When it comes to brows, I am quite lucky. I have natural deep and full brows and have never over-plucked them, so I was one happy camper when the fashion went my way and everybody started wearing clearly defined brows. Thank you Cara Delevigne! I don’t actually touch my brows on a daily basis, but they do look a little smarter for special occasions if filled in with a pencil and kept in place by some gel. So, I was curious to try something from Benefit’s new brow range: the Goof Proof Brow Pencil.
Women seem to have a rather strange relationship with eyebrows: we pluck them only to fill them in with pencils, powders or gels or sometimes even tattoo them on our face (I do not know who came up with that, but they should be convicted of treason and locked away). Our attention to brows is not very surprising, given how important they are in defining and shaping your face and look.
As someone who is blessed (or cursed, depending on your perspective or the fashion of the moment) with dark and well defined brows, I generally ignore them. I just give them a little extra shape by removing some additional hairs but do not have any need for brow pencils or powders. My only issue? They don’t always stay in shape, especially not while cycling to work in windy Holland.
And that is where the Nars Brow Gel comes in. A makeup artist at Nars used this on me while demonstrating my beloved Nars Sheer Glow and I loved it. I have it in Athens, a light beige meant for blonds, but what I love about this is the hold, not the color. Granted, the color does even out any sparse areas of the brow, but this is almost undetectable as you can see in the image below.
The hold, however, is great! Once set, the gel will hold your brows in place without that irritating crunchy or crispy feeling. A big downside is the packaging: the little wand gives you way to much product in one go! I put a little of the brow gel on an old clean mascara wand and use that to shape my brows. You have a minute or so to perfect the shape before it sets and holds all day.