Speaking as a girl who went the whole way through secondary school with the most caterpillary looking brows you've ever seen, it's only in the last four or five years that I have mastered the art of the eyebrow. So trust me, I know. Although, this served me in the end because at the grand old age of 24, I don't have the problem of over plucked brows that some of my peers do (bold statement? maybe). I always get messages about my eyebrows so I thought I would share some of my tips for keeping your brows in top shape, along with my holy grail brow item.
- Do not do your brows yourself - this is an absolute no no. Really. Get yourself to a professional. 9 times out of 10 they know what they're doing. It doesn't have to be anything expensive. The Body Shop and Benefit both offer amazing services around the country including threading and tinting, and it doesn't break the bank. I don't have these where I live, so I go to Wards Urban Day Spa in Longford and I get 'HD Brows'. This is where the brows are shaped and tinted etc for €25.
- Stick to the same place - unless they really botch your brows, I find sticking to the same place is the best. Especially the same person. That way they know what you want and if you're growing them out a little, or if you had a botched job and you need it fixed, they'll know what they're working with and can help fix the problem.
- Keep tweezing to a minimum - the girl who does my brows recommends coming in every 6 weeks or so to get the brows done again, but in between appointments they can get a little unruly, especially beneath the brows and between. Don't overdo it. More often than not we will over pluck, so it's best to just tweeze a little to keep the unibrow at bay, and to keep underneath tidy looking. You're paying someone to do them for you, so don't go messing up their hard work in between appointments. You could accidentally go too far up on one brow and mess up the shape etc. It does grow back obviously, but it's such a pain when it's simple to avoid.
- Don't overfill - it's so easy to do, and it looks horrendous. Watch some YouTube videos, teach yourself some basics. Remember you're just trying to give them a bit of shape and color. It's not about tracing and coloring them in like a coloring book, you can create a nice thick high def brow without going over the top.
I like to think of the above as ~maintenance, and then the fun comes in. Eyebrow products. I love eyebrow products. Brow gels, brow pencil, brow mascara, powder etc etc, I could go on. Drugstore, high end, I try them all. But the Anastasia Beverly Hills dipbrow pomade is my holy grail item. It wasn't till I started using it that I truly understand the Instagram hype around it. It's easy to use, it stays put all day, and there's such a wide range of shades there's one suitable for everybody. The one I purchased was 'medium brown' and it's actually a little on the light side for me, but I make it work. I will be repurchasing a darker shade, but considering how long such a tiny pot lasts, it'll be a few months yet.
I apply the dipbrow with a thin angled brush and brush through it with a little spooly. It's very easy to go a little OTT with this. It's happened. It's just so so pigmented. The first time I used it I underestimated just how pigmented it actually was and had to wipe it all off and restart.
When I apply I start at the bottom beneath the arch, and drag the brush to the end of my brow. Making it a little longer on the left because my left brow is not as Gucci as the right. I then draw a fainter line from the start of my brow to the middle to connect the two and fill in the sparse bits carefully. I find the gel can dry out a little bit in the tub which is really annoying, but if you wet your angled brush a tiny bit it's fine. I actually find using a slightly wet angled brush helps with applying it more, it seems to glide beneath the brow a lot better. I also always do my brows before I apply my foundation. I find it looks better to do it this way first.
The Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow is a solid 10/10 from me. It applies easily, gives great definition to your eyebrow, doesn't look clumpy and stay's put all day. Even if you mistakenly scratch at your eyebrow, it doesn't smudge. The above picture is my brows filled in with the Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow in the shade 'medium brown'.
Sadly Anastasia isn't stocked in Ireland, but I purchased mine from BeautyBay.com for €19.30 and it arrived in no time.
Have any of you tried this? What did you think, and what are your eyebrow tips?