Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Illamasqua Precision Brow Gel Review + Brow Tutorial

I have been through numerous of Liz Earle's Eyebrow Pencils (review here) now so I decided to try something a bit different.  The Illamasqua Precision Brow Gel has been around for a while but only recently have they added a wider colour range.  Strike was the original which is for brunettes; they have now added Glimpse for redheads; Awe for blondes and Stare for dark brown/black hair.  I went for Strike as although my hair is light brown with blonde through it I prefer my brows to be darker.

The gel is £18.50 which is pretty expensive but thinking of the Liz Earle pencils I was using, they were £11 and I went through one really quickly so £18.50 isn't a huge amount more to pay - I also get a pro discount which brought it down to about £15, yay!

At first I was really unsure of the product and a bit intimidated by it!  However I had a look on Youtube for some tutorials on how other people were using it, so after a few practices, I think I'm now getting the hang of it!  I am going to show you the way I am using it at the moment, if you've any tips do let me know!

You will need:
Illamasqua Precision Brow Gel in suitable shade (Strike for me)
Eyeshadow which matches your desired brow colour
Eyeshadow slightly lighter than brows
Angled brush
Eyebrow spoolie

I find that Faint in the Naked Basics palette is perfect for my eyebrows, then Naked 2 as the lighter shade.  The angled brush I am using at the moment is a cheap one I got from Wilkos and I'm not loving it, it's too soft!  So I am on the look out for a stiffer one which will give me more control.

1. Before photo, brush the brows through with spoolie
2. Dip your angled brush into the brow gel and get rid of any excess on the pot lid, outline the outer third of your brows, following the general shape.  If you have tiny brows to start with, you can use the pencil rule for where to draw the new shape - see this article on Cosmo explaining it
3. I then follow the shape of my brows towards my nose, exaggerating it slightly
4. Next I move onto my eyeshadow and fill in most of the shape except for the inner quarter
5. Lastly I mix my light and dark shadows together and holding the brush so the fibres are vertical to the start of my eyebrow, I use this to create a straight line and drag it back to mix with the darker shade.  Brush through again with the spoolie

I tend to keep this brow look for nights out and special occasions as it's so strong and striking - for everyday I usually just stick to using UD Faint shadow alone.

I'm really enjoying the brow gel and I think it will last for ages because I only use it for outlining and defining rather then filling in, so it's definitely worth the money.



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