Thursday, 19 March 2015

EYEBROW TUTORIAL FT. ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS DIPBROW


The female population has become OBSESSED with eyebrows lately. I can't scroll down my Instagram feed without seeing one of these meme's crop up: 


or this:


And funnily enough it always seems to be the girls with the worst looking brows posting them! (lol) Even though I absolutely cringe into oblivion every time I see one (I mean WHY do somebody's brows mean they can't boss you around?! It is just so RIDICULOUS), I still do appreciate a good, strong eyebrow.

It genuinely sends a shiver down my spine remembering the days where an eyebrow pencil was foreign to me. The only make-up I thought I needed was Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse (about four shades too dark for my skin, of course), Collection 2000 Mascara and black kohl eyeliner (or something else I could afford with my weekly pocket money) and some form of glittery hair gel to grease my hair back into a high ponytail. Please take into consideration that this was about 8 years ago (I won't scare you with a photo), and my cosmetic essentials have been notably upgraded since then.

It was when I started university in 2011 that I started giving my brows a bit more attention. I started using a Rimmel eyebrows pencil, and soon upgraded to Benefit Brow-Zings (RRP £24.50). I swore by that little kit for years, I love the fact it has everything you need in a cute little compact set- Including the cutest mini tweezers! However that started to also be the downside, everything was TINY. The brushes are about three inches long (if that) so I found myself hunching over in a desperate attempt to get them both even. I had to mix the wax with a bit of the powder to get a darker look too, as I found the wax was too sheer on it's own and didn't outline my brows in the defined way I wanted.

I decided to purchase the 'Dipbrow Pomade' by Anastasia Beverly Hills earlier this year after seeing rave reviews over Christmas. Every celebrity under the sun swore by it, and with a price tag of only £15, almost £10 cheaper than Brow-Zings, I decided to invest. The websites describes the gel as a "smudge free, creamy formula which glides effortlessly onto the skin and adheres to the brow hairs for optimal definition. Perfect for oily skin and humid climates, Dipbrow Pomade can be used as a brow definer or eyeliner and provides luxurious colour and sculpture." I suffer from oily skin myself, so it seemed ideal. The website also recommended I bought the large synthetic duo brow brush for maximum results. (£14)


The only annoying thing about Dipbrow is that Anastasia Beverly Hills is an American brand, and isn't available in the UK yet. This means you have to guess which colour you are, which is pretty tricky! I originally ordered 'medium brown', but it was way too dark and I looked like the evil baby from the Simpsons with the monobrow. I re-ordered 'soft brown' and it is just perfect.

After endless attempts to photograph my own 'how-to' eyebrow guide, I have given up, the iPhone 5S camera just does not do the brows justice! However I managed to find this tutorial which is done in the exact same way I do mine: 

Start by lining the brow with the sculptured end of your brush. Begin with the underneath and then shape the top, leaving the top cm of each brow (as shown).

Softly fill in the end first, then brush the hairs up at the front of your brow and start to fill, brushing your gel UPWARDS as opposed to sideways. Make you you only press very lightly, to get that natural gradient filling of your brown. (Basically so it looks light to dark)


It may sound and look a little tricky but as with everything, practice makes perfect!
(Please ignore my creepy little eye and the fact my brows need a little tidy up- I have been trying to avoid getting them threaded to grow them out!)

I also use a hightlighting concealer and sculptured brush after I have drawn on my eyebrows to line it again, just to define it a little more. (I use Rimmel Match Perfection Illuminating Concealer RRP £5.99)

Has anybody else bought any Anastasia Beverley Hills products? I am such a fan of Dipbrow I want them all!

2 comments:

  1. I love Anastasia and all her products! I am Romanian and so is she, so proud of her, she managed to build an empire out of eyebrows, haha!! :) Just found your blog, I almost read it all, you're amazing! Love,
    Cristina

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  2. Ive lusted after her matte lipglosses too! Kim K supposedly uses some in shade Hollywood but the cheapest I can find is £30, i hope she stocks in the UK properly soon!

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