Categories: Product Reviews
I’ve been a long time user of brow pencils to fill in my thin eyebrows. I’m from the generation where the nineties introduced a pencil thin brow. Since that was all the rage, I plucked and plucked my naturally thicker brows into oblivion, and now I’m paying for it with skimpy brows.
They say that all of your hair actually does thin with age as well, and I think that eyebrows and eyelashes are no exception, so that has just compounded the problem of thinner brows for me. I love the look of a fuller, well arched eyebrow, so I’ve had to use eybrow fillers to fill in the bald spots for the past several years.
I was pretty happy with the MAC brand of eyebrow pencils until I realized that the color I’d been wearing (which one of their reps suggested) really was too auburn for my skin. I could really tell in pictures, where the redness of the liner would show up, and I don’t know why I didn’t realize sooner that I’d been wearing the wrong color for a long time.
So one day I was shopping with my best friend and we hit a Sephora store. I talked to the lady there and told her my story how I needed something that matched not only hair and complexion, but also my natural brow color better.
She recommended the Anastasia brand. We ended up finding the perfect color for me, which may actually be a bit too dark when I get really pale in the winter time, but it still looks WAAAAY better than the MAC one I’d been using for a while.
We went with the Anastasia Brow Wiz pencil, which is a very thin tipped roll up style brow liner. It’s so thin that you don’t have to ever worry about sharpening it and you don’t need much to create the fill ins that you need to help your eyebrows look fuller and more well-shaped.
It stays on too. I never look in the mirror and think it looks like it’s fading. Here’s a word of advice – if you are looking for a brow pencil that will actually look right on you, then put some of it on the back of your hand and see how it looks with your skin, and also see how it might match with you natural hair color.
Also get an unbiased opinion from a salesperson there, and try to look in a mirror to see how it actually goes with you hair and complexion. Otherwise, you may pick the wrong color and end up wearing it for a long time without it registering like me!
I got the Medium Ash color for mine and it’s really complimentary. I make sure I don’t “draw” with it, but rather I feather tiny little “hair like” wisps on with a light hand. This is the best method to getting a natural looking brow that doesn’t look like you literally drew it on.
I love the Anastasia brand. Sephora also has their own house brand of similar brow pencils for a little cheaper, and I plan on checking those out soon too. They roll up just like the Anastasia brand and have a super thin tip as well for great application.