So I thought I’d talk about a very important feature – those eyebrows. Since they are the face framers, they make a big impact, so you’ll want to do them up right! One great thing about brows and makeup – this is an area that I don’t think you have to spend a lot of money on to get the result you’re looking for. So let’s save some moolah while we get some great brows, shall we? Get ready to read on whether or not you should use pencil vs powder.
The big question is which type of brow product is best? Is the same one good for everyone? With so many new brow products out there including gels, kits, waxes, powders, pencils and more, I will say that if you love a good natural-looking brow, (and I certainly do), and you’re also looking for a budget-friendly option (and one that will save you some time when you’re getting ready in the morning), then a pencil or a powder is the way to go. So which do I prefer? Well, I like them both – for different reasons.
Let’s explore the pencil first. Why do I like a good old fashioned eyebrow pencil? Well for starters, it’s one product. ONE. Not a kit, where you layer on ALL the things and sculpt and build and so on and so forth. Sometimes a momma ain’t got time for that. Since it’s a pencil, it’s super convenient and fits right in your purse. And you can purchase one with a brow brush at the end which is an added bonus.
I nabbed one from Walgreens, the brand is Prestige Cosmetics. It has the handy brush attached. And it was a whopping $3 if my memory serves correctly. I recommend buying a shade or two lighter than your natural color so that you don’t go too dark off the bat. So how to use? Simple. First, I brush my naked brow in an outward and upward direction.
Then I start creating light, gentle strokes starting from the inner brow, filling in as I go, and then reaching the thin end.
It’s VERY important to have a light hand, as you could go from “super natural” to “supernatural” in a matter of seconds if you press too hard (no one wants alien brows – yikes!). The pencil has a bit of a waxy finish, which I like because it sort of sets the brow for me and I don’t have to do anything further. However, I do think that using a pencil takes precision, so a little more time.
If you want nice and natural-looking brows with as little time as possible, then I’d definitely consider the powder option. With powder, there is no real need to even buy a specific product for brows, but I did because I wanted to make sure it was a matte shade and that there was no shimmer in it at all. You can totally use an eye shadow if you have the right shade.
One critical piece that you’ll need is and angled eyebrow brush. Mine is by Sonia Kashuk. I don’t think a real fancy brush is needed here, and actually, e.l.f. cosmetics has one for a buck. My brow comb is from e.l.f. and that cost me a whopping buck also. I can totally handle that.
With a powder, I personally choose a little darker shade than with a pencil, something that actually comes closer to matching my hair because after I apply it, I brush the excess out with the comb, and it definitely lightens up to a nice and natural tone – right where I want it. So here’s my powder brow routine: Use a comb to brush the naked brow in an upward and outward direction. Dip angled brush lightly into powder, starting at the inside and lightly blotting into the brow while working my way to the tail end.
Then, grab the brow comb and even it out in upward and outward strokes. Apply more to darken or to thinner areas if needed. Both ways produce a great everyday look. In my opinion, I’d say the pencil is a more defined look, but both can look very natural when done the right way. So let’s sum it up:
Pencil: more precise look, handy with just 1 product needed, very inexpensive
Powder: Not a lot of time involved, inexpensive, very natural look.
Both are cheap, time effective and natural-looking options. Here’s one last pic for comparison (pencil on the left, powder on the right):
So what do you think? What’s your brow routine? Of pencil vs powder for eyebrows, which do you choose?