November 2, 2017
“Brows are the pillars of the face.” Surely we can all agree with makeup maestro Charlotte Tilbury on that. A pair of groomed brows frame and define, pulling your entire look together to create a more polished appearance. Unfortunately, most of us simply weren’t born with Cara Delevingne’s, so it’s up to our daily arsenal of products to fake some full arches. We’ve tried plenty in the past, and what we’ve learnt thus far is that nailing gorgeous brows can be incredibly tricky indeed.
What we’ve also taken away from our trials and tribulations is this: Sculpting your twin arches with the right formula and technique is crucial. Pencils and crayons consume way too much time to achieve balanced brows, while gels and stains can be difficult to manipulate, especially in the hands of a novice. This is why we’ve come to favour the powdered formula housed in KATE Tokyo’s Designing Eyebrow 3D Palettes, which fuses good colour payoff with easy control. So if you’re someone who has to dedicate early mornings to your brows, go ahead and hit the snooze button – these palettes will cut your meticulous routine in half.
While it does come in a brow kit like most, KATE Tokyo’s Designing Eyebrow 3D Palette is small enough to fit comfortably in the palm of your hand and stowed into any purse for quick touchups. And when you open up its sleek black case, you’ll notice the convenient built-in mirror too, which proves once again that the Japanese truly have an eye for practicality.
(L-R): EX-4 (Light Brown), EX-5 (Brown), Dual-ended brush
There are 2 different palettes you can choose from, both with 3 easy shades to help us achieve that natural gradient, and there’s also a straightforward dual-ended brush to help us fill in any sparse areas quickly and precisely. The fragrance-free formula goes on light and comfortable on the arches, and it’s also easily buildable depending on how bold you’re going. All you need to do is use the angled brush and swipe on the darkest shade to boost brow volume and add a little extra definition to the brow ends and edges.
Here’s an interesting bit we picked up as well: The shading brush isn’t just meant to blend out the pigments on your brows, you can actually contour your nose bridge with it and use it as an eyeshadow brush too. So, when we invited celebrity makeup artist Clarence Lee to create 3 brow looks for us, he swiped on two of the darker shades on her lids and the middle shade to add shadows to the sides of her nose bridge before starting on her brows.
Have a look at the 3 easy brow styles he created in the video below, and try them out yourself:
KATE Secret Skin Maker Zero Face Powder
KATE Designing Eyebrow 3D
KATE Brown Shade Eyes N
KATE Sharp Lock Gel Pencil in BK-1
KATE Glamorous Lash Mascara
KATE Color Highvision Rouge in RS-2 & RD-3
Kathy Fung @ The NU Management
The KATE Designing Eyebrow 3D (in 2 shades), $20.50, available at selected Sasa and Watsons stores.