In the world of HCG Beauty, few things rank higher than well groomed eyebrows. Properly (or more noticeably, improperly) shaped brows make a huge impact on a woman's appearance. As a young girl, HCG did not always have eyebrows she was proud of. Adult Gina wishes someone would've told her 12-year-old self her brows had so much potential (and directed her to a careful waxer). The thing is, when you are prone to being excessively furry, at least you have a solid foundation to work with.
After years of trial and error, I've settled into a reliable brow routine which hopefully can help you in your pursuit of great brows. Pictured above are HCG's three very basic eyebrow essentials:
1. Sephora Retractable Brow Pencil
I am fortunate to have decent brows, but my brows need some help to make them look as full as I would like. Sephora's Retractable Brow Pencil is one of the best and most reasonably priced brow pencils on the market. The thin tip allows for precise brow filling, and the midnight brown color is ideal for me. I've heard great things about the Maybelline brow pencil, but I've never been able to locate it in dark brown despite checking more than 30 different CVS stores across Pennsylvania and New Jersey. If you stumble upon the Maybelline brow pencil in dark brown, I suggest hoarding as many as you can or selling them on eBay. Apparently it's a big seller.
The trick to using a brow pencil successfully is to work with a very light touch. I was anti-brow pencils for a while and tried brow shadow for a softer look. Brow shadow is great for some people (perhaps blonds who just need some more brow emphasis), but it didn't allow me the precision I needed for filling tiny spaces.
2. Sephora Free Mascara Wands
Brows cannot be filled in until they've been combed up, and I rely on the bountiful supply of free mascara wands at Sephora for this task. Wait, is that a shoplifter? No, it's just HCG stuffing a fistful of mascara wands into her bag at Sephora. I've heard you can buy these disposable wands in stores (example: $3.50 for a 50 pack), but why bother when Sephora has tons of them for free? It's only mildly awkward to swipe them from the little glass cups along the perimeter of the store. I also can't live without these wands for their intended purpose - as mascara wands. No comb or other little plastic tool I've encountered works better. The Sephora brow pencil does come with a little worthless comb at the end which is good in only emergency situations (like if you lock yourself in your bathroom and need to shimmy the lock).
3. Covergirl Clear Mascara (used as eyebrow gel)
For longer than I'd like to admit I spent a fortune on the overpriced Anastasia brow gel. $21 for clear gel to keep your eyebrows in place? You are a shrewd businesswoman, Anastasia. I eventually smartened up and realized that clear mascara is basically the same thing as "brow gel" since clear mascara (1) is equally as effective (and is probably the same thing) as brow gel and (2) costs about 90% less. I don't exactly rub my face all day, but I had bangs for many years and would muss up my brows swiping my bangs to the side. Brow gel has become such a part of my routine I couldn't imagine not using it.
Looking for more info on brows? The Beauty Department has a terrific Brows 101 post for a basic primer on brow shaping. My brows require bi-monthly waxing and trimming, and I don't trust myself enough to take scissors to my own brows. If you are brave enough to trim your own brows, I've heard of one one helpful tip: brush the brows down and then trim. That way you avoid going too short.
To fantastic brows, HCG