Eyebrow pencil or powder??

(45 Posts)
mumtoh Thu 28-Mar-13 21:30:30

I have medium brown hair and black eyebrows. They are a bit patchy which is always noticeable to me on photos. I have tried using a dark grey pencil on them but its not a good match and I wondered if anyone had recommendations? The pencils I've seen all tend to be brown shades rather than black, but I've heard people rave about powders - does anyone have any faves? Either pencils or powders!

RosieLig Thu 28-Mar-13 21:36:38

I love my Laura Mercier eyebrow pencil. It comes in lots of natural shades. I'm soft brunette, for medium brown hair/brows. I find it easier to apply than powder.

I think benefit and the body shop do eyebrow powder kits.


Fanjounchained Thu 28-Mar-13 22:07:42

Are you near a MAC counter ? I've used a pencil on and off but have the best results with an angled brush from MAC and their eyeshadow Omega - this would probably be too light for you but they'd be able to match you up with a shade. I comb through a tiny blob of hair gel to tame any unruly hairs and then use the brush to apply the shadow.

BrunellaPommelhorse Thu 28-Mar-13 22:16:25

Angled brush. Mines bobbi brown. Then eyeshadow dark brown.

FrugalFashionista Thu 28-Mar-13 22:23:55

I use both, but eye shadow in the right shade gives the best results. If you have a smokey eye palette try one of the darker shades? I'm cool-toned and taupe and gray work much better on me than reddish browns.

mumtoh Thu 28-Mar-13 22:31:56

Have just gone and tried a couple of black eye shadows I have in palettes with an angled brush. It looked hideous. I think I will need a dark - very dark - brown. I had heard good things about, I thought, Benefit? Or did I imagine that? Not near a Mac counter, have access to a boots with benefit, and then debenhams with urban decay, bare minerals, Clinique, Estée Lauder, Yves St Laurent. Ooh just thought, I think I might mean Bobbi Brown not Benefit?

KenDoddsDadsDog Thu 28-Mar-13 22:33:30

I would get them tinted - have been getting mine done for about 6 months and it has made a huge difference.

KenDoddsDadsDog Thu 28-Mar-13 22:34:07

Failing that, Benefit Brow Zings is good!

FrugalFashionista Thu 28-Mar-13 22:38:29

No, don't use black e/s - not a great look, too harsh. Cool cocoa brown and lighter cool brown work on me. Try on the color before purchasing - I was offered a lot of reddish browns before I found the right (gray) shade.

BrunellaPommelhorse Thu 28-Mar-13 22:51:19

I'm dark. Bobbi brown mahogany. Plus tinting

JamEyelid Thu 28-Mar-13 23:08:43

I love the Urban Decay brow box. It was £20 I think but I haven't even made a dent in it yet.

mumtoh Thu 28-Mar-13 23:17:02

Ooh I love urban decay! Didn't know they did a brow box <off to google it>

Ilovemydogandmydoglovesme Thu 28-Mar-13 23:29:25

KenDodd how often do you get your brows tinted and what does it cost?

WhoKnowsWhereTheChocolateGoes Thu 28-Mar-13 23:32:03

I'm chocolate brown hair with black gappy brows and pale skin. Rimmel do a black-brown eyebrow pemcil which is just the right shade for me

Penny2012 Thu 28-Mar-13 23:34:20

Benefit brow zings. Every time. I've repurchased many times. It comes in 3 different shades. I'd buy a good brush to apply it with though. Don't use the crappy one it comes with! X

WhoKnowsWhereTheChocolateGoes Thu 28-Mar-13 23:40:39

Browzings is not very dark though, I've got the dark one and it is still definitely brown not brown-black, I've given up on it.

mumtoh Thu 28-Mar-13 23:57:57

whoknows your eyebrows sound very similar to mine. Might check out the Rimmel pencil first so I can still afford my Liz Earle skin care this month grin

mumtoh Thu 28-Mar-13 23:59:56

I can't stop gazing at the UD brow box though <drooling>

JamEyelid Fri 29-Mar-13 02:42:23

It really is good, there are a few colour choices too grin

YouCanCallMeBetty Fri 29-Mar-13 06:05:36

Probably too light for you OP (it's brown) but MUA do a good brow kit for about £3-4 - it's got a couple of brow shadows, Vaseline-type stuff, a highlighter and brush. Probably a copy of Brow Zings/UD

KenDoddsDadsDog Fri 29-Mar-13 06:52:05

ilovemydog I get them threaded and tinted brown once a month ish at Benito in Debenhams. It's £18 but you can advance purchase so it's cheaper. You can buy home tint but I haven't tried it yet.

BrunellaPommelhorse Fri 29-Mar-13 07:13:56

Agree tinting looks way the best. Had mine done yesterday for a night out tomorrow

WhoKnowsWhereTheChocolateGoes Fri 29-Mar-13 07:23:35

Mine are too gappy for tinting to be any use, I keep thinking about tattoong but am a bit chicken about it.

NoDiggity Fri 29-Mar-13 07:24:54

I have really patchy eyebrows. Recently discovered bobbi brown natural brow shaper - it's like a small mascara. Looks very natural and makes your eyebrows look really well groomed. You can apply more coats depending how dark you want to go. One of my best finds!

BrunellaPommelhorse Fri 29-Mar-13 07:32:09

Chocolate. Buy the eyelash/ brow thing. Rapidlash. It really works

WhoKnowsWhereTheChocolateGoes Fri 29-Mar-13 07:35:11

It didn't work for me Brunella. I had alopecia a few years ago and although my head hair came back the eyebrows have never recovered.

BrunellaPommelhorse Fri 29-Mar-13 07:36:36

Oh I'm sorry. sad

WhoKnowsWhereTheChocolateGoes Fri 29-Mar-13 07:48:45

That's ok, I'm so grateful the hair came back that gappy eyebrows seem a small worry. I have tried lots of things for them as I do feel a bit self conscious about them though, especially since I grew my fringe out. they seem to look different every day when pencilled in, hence considering tattooing

TheCraicDealer Fri 29-Mar-13 10:01:17

I think someone here said once that it depends on your skin type to see what'll suit you best. Normal/dry skin types tend to get on well with pencil, oilier skins suit the wax and powder of the eyebrow kits as they don't slide off so easily.

MrsMeow Fri 29-Mar-13 10:59:07

I have the same colouring as you and swear by the HD brows pallette in 'Vamp' which is 3 powders in varying browns and one cream coloured highlighter shadow. The powders contain some kind of wax so there's no faff, just brush it on and you're done. It says put until you wash it off too.

It's honestly worth a try - I'd never filled my eyebrows in before I tried this and I can not believe what a difference it makes to my face! I have the Benefit browzings one as well but find it quite orangey and more waxy than powder so it doesn't look as subtle on me.

mumtoh Fri 29-Mar-13 16:34:43

mrsmeow what is HD? <being a bit dim> In the meantime I have ordered a brow kit from ELF as I needed some of their mineral powder and the kit was cheap as chips and had fairly good reviews. Ooh and there's a free 'mystery bag' if you spend £15. I am a sucker for a freebie...

I have found myself noticing people's brows much more today - and I have seen some shockers! I'm not keen on the 'totally filled in look like stick-on brows' look which seems popular with youngsters today....showing my age hmm

crossparsley Fri 29-Mar-13 17:03:12

I would always use powder (either eyeshadow or a specific brow powder) and an angled brush - an eyeliner brush (the flat blade-shaped ones) or an eybrow one (smashbox do a great one but I am sure there are Boots/SD similar if that's a faff/too ££). Pencil - uness it's super-powdery - gives you an unconvincing arc line if you're not very skilled or artistic. Powder on a brush lets you sketch in eyebrow-effect where needed. Also definitely avoid anything warm/gold/red as it outshines your real brows.

I've got the opposite problem - medium brown hair and lighter eybrows - and most eyebrow shades are too dark for me so I hope you have better luck! Both everyday minerals (lasts for ever) and smashbox work for me in the lightest shades.

NigellasGuest Fri 29-Mar-13 17:12:24

Cannot recommend Benefit browzings enough.

WhoKnowsWhereTheChocolateGoes Fri 29-Mar-13 18:20:28

I can't get on with powders, they just aren't defined enough and look very obvious in the gaps. Pencil strokes are better. I've got a Gosh brow pen which is waterproof, but too red on it's own, I use a bit over the Rimmel pencil to give it greater staying power.

Bramblesinafield Fri 29-Mar-13 18:26:03

Brow central here. Had mine threaded today, regular maintainance, saves me time in looking a little more together! I use a Clinique brow pencil, which I replaced today also, they've added another end to it with a highlighter - we like. When I'm going out for the evening I use my Mac brow pencil/brow shadow combo for a stronger look.

Snog Sat 30-Mar-13 08:49:53

I love the Benefit brow powder set

WhoKnowsWhereTheChocolateGoes Sat 30-Mar-13 23:03:07

Well, I went into House of Fraser today and splashed out on the Bobbi Brown pencil in Brunette (Mahogany was too red for me). It's lovely, a really natural look on me. Rubs off very easily though.

auldspinster Sun 31-Mar-13 14:11:24

I use a stiff brush and an ancient mink coloured estee lauder eyeshadow then use a clear mascara over the top. I've got dark brown hair and fullish brows.

RoomForASmallOne Sun 31-Mar-13 14:16:07

I tint at home and love the results.

I like my eyebrow shape and the tint just accentuates them.

Powder or pencil would be a faff for me and I would end up looking like Lord knows what.

I use a kit called 1000 Lashes (for brows and lashes)

Cheap as chips from any chemist smile

Passiveaggressivecakeeater Sun 31-Mar-13 20:19:25

I can do eyebrow tinting if you're in my area, I'll only charge you a fiver. grin

WhoKnowsWhereTheChocolateGoes Sun 31-Mar-13 20:21:43

I haven't got enough to be worth tinting sad.

Passiveaggressivecakeeater Sun 31-Mar-13 21:00:29

WhoKnows, it tints the skin as well so it gives the illusion of a fuller brow.

WhoKnowsWhereTheChocolateGoes Sun 31-Mar-13 21:50:34

Oh, does it? I assumed ypu had to go down the tattooing route for that. How long does it last? My brows are more skin than hair though. I have got very good at pencilling them in and don't mind doing it, it is just the fear of rubbing part of it off and not realising.

BambieO Sun 31-Mar-13 21:53:30

Urban decay brow box £15.30 at the mo in debenhams not sure if someone has already mentioned smile

Passiveaggressivecakeeater Sun 31-Mar-13 22:09:38

Yeah, it's not like a tattoo really, it's much more subtle and it only lasts about a week so ideally you should learn to do it yourself at home so you don't have to faff around with salons so often.

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