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).
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The Brow Wiz pencil range from Anastasia Beverly Hills includes the shades Granite (almost black) and Ebony (true black) for dark-as-night brows.
This brow product from ABH features an angled head and a creamy formula, so you can draw on feather-like strokes with ease.
One of Morales' favorites, ABH Brow Pomade in Granite will give you dark arches that last all day. Bonus: It's waterproof.
A staple in Barnes' kit, Senna's Sketch-A-Brow Precision Pencil comes in five shades, from Blonde to Mink.
Have every shade you'll ever need on hand with Senna's Brow Book, which includes nine inclusive brow powders, two base shades for long-lasting wear, and a setting pomade.
Choose the shade Soft Black for the darkest, most defined brows ever.
"This brow pencil makes it very easy to create the feather effect," Holm says.
"Lightly setting the brow with the matching brow powder gives the brows a longer wear," Holm tells TZR. This powder duo from Kelly Baker Brows includes the shades Brown and Dark Brown, so you have options.
Holm swipes this gel on her clients' brows as the last step, to make them appear bushier and simultaneously set them in place.
Black-owned brand Beauty Bakerie is on a mission to make high-quality makeup that caters to all skin tones. Its Brownies Eyebrow Gel, which comes in four shades that work on literally everyone (Blonde, Taupe, Brown, and Dark Brown), is a must try.
The shade Blackest Brown makes for an edgy black brow that still has some softness to it, courtesy of beauty legend Iman.