I used to find it odd that there were trends when it came to eyebrows. Surely, I thought, it’s more a case of making do with what you’ve got – as absurd as their being a fashion for head size, or finger length. But there is a lot you can do to bring your brows up to date, or, more sensibly, just use them to make yourself look better/less tired/more fabulous.
Mine are quite dark for my fair complexion, and although they’re not a bad shape they’re always err on the side of frowny. But that doesn’t mean I don’t like to fiddle about with them: with smoky eye makeup, a bit of definition really helps to balance my face. Here are my favourite brow beaters…
First up is a simple pencil, which needs to be sharp, unlike an eye liner pencil, so that you can sketch on your brows as if you are drawing in tiny extra hairs. I like Bellapierre’s Eye Brow Liner (£18), which contains jojoba, safflower and 100% pure mineral pigments.
If you’re not sure about the staying power of a pencil, try this little beauty: Suqqu’s Eyebrow Liquid Pen (£20). I’m not sure why on earth anyone would want it in ‘Moss’, but moving on, I went for ‘Brown’ and really rate this. The best thing about it is that it does not shift – until you want it to.
For a more ambitious brow project, this is a great little kit: Raise your Brows by Carolyn K (available from April at £14.99). It comes in a cute book format and contains three shades and a highlighting powder, plus as a professional brush. I like the highlighter right under my brows to lift them up and sort out that frowniness.
If life prevents as much brow time as you would like, find a few minutes for a little tweeze and you will feel all the better for it when looking at yourself in the unforgiving light of the rear view mirror. I like Shavata’s Precision Tweezers (£19.50), which are super pointy and great for tidying individual stragglers between salon appointments
Then, for a glossy, groomed finish, comb on a brow gel like my current favourite which is M&S Limited Collection Brow & Lash (£4). It’s under a fiver, and it does the job nicely. Now, who can teach me to raise one, quizzically?