Eyes & Brows: must-have tools and products



You can only keep one makeup products that’s currently in your makeup bag, what do you pick?

For me, it’d probably be mascara… or a brow pencil. It’d definitely be difficult to decide between the two, but hey, it’s all hypothetical, right? Although my collection of 20+ mascaras, might be getting out of hand and getting rid of few of them doesn’t seem like such a bad idea..


Those hella oily lids of mine always need some priming prior to any eyeshadow application. MAC’s Paint Pot in Painterly is my go-to product for that. It gives nice coverage and works great with my light skin tone and it’s perfect for concealing any redness. And- of course- it keeps my eyeshadow from creasing. I’ve tried many different primers, always come back to this one.

I love curling my lashes and Tweezerman Procurl Lash Curler is my other must-have. Love the gorgeous rose-gold finish, and most importantly- this curler works great with my eye shape (before I curl my lashes, I also love warming it up a little using a hair dryer– it’s seriously life-changing).

Black liner- does anyone NOT have one in their makeup bag? I really like using liquid pen liners like this one from Stila or this one from Kat Von D Beauty but when I first fell in love with eyeliner, gel was my product of choice. Maybelline makes a great gel liner which is actually better than a lot of high-end versions. I usually use a Sigma E10 with this gel liner- with this brush you can make your liner as thin or as thick as you want.

And where would I be without my mascara? You see me talk about Dior’s Iconic Overcurl all the time and for a good reason- it’s the bomb. I love, love, love the brush, the lift the formula gives my lashes, the curl, the fact that my lashes don’t clump even when I layer the product. It’s been my favorite for many years now. And then, of course, there’s Maybelline’s Lash Sensational. Hands down one of the best drugstore products released over the last couple of years. The brush is fantastic and so is the formula. I actually started layering Too Faced Better Than Sex with this mascara and LOVE the way the two work together.



It doesn’t matter what brow pomade or powder I use, I can’t live without the Anastasia Beverly Hills Mini Duo Angled Spooley brush (#7). It works well with both powders and gel-like formulas and the shape and size is just perfect.

I’m all about those natural brows, too, so I love using powders to fill in my brows. My favorite is ABH Brow Powder Duo in Medium Brown. I also reach for brow pencils quite often, because just as the powders, they’re great for creating a natural look. IT Cosmetics Brow Power Universal Pencil is one of the pencils I’ve used, I really like the taupe color (just not sure how universal it really is) and the fact that it’s so easy to work with. I also love this one from Anastasia Beverly Hills.

Another thing that you’ll always find on my vanity is a bunch a spooley brushes. These come in hand for both eyes and brows. You can get a whole bunch of disposable ones for about 7 bucks on amazon right here.

What are some of your eyes and brows must-haves?


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    Lindsay (Nail That Accent)
    August 16, 2016 at 11:24 am

    I’m always on the lookout for the next best thing in eyebrows. I’m loving the Benefit Gimme Brow right now which helps add fibers to my sparse brows (thank you shanon doherty circa 1990)

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    August 16, 2016 at 11:42 am

    So many people talk about Mac’s painterly paint pot and I have been looking for a nice primer for ages so I think I might just have to invest. Thanks for the recommendations, beautiful blog!<3
    FloralsAndCoralsx//Our Blog

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    August 16, 2016 at 12:05 pm

    Nice post, thanks for the recommendations. :)

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    Truc Pham
    August 16, 2016 at 12:30 pm

    I’ve been loving the ABH eyebrow wiz pencil and the Nyx micro-eyebrow pencil! The MAC’s Paint Pot sounds great! I have oily eyelids as well making my eyeshadow slide right off.

    xoxo, Truc

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    August 16, 2016 at 1:29 pm

    I’m still on the lookout for the best product for my brows, but I think I need to try the ABH brow powder!

    Renae |

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    August 16, 2016 at 1:30 pm

    I love my spooley brushes, I’m a big fan of brow powder but I don’t like my brows to be too dark or I feel it comes across as looking unnatural and too drawn on, so a spooley is great to run through them afterwards! I’ve heard good things about the MAC Paint Pots, but personally I do fine with the Maybelline Color Tattoos so I’ma just keep using them (also they’re cheaper, lol)! Pen liners are my favourite, I’ve heard that Physician’s Formula do a pen liner basically identical to KVD’s and it’s a fraction of the price. We’re getting KVD here in the UK in the next few months – I can’t wait!

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      Paula @
      August 18, 2016 at 8:05 pm

      Ohh I’m the same way, don’t like mine too dark either. I definitely prefer a more natural look! Oh, you’re going to love KVD, her products are amazing!

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    Katie S.
    August 16, 2016 at 1:39 pm

    Benefit Gimme Brow is my absolute favorite! I wish I had the skill to really sculpt out my brows but I don’t have that kind of time… I have enough issues getting my winged liner to look the same! I love how quick and easy Gimme Brow is. And I’m with you, I’d take mascara for my one product too. I’m using one I got in a Glossybox a couple months ago that I’ve been loving, but now that you mention layering Better Than Sex and Lash Sensational I want to give that a try, too!

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      Paula @
      August 18, 2016 at 8:07 pm

      I have to give it a try because you’re not the first person to tell me how great it is! That mascara combo works so well for me. I think my Better Than Sex is slowly drying so when I combine it with Lash Sensational I get the best of both worlds- volume and definition without any clumps :D

      PS. I read your blog Katie, but can’t comment for some reason! My Google+ is won’t let me! :(

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    Chaste and Beautiful
    August 16, 2016 at 2:01 pm

    That Maybelline mascara sounds really good and I am going to buy it soon. Thanks for this nice, detailed post!

    Chaste & Beautiful

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    Rosie von Waldherr
    August 16, 2016 at 3:23 pm

    I think I must be the only person that doesn’t like the Sensational Lash from Maybelline xD But I do love myself a lot of mascara on my lashes ;)

    xoRosie //Rosie’s Life

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    Rebecca Fletcher
    August 16, 2016 at 6:05 pm

    These are some great products. I love the maybelline lash sensational mascara. I think it will always be my favourite mascara!

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    August 17, 2016 at 12:02 am

    I really want that Anatasia duo looks so perfect!

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    August 17, 2016 at 12:11 am

    I loveeeeeeee that Dior mascara!!!!! So so so amazing!! Great post! :)

    XX SofiaaDot

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    Aleksandra // bunniesaremagic
    August 17, 2016 at 4:06 am

    I have hundreds of mascaras too. They seem to breed inside my makeup bag ;)

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    Laura Mareno
    August 17, 2016 at 6:25 am

    The lash sensational mascara is my true love!!! haha thanks for sharing these! kisses:D

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    Hye Mi
    August 17, 2016 at 3:24 pm

    Hello Paula,

    Join my giveaway to win an Asian mascara of your choice, I bet you’d absolutely love the Hera Generlash! xx

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    August 17, 2016 at 5:37 pm

    I love maybelline products so much! I need to try out their liner
    Kathy x

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    Katya Bychkova | StyleSprinter
    August 17, 2016 at 11:56 pm

    For my eyebrows, I love using a black or dark brown eye pencil (preferably waterproof!) and an angled brush, followed by a clear brow gel. It’s an easy routine, but it really works! If I want to go fancy, I wear a brow wax and a brow pomade.

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    August 19, 2016 at 10:03 pm

    I love liquid liner, but have never tried a pen liquid liner! I’m going to have to buy one of the ones you suggested and try it out!

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    August 21, 2016 at 3:10 am

    I still didn’t get used to lash curler even though I appreciate its importance. I would also probably pick up my mascara.
    Nazlıgül | on my own way

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    August 21, 2016 at 3:45 am

    The lash sensational mascara sounds like a good mascara! I’m on the hunt for my new HG drugstore mascara since what I used to love using (Essence Lash Princess) has started massively flaking on me :(. So I’ll give that Maybelline one a try! Hopefully I like it as much as you do!

    The Beauty Anecdote

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