A few weeks ago, my friend Emmy asked if I could make a video about how I fill in my eyebrows. This made me laugh for a few reasons. First, I don’t even know how to do it! I bought a brow pencil about a month ago and have been making things up as I go. (Maybe that’s why they call it “makeup”… Just a thought). Second, I have never considered myself to be knowledgeable when it comes to makeup. I know my own routine and I rarely switch things up or get adventurous.
*Flashback to the first time I got my hands on a stick of brown eyeliner in 7th grade. I put it on the top AND bottom of my eyes in thick, dramatic strokes. I thought I looked like an elegant, mature goddess (or at least one of the super cool 8th graders) and my mom’s exact words when she got home were “Oh… what happened?”*
Jump forward almost a decade, and things have improved significantly. I learned some makeup lessons the hard way (sparkly blue eyeliner is NOT cool just because it came from Victoria’s Secret). My only previous experience with a brow pencil came from a makeup artist at Sephora a few hours before my Junior Prom. I told him that I wanted to look natural and simple, but still a little fancy for prom. He took “natural” to mean every shade of brown eyeshadow in existence, and enjoyed creative freedom with a brow pencil. When he was finished with his masterpiece, I looked in the mirror and expected to see a glowing, natural look for the dance. Instead, I only saw eyebrows. Thick, dark, Brooke Shields-esque eyebrows. She would have been jealous. I am not Brooke Shields, so I was instantly uncomfortable. I toned them down a bit once I got home, and ended up feeling very glamorous. But after that experience, I retreated further into minimal-makeup territory. My normal makeup routine consists of some under-eye concealer, the palest shade of Bare Minerals foundation, and mascara. When I’m feeling fancy or super dedicated, I add Mary Kay eyeliner and some neutral eyeshadow. And most recently, this brow pencil.
I never thought I would make a makeup tutorial, but here it is.
That’s it. It is super easy with a little bit of determination and short strokes. I am slowly switching my makeup from “the cheapest kind available at Walgreens” to natural brands that are free from harsh chemicals and fragrances. I’m pretty comfortable with using chemicals to clean my home, but I don’t like the idea of putting harsh chemicals on my eyes every day. Root Pretty is a makeup company (based in Iowa!) that sells vegan cosmetics. Their products are free of harsh toxins and artificial dyes. I purchased their mascara and a sample of their under-eye concealer. So far, I’m happy with both of these products!
And that is my makeup “beauty uniform” in less than 500 words!