Grey eyebrows?

I am not an eyebrow expert. This is very clear. I have semi-sparse brows and they won't grow. It doesn't matter what serum you try and sell me, my hairs are stubborn and they refuse to emerge.

The daily need to pencil in and fake a good brow shape is therefore something I have grown to accept. Tom Ford's Brow Sculptor in Espresso has been a very good recent friend. And before that it was Make Up For Ever's Aqua Brow.

Now however it's Bobbi Brown's eyeshadow in Grey and I couldn't be more pleased with the finish.



So here's the story.

I was googling one night and came across a random site that talked about what you need to get good brows. This site talked about using grey eyeshadow. Not taupe. Not grey-brown. Pure grey. This was apparently the best shade for those with dark brown or black hair as it created a more natural finish.

I had never heard of this. Taupe of course. Grey-brown, yes. But full on grey? I needed to try this!

I Twittered and was recommended Bobbi Brown's matte finish Grey. After a good few days of use I have to say that it's a great choice.



Not only is the shadow perfect at providing a gentle amount of definition, but it seems to last the entire day. It looks so light in the pan but when applied with an angled brush it just works even on hair as naturally dark as mine. It's soft and flattering on application which, by the way, is a look I have been trying to achieve for months.

Now if you have well behaved dark brows that actually grow then you could get away with just this. As I mentioned before, I don't.

*sob*

Those damn sparse areas need a bit more help and for that its Bobbi Brown's Mahogany (Left).





This is a FANTASTIC dark brown. I mean it really is.

It's the silkiest matte shadow I have tried for a long time so as well as filling in the land where hair refuses to grow (for me this is in the arch area) , it also acts as the most amazing crease colour should you wish to use it on your eyelid. I recently paired it with Urban Decay's Naked and it was a delight to apply. So easy to blend and work with.

I am extremely happy with these - and many other (!) - Bobbi Brown purchases lately.

And a big thank you to Google for showing me the way to Grey :)

What's your very favourite brow product? 

51 comments:

  1. I have the same problem! ... you should try mac - omega eyeshadow, it looks similar to grey and does the trick too!

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    1. Thanks for the recommendation! I don't own Omega.. yet :D

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    2. I second the Omega recommendation! It is the absolute best that I have found for brown hair.

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  2. Great idea. I'm a huge fan of pencil as I'm used to it and it takes me 2 mins to apply but I'll have a look at these shades next time I walk past Bobbi Brown. Deep down I'm actually contemplating saving up to get my brows done at Tracie Giles, specially after reading expatmakeupaddict's blogpost about them. Hers just look soooo nice!

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    1. I am so tempted as well. the only thing that puts me off is the stories of tattooing once it's faded.....that purple colour. But quite honestly everyone looks amazing afterwards: may schedule a visit home for that purpose :)

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    2. I'm not an expert but if you read Stacey's post she explains the difference between permanent makeup and tattoos. Apparently because permanent makeup doesn't go so deep into your skin it does not acquire that green/blue colour over time that tattoos can get... you can read more here: http://expatmake-upaddict.blogspot.com.es/2013/05/permanent-makeup-eyebrows.html

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  3. I have been using a combination of Japanese brow pens (with waterproof ink) and Mac Omega. I buy these brown pens because I really have patchy brows and I'm very conscious about pencil rubbing off during the day, with these, I know nothing will move. I buy the B&A ones from Adamsbeauty, they're inexpensive and work great. Then I add Mac Omega on top for some texture and finish with brow gel. Yes, it's long and it's a pain but I have virtually no brows without this routine so...
    I would also recommend Illamasqua brow powders, they are really great and they have a good selection of colors.

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    1. Actually someone on Twitter recommended Illamasaqua also - nicely pigmented and long lasting. Japanese brow pens are awesome - do you ebay them?

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  4. Oh flipping hell, my eyebrows have buggered off, that's what happens when you're 49 and a half, I am so tired of penciling them in, will have a sticky beak at these.

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  5. Perfect combination! At the moment I love the Hourglass brow pencil in soft brunette but before that it was Tease from the Naked 2 palette, surprisingly good brow colour! xx

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  6. I just tried the only grey eyeshadow I have, MAC's Copperplate. *WOW* I never thought a grey would work but it did! It's too dark but it's cool toned which is how brows should be filled in-imo.

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  7. ive been looking for something like this for so long, definitely trying :)

    Rachel x
    Style Soup

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  8. ive been looking for something like this for so long, definitely trying :)

    Rachel x
    Style Soup

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  9. I have a more blode shade on my eyebrows and I was recommended by MAC stylist to use brown pencil and I really love the result

    XX Luba
    
http://www.well-living-blog.com

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  10. I actually bought MUFE Aqua Brow on your recommendation and I've been happily using it since summer! Before that I was using Kanebo Kate (japanese brand) eyebrow flat pencil, which was really great because it's double-ended and the other end has a small sponge tip saturated with brow powder so soften any harsh lines. I'm interested to try this grey method but even though your brows look great and natural, I'm finding it hard to picture it looking the same on me!

    Jade | JadeFungBlog

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  11. This WORKS! Until recently i'd been using a Guerlain brown/grey toned pencil in brun n°3. Finding a pencil that doesn't have a red tinge and isn't too dark isn't easy! I found much cheaper powder cheaper equivalents. For anyone who has Kiko available i have colours 239 & 242 in the infinity clics range - a matte grey and a matte dark cool brown. Cheap & cheerful alternative to the Bobby Brown.

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    1. I agree, Kiko has some great eyebrow pencil colours that stay on, dont smudge like some powders and each one comes with its own sharpener! I have recently ordered the Illamasqua powder so will see how it goes.

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  12. Illamasqua Gaze is my HG. Grey all the way ;)

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  13. What an interesting discovery! Definitely need to try this!
    www.styleandbeautyforless.co.uk
    http://tinyurl.com/q8v8ozy
    ^MAC GIVEAWAY^

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  14. I need to try this out asap.
    What a great tip, your brows look great.
    Thanks for the lovely tip! :)
    TarteTanya

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  15. I love so many brow products, but I would have to say it is a tie between Anastasia brow powder and Hourglass arch pencil. Oh, and Benefit gimme brow. Three way tie? This shadow looks interesting, I might have to check it out!

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  16. I started using grey eyeshadow for my brows after checking out my stepmom's stash and found out that she did the same. I use MAC's Venus for filler and a dark brown for edges and extending my brows if I need it!

    I'm glad it (sort of) worked out for you!
    -Gillian

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  17. When I first say this post I thought you were going to give tips on how to disguise grey eyebrow hairs!! Anyway. My brows are quite thick except where I over plucked when I was younger. I have used HDbrows' grow baby grow, I usually get them tinted and then when the tint starts to fade I use an empty black mascara on them. I may very well give your grey eye shadow tip a try. Thanks for the post.
    http://www.bloglovin.com/blog/11040855

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  18. Hello! I've always had a hard time finding a good brow product for me. I am fair skinned with cool undertones, and dark brown hair. Every brow product I ever try is entirely too warm toned, and comes out reddish on me. I tried and fell in love with Illamasqua's brow powder in "Motto". It is also a grey tone, but makes the PERFECT brow color when you put it on. It lasts all day, as well! I love it!

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  19. This sounds lovely! I will have to take a look next time I come across a Bobbi Brown stand.
    xx
    Celina | The Celution | Bloglovin’

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  20. Rouge Bunny Rouge Matte Eyeshadows in Grey go-away Lourie or Sweet Dust Seriema with a Japanese brow pen as a base work well for me.

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  21. Illamasqua Brow Cake in Motto or Gaze are perfect! I discovered that only grey ash tones look good some years back. I highly recommend trying at least one of those shades.

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  22. I've only recently gotten into brows, I have naturally dark decently full brows but I think finishing them off makes you look so much more professional and polished. I've been using NYX Eyebrow Marker in Deep, I like it but it makes my already dark brows even darker. I'll definitely be trying to fill in with grey instead. Thanks so much for the tip!

    www.misslucelocket.blogspot.com

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  23. I love my trust elf eyebrow duo. Works a treat and is super affordable xx

    zoeblogsbeauty

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  24. I use and love Anastasia brow wiz in brunette. It's holy frail status.

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  25. Interesting! I never would have thought grey! I use either MAC Brun or BB Mahogany (a recent fave). I also apply a little eye primer on my brows before using shadow to fill in my brows, too.

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  26. I use and love Anastasia brow wiz in brunette. It's holy frail status.

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  27. I have fairly decent eye brows that grow and need to be trimmed often (don't be jealous .. lol .. it's a pain in the butt). Anyway, I was never one for doing my brows until I tried Smashbox Brow Tech in Dark Brown ~ Wow! I didn't know that a simple dusting and fill in of these color + the wax cold really define my face. It's a good product if anyone is looking to try it.

    Monica, www.pear-shaped-gal.com

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    1. oye, typos .. I mean these "colors" and "could" really define :-P

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  28. This taupe colour is actually one of the most natural shades you can use if you're not reaaally blonde or reaaally dark haired. I'm a makeup artist and have always used taupe shades for brows, when you go for an actual brown it can come out a bit heavy and fake. I've not tried this one by Bobbi but it looks great so I might have to give it a go!
    Raffles Bizarre Blog

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  29. Recently rediscovered MAC Mystery for my brows (mine are so dark they're almost black). I was using Brun most of the time before, but IMO, Mystery is better for me. I also think MAC Smut works quite well, given it's off-black. Then I brush through with a spooley and set with a clear mascara.

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  30. I use the grey Illamasqua Brow Cake in Gaze and I love it!! So pigmented but gives a really natural effect

    www.walking-in-heels.blogspot.com

    xxx

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  31. This sounds a great tip for brunettes. I swear by my HD brows palette in Blonde & my HD brows pencil & brow beater. Having my HD brows done at a salon really was worthwhile & now I can just maintain them myself.
    Wishing you a wonderful week Laura xoxo
    http://www.intotheblonde.com/

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  32. Oh wow, sounds great. I might have to try it. Your brows look fab!

    Amelia Rose | Beauty Blogger

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  33. As a very light, cool-toned blonde, it's hard to find that perfect brow color: they're always too warm… Clinique's super fine brow pencil in Soft Blonde has been a life saver.

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  34. I'll second (or third or fourth…?) Illamasqua Motto. It's surprisingly pigmented. I have fair skin with dark hair and brows, and Motto is a cool gray/brown that works very well. I totally agree that gray is ideal for fine-tuning brown brows.

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  35. Interesting! I'm going to Iook for a grey brow product :D.
    At the moment I like Kanebo Kate's brow powder and shiseido pencil.

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  36. Thank you so much for sharing your brow routine. I would have never guessed grey could be an option. I will try ASAP.

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  37. Diorshow Universal Brown eyebrow pencil is my new obsession. I doubted Dior's ability to create one universal shade for all brows, but now I'm a believer! The shade is perfect! I'm not a huge fan of the packaging though...

    http://redfloweraddict.com

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  38. I have been using Bobbi Brown's grey eyeshadow to fill in my brows nearly two years, and I'm still using the same pan. It lasts forever! Looks very natural too

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  39. I'm so intrigued by this...I have naturally dark brows that I never fill for fear of the 'scouse brow' so I want to give grey a try!

    Sarah x

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  40. Heya, I've always been an avid reader of your blog and do face the same problem as you do. ie sparse, stubborn brow.

    I've been using Shu uemura hard formula in #3, K Palette Real Lasting Liquid EyeBrows & lastly topped with MAC brow set in girl boy. :)

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  41. I love Aqua Brow by MUFE too but Suqqu make a fantastic little felt-tip sort of thing which is just divine. It's a khaki-esque colour which works SO well on brunettes xx

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