To File under: Weird Beauty Hacks The Internet Made Me Try.
Ya’ll know I love full feathery brows. I tweeze mine just enough to keep them from growing together/into my hairline/down to my eyelids (seriously, they’re wild) and lately I like them brushed straight up, à la Brook Shields in the ’80s. Last week, thebeautydepartment.com dropped the bomb that you can use lip balm instead of brow gel to set the hairs in place and train them to stand up; and when TBD tells you to try something, you just gotta do it.
I’ve used this clear brow gel for the better part of a decade; it’s a holy grail product for me that I always repurchase. It invisibly holds my brows in place until I wash it off and never flakes or looks crispy. So this lip balm business had big shoes to fill, but you guys, it totally works!
- The feathery brow trend is all about easy, unfussy definition and shape, so to start, I used a powder to lightly define my arches and fill in sparse spots. (I forgot how much I love this duo brow powder; I usually stick to my go-to pencil because it’s so quick and easy.)
- Then I scooped a little lip balm onto the back of my hand, swiped a spoolie brush through it, and brushed it into my brows. I pushed the front hairs straight up and over the arch line, and smoothed down the “tail”. It didn’t take any longer than my usual brow routine, and the I like the separation and subtle sheen the lip balm leaves in my brows.
Henne Organics kindly sent me their luxury set of lip scrub and balm to try last season, and the lip balm is perfect for this job. The beeswax in the formula helps hold the hairs in place, while the organic fruit and nut oils and shea butter condition and add a little shine. This drugstore beeswax lip balm would work well, too.
So, whether you’re new to the brow grooming game, want to pare down your morning makeup routine, or just love to try new beauty hacks, this one is a weird-but-true winner!