Stephanie's Desert Island Product: M.A.C. eyebrow pencil
I feel like we keep doing this for Desert Island Week: "I WAS going to tell you about this, but instead..."
Here I go, too. We just love so many products, it's hard to choose! I was going to tell you how Retin A changed my life, freed me from having acne in my 30s, rebuilt my skin from the ground up leaving it clear and smooth. However, it's prescription and not readily available to everyone. And then I thought, "Maybe we can have a skincare week and I'll ramble on then!"
Plus, really, I CAN go without it. If for some reason, someone stripped the Retin A from my cold grip, I would not be thrilled, but I would be able to persevere. What I really can't go without is my M.A.C. eyebrow pencil. So let's talk about that.
I have wonkus eyebrows. I've been working on a deep, searing personal essay about this and how it impacted my childhood and impending maturation for a while now, which will have to wait for another day. But basically, they grow in odd directions and they are sparse and they ruin the party for the rest of my face. Over years of experimentation, though, I have figured out how to tame them and make them pretty exact. Recently at the Macy's fashion show, a couple people complimented me on them and asked where I got them done.
"In my house!" I said. There are all sorts of rituals I go through, but the tool that has been essential in my eyebrow game comes from M.A.C.'s pencil, $16.Description:
"Self-propelling, self-sharpening, brow defining. Confidently adds what you need: shape, colour, density in one streamlined tool. Like a pen, creates its own just-right point. Provides definition, shape, deepens/fills in colour. Creates striking arches. Easy to tote around. No sharpener needed."
All true! It's got the finest, feather light tip of any pencil I've ever tried. I use the color "Fling," which is the lightest shade, to coordinate with my hair. Keep in mind that your eyebrows should be a shade darker than your hair, in general, to bring structure and balance to your face. You want your brows to pop, not fade. And when you're applying it, use small strokes to give the feeling of individual hairs. Never drag your pencil across in a straight line, unless you're trying to look like Hannah Horvath in that one episode of Girls where she let her co-worker do her brows.
There's a pic of my face in the slideshow, which I actually took because my hair looked like Taylor Dayne in 1988 that day and I wanted to document it for all time. However, you can see my brow game. My only gripe with the pencil is that it's hard to tell when it's running out until it's actually out. In the past, I reacted with a wail at the clouds, one more desperate twist, and a quick drive to the makeup counter. Eventually I learned, it's best to just buy two at once.
They got me. They got me forever.
If you want more brow ideas, read Shelley's post about the Benefit Brow Bar at Ulta from last week.