As with the changing seasons and passing years, trends come and go. And then they come again. Rinse and repeat. And one trend that seems to be back in a big way lately is the bleached eyebrow look.
I hate to be showing my age here if I kick and scream a little. But ladies and gents, PLEASE DONT DO THIS!
There are plenty of makeup products and materials that aren’t going to burn your eyes or leave you with such permanence as the dreaded bleaching will. Or that brassy/orange tone that happens to almost all chemically lightened hair.
So please consider using a concealer or makeup product for your eyebrows before you commit to the semi-permanence of a bleached brow.
I mean, what will be next, the eyebrow regrowth look?
It’s probably already happened, and I haven’t caught on yet!!!!
Defining the Role of the Brow Concealer
So basically, what can be the most fun about these techniques is that you can clean them off at the end of the day, and go back to your usual self.
And concealing your brows (as opposed to covering your brows) can be a temporary and entirely non-committal way to change your look for a day. Change the shape of your eyebrows. Or for example, create different era or time period looks, without actually changing anything about your own brows, their shape, thickness, length. Nothing.
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Why Conceal Your Brows?
- to shape and define your own eyebrows
- give definition to your face – essentially communicating
- to change up your look
- to create a character with different features to the performer’s own features
How to Successfully Conceal Your Brows
Use the right shade
Obviously, when discussing the concept of concealing in makeup, the tendency is to go for a product that is lighter than your own (or the person you are making up) skin tone.
It’s worth noting that you need to keep in mind my old faithful color wheel when it comes to depositing light products into hair.
If you put a light skin-toned product into your eyebrows, and you have very dark eyebrows, guess what? They are going to look grey.
This is because the cool undertone of your eyebrow hairs will turn grey with a lighter concealer applied to them. The way to counteract this grey look is to use an orange-based product (if your brow hairs are on the bluer-toned side) or yellow if your hairs are more on the red/purple-toned side) to neutralize the hairs when lightened.
If you’re brand new to all of this, it can sound crazy, but it’s not. And if you still can’t work out the undertone of the eyebrow hair, go ahead and try a concealer of your choice. And see what the effects of it are.
It may well take a bit of playing around with to master.
Or perhaps you may even need to use an orange or yellow-based corrector PRIOR to using your concealer to create this look. Have a play and find out what works.
Shape your own brows perfectly
Getting rid of strays and random eyebrow hairs not only gives you a tidy definition on your eyes but will help when it comes time to try out this look.
So whatever your flavor – plucking, threading, tweezing, be sure to do away with those stray hairs!
13 Concealers for Your Eyebrows
Anastasia Beverly Hills Pencil
I’ve only recently discovered this pencil concealer. And so far, I love it. It’s easy to use, no fuss. And you can quickly alter the shape and definition of a brow cleanly and easily.
It’s available in 3 tones, and I bet you find you use all 3 if you have them.
NYX Concealer Wand
This is a high-coverage creamy liquid concealer, available at a low price. Find NYX Concealer Wand here. I felt compelled to share it in this collection because it is basically the best drugstore concealer version of a few other concealers we may all know and love.
And it is available in 23 different tones. So there’s something for most of us.
A great affordable option for your eyebrow concealing needs.
Dermaflage Color Correcting Palette
This is strictly a color-correcting palette, so you can really neutralize those undertones and conceal your brows to perfection. Dermaflage makes heavy-duty corrective products if ever I’ve seen them, so you know your brows will be covered with this little corrective palette.
If you have dry skin, be sure to thoroughly moisturize before use, as this is a waxy, cream based product.
I do like the simplicity of the correcting tones of this palette – that it very simply contains your orange, yellow, and green concealer for all of your needs. All in one palette.
L’Oreal Brow Stylist Brow Raiser
This version of the brow concealer from L’Oreal features a matt end and a shimmer end of the pencil. This is quite interesting as you could really play up the drama of your highlighted brow shape with this pencil. Another affordable option, the pencil comes with subtle orange/apricot undertones to help make light work of your correcting.
RMS “Un”Cover Up Natural Concealer
RMS is very quickly becoming a favorite clean brand of mine. And their infamous “Un” Cover Up is no exception. Available in 16 shades, this is a must-have if you have performers that are aware of using as many natural ingredients on their faces as they can. This would also make a nice palette of decantered tones to carry in your set bag. Love RMS!
Chantecaille Brow Lift Eclat
Perfect for creating a soft, subtle definition along the brow bone. Luxury clean brand Chantecaille delivers with this beautiful, single-tone pencil that can also be used as a highlighter for your inner eye area as well. Infused with caffeine to truly help brighten those eyes.
This pencil really gives a brightening effect to the eye area.
Personally, I’d love to see more color options for this beauty in the future.
Jones Road The Brow Pencil in Blonde
Jones Road describes this pencil as “more brow with less work” which I really responded to! Although this is actually part of a range of eyebrow pencils, the blonde pencil in the range caught my eye and I felt worthy of mentioning here.
And if you’re unaware, Jones Road was founded by Bobbi Brown to provide a clean line of beauty products – free of phthalates, sulfates, petrolatum, PEGs, cyclic silicones, EDTA, or BPAs.
Take a look as this is where Bobbi’s heart now lies, and I’m sure you may find many more high-end, clean makeup products within the range.
Find Jones Road The Brow Pencil in Blonde here.
Benefit Cosmetics Dual Ended Highlighting Brow Pencil
I couldn’t walk past this 4-in-1 extravaganza from Benefit without mentioning it here!
This is like those ball-point pens that were revolutionary when they came out in the 80’s with the four-color pen options. I’m intrigued by the endless possibilities this pencil offers with four tones in one.
You could work wonders with sculpting and shaping the brows with this, all at a rather fast-pace.
Dermaflage Waterproof Concealer Cream
This heavy-duty concealer from Dermaflage will do double-duty on not only re-shaping your eyebrows, but all your most pressing concealing needs as well. From hyper-pigmentation to age spots, dark circles under your eyes, even tattoos, this concealer is as full coverage as it gets.
NARS Radiant Cream Concealer
Another concealing product not strictly designed for the brows, but I love this concealer so couldn’t leave it out of this list.
A deft hand could brush this on and blend to enhance the brows, or give them a lift with this lovely concealer from NARS.
Maybelline Brow Precise Highlighter
Simply sold in three tone options – dark, light, and medium. I feel you could have all three in your kit and use them all with ease. I do love the angled applicator end of the pencil though. and although this is at the lower end of the affordability radar, it doesn’t discount this pencil from effectiveness in any way. A great drugstore concealer options for highlighting and concealing your brows.
Benefit Boing Industrial Strength Concealer
Those that know, know. There is a good reason why this concealer is called “Industrial Strength” – it truly lives up to its name and will stay put all day.
This work-horse from Benefit will take care of all your brow concealing needs in a heartbeat. And then some. It may be the perfect product choice if you’d like to cover your entire brows with makeup.
This may well be your best choice if you have oily skin as well.
Jane Iredale Corrective Colors
A great all-in-one correcting and neutralizing palette from clean beauty queen, Jane Iredale. You can’t go wrong with this cream palette. I love it.
So there it is, unless I’ve miscounted there are my 13 picks for eyebrow concealing right now.
What do you think? Any faves in the bunch? Comment below and tell me your eyebrow concealing go-tos. Love this list? Go ahead and share it! At the top left-hand side of the page, you’ll find the options for email and social sharing, so take a look!
Now get concealing!
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