just browsing.

See what I did with the title?

Anyway, I have a story to tell.

Once upon a time, in a land of classic Penguin novels, coloured denim and ankle boots, and pastel nail polish, was a young lass who desperately needed to do something about her eyebrows. Lazy she was not; smelly she was not. But in possession of poorly maintained eyebrows? You betcha. So the young lady in question took herself off to the Benefit Brow Bar at her nearest Myer and did something that changed her life – she allowed her eyebrows to be filled in. And how life changing it was.

Alright, I admit it – the young lady was me.

At this point, I will politely ask you to refrain from mocking me, because visiting the Benefit Brow Bar actually was a life changing experience. I thought I had good eyebrows – thick, nicely shaped, generally well maintained except for this one time when I let them go so I could get them shaped properly. Well, I thought kind of wrong. I say ‘kind of’, because the Good Witch of Brows at Benefit complimented me on their shape and thickness. However – holy moly did having them filled in make a difference! I had always been apprehensive about doing this, but fear not my friends. Get yo’self down to your nearest Benefit Brow Bar and pick up a Brows to Go-Go kit pronto. And get the fairy behind the counter to give you a demo on how to fill in your eyebrows. Heck, get them to give you an eyebrow overhaul while you’re there. You can thank me for it later.

Filling in your brows, and having them professionally shaped brings out all manner of aesthetically pleasing attributes you might not have been aware you had. A good friend of mine swears that filling in her brows gives her cheekbones. I reckon it gives me a stronger jawline. Apart from all that, it frames your face and makes your eyes pop. If getting your brows filled in professionally, and buying the Benefit gear is a bit pricey for you, then I will attempt to recreate the magic on this very page…

You will need:

1 x brown eyeshadow (about two shades darker than your hair is best)

1 x spoolie brush (this is just a clean mascara brush – you can buy them at Priceline)

Eyebrow gel (Covergirl does a great one, or you can splash out with a Bobbi Brown or Benefit one)

Brow brush (or lip brush)

How to do it:

Gently add some brown eyeshadow to the brow or lip brush. Brush it into your eyebrows as through drawing with it. Be sure to follow the direction of the hair – if the hair goes up to start with, then you go up – no cheating! This is colouring inside the lines!

Take the spoolie, and comb it through your eyebrow in the direction of the hair. For a less intense look, comb against the direction of the hair. For an Olsen-esque look (y’know, thick and bushy caterpillars), brush up. Once you are happy with the shape of your brow (play around a bit), set it using the Brow Gel. You can also use brow wax to set it. Voila – you might have discovered cheekbones! In any case, you’ve now got wonderful looking caterpillars and even more magnificent eyes. Go forth and conquer.

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