Budget Beauty: Milani Brow & Eye Highlighters

milani-brow-highlightersI love Anastasia’s Brow Duality so much, I can’t live without it. The double-ended soft pencil is great for adding definition, lift, and highlight to the brow area. But I was tired of shelling out $23 for the pencil, because I was sure I could find a comparable product at a better price. If you’re looking for a solid dupe, I’ve got a great drugstore pick: Milani Brow & Eye Highlighters ($6.49).

milani2One tip of this dual-ended pencil has a creamy matte shade that gives lift and definition to the brow. You can use it above and below the arch to emphasize and sculpt the shape of your arch. The other side has a shimmery formula in a complementary (almost identical) shade, which adds an accent to the browbone. For extra definition, I double these up, using the matte and then the shimmery end. The only difference I’ve found between this and the Anastasia pencil is that the shimmery end of the Anastasia pencil packs a bit more of a punch. This one is very subtle, despite that it looks very shimmery in the pencil point.

milani3Both ends are easily blendable (I use my fingertip) and glide on smoothly without catching on the skin. If you keep the tips sharpened (which I obviously did not here), they’re very easy to control and allow you to be pretty precise. (And if you apply too much, just smudge it out and reapply.) They sharpen easily and without much of a mess.

milaniswatch copyI use the Matte Cream/Luminous Lift shade, a pale pinky nude tone that works well on cool skin. It also comes in Matte Beige/High Glow (champagne shades great for warm skin) and Vanilla/Natural Taupe (best for dark shades).

It’s not an absolutely necessary step in your makeup routine, but I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised at what a difference a swipe of this pencil under the arch of your brow makes. I certainly was!

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