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Old 02-15-2012, 09:37 AM   #41
 
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Good tools are everything.

I have a set of brushes I bought that make doing brows so easy. They aren't anything expensive. Essence of Beauty from CVS, I think. But the stiff angular brushes are great for brows. I have finally reached the art of plucking a good shape, but they're never full enough, and I wish they more angular. So I fill them in to make them more dramatic.

Any shadow color in a close-enough (lighter is better) match works well. I kind of softly outline the shape of the arch (not the corner by my nose, it looks to harsh) and I fill the empty spaces in. Then I take an old, almost used up, mascara wand, and brush them into place.

BTW, good stiff flat brushes also work great for lining the eye. I rarely use eyeliner anymore. Lining with shadow is much easier.
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Old 02-15-2012, 01:16 PM   #42
 
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I use liner just as a base to smudge eye shadow onto using a flat, stiff shadow/liner brush (works well for brow powder, too, though I seldom use it for that). If I use just eye shadow to line my eyes, I cry it off in no time - danged allergies even with year-round Allegra! The liner pencil keeps it in place.

Mine have grown back in full enough with Revitalash, etc., but as you say, filling them in a bit can help reshape them and make them more dramatic. Makes a pretty striking difference on most women, yet if you do it right, it doesn't look fake and overdone.
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Old 02-15-2012, 01:33 PM   #43
 
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I'm mobile so I can't tell whether anyone's mentioned the Stila waterproof brow pencil thing... It's more of a watercolor felt tip thingy. But it's my new holy grail eyebrow enhancement.

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Old 02-15-2012, 02:14 PM   #44
 
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And my list grows... Thanks lizzrd!

iroc and wurly, eyeliner is my must-wear-every-day makeup item so I'll have to try going over top of it with shadow. I'm like wurly in that my eyes are always watering and by end of the day my eyeliner is usually a mess, so maybe it would help set it a little more with some shadow over top. I may already have a brush I can use so I'll have to look through my stuff.
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Old 02-16-2012, 08:54 AM   #45
 
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You can smudge it on OK with one of the little spongey applicators, too. The shadow just softens the look of the liner, making it less harsh-looking - needed as we get older. The combo also has a better chance of lasting thru my tears, but still isn't fool-proof if I have to dab at them too much.
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Old 02-24-2012, 03:06 PM   #46
 
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I have the same issue with partial eyebrows and something that has been working for regrowth recently( i actually have two thin but whole eyebrows) is painting them at the roots at night with straight castor oil. (yes, the same stuff used internally for constipation) It's in the laxative aisle and is super cheap at $4 for 4 ounces of the stuff which will last me till I'm dead and beyond.

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Old 02-24-2012, 03:09 PM   #47
 
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Alrighty, buying castor oil next time I shop.

I got my MAC pencil and I do like it, but I wonder how long it's going to last for that $15 price tag. I'm still going to experiment with some other suggestions as well and I can't thank y'all enough for all the ideas!
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Old 03-24-2012, 02:58 PM   #48
 
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I've been trying to grow back some parts of my brows after years of bad shaping/ over plucking. My problem is the the new hairs won't grow in the right direction. Some are determined to grow straight out from my face, some are growing downwards. Is there a good product that I can use to get them to stay in place? Are they trainable? Would hair gel work I wonder.
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Old 03-24-2012, 03:22 PM   #49
 
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Hair gel works just fine for me. Just be light-handed with it. There are also brow gels just for that purpose.
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And clear mascara.
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Old 03-24-2012, 04:42 PM   #51
 
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Thanks! I plucked the worst offenders this morning, I couldn't do a thing with them. I will try some gel when I get home from church, and look for clear mascara this afternoon. I just remembered that I used to use hairspray on my brow brush back in the day when I owned such a non-cg thing (lol), but I don't recall it working terribly well. I think gel or mascara will work better. Thanks girls.


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Thanks! I plucked the worst offenders this morning, I couldn't do a thing with them. I will try some gel when I get home from church, and look for clear mascara this afternoon. I just remembered that I used to use hairspray on my brow brush back in the day when I owned such a non-cg thing (lol), but I don't recall it working terribly well. I think gel or mascara will work better. Thanks girls.


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Old 03-24-2012, 07:57 PM   #53
 
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The name has worn off my favorite eyebrow pencil so I'm no help there, but it's double ended - brown pencil on one end (that can be sharpened as pointy as you prefer), the other end is a wax pencil (can also be sharpened), the cap has a little brush built right into it. I've used it so much it's only about 2 inches long now and will have to try and find another.
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Old 03-24-2012, 09:42 PM   #54
 
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That one sounds great. Let me know when you find out what brand it is!
ETA: Loving the clear mascara I just got.

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Here's one by Urban Decay. eBay - New & used electronics, cars, apparel, collectibles, sporting goods & more at low prices
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I have my first bottle of Careprost on its way to me from ADC. looking forward to giving it a try.

I have been using a retractable brow pencil from Dior years. I buy it when Sephora is having their F&F or VIB sales. They only offer one color, called Universal Brown, and it looks totally natural somehow mixed in with my almost-black brows and helps to cover the gray ones too. Has a spoolie brush at the other end.

Sounds like the MAC pencil is similar, and around $10-ish cheaper than the Dior pencil. I will have to check out what color would work for me when I am near a MAC counter next. If I have my act together beforehand, I will take the Dior Pencil with me to compare the 2.

Also, I get my brows threaded every 3-4 weeks and love it the results. I don't find it more painful than plucking. It's great not having to worry about having skin ripped off due to my tretinoin/RA use, or having to go off RA days before my appointments to help this not happen.
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Old 03-28-2012, 04:10 PM   #57
 
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benefit has a good book called raising eyebrows. that's my review of it there. it was like $10 or $12 at ulta, cheaper on amazon. lots of nice pics, tips and techniques. if you're into eyebrows i recommend it. it's much better than my previous eyebrow book (the one called beuatiful brows) which was informative but all black and white.
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Is this the colour you use? I got a pencil in charcoal which is too grey, but all browns seem to instantly turn red on me, even the hazel, taupey colours. When I get a chance I am going to shop for a shadow in the perfect grey/brown to use, but I somehow think my 5 and 3 year olds won't be a helpful addition to that shaping trip, so it will have to wait.
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Mine is a dark brown and I haven't noticed it turning reddish. For some reason I love black mascara but don't like black/grey eyebrow pencil on me.
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I've been trying to grow back some parts of my brows after years of bad shaping/ over plucking. My problem is the the new hairs won't grow in the right direction. Some are determined to grow straight out from my face, some are growing downwards. Is there a good product that I can use to get them to stay in place? Are they trainable? Would hair gel work I wonder.
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My brows have always been as wild and curly as my hair - I don't notice that my regrowth is any wilder than it ever was. I've never had much success with brow gel, hair gel, hairspray, etc. controlling them, as has been suggested here. The only thing that halfway works is to occasionally brush them upward and trim the crazy tips slightly then downward and do the same. Then, when I use brow gel, etc., they're a little more controllable, if that's a word, LOL. I have to be very careful not to be overzealous, or it makes sparse areas more obvious.

The only thing that ever really worked was when I used to use cream relaxer on my hair many years ago, I'd also use a touch on my brows for a few minutes. That straightened them right up, though it only lasted a few weeks. I just can't justify the cost buying a jar to only use maybe a teaspoon before it goes bad.

Anyone have any good tips that might give similar results?
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