The Best Eyebrow Products For Arches As Dark As Your Heart
It’s 2018, and the beauty industry is (finally) catching onto the importance of inclusivity. The year’s biggest launches included foundations with 40+ shades to suit all skin tones (thank you, Fenty Beauty); high-pigment palettes featuring shadows that pop against Black, Latina, Indian, and Middle Eastern skin; and an influx of hair care products that cater to natural curls and coils. But there is one beauty category where it’s still surprisingly hard to find products that cater to deep skin and dark hair, and that’s brows. But consider your search over — The Zoe Report consulted celebrity makeup artists to find the best brow products for dark arches, and boy, did they deliver.
“Anastasia Beverly Hills has some amazing deep dark pencils and cream eyebrow pots,” Mylah Morales, a celebrity makeup artist who regularly works with Rihanna, Willow Smith, and Nicki Minaj (just to name a few), tells The Zoe Report. She reaches for her Anastasia Beverly Hills faves when going for a more natural look, but sometimes dramatic arches are in order. If Morales wants to create a dark, sharp brow that appears almost tattooed-on, she opts for Ardell Only Stroke A Brow Feathering Pen. “It goes on very deep and very dark, almost like a felt tip pen,” she says.
“I’ve been loving all the Kelley Baker Brow products,” Ash K. Holm, the go-to makeup artist for Kourtney Kardashian and Jourdan Dunn, tells us. “This is a must-have brow line," she says, if only because there’s a shade for every skin tone and hair color. “I typically like to use Brown or Dark Brown for Latina and Middle Eastern skin tones, and for deep or dark skin, I would use the Dark Brown," she says.
“Senna Cosmetics has great products for women of all skin tones,” Scott Barnes, J.Lo’s go-to glam artist, tells The Zoe Report. The brand’s Brow Book is the most inclusive item in the range, with nine brow powders that range in shade from Platinum to Noir.
All that being said, there’s always the danger of going overboard with dark brow products and ending up with arches that look less-than-natural. “I find brows to look best when you go one shade lighter than your hair color,” Holm says. “If you have deep skin and black hair, using dark brown brow products looks softer, and you still have plenty of definition.”
According to all three artists, creating the perfect dark brow begins with either a pencil or powder — it all comes down to which texture you perfect to work with. “Use soft upward strokes to create a feather effect with the brush or pencil to create the look and feel of actual hair,” Morales tells us.
“It’s easy to overdo it, so start lightly filling in sparse areas and build from there to avoid looking heavy-handed,” Barnes advises.
Holm suggests filling in the arch and the tail of the brow first for more definition, using the Kelly Baker Brow Pencil. “Always fill in the inner part of the brow last with a softer application, so the brows look feathered out in the front," she says. Once you’re done applying color, flip the pencil over to utilize the brow brush. “You can brush through the brows to make them soft and bushy,” she tells us.
Layering products is encouraged, since incorporating different textures into the look creates dimension and makes your arches appear natural, rather than drawn-on. “I like to finish with brow gel to keep the powder or pencil in place,” Morales says.
Ahead, discover the 12 brow products makeup artists recommend for arches as dark as your heart (or maybe just your hair).