Confession: I used to have terrible eyebrows.
Instead of boasting defined, full arches, my face was host to eyebrows that were sparse, over-tweezed, and misshapen, thanks to months of improper beauty care.
Upon the revelation that I needed to put down the tweezers and instead offer my pluck-happy fingers a month or two of rest, so as to allow my brows to return to their natural form, I faced a dilemma: how could I mask the damage that I had already done to my brows, while I waited for the regrowth process to complete?
Eyebrow pencils simply didn’t do the job. While they could outline and shape the silhouette of my eyebrows, making both brows appear to be more symmetrical, they often left smudges of varying gradations that made it clear that I’d used an external beauty product to achieve a fuller brow. Not to mention, the constant sharpening and ever disappearing pencil sharpener was a hassle.
With no sign of eyebrow assistance in my near drug store makeup section’s future, I turned to the Internet.
And Then I Found This…
Salvation came in the form of Anastasia Beverly Hills’ Brow Pomade, a creamy alternative to thin brows that either topped, or gained mention on each beauty blog I visited. Curious, but still skeptical based on repeated failed attempts to find a reliable product, I made my way over to explore the official Anastasia Beverly Hills website.
Although the company manufactures a myriad of beauty products, including those for the face, lips, and eyes, I did not stray from the page advertising the pomade, formally called “Dipbrow.” The brow pomade came in an assortment of colors, eleven, to be exact, of colors ranging from the lightest blonde, to the darkest black.
I deliberated between several shades of brown, as many had only the slightest difference, making selection more difficult than I had perhaps expected it to be. Most brow products offer four colors: blonde, red, brown, and black, which are expected to cater to all patrons in a one-size-fits-all color manner. While selection was challenging, I appreciated the company’s attention to differences in eyebrow shading.
I finally chose a color, deciding to purchase the eyebrow pomade in “Dark Brown,” as opposed to the pomades in “Caramel,” or “Ash Brown,” the remaining colors I found to be most likely to match my natural eyebrow color.
The brow pomade was surprisingly affordable, costing me only $18.00. Those stuck between color choice should order the lighter color, keeping in mind that the lighter Dipbrow color can simply be blended with darker eyeshadow to adjust the color. Blending to make a formula darker is always preferred to blending to make a formula lighter, which inevitably requires the use of more eyeshadow, and is overall a more difficult alternative.
Don’t Forget The Angled Brush
Upon checking out, I also added “Duo Brush #12” to my shopping cart. Seeing as Dipbrow is a pomade formula, and thus has a clay meets gel texture, I knew I’d need an angled brush to apply the pomade and later shape my brows following application. The brush was marketed as the top choice for Dipbrow use, and with an eyebrow brush on one end, and an angled applicator brush on the other, I figured that for $18.00, it would be a worthwhile eyebrow investment.
I was eager to test the Dipbrow product, and immediately applied it once I’d received it in the mail.
The formula was clean and smooth, making application incredibly easy. Use of the angled brush allowed me to simply dip the tip of the brush into the Dipbrow gel pot, deposit product onto the brush, and gently sweep the product across my brow for overall fullness, or outline the brow’s silhouette. The opposite side of the brush – the one with the bristles – blended the color into my eyebrow, making my use of Dipbrow imperceptible.
Less Is More
The only issue I did encounter with Dipbrow was the amount I used. Less truly is more when it comes to Dipbrow use; make thin strokes when applying the product to a brush, otherwise the formula can look cakey or waxy on brows. Eyebrow color can also become too dark if too much product is used. I have included a photo of the product – albeit used – to offer readers the most accurate portrayal of the product, and its texture.
The damage I’d done to my eyebrows was concealed, yet I remained unsure as to how well the Dipbrow would hold, especially on a hot or humid summer day. However, my doubts about Dipbrow were needless; the product did not smudge or melt, but instead proved to be waterproof, a feature that became especially invaluable at the beach.
I would reccommend Dipbrow to anyone looking for better, lasting eyebrow definition, or for those seeking to discreetly hide an eyebrow crisis. It is a product that I continue to use every day, even now that my brows have been fully restored by time.
Keep in mind, there’s a reason the word “eyebrow” rhymes with “wow,” and achieving such status is a realistic, everyday opportunity.
Rachel Narozniak is a freelance writer turned student blogger from Rutgers University, New Brunswick.
Photo credit: Rachel Narozniak