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Stepping up my brow game for AW14.
Eyebrows have really come into their own in the beauty boxing ring as of late. Beginning with Cara Delevingne's infamous set, they’re the frames to a face and really help to draw a make-up together. And I’m forever in awe of Suzi’s insane brow skills. I must admit that I neglect my brows a lot by way of filling them in and all that jazz, but now that autumn has wound round and make-up steps back into my morning routine, I thought I’d divulge a few notable mentions about my own routine.

The Shape ;; When I turned 13 (or it could have been 14…) my Mum pinned me down and shaped my eyebrows for me while watching that evening’s episode of Eastenders. Sounds horrifying - it was not. I became the proud owner of two groomed, lightly arched brows. She taught me all about the upkeep and I duly tweezed away twice or thrice a week underneath the brow to keep things tidy yet full. Thankfully I only ever had one above-the-brow situation and never ventured into the Land of Thin Brows. A few years later, I was a dedicated threader and today I am back to the tweezers, albeit with a thinner brow shape than desired. My ideal brow is kinda like IU’s, soft and arched yet full and straight.

Filling In ;; My eyebrows are pretty temperamental meaning that depending on which side I’ve slept on, I’ll need to tame them in a particular way. I begin with a quick brush through my brows using my Japonesque Brow Brush and then position myself in front of a well lit mirror. Then comes one of three options, depending on occasion and mood:

Shu Uemura H9 Formula Eyebrow Pencil in 9 Seal Brown (£16.50) - This is my natural shade choice for filling in my brows. The closest match to my natural colour, I love this eyebrow pencil in that it has a sturdy pencil tip that only releases pigment when working alongside the natural oils in the hair. The Shu Uemura pencil gives naturally defined eyebrows while still letting you create precise lines and it lasts all day for me. I personally wear this for work days.

Sho-bi Corporation Brigitte Eyebrow Pencil & Powder in Yellow Brown (£20.20) - I picked the Brigitte eyebrow pencil up on a whim at HyperJapan. In a light brown-blonde colour, I wear this for a super soft, lighter look on my brows. It gives a more youthful look and I tend to gravitate towards this for weekends and date nights. One side features a precise nib pencil that twists up, while the other has a cushioned tip with powder. I find it to be super long-lasting and waterproof.

HD Brows Eye and Brow Palette in Vamp (£25) - The most expensive and least used of my collection, I have fond memories of finding this in my Glossybox and subsequently finding a whole new make-up avenue to obsess over. My Vamp palette is great for defining the brows for both day or night looks, but I find it doesn’t last quite as well as my pencil choices.

22 comments

  1. Suzie's video totally inspired me to do my brows. For the first time in years I am happy with them! I've gone back to powder and used sleek brow kit, closest to my natural hair I've found!

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  2. I am lucky enough to have a fairly good natural brow shape but it all went horribly wrong a few years ago when someone waxed off the majority of my eyebrows :( Luckily pencils and gel help to keep them looking less unruly.


    Maria xxx

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  3. Thank you Sophie! Cinnamon hot chocolates and crisp autumn walks sound ideal - I should add those to my list in fact.

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  4. Thank you Beccy! Definitely not. My best friend and her family have an annual Christmas Day picnic for their Christmas lunch and I think it's the best idea ever ;)

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  5. It's such a pain but absolutely worth it once autumn/winter shopping kicks in!

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  6. Thank you Miho! I find it helps so much with keeping myself busy yet semi-organised.

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  7. Aw thanks Louise! Be sure to send me a link if you write your own. Indeed - he just bought his first house hence my sudden furniture interest!

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  8. Fingers crossed you manage to do it this time round Amanda!

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  9. This summer's been such a good one, right?!

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  10. Of course you did! Winnie and I said that when we met up in Hong Kong - maybe we could do something in October?

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  11. Aw thank you Kylie! HK was amazing as always, got a couple of post ideas lined up but I didn't actually take too many photos this trip!

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  12. Thanks Tamsin! I've just got back to England from Hong Kong and I'm freezing haha, need to get the jumpers out asap (:

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  13. One step closer than me, Hanh!

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  14. Yes! Just read this and I am definitely going to take you for Korean food (or the like!) and just hang out. Let me know whenever you're in town. Will be awesome to show you around another 'hometown' of mine eh! Not quite as interesting as HK but it'll do for now :D xx

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  15. Yay! I'm thinking October or November some time would be amazing. Haven't ventured to your end in a while!

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  16. Yeah let's organise something in our group chat!

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