Welcome to Makeup Monday, my weekly series on makeup; academic and postacademic job market and productivity posts will continue on Tuesday and Friday as usual.
Here is my weekly reminder: I will not engage with makeup-shaming here or on any Facebook or Twitter comment threads. I support your right to not wear makeup, and anyone who dislikes makeup, disapproves of makeup, or wants to argue that no academic woman should be judged on the basis of makeup (which nobody is claiming anyway), I suggest you come back for my other posts on other topics.
For previous posts, see the following:
- Yes This Post Is About Long-Wear Lipcolor
- Welcome to Makeup Monday
- Why Makeup Why Now?
- Face Makeup, The Basics
- Face Makeup, Getting Fancy
- All About Eyes
Some of you were probably wondering why last week’s Makeup Monday post, All About Eyes, didn’t include any mention of brows. Well, that’s because it’s 2017: the year of the fetishized eyebrow! And brows need their own dedicated blog post. I mean, seriously, you would have to be living under a rock not to be aware of the intense brow obsession of our “on fleek” (sigh, yes) current moment.
This image from Anastasia, THE brow product company, illustrates the multi-step madness of the au courant brow of 2017.
Do I do this brow? I most certainly do not. I do not comprehend this recent brow thing, and I often find myself deeply mystified by the massive painted on brows that one sees on young people these days, especially at Sephora and the like. And, who decided we need powders, pomades, gels, crayons, and pencils… all just for the brow?
But, even I have been influenced by the brow moment. It began, I’m really sorry to say, with a Facebook ad that got me. The ad was for Glossier Boy Brow. I actually do have rather thin and sparse brows, and so when the ad popped up, after avoiding it for a couple of months, I finally gave in and clicked. Only to discover that Glossier Boy Brow is a bit of a cult item. I didn’t know anything about it, but I decided to give it a try, and my daughter was unprecedentedly impressed. It is literally the only known case of makeup traveling Mom –> teenage daughter.
Boy Brow is a good product: it does exactly what it says, and it stays on, and doesn’t flake (much; I think it does a little, after a long day). Here’s what some Buzzfeed testers have to say about it:
Nina’s thoughts: Hands down, the best one of the four. I always thought people were overhyping Glossier products, but this is a truly standout brow gel. It’s not too rigid and the applicator makes it easy to get your lil hairs in place. If I had to buy and use a brow gel, this would be it.
Lara’s thoughts: THE REAL MVP. I hate that I like this so much because it’s so small and $16, but I will most definitely purchase this and use it every day of my life when I am not using Benefit. It’s a great color, great texture, and it just looks natural but makes my brows look way better. I’m freakin’ sold. Damnit.
Alice’s thoughts: Definitely my favorite of the four. It had the best balance of hold and color. I was so happy to see that it actually made my hairs stay put! I thought maybe the color was going to come off too dark, but it looked fine once I put it on. Will definitely be adding this to my “only-got-10-minutes-to-get-ready” morning kit.
Our overall rating: 5/5
I used Boy Brow for a few months, and liked it, until I realized that I just really didn’t have the patience to for the meticulous application of what is basically mascara on my brows. So I simplified, and went back to the old-standby eyebrow pencil. However, even this was harder than you’d think, because it’s actually rather hard to find a REALLY DARK BROWN brow pencil that is not black. So my issue with pencils was not so much the struggle to find a durable, quality product, so much as it was to find the one among many good products that was actually the right color. Although I definitely notice that not all pencils have equal durability, and cheaper ones are waxier with less color payoff.
This search took me through: Billion Dollar Brow Brows on Point (from Rite Aid), to Estee Lauder Double Wear, to Anastasia Brow Wiz, to Benefit Precisely My Brow Pencil, and finally back to Anastasia Brow Wiz in the right color for me (which somehow I had missed the first time).
So what I now use is Anastasia Brow Wiz in Ebony.
In truth, Anastasia has been the brow specialist for a couple decades, long pre-dating the current brow obsession. So, it’s a great line, with the best color range of products that I’ve seen:
I don’t have much more to say about brows, except: you always want to use highlighter on your browbone. I like It Cosmetics Hello Light Anti-Aging Luminizer in Radiance, which lends a nice subtle sheen!