How to do Eyebrows, K Palette Real Lasting Brow Liquid Pen Review

February 26, 2012

There are many posts requested by my readers that I have yet to do… so this week I am starting with how to do eyebrows. And in the meantime I might as well give a quick review on my holy grail eyebrow product -  K Palette Real Lasting EyeBrows Liquid Pen which I have raved about in many of my previous posts.

I don’t mind going out with no makeup, but I would never leave the house without having my eyebrows done! I really dislike the natural shape of my eyebrow – it’s quite thin and too arched for my liking. People always say to only fill out the lower part of your eyebrow, and always follow the natural shape. Lol I am against that, and it took me years to figure out a shape that flatters the shape of my face. I have an oval face shape, and I like my eyebrows to be thick and straight (rather than thin and arched) as it creates a more approachable and youthful look. Then again it all comes down to your personal preference, and I know that many women want lifted and arched eyebrows to look more glamorous even to the extent of having Botox or eye lift surgery.

Products I am using:

K Palette Real Lasting EyeBrow Liquid Pen

Laura Mercier Brow Powder Duo in Soft Blonde: a nice ashy brown color that goes well with my complexion and hair color.

MAC Brow Set in Girl Boy

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K Palette Real Lasting Eyebrow Liquid Pen Review:

Strictly speaking this is not an eyebrow product that I would use alone. It is a liquid based brow pen that I use as a base product to extend the wear time. Because I like to make my eye brows much thicker than it is, most products I used (trust me I have used a lot!) fade within hours. The K Palette liquid eyebrow pen is the only reliable product that lasts through the whole day (it truly lasts 24 hours as it claims). I am using the color light brown, and as you can see in my tutorial pictures, the color is very natural for my coloring and goes well with the rest of the products. It is also quite similar to Suqqu liquid eyebrow pen, if you don’t have the budget for Suqqu this is a great alternative! It retails for around USD$13-$15.

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Tools I am using:

Stila Brush 10, MAC 210, MAC 224

best-eye-brow-toolsMy Eyebrow Tutorial

a picture of my natural eyebrow before I begin:

Step 1: I apply the K Palette eyebrow pen in short strokes to fill out the head of the brow (upper corner) and the middle area under the arch to create a more straight and thicker shape.

eye-brows-routin-1Step 2: Using the Stila Brush 10, gently dip it into the darker shade of Laura Mercier’s palette, then shade the natural eyebrow and also go over the same area created in step 1. I prefer to use eyebrow powder for a more natural look, but if I run out of time I would use a brow pencil for this step.

eye-brows-routin-2Step 3: An important step is to use a stiff blending brush – I am using the Mac 210 pencil brush. Gently dip it into the light shade of Laura Mercier’s palette, and smudge  it over the head of the brow to blend the color out and soften the edge, otherwise it will look too harsh.

eye-brows-routin-3Step 4: By step 3 my natural brow hair still looks slightly darker than the extended area I applied. So I would use the MAC Brow Set to make my eyebrow monotone. When applying a tinted brow gel, remember to apply it against the natural direction that your hair grows then comb through for the most natural look.

eye-brows-routin-4Step 5: No, I am not finished yet! If you are Asian, this step 5 will be very beneficial. I like to use a soft blending brush such as the MAC 224, very gently dip it into the light shade of Laura Mercier’s palette, then blend it from the head of your eyebrow to the inner eye socket to create a “fake shadow”, that way it will make your nose bridge more prominent, and your eyes more deep set.

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Viola, all done! My self-invented eyebrow routine to fake thicker eye brows which is the makeup look that’s been dominating on the runways for the last few years. I don’t follow trends blindly, I am doing this simply because it is the most flattering brow shape for my oval face.

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So ladies, is shading eyebrows an important step in your makeup routine? If so, what is your preferred shape and is your routine complex?

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Elena February 26, 2012 at 1:12 pm

Gorgeous!

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Christine February 26, 2012 at 1:35 pm

This is a great tutorial!! Thanks for sharing that tip of doing the ‘fake shadow’ beneath the eyebrow!

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Lucretia February 28, 2012 at 12:25 am

Loved your technique and tutorial! Where in Sydney do you get that pen – could you pls share?

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Reika February 29, 2012 at 11:42 am

I bought multiple backup of this when I was in Aisa. It is very popular, SASA stocks K-palette products but I notice this product is always out of stock…

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Clare @ cclarebear.com February 26, 2012 at 2:06 pm

Maybe it’s just me but I really like the natural curve of your eyebrow – great tutorial though :)

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Reika February 29, 2012 at 11:43 am

Thank you :-) Really..? I hate my natural eyebrow…:-P I even thought about getting a brow tattoo in the past lol

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Maria February 26, 2012 at 3:29 pm

wow!
such an interesting post, Rei!
i don’t do much to my eyebrows – just a gel to fix, but since i’d like to give them some more color, i think i can borrow some of your tips! :)

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Jolene February 26, 2012 at 3:53 pm

Awesome tutorial! always loved how your brows look! really natural looking despite the numberous steps haha. i recently bought the k palette eye brow pen and i’m loving it :D

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Reika February 29, 2012 at 11:44 am

Hehe yeh..actually believe it or not, I can do my brows in 2 minutes! Glad to know that you are loving the k palette brow pen!

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Jackie February 26, 2012 at 4:31 pm

I really would like to get an eyebrow palette now! Great tutorial!

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Natalie February 26, 2012 at 7:22 pm

That brow pen looks pretty cool. I’ve been wanting to try an eye pen for ages.. I think it would mimic real hair pretty well – that is, if the tip is pointed enough. Great tutorial! I love Girl/Boy brow set, such a great product to blend everything together.

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Reika February 29, 2012 at 11:45 am

Thanks Natalie! Agree with you, I have gone through many tubes of MAC girl/boy!

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Sam February 26, 2012 at 10:43 pm

Fab tutorial! My brows are also naturally fairly arched and the past year I’ve grown to like a straighter, very gently arched look instead since it’s more flattering on me imo. Haha, before this post I always assumed you were just lucky and had naturally straight eyebrows :P Thanks a lot for the Step 5 tip – I’ll be trying that out tomorrow!

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Reika February 29, 2012 at 11:47 am

Good luck with step 5 Sam :-) Remember to apply it with a very light hand with a fluffy blending brush, as it makes a big difference to the nose bridge.

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Dean N. February 27, 2012 at 6:13 am

Thank you for the great tutorial. :)

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The Girlie Blogger February 27, 2012 at 10:07 am

Gorgeous. Looks natural and pretty.

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Linda February 27, 2012 at 10:43 am

Eyebrows that are too arched make people look angry and mean…
I’ve been told by my coworkers that I look angry because my natural eyebrow is too arched; this is a good way to correct that :)

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Reika February 29, 2012 at 11:48 am

what..your coworkers are mean! I am sure you look good in either way :-)

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Renee Loo February 27, 2012 at 7:58 pm

YAY!!! <3 it!! Thanks for your tip. In saying that you do have beautiful natural arch brow thou. :)

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Jeslynj February 28, 2012 at 12:08 am

I really like the look of your brows. Thanks for the tutorial! Where do you purchase the K Palette Real Lasting EyeBrow Pen?

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Reika February 29, 2012 at 11:48 am

I bought it when I was in Asia. You can try SASA, as they stock K-palette, but this brow pen is always out of stock.

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Tina February 28, 2012 at 12:14 am

Great tutorial and I you’re spot on that little contouring trick (which I’ve only really practiced on more dramatic/theatrical looks), especially for those of use that don’t have super sculpted eyes!

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Lisa February 28, 2012 at 10:07 pm

thankyou, so helpful!

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Petrina February 28, 2012 at 11:36 pm

Thanks for the tutorial! It’s amazing the difference an eyebrow shape makes!
My routine is fairly quick – just quick filling with Shu’s hard 9 pencil

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Walls February 29, 2012 at 8:42 am

For better or for worse, I am quite endowed in the eyebrow department (not quite à la Brooke Shields, but not too far off, either), so I don’t do anything with my brows except pluck, groom, and shape them. I feel compelled to comment, however, because your eyebrows look so fantastic, Reika! I think your natural eyebrow shape is nice, too, but you do an excellent (and expert) job creating a slightly stronger brow that doesn’t weigh down your face, eyes, or makeup. Love your posts!

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Reika February 29, 2012 at 11:51 am

You are very lucky to have beautiful thick eyebrows darl!

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Joyce September March 1, 2012 at 12:44 pm

I’m more simple, just fill in the sparse areas and shape accordingly. I’m not too fond of using liquid eyeliner, let alone for brows. Does the pen product dry quickly or needs some time to set?

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Reika March 6, 2012 at 11:04 am

Yes the pens dries instantly, it is not as wet as a liquid eyeliner.

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Elizabeth March 3, 2012 at 7:39 pm

I’m obsessed with this tutorial!! I’ve never seen brows done this way. I’ve been using the Suqqu pen or my MAC Omega shadow, but never thought to use them together. I’m not Asian, but have similar shaped natural brows to yours, just a bit thicker and darker, and like you always wished they were straighter and a bit thicker where the arch is. I tried your technique and fell in love! I love the younger look it gives! I’m soooo wanting to try that K-Palette Pen – that think is super hard to track down :(

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Reika March 4, 2012 at 1:16 pm

Thank you for letting me know Elizabeth! Your comment has made my day, I am so glad to hear my trick works for you as well :-)

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Elizabeth March 3, 2012 at 8:52 pm

Just to add to my above comment if anyone is interested… I found these on beautycarousel.com, super cheap world wide shipping! I bought 2 pens (in shade 01 and 02) for $35 CAD including shipping.

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Reika March 4, 2012 at 1:16 pm

That’s awesome! Thanks for sharing :-)

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Jess March 5, 2012 at 12:38 am

This is a exceptionally detailed and helpful ‘brow-doing-tutorial’, Reika! I’m the same as you when it comes to my eyebrows in terms of I will never go anywhere and even hide myself from anyone seeing my face before I have done my brows! Hey, I just don’t want to scare anyone, haha… :p

I’m loving the brow shape that you figured out for yourself! I agree that straighter and thicker brows look younger, but I still have not figured out the perfect ‘straight eyebrows’ for my face shape though. :(

My favorite liquid eyebrow liner is the SUQQU one, which I have to stock up on soon! Now, I need to get myself an eyebrow mascara, since i have super dark hair too! Thank you for this awesome tutorial, Reika!

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Reika March 6, 2012 at 11:05 am

Haha we are so similar Jess!

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Samantha March 5, 2012 at 12:09 pm

This is really useful. I’d pick these steps up for a nice brow :)

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K July 2, 2012 at 8:06 am

Hi! Such an amazing tutorial. I’ve read dozens of eyebrow tutorials over the internet, and this is by far one of the most detailed but simple one. And I really like the result. It looks so natural and pretty! ^.^

But I have 2 questions, I hope you don’t mind: 1) I have really dark (as in super black) natural brows. Do you know how I can make it less darker? 2) Did you ever tweeze or shave the upper part of your brows? Is that advisable? I shaved it before because I was trying to achieve a straight-ish brow (similar to Korean eyebrows). Now I’ve been growing it out and the hair returned so much thicker and darker. :(

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Reika July 3, 2012 at 12:43 pm

Thank you so much for the kind comment! You can use an eyebrow tint to make your brows less darker, MAC does them in all sorts of colors.
Sorry I have not plucked the upper of my brows (mine is so thin already!). Have you tried any professional brow grooming service such as benefit brow bar? They will wax your brows instead of plucking and I think your hair will grow out thinner.

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faye lu September 11, 2012 at 12:50 pm

loved this step by step tutorial – i am equally conscious (obsessed) about eyebrows – it’s the first thing i notice about people and i would rather leave the house without brushing my hair than without filling in my brows.

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