If I see another dark skin Black woman with black eyebrow liner I am going to kill myself, seriously! Okay, as a dark skin Black woman I know how difficult it can be to find makeup that compliments our skin tone, but that does not mean we have to settle for whatever is available. You should be open-minded when it comes to enhancing those beautiful features that are rarely ever celebrated in the media.
Ladies, never ever, and I mean never ever, wear black pencil liner on your eyebrows, especially if you are a dark skin Black woman.
I was having lunch with a friend of mine and I went to the bathroom to touch up my makeup. I pulled out a brown liquid eyeliner tube and started to touch up my eyebrow makeup. My friend, who is also dark skin, says to me, “Why are you putting brown on? Is it going to turn black?” and I replied, “Do my eyebrows ever look brown?” and she replied, “No”.
So that’s why they always look so weird, I thought to myself. Dark skin Black women are actually enhancing their eyebrows with black brow liner.
Well our eyebrow hair is usually black so we should accentuate our eyebrows with black liner, right — WRONG! Nothing, including your hair, is truly black. Not even the fur of a black cat is truly black. If you take a strand of your black hair and hold it up to a light bulb you will see that your hair, is actually a deep maroon brownish black. It’s not really black at all. Same goes for your eyebrow hair. I never wear black brow-liner — I only wear dark brown and nobody knows that it’s brown, because it looks so natural. And it looks natural because it blends with the root color of my hair.
Furthermore, as a dark skin Black woman you should always accentuate your features by illuminating your face with natural, soft, earthy colors. Brown brow-liner softens the appearance of the eye and draws attention to the eye rather than to a dark black line on the lower part of your forehead. I don’t understand how dark skin Black women who wear black liner on their eyebrows can look at themselves in the mirror and say, “I look good”. No you don’t. But, I guess since we really don’t have anything to aspire to when it comes to beauty, as we are rarely portrayed as sexual vixens or goddesses of beauty in the media, we don’t really know what makes us look best. And I guess we’ve been conditioned to believe that the best we can physically be as dark skin women is okay. Well I think we can do better — because we are and it’s high time we learned how to accentuate our beauty. Makeup should never look like makeup and it most definitely shouldn’t darken or draw attention away from your features.
Another tip on drawing eyebrows is that it should never be done with a pencil. Pencil liner smudges and it makes your eyebrow not only look like a hot mess, but it also makes your eyebrows look thicker, which makes your forehead look shorter, which immediately makes your features look disproportionate to your face. You should only accentuate your eyebrows with liquid brow or eyeliner. If you have extremely oily skin you should try using the waterproof liquid eyeliners. But beware: the waterproof liquid eyeliners will crumble off by the end of the day so you need to do a touch up every four hours; unless of course you like having spaces in your eyebrows. And another thing about the pencil — when you use a pencil it prevents you from creating a sharp eyebrow shape. Liquid eyeliner glides on like paint so you have more control over the shape you create or the area that you fill.
So, if you’re a dark skin Black woman who draws on her eyebrows or accentuates the appearance of her eyebrows the best and most inexpensive brown liquid eyeliner that you can try, if you believe us, is:
Wet’n Wild, H20 Proof Liquid Eyeliner, Color 884.
You can find this anywhere, WalMart, Target, Publix … anywhere. Now this is not the best shade of brown, but it is the most inexpensive way to test our theory. I promise you this is one theory you need to test! No black eyebrows please!