Greetings from the scene of a tense negotiation, fellow rogues!
Have you ever found yourself running from the results of a failed Intimidate or Diplomacy check and wondered: where did I go wrong? My Charisma stat is through the roof, I should be able to talk my way into or out of anything, and yet here I find myself, moving with unseemly haste, wondering if my reputation as the silver-tongued rogue is in jeopardy. How, Syl?! WHY?!?!
Well, I’ll tell you, fellow adventurer – it might be your brows.
Brows are a bit like shoes – people (and orcs) can make a surprising number of snap judgements about you based on the appearance of those two hairy caterpillars on your face. Often this can interefere with your Charisma-based skills so that your rolls go haywire. Fortunately, I have a patented rogue trick for you that will help you talk your way out of anything (obviously, you should try not to get caught in the first place – but everyone has an off day!).
Behold: the naked rogue brow:
As you can see, there’s nothing too much wrong with it, other than it has kind of a thin, uniformly patchy texture. As far as shape goes, I’m leaving that to your personal preference – I was blessed with naturally OK shape, but we’re going to have to take care of those browbone strays…
Ah, done! Much better. Right: now to the incredibly complicated process of creating the perfect, naturally charisma-boosting brow! Ready?
Take a suitable matte eyeshadow…(I love Lancôme’s Matte Eyeshadow in M204 Très Chocolat – you may find that the colour you want is darker or lighter or cooler or warmer than you think – try a few!)
Take a flat eyeshadow brush…
Press eyeshadow brush gently against shadow on both sides…
Stroke gently through brow with light, feathery strokes until desired depth of colour is achieved…
Ta da! Yes, as you can see, this is the kind of procedure that can be done anywhere, any time, for an instant lift to your intimidate and diplomacy checks. Maybe add a little more depth for intimidate, and a little more arch for diplomacy – I’ll leave the fine tuning up to you!
The nice thing about this technique is that it can probably be done with two items already in your makeup stash (especially if you’ve been in the recent ‘neutrals’ craze). If all you have is shimmer eyeshadows, consider investing in a matte one, or you may be able to shop your stash if you own matte bronzer/contour. If you have black brows, then you probably already have a matte black shadow or powder liner somewhere. Whatever your brow colour, try a few different things on one brow, then position yourself in some natural light and compare to the naked brow and to your general face/hair colour to see if you’re getting the effect you want.
Here’s my side-by side natural light comparison:
Troubleshooting: oddly enough, the more pigmented the eyeshadow, the better. You use less, you don’t have to spend 10 minutes layering to see the effect, and eyeshadow is pretty forgiving as a medium – just wipe your finger over a too-dark brow to remove a layer or two of eyeshadow. I find that the effect stays in place for a whole day, although you may want to touch up/intensify if you want your brow look to go through the evening as well!
Your kitbag is more multipurpose than you might think, and this technique is approved for use while dodging goblin arrows or running from drangonflame. Really, you can do it anywhere to good effect.
I don’t bother with brow gels or other cream brow products, as I have yet to find one that doesn’t leave a kind of eerie, glossy finish that immediately screams I HAVE MAKEUP ON. This, however, is a personal preference. If you’ve found some good alternatives or general brow tricks, please do share them in the comments!
Until next time, fellow adventurers, don’t forget to check for traps!
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