Elle McNamara is the face, camera-woman, and curator behind @bambidoesbeauty and one of GLAMOUR’s columnists.
Keen to find out exactly how she achieves those iconic power brows, we asked Bambi to share her brow routine, tips, tricks and favourite brow-boosting products…
It’s 2004, and I’ve just accidentally shaven half my eyebrow off in the quest for bang-on-trend, pencil thin eyebrows. Fast forward to 2018, my eyebrows have grown back and I can rest easy knowing that having what my mum describes as ‘hairy caterpillars’ are all the range with the millennials.
I often get people asking me on my Instagram how I style them, how to grow them and whether I get them done or groom them myself. So today I’m laying my brow beauty secrets bare. Disclaimer: These are my tips to attain full and thick looking brows, but remember Kate Moss has thin fair eyebrows and is one of the most beautiful women on the planet – so go with what works for you!
If, like me, you suffered the teen angst of having to pluck your brows within an inch of your life, then a good brow growth serum is the best place to start. Naturally, my brows grew back relatively thick, however I saw a NOTICEABLE difference when using brow serums in the last few years.
RapidBrow, Eyebrow Enhancing Serum (£37)
I’ve gone through a lot of these in the last few years! It really does get lost in the plethora of products at Boots, but once you know its powers – you’ll end up seeking it out like me! Made up of proteins and peptides that had me noticing a significant difference in the fullness of my brows.
Elizabeth Arden, Prevage Clinical Lash and Brow Enhancing Serum (£90)
This ultra-delicate wand delivers vitamin and peptide complex serum that can be used on both brows and lashes to get to the finest of hairs. With a heftier price tag, it’s definitely a ‘treat yourself’ investment purchase!
I was on a shoot a few years back with makeup artist, Nikki Makeup, who worked her magic on my brows; I looked in the mirror and couldn’t believe the size of them. No pencil, no powder… just soap. I thought I’d heard her wrong, but she pulled out this tiny little pot with the words ‘Soap Brows’ on it. I had never seen a product make such a huge difference to my brows before, I obviously went straight to the online checkout and bought my own within minutes.
West Barn Co, Soap Brows (£12)
An ultra simple vegan dried soap, add a little face mist to moisten the product then apply with a spoolie. No makeup or scousebrow action required.
Pears Oil Clear Soap (70p)
Now I’m on the soap brow bandwagon, I have actually tried using everyday soap as a DIY hack for brushed up brows. Using an old school favourite like Pears soap does the job, too!
For little touch-ups, I carry a small brow brush. I personally only use clear brow gels as I don’t want to add any colour to mine and I also find it easier to apply as you don’t have to worry so much about overloading with any visible residue.
Hourglass, Arch Brow Volumizing Fibre Gel in Clear (£25)
This Sylvanian sized brow gel is the handiest little makeup bag companion. The wand has two sides – one narrow and comb like, the other thick and fluffy, brow brushing perfection!
BBrowbar, Eyebrow Grooming Gel in Clear (£17)
Bbrowbar know a thing or two when it comes to eyebrows, their site is an amusement park for the modern day millennial seeking to get their eyebrow game strong and their clear brow gel is a staple.
Benefit, 24hour Brow Setter Clear Eyebrow Gel (£20.50)
One of the first clear brow gels that really blew me away, the comb is super thin which allows you to brush up every hair, an it holds well with no need to re-apply!