If eyes are 'the windows to the soul,' then it's wise to consider eyebrows as the much neglected drapes - so many people ignore them, but to me, a made-up face just isn't a made-up face until you've at least had a little comb through your brows.
I favour a strong Lily Collins-esque brow... however, years of plucking them to within a inch of their life (if only I could go back and tell 14 year-old me to step away from the tweezers and magnifying mirror...) means my eyebrows are a little on the sparse-side... so, sadly, I can't rock Lily's look naturally.
Previously, I filled in my brows with a matte, brown powder and finished by brushing through some clear mascara.... but it's a routine I'm growing pretty tired of, and not one that seems to agree with the slightest rise in temperature (hello messy brown powder all over my brow bone)...
I've recently branched out into the world of brow pencils, and just discovered the L'Oréal Paris Super Liner Brow Artist*. The pencil comes in 4 shades: Fair Blonde, Blonde, Brunette and Dark Brunette. I plumped for Brunette - where possible, you should always choose a colour one shade lighter than your natural hair colour (mine being dark brown) to spare the 'drawn-on with a Sharpie' look.
The pencil itself is double ended, with a coloured end to fill in your brows, and a colourless (it looks white, but pinky promise, it is clear!) wax to fix your brows in place. There's even a brow-tamer helpfully located on the lid to comb your brows into position.
With light, feathery strokes, I used the coloured end and was surprised to see how few strokes it took to achieve full, thick brows. I ran the brow-tamer through to remove excess product every so often before finishing off with light application of the colourless wax...
My tip? Build up colour very gradually - and be sure to apply the pencil in natural light... it's incredibly easy to go overboard with this product as the coloured end is so pigmented. So apply bit-by-bit, and use the brush to give an even finish.
I love the look the Super Liner Brow Artist creates, and think this product is a lot easier to use than faffing around with brow powders and angled brushes... and, if used correctly, this pencil provides a much more natural finish. It's also able to withstand heat really well - I went to a party last night and my fake full brows actually stayed put on my natural brows - hooray!
Eat your heart out Lily Collins...
L'Oréal Paris Super Liner Brow Artist is priced at £5.49 and available at Boots.