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Bury Me With This Brow Pencil

Bury Me With This Brow Pencil

I think eyebrows are an essential part of any makeup look. Without making sure your eyebrows look polished, what is the point of wearing makeup at all, right? I include eyebrows in even my most simple looks. On the days when I'm dabbing on concealer and a little blush? You can bet I'm at least swiping some tinted brow gel through my eyebrows before I walk out the door. I've tried a few eyebrow pencils, but my favorite by far is the Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil. I fought against it for a long time. I knew it was one of the most popular, had the best reviews, but I resisted. It was so expensive, and could it really be better than my $3 Rimmel pencil? It was. It is. I'm never going back to the dark days before I had my Hourglass Pencil in my life.

Hourglass's pencil has a waxy, rectangular pencil on one end, and a great little spoolie brush on the other. I like to brush up my brows with the spoolie, then apply the pencil, starting in the middle of my brows and moving out, then finishing the inside last. After my first round of filling-in, I brush through again with the spoolie, fill in any bald spots, and set with brow gel. It sounds a bit intense when I type it out, but in all honesty the whole process probably takes two minutes.

I think what sets this pencil apart is the formula. Like I said, it's a bit waxy, and comes in a flat rectangle. The pencil doesn't just color the skin under your eyebrows, but actually distributes color into your eyebrow hairs, which leave you with a much more natural look. I also love the shape of the pencil, as it allows for both thin and thick lines to be drawn, depending on how you rotate the pencil. I use the shade Blonde, and it's almost a 100% perfect match for my brow color. In fact, I can't imagine anything being a closer match, so let's just say that this one IS perfect. The pencil also comes in two other shades: Soft Brunette and Dark Brunette. The pencil also lasts a LONG time. I've had this baby going for months now and it looks like I have months of use left.

I've seen people (some of them hailed as beauty gurus) who I think have beautiful brows, but they look fake as hell. I'm not disparaging that look, but it's a good look for them. It's just not at all my style. I want my brows to look like they're a little fuller, a little more even, but completely natural. My natural brows are not going to look like mirror images of each other, and that's ok. I've accepted that brows, like boobs, are sister and not twins.  If you're looking for precision and symmetry, there is probably a more type-a tool for you out there. But for those of us that are looking for a natural boost to what we're already sporting north of our eyeballs, Hourglass's Arch Brow Pencil is as good as it gets.

Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil: $32

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