available in all the usual haunts, Boots + Superdrug if you’re interested in giving them a whirl.
On other occasions, I like to use the Essence ‘Make me brow’ tinted gel for setting my brows in place and the HD Brows ‘Brow Define’ pencil* for a much more lightly filled look. I also love this for creating the illusion of little freckles around my nose on more sunkissed days.