The Big Brow Kit


I’ve told my brow story many, many times on VDM. They looked normal when I was a baby, then descended into Wolverine-type masses on my face by the age of 10, when I promptly hacked into them with nail scissors, my Mum had to pencil them in for me each morning before school (she only owned a black kohl pencil – now there’s a mental image) and then I plucked them into near nothingness in my teen years before slowly, but surely nursing them back to health in my early twenties and back to the somewhat alright, but still rambunctious and bushy brows that prop up on my face today. It’s been quite the ride. I think it’s fair to say that they’re never going to look after themselves, there’s always going to have to be some pruning on my part. So today I’m sharing my kit that tames, shades and sets.

Tools that tame. Tweezers are a must. Though I’m a recent convert to the whole threading thing (more on that here), there’s still a bit of upkeep between appointments and I do like to pluck off the pesky strays. Tweezermans seriously rock. I didn’t see what all the fuss was about before I got a pair but they’re just so sharp; even the shortest of hairs can be coaxed out by them. Buy yourself the travel pair and save yourself a tenner. If your hairs are really long like mine – I take after my Dad – then some kind of tool to thin them out slightly is a good idea. I use the Japonesque Touch-Up Razor Set which you do have to be careful with as not to end up with some kind of ’90’s boy band bald stripe mid-brow, but I usually lop off some of the length in the inner centre of my brows as otherwise they brush halfway up my forehead.

Different strokes. Though rambunctious is definitely a term I’d use if I had to sum up the state of my brows in just one word, that doesn’t mean they’re even. I suffer from the whole ‘one fuller eyebrow than the other’ thang, which means that depending on what side of my face you’re looking at I look constantly grumpy/surprised. To balance out the whole thing I reach for the Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil in Soft Brunette – a constant in my makeup bag for the past 18 months (my fingers literally glide over the keyboard as I write its name every time). Though I have to say sometimes I do like a bog standard eyeshadow to do the job; MAC Eyeshadow in Omega is my current colour of choice. It’s a tad more time consuming, but the end result can look nice and soft. If I’m feeling really really fancy I use the MAC in the front of the brow and the Hourglass more towards the end. Ohhhh look at me getting all MUA on your ass.

The quick fixers. Sometimes there just aren’t enough minutes in the day to meticulously fill brows in stroke by stroke and much like how daily wearers of a feline flick fuss with their line, I have a tendency to have the same level of pernickety-ness with my brows. So when time is of the essence I reach for a gel. The one on the end of the Revlon Brow Fantasy is a good’un – the brush is a little long, but it’s not too tough to work around. Though if you want one that not only sets things in place, but also adds a bit of oomph then Benefit’s Gimme Brow is where it’s at (I use the darker shade). With a precision brush that you can dab on to ramp up the definition before brushing it through to put it all in its place, it doesn’t feel like you’re painting it on, it’s speedy and works its magic as a 2-in-1.

This one goes out to all the big browed gals and fellow natural monobrowers – I feel your pain. Just don’t reach for the nail scissors…


  • Beccy

    The Revlon Brow Fantasy is brilliant – I’m a bit lazy with my brows so it gets the thumbs up from me as is so quick and easy. I’ve heard great things about the Benefit Gimme Brow so that is next on my list to try. Great post!

    Beccy ~ Bluebell & Bumpkin

  • Amanda

    The maybelline brow drama is a staple for me and is a cheaper alternative to the benefit gimme brows.

  • I’m loving the Gimme Brow at the moment, such an amazing product! x

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD

  • Carina Stewart

    I love the shape of your brows. I am so scared to do any type of up keep on my brows myself. I love using the Benefit Gimme Brow, it’s one of my everyday staples!

    Carina |

  • Mousumee

    I wish we had drugstore brow kits available in India!

  • Carla

    ohh that spoolie brush looks decent – where’s that from?

  • ana

    Your eyebrow shape is so fierce – love it!

    Lots of love, Ana


  • Lindsey

    I love Benefit’s Gimme Brow!

  • Jessie

    So what’s the secret to nursing brows back to health after your over plucking youth ?? Cause I did some serious over plucking damage and just left them hoping they’d grow back again of their own accord – big fail ! Any suggestions from anyone would be awesome !

  • Betty Button-pie

    This post made a chuckle as it felt like I was reading my own brow story!! I went through my teens until fairly recently (upper end of 20’!) with some seriously weird looking brows but feel I have been able to tame them somewhat with the help of Mac eyeshadow’s and brow mascara’s. Your brows look awesome, I’m definitely going to give threading another go!

  • Zsuzsanna

    XD I also have bushy eyebrows, though
    mine is blonde and because of that you may think that it is better
    but for me it’s a nightmare. For before I knew about makeup my
    eyebrows could not be seen, and when the light (every kind of light)
    hit my brows it looked shimmery, so my classmates thought that I was
    sweaty.. then when a friend introduced the eyebrow pencil (back then
    I thought there was only black and dark pencil) so I began to use the
    dark brown, I wanted to be discreet, thought filled out my brows
    thick! The only thing I can do today when I look at old photos is to
    cry out of laughter.

  • I am one of those scarred for life gals that over plucked the heck out of their brows when I was much younger. I now have to do damage control. I just recently picked up the Anastasia Brow Wiz and I love it. I think I may just have to invest in the Benefit’s gimme brow, sounds great!

  • Emily Knott

    Im getting HD brows friday! Hopefully they will look pretty good! Will have to do a post!

    • Whatever for? Are you looking for a part in Towie?

      • Emily Knott

        HD brows is simply a tint and thread. No slug brows here!

        • Well that sounds lovely – for a moment I thought you mean’t the tattooed brow. Apologies for my error

  • alice bea ☮

    love this post, always love hearing other people’s eyebrow trouble!


  • Zazie Bibi

    Your eyebrows are lovely!x

    A Little Treat | Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

  • I sport a full-on unibrow! Haha, but it’s not as bad as it sounds; The hairs are much more thinned in the middle regions. I’m not the biggest fan of clean-cut brows and the subtle uni adds some character, I think (lol). I trim them with those little baby cosmetic scissors and set ’em with Le Métier de Beaué’s Anamorphic Lash Mascara.

    Anyways, I could type for days about why the unibrow is the way to go, and about how I’m trying to start a uni revolution, but I won’t keep ya.

    You and your brows have a marvelous day! Xo

  • i’m so glad i let my brows grow out, and using a small wax and powder kit has made them look and behave much better

    Lauren x

    Britton Loves | Fashion Lifestyle + Photography –

  • I love those mini eyebrow shavers, they’re great for a quick touch up!

    Kendal //

  • love benefit gimme brow at the moment! I use the light/medium shade and it’s perfect. My brows are pretty big and bushy too, so can definitely relate!

  • Daniella




  • Abi Thrasher

    Really want to try the Benefit gimme brow! x

  • emiller1233

    Benefit Gimme brown gets me through the day!

  • I absolutely adoreeee the Benefit Gimme Brow! It’s the best brow product I’ve ever found xx

    Gemma // Miss Makeup Magpie

  • Samantha

    I’m definitely still in the ‘nursing back to health phase.’ I went a little plucking crazy in high school and my brows have never been the same since. Oops. Great post!

  • Manouk

    Your brows are amazing. I have dark brown hair but my eyebrows are pretty much non existent 🙁 I used to use Omega for my brows but I didn’t like it on me. Then I tried Charcoal Brown and I didn’t like it either haha! Now I use Maybelline Color Tattoo in Permanent Taupe and it’s a dream.

    WOMANOUK (beauty and portrait

  • I really want to try Benefit’s gimme brow, but it’s just SOOOOO tiny and pricy for the amount you get. Do you really think it’s worth it?

  • The Hourglass Arch Brow is such a great product. I suffer from very sparse and light brows (to go completely against my dark hair), so I have to fill mine in every day. It’s the one thing I never leave the house without doing.

  • Carrie Ward

    It’s like my brow person fairy always tells me.
    “Brows are meant to be sisters, not twins”
    When I moan about how un-even my brows are. I love Hourglass arch pencil. Best thing ever!

  • I use the Lingering MAC brow pencil (and sometimes fancy a bit of ash brown powder too), then set everything up with the Makeup Forever Clear Brow Gel. Love this post! Xo, Alexandra
    Glam O’Clock | Beauty Fashion Wellness Lifestyle

  • Tasha

    I really want to try the Revlon Brown Fantasy but every time I go to my local Boots, there’s either none there or a lone blonde one and I definitely need the brunette. At the moment I’m using up what remains of my Benefit BrowZings, which I don’t mind but equally, I don’t love it either – it would just be a shame to not use it up and have to bin it.

  • Ummi

    Your brows are my template lol.

  • Chelsea Leigh

    Omg the black kohl pencil on your brows!? Gahhhhh!!!

  • Rebecca Kate

    This post is really making me want to splurge and get the Benefit Gimme Brow, but I think I may have to go for the Revlon Brow Fantasy on my next trip to Boots.

    Rebecca x


  • Brows are so important, I can’t even remember the last time I went out without filling my brows in.. Whooops xx

  • Anastasia brow wiz is my favourite, I cannot live without it. You can only get it in America which is kinda rubbish but you should give it a try if you haven’t already.

  • you’ve certainly had some bad experiences with eye brows! x


  • When I was in my teens I let my mum tweeze my brows, what a mistake.. I’ve still got the scar from where she plucked half my eye brow off! Thanks for the tips!


  • Omega is my all time favourite brow colour choice! Can you recommend any waxy sticks for blondes?

  • You’ve got me completely hooked on the Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil! Hands down, THE best brow product i’ve ever used!!

    Hayley xo |

  • Ahah great post Anna, I’ve heard the best things about the Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil, definitely wanna give it a try!

    L&L –

  • Sylvia

    That Revlon Brow Fantasy stuff needs to make its way to Canada. I’ve heard too many good things about it!!


    • Elisabeth

      It is 🙂 I’ve been buying it at shoppers for a while now 🙂

      • Sylvia

        Thanks so much for letting me know. Heading to Shoppers… NOW!

  • nueyork

    Omega has never made much sense to me for brunettes, it’s just so light! I guess it does work though since everyone raves out it.

  • Carolyn Wolfram

    Gah my eyebrows are such a problem. I really want to go get them threaded but haven’t done that yet. For the most part I just use tweezers for maintenance and eye shadow on an angled brush to fill them in. If they are being exceptionally unruly, some clear eyebrow gel.

  • Amanda_Val

    I usually use Bobbi Brown Mahogany as my powder, but I’ve come across an excellent, cheap brow pencil that’s just waxy enough and has the right cool tones to it. Great post!!

  • Love love Gimme Brow!! I also like Instant Brow from Benefit.
    And nothing compares to tweezerman tweezers!!
    xo Holly xo


  • I love the gimme brow, I have similar eye brows to you and I think it really does help tame them! x

  • I am so desperate to try the Benefit ‘gimme brow’! x

  • Benefits Gimme Brow is the best! On my 2nd tube of it! Love love love it. Such an essential for me.

    Kayleigh Jane


  • My brows also take after my father. I get them threaded but its a big hassel has I have to frequently visit the salon. I’m gonna learn how to take care of them myself now 🙂

  • Pamela

    I would add some little scissors to the brow set but, I really like Anna’s brows beacuse they’re such a good frame to their green eyes. xxx from Spain!!

  • Tarte Tanya

    LOL shit … *puts down nail scissors
    I had brow fantasy years ago and I loved the gel side.
    I think it’s defiantly time for me to invest in some tweezerman’s!


  • I think your brows look fantastic, so natural and perfect for green eyes! i have green eyes too and my brows are super fine! and i’m a brunet… MAC lingering for me!

  • Great recommendations! I love small scissors as well, for a really clean brow. Also if you every come across Milani , try their brow pencil.
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  • Dianne

    Your eyebrows look fine. Thanks for sharing your brow routine with us! 🙂

    another day to wander

  • Oh eyebrows. My story starts at about age 10 where my mum took me to get my eyebrows waxed to remove the almost-monobrow. Seriously, if I don’t pluck them, they will take over my face! Haha!

  • Ashley Bates

    I also suffer from the fathers inch long runaway eyebrow hairs so I feel your pain! I find small sewing scissors to a great job in trimming them down & gimme brow is a god send!

    Ashley xxx

  • I have major Brown Envy right now. I need to get mine re-shaped

  • Sybil Mae

    Your eyebrows look great! 🙂 I’ve never been to have mine shaped, i’m worried I won’t like the result!