As I’ve said about a million times, I am pretty low maintenance and I like it that way. When I first made mineral make-up I had no idea what to do with it. I don’t even know why I made it. Now that I have it I sometimes put it on, but I’m not really sure if I’m doing it right. Meh.
Out of all the things I’ve learned off of YouTube/more put together and experienced friends is the importance of eyebrows. To start with, you should have a pair. Or keep the the ones you started with. Most of them, at least. Once I actually started paying attention I was amazed by the change. Properly groomed eyebrows make you look put together without even trying.
I also like filling them in. Making them all defined and stuff. That, plus mascara, and that’s good enough for going to work. Eyeliner works really well, but I thought I’d try my hand at making a palette brow filler/fixative. And I like it. But I’m not going to tell you how to use it. Nosiree. I’m going to let this brilliant lady do that.
And if you’re not sure how to de-sasquatch your eyebrows, I will direct you to The Beauty Department. Accepting advice from me in either of those departments would probably be detrimental to your health and might result in unemployment due to your inability to leave the house without looking like an electrocuted chimpanzee.
The best filler/fixative I’ve come across so far is Benefit’s Brow Zings. I bought it at the Glasgow International Airport Duty Free after checking in for a 9AM flight at 5AM (I had some time to kill). So, after the pretty make-up expert lady dolled me up, I liked what I saw and got myself some eyebrow glammin’ powder and wax.
So, when it comes to eyebrow DIY, I knew I was looking for a 2-part solution; one darker, waxy/creamy item that could be applied sparingly and would dry/stay on my brows, to darken things and hold things in place. Part 2 was a lighter powder, for setting/filling in.
The original part 1 is mostly petroleum based waxes and oils, with a few plant based ones, and then iron oxides for colourants, plus a bit of of titanium dioxide for opacity. Part 2 is pretty much just eyeshadow.
DIY Eyebrow Filler/Fixative
Add 1/16th of a teaspoon of the oxides at a time, until you’ve got something that’s slightly lighter than your eyebrow hair. Test it out on your brows to see if it’s dark enough. If it’s too dark, add a wee bit more cosmetic base powder until you’ve got what you need. If you think the colour should be warmer, or blonder, feel free to add yellow or red iron oxides as needed. You know your hair colour, and this is all for you, so blend away until you’ve got the colour you need. Keep in mind that the addition of the oils will darken the colour a little.
Once the oils are melted and your powder is the right colour, combine 1 tsp of the melted oils with ½ tsp of the powders. Mash everything together with your finger, reheating in the microwave as needed to keep the oils melted.
For the powder part: I just used the darkest of the eyeshadows from my trio. Anyhow, the idea here is the same as with the powder for the wax, except the powder should be significantly lighter (see the photo of the Benefit original above to see what I mean). Blitz oxides into the cosmetic base until you have something that’s the right colour for you.
Notes as of November 2018:
- Check out my book, Make it Up, for a better formula that uses fewer ingredients and is much more flexible. My book also has lots of colour blending tips and a few different starter colour blends so you can create a wide variety of different shades of brow fixative.