I finally cracked the brow code and figured out how to dress my brows in a way that made them look both full and natural. Like many people, I’ve gone through a ton of phases in the way I do my brows. I started off with pencil and used that for years. Then I moved on to powders and pomades. The one issue I had with pretty much all the products that I used was that no matter what techniques I employed, I wasn’t able to pin down the natural brow routine I was looking for.
Although I don't include by brow routine in my Five Product Face looks, this is the first step I take when doing my makeup.
A few months ago I decided to pick up Glossier’s Boy Brow in Black. As suggested by what felt like every blog ever written and every YouTube video ever filmed on the topic of brows, Boy Brow promised to be the #1 tool for an effortless, ‘cool girl’ look. Between the time I clicked “Complete Order” and when I received my package I had fully convinced myself that this product would change my life. It didn’t change my life, but it certainly elevated my brow game and more importantly reduced the amount of time it takes to do my brows in the morning.
Glossier Boy Brow, $16. The Cadillac of brow pomades and what I would consider a new classic. This product has become essential to my natural brow routine. In a few weeks I’ll be reviewing Glossier as a brand, but to sum up the line’s aesthetic, it’s the antithesis of overly sculpted, caked, and complicated Instagram makeup. Boy brow is alcohol-free, fragrance-free, paraben free, and of course cruelty-free.
NYX Micro Brow, $10. This is a pretty basic brow pencil, but it earns its merit by being a near exact dupe for the much more expensive Anastasia Brow Wiz – but at half the price. I have it in the shade black to match my natural brow hairs. I find that I get the most realistic result by lightly applying a product that is the same color as my hair, rather than heavily applying a lighter product.
It takes just two steps and two minutes to complete my natural brow routine. In the past I often used clear or colored brow gels to set my brows as the final step and only after that I defined them with a pencil, powder, or pomade. But with the Boy Brow I found that I could simply brush the product through my brows a few times to really thicken them up and then color in any egregiously bald or light spots. Whether I'm wearing a five product face or no makeup at all, I do my brows almost every day.