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Bold Brow Envy: How To Achieve Perfect Brows

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Brows are still having their makeup moment. And if you haven't understood the hype of stunting a good brow yet, understand that brows can make or break your whole look. However, with all the brow products available on the market, it can feel a little daunting to decide which brow tool will give you the effect you desire. Still, you don't want to be out here with mediocre brows just because you don't know what product to use to get your perfect brow!

That's where we come in. These four brow products will give you all the versions of achieving the perfect brows, ranging from "I woke up like this" to "This took me two hours." Let's find the perfect product for your brows, shall we?

Which Product Should You Use To Achieve The Perfect Brow?

How to Achieve the Perfect Brow: Brow Gel Review

Brows x Eylure Brow Gel

The Product:

A gel is perfect for a no-makeup makeup look. Your hairs won't be out of place, but your brows won't be filled in at all. It's like your brows, but slightly better.

The Verdict:

My brows are pretty full, so when I want my most natural looking brow, I just brush through my brows with clear brow gel to make them stay in place. I have some unruly hairs that pretty much refuse to be tamed without a gel holding them where I need them to be. My new go-to brow gel is Eylure Brow Control and Shape Gel. The wand is incredibly easy to use and coats my brow hairs well, so I know they won't budge.

How to Achieve the Perfect Brow: Brow Powder Review

Brows x NYX Eyebrow Cake Powder

The Product:

Brow powders are an incredibly easy way to make your brows look fuller when you don't have a lot of time to put them on or don't feel comfortable doing more advanced techniques. Essentially what a brow powder does is fill the little gaps created by the way your hairs naturally grow to make them look more perfect. It looks almost like a shadow underneath your natural brows.

The Verdict:

Powder isn't my favorite product because it can get messy if you get too much product on the brush you're applying it with. Plus, since I already have full brows, it doesn't do much for me. I'll mostly use it on the head part of my brows when I get a little too tweezer happy. NYX Eyebrow Cake Powder has been the only brow powder I've used for a while now. You get a lot of product for the price and they have enough shades to choose from that you know you'll find a good match, but won't feel overwhelmed choosing.

How to Achieve the Perfect Brow: Brow Pencil Review

Brows x Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz

The Product:

A step above a brow powder, eyebrow pencils can make your brows look more realistically dense to fill in gaps, instead of just shading in the spaces like a powder does. A pencil is perfect for when you want to go for a "is she wearing brow product or nah" look. Unless they know you.

The Verdict:

I used to hate brow pencils. Then, I learned how to use them properly. I used to try to get them to fill in my brows like a pomade, but I quickly learned that I wasn't letting the product be great in the way it was intended to be used. Once I figured out how to make small hair-like strokes with Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz to fill in gaps, the whole game was changed for me!

How to Achieve the Perfect Brow: Brow Pomade Review

Brows x Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade

The Product:

Brow pomades will give you the least natural looking brow. Nine times out of ten, a pomade was used to create the pervasive and highly sought after Instagram Brow. They will create that perfectly filled in and shaped brow using nothing but an angled brush.

The Verdict:

I like to use a brow pomade when I need my brows to look like absolute perfection from every angle. To me, that's not special occasions only. Sometimes I just want to look like I'm THAT chick in the grocery store too. The current reigning champ of pomades in my stash in Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade. That little tub lasts a super long time and glides on so easily.

There's no rule that says you can only use one brow product at a time. My personal favorite combo is pomade on the tail and pencil at the head with some brow gel to keep everything in place. It's like a toned down, more everyday version of the IG brow.

If you're unsure about what shade of product to get, it's best to use one that's one shade lighter than your brow color. That will look the most natural. Don't let that stop you from having some fun though! Sometimes I like to go a little darker to be dramatic.

Don't forget to clean any uneven edges with concealer and a flat brush or concealer brush if you want an absolutely perfect looking brow and you don't have the steadiest of hands.

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Before she was Amira Unplugged, rapper, singer, and a Becoming a Popstar contestant on MTV, she was Amira Daughtery, a twenty-five year-old Georgian, with aspirations of becoming a lawyer. “I thought my career path was going to lead me to law because that’s the way I thought I would help people,” Amira tells xoNecole. “[But] I always came back to music.”

A music lover since childhood, Amira grew up in an artistic household where passion for music was emphasized. “My dad has always been my huge inspiration for music because he’s a musician himself and is so passionate about the history of music.” Amira’s also dealt with deafness in one ear since she was a toddler, a condition which she says only makes her more “intentional” about the music she makes, to ensure that what she hears inside her head can translate the way she wants it to for audiences.

“The loss of hearing means a person can’t experience music in the conventional way,” she says. “I’ve always responded to bigger, bolder anthemic songs because I can feel them [the vibrations] in my body, and I want to be sure my music does this for deaf/HOH people and everyone.”

A Black woman wearing a black hijab and black and gold dress stands in between two men who are both wearing black pants and colorful jackets and necklaces

Amira Unplugged and other contestants on Becoming a Popstar

Amira Unplugged / MTV

In order to lift people’s spirits at the beginning of the pandemic, Amira began posting videos on TikTok of herself singing and using sign language so her music could reach her deaf fans as well. She was surprised by how quickly she was able to amass a large audience. It was through her videos that she caught the attention of a talent scout for MTV’s new music competition show for rising TikTok singers, Becoming a Popstar. After a three-month process, Amira was one of those picked to be a contestant on the show.

Becoming a Popstar, as Amira describes, is different from other music competition shows we’ve all come to know over the years. “Well, first of all, it’s all original music. There’s not a single cover,” she says. “We have to write these songs in like a day or two and then meet with our producers, meet with our directors. Every week, we are producing a full project for people to vote on and decide if they’d listen to it on the radio.”

To make sure her deaf/HOH audiences can feel her songs, she makes sure to “add more bass, guitar, and violin in unique patterns.” She also incorporates “higher pitch sounds with like chimes, bells, and piccolo,” because, she says, they’re easier to feel. “But it’s less about the kind of instrument and more about how I arrange the pattern of the song. Everything I do is to create an atmosphere, a sensation, to make my music a multi-sensory experience.”

She says that working alongside the judges–pop stars Joe Jonas and Becky G, and choreographer Sean Bankhead – has helped expand her artistry. “Joe was really more about the vocal quality and the timber and Becky was really about the passion of [the song] and being convinced this was something you believed in,” she says. “And what was really great about [our choreographer] Sean is that obviously he’s a choreographer to the stars – Lil Nas X, Normani – but he didn’t only focus on choreo, he focused on stage presence, he focused on the overall message of the song. And I think all those critiques week to week helped us hone in on what we wanted to be saying with our next song.”

As her star rises, it’s been both her Muslim faith and her friends, whom she calls “The Glasses Gang” (“because none of us can see!”), that continue to ground her. “The Muslim and the Muslima community have really gone hard [supporting me] and all these people have come together and I truly appreciate them,” Amira says. “I have just been flooded with DMs and emails and texts from [young muslim kids] people who have just been so inspired,” she says. “People who have said they have never seen anything like this, that I embody a lot of the style that they wanted to see and that the message hit them, which is really the most important thing to me.”

A Black woman wears a long, salmon pink hijab, black outfit and pink boots, smiling down at the camera with her arm outstretched to it.

Amira Unplugged

Amira Unplugged / MTV

Throughout the show’s production, she was able to continue to uphold her faith practices with the help of the crew, such as making sure her food was halal, having time to pray, dressing modestly, and working with female choreographers. “If people can accept this, can learn, and can grow, and bring more people into the fold of this industry, then I’m making a real difference,” she says.

Though she didn’t win the competition, this is only the beginning for Amira. Whether it’s on Becoming a Popstar or her videos online, Amira has made it clear she has no plans on going anywhere but up. “I’m so excited that I’ve gotten this opportunity because this is really, truly what I think I’m meant to do.”

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