How to: Up your brow game

Monday, 18 January 2016


Up until recently, eyebrows were the most underrated part of the face. Though they often get the least amount of attention, a little bit of grooming can completely transform your look, and give your make-up a more rounded-off or completed appearance.

With celebs like Cara Delevingne and Amal Clooney sporting full brows, it’s become a big trend and we’re hoping it’s here to stay. Here are five products that’ll make your eyebrow grooming session a tad easier:

Smashbox Brow Tech Matte Pencil, R290
We love this ultra fine tip – it allows you to fill in sparseness with small flicks, which mimics the appearance of real hairs. Plus it’s water, sweat and humidity resistant too, making it perfect for summer.

Maybelline Brow Satin Smoothing Duo Pencil & Filling Powder, R109.95
This duo pencil was one of the most innovative of 2015. Get the shape you want with the gel pen, and then fill the gaps with the creamy powder end. It blends beautifully and looks very natural.

L’Oréal Paris Brow Artist Plumper, R129.95
If you struggle with volume, this is the product for you. This gel mascara contains fibres that attach to the hairs of your brows, making them appear fuller and more voluminous. If you have very dark eyebrows, you may want to fill them in with a pencil before applying this product. If you prefer lighter brows, simply use this on its own.

L’Oréal Paris Brow Artist Genius Kit, R169.95
This adorable little kit contains a pigmented wax and a darker powder to apply over it, a small angled brush, spooley brush and mini tweezers. It’s great for travelling and allows you to glam up your brows no matter where you are.

Eylure Permanent Tint For Brows, R129.99
Don’t have the time to fill your brows in every day? This tint is safe and easy to use, and gives you medium to dark brown eyebrows for up to six weeks!

Other articles you may be interested in:
Eyebrows though the ages
Is eyebrow waxing damaging my skin?
How to: Become a brow artist
Get the perfect eyebrow from start to finish
Top ten make-up brushes to invest in

Written by

Anien studied English and journalism before heading off into the world of beauty. An undercover "tree hugger" and fashion lover, she's usually found with her nose in a magazine. She has far too many bottles of nail polish and is completely lost without her lip balm. Anien on Google+

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  1. Amaara Adhikarie

    I cannot seem to find an affordable eyebrow kit anywhere. :(

    3 years ago •

  1. Mehyrel Soobramoney

    I use Smashbox Brow Tech Matte Pencil, I love this product.

    3 years ago •

  1. Tamsyn Meade

    Definitely thee most important part of my Make up Routine, currently using the L’Oreal Paris Brow Artist Genius Kit really does the trick.

    3 years ago •

  1. Courtney Snyders

    Thank, this is a great help. Where can i find the Eylure Permanent tint for eyebrows?? TIA

    3 years ago •

  1. Charlene Vermeulen

    Thank you, this is very helpful!
    I’ve recently tried out the one from Smashbox and it made a big difference. Eyebrows is always my biggest concern when it comes to my face. Never 100% sure whether my brows looks too thick or too thin or too whatever!!

    3 years ago •

  1. Zellikinz

    Great review, would love to try this product.. As it is not too expensive…

    3 years ago •

  1. Kirthi Rampersadh

    I have recently noticed this trend and started doing my eyebrows as well I haven’t found the right product yet so for now its just trial and error hehe but thanks for the tips

    3 years ago •

  1. Yolanda Milne

    Great ips Anien, love reading your articles, keep up the great work for sure ging to try some of these out

    3 years ago •

  1. Debbie Govindasamy

    eyebrows on fleek…ladies they are the frames to our face so lets get on trend..

    3 years ago •

  1. Jade Penny

    I’ve been looking for a good eyebrow kit! Thank you sooo much for introducing me to the L’Oreal Brow Artist Genius Kit x

    3 years ago •

  1. Nixxi

    I use an eyebrow stencil to fill in mine, it makes such a difference! Thin eyebrows are such a thing of the past :)

    3 years ago •

  1. Nokwanda29 Cele

    Thank u so much now can have visible brows

    4 years ago •

  1. Tanya Lawrence

    I had the most record breaking eye brow was in December, I wont mention the name of the salon that I went to, but the beautician waxed and tweezed in under 10mins. needless to say I was less than impressed. The funny thing is though – I said to her “please take your time” and her reply was, “I always do” LOL

    4 years ago •

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    4 years ago •

  1. Zanele Mondi

    I have naturally thin eyebrows, and I fill in my brows everyday, I’ve made a brow comb/brush my favorite for about a year now.

    4 years ago •


    I have naturally full eyebrows and people seem to think i tweeze them but I don’t.

    4 years ago •

  1. Mark Parr

    I have my brows shaped and tinted once a month at my salon and thereafter all is maintenance free. Really worth the 100 Rands.

    4 years ago •

  1. Salmaa Moosa

    I luckily don’t have full eyebrows, and I actually prefer my eyebrows this way, I can always fill them up when I want to, or I just leave them this way for a natural day to day look. :)

    4 years ago •

  1. Siobhan Hughes

    I’m lucky enough to have natural full brows, but they still require so much maintenance, as I have to make sure they don’t look like massive caterpillars on my face. I have them either threaded or waxed, and use the Essence tinted brow gel to shape them and keep them looking polished and full.

    4 years ago •

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