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Anita Bhagwandas, Friday 7 November 2014 14.36 GMT

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Neelam Gill (née Johal) walks the Burberry Prorsum spring/summer 201 with some seriously impressive eyebrows Neelam Gill (née Johal) walks the Burberry Prorsum spring/summer 2014 with some seriously impressive eyebrows Photograph: Victor Virgile/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images

Getting the perfect brow

True story: when I was 15, I couldn’t find an eyebrow pencil in my local Boots for black hair. Their light brown was invisible on my skin, so I did what any wily teenager would do, and used black eyeliner pencil instead. Later that evening, bathed in sweat at our local rock club, I realised that I had made a mistake. My brows had become smudges down my face, in comical Alice-Cooper smears of black.

By this point, I was too tanked on Tesco Value vodka to care (the joys of youth), but lesson learned: if you want your brows to stay put (and I’m assuming you do) you’ve got to get the right product. But it’s more than that though – they’ve got to look great too. Since my teenage years, I’ve tried almost every brow definer on the market, and for me, these are the winners.

The finest pencil …

Brows a little on the sparse side? You need an ultra-thin pencil stroke to mimic the appearance of natural hair and fill in any gaps, especially if you’re growing them back in. Enter the best brow pencil ever, and it comes in black – hurrah! Seriously, you wont use another one ever again.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz, £15.50,

The big easy …

Frankly, if anything can make my brows look good with a minimal amount of effort, then I’m in. This nifty little wand adds a dark brown hit of colour and also adds volume to your brows so they look a thicker. It’s the best and easiest to use gel-brow product I’ve used, by FAR.
L’Oreal Paris Perfection Brow Artiste Plumper, £5.99,

Blemish Treatment Concealer Blemish Treatment Concealer Photograph: PR company handout

The game-changer …

There was a brow moment that changed my life. It was when makeup artist David Horne showed me that using a smidge of concealer underneath and above my brows gives a cleaner finish – I’ve done it ever since. This concealer is one of the best I’ve used and the slim wand means you can apply it straight to the brow area without messing about with brushes.
Cover FX Blemish Treatment Concealer, £20,

Root Cover Up in Medium Brown Root Cover Up in Medium Brown Photograph: PR company handout

The all-night brow powder

What can’t Color Wow do? Primarily it’s a hair powder used to mask roots, cover grey or disguise areas of thinning hair. But, it also makes the best brow shadow. While regular eyeshadows can disintergrate or smear during the day, especially if you have oily skin, Color Wow’s powder adheres to the hair, not the skin so has real staying power. It’s also waterproof, so even if you get your sweat on, your brows won’t abandon you. If only I’d had this 15 years ago.
Color Wow Root Cover Up, £28.50,

Anita is the beauty and health editor at Women’s Health, and blogs from

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