When celebrities divulge their beauty rituals with nothing to gain, it’s always a pleasant surprise. Aside from the occasional product giveaway on social media, a glance at celebrities’ entire medical cabinets usually signifies they’re promoting a new endeavor.
And, while there’s nothing wrong with that, Sophia Bush just changed things up.
In an earlier Allure video, the actress and Work in Progress podcast presenter revealed her 10-minute technique for glowing skin and beautiful brows.
We expected her cosmetics to be just as expensive as her skincare, which is a blend of Augustinus Bader, Tata Harper, and Dr. Barbara Sturm. What’s the catch? Her gorgeous arches are achieved using a $7 drugstore brow pencil.
“I am an eyebrow person. I’m actually very eyebrow obsessed,” the famously throaty-voiced Bush intoned. “I don’t let anyone touch my eyebrows, but I have found that if I just leave them alone, the Italian genes that I got from my mom’s side do a really good job in the bushy eyebrow department.”
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Even half-Italians have a few spots. Bush says she combs her brows out and up before filling in the front of her brows with small, straight strokes of NYX Professional Makeup’s Micro Brow Pencil. Bush has good taste; the twist-up brow pencil is one of Amazon’s best-selling brow pencils (second only to Maybelline’s $6 “godsend” Total Temptation Eyebrow Definer Pencil), with over 25,000 five-star ratings.
“I LOVE this product. I was looking at high-end pencils, and couldn’t bring myself to spend that much on one,” writes a veteran brow pencil user. “I found this one and thought I’d give it a shot. I’m so glad I did!!! It’s amazing. Goes on so smoothly, no flakes blend well. I’m thrilled to have found this.”
Others say the ultra-fine tip “draws on like a pencil” for crisp imitation hairs, and the no-sharpening feature keeps the application accurate. The consistency isn’t too creamy or too dry, and it comes in both warm and cool tones, making it a good match for hard-to-match redheads.
“I had given up hope of ever finding a red-brown eyebrow pencil that genuinely matched my hair color, but NYX did it!” comments one.
According to the same user, it takes less than two minutes to apply and lasts all day — the wear is equal to Anastasia Beverly Hills’ $23 Brow Wiz, according to another customer.
“It gives me the perfect control to really shape my eyebrows, get good points at the end, and fill in without it looking too heavy,” another user adds, while another emphasizes that it’s the best pencil for avoiding the “drawn on” eyebrow look, especially with the supplied blending brush.
“This is hands-down the BEST brow pencil ever! I was spending $25 on Estée Lauder and a friend told me to try [this] — it’s 10 times better and way more affordable,” writes the last reviewer.
“The texture is smooth as a baby’s bottom, [and] you are able to get a good edge for definition. People tell me my brows look perfect, which means a lot because I was late to the brow game and I don’t have a lot to work with.
This eyebrow pencil ticks all the boxes to help you achieve the perfect brow.”
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