I’ve had bleached brows in the past, and although the reactions of those around me were... well, not the best, I loved them.
It was a little strange suddenly walking around seemingly eyebrowless (before I got a chance to tone them, it was genuinely terrifying), but I got used to the starkness of my face with time, and I even rather enjoyed the grow-in phase. It was like having a salt and pepper beard for brows.
When I first bleached my hair, I strongly questioned whether I should leave my brows white, or dye them a pastel colour. At the time, I was switching around quickly from white to pink (like I always am), so I thought matching my brows to the pink could be an interesting change. But similar to the reaction I got from the people around me for bleaching my brows in the first place, the suggestion that I have cotton-candy brows seemed strangely taboo. One friend replied to my “Should I?” text with a blatant “Noooooooo.”
When my brows grew in, I left them alone. The countless warnings I’d received over the internet about blinding myself had made me a little anxious about trying the process a second time. But as the days rolled steadily by, I kept coming back to photos of pastel-browed beauties.
Should I try it? Or hold on to that one non-pastel bit of my face? I just couldn’t decide. So I decided to perform an experiment.
I painted by brows with lipstick for two days, and went about my normal life. Though they didn’t actually match my hair, I figured white is pretty complementary to unicorn colours in general. I used a lip brush and went to town each morning before I left the house, and the results were pretty believable.
I learned a couple things from my coloured brow test drive. One is that human beings are far less averse to something they know is reversible. Unlike the negative, confused reactions I got when I bleached my brows, I received nothing but praise for painting my brows purple and pink. People were totally into it, from the girl behind the Sephora counter to my boss at work. Not a negative word was uttered. Not a baffled face was seen.
The second thing I noticed was how nice it was to change the colour from day to day. Maybe dyeing isn’t the answer, maybe it was lipstick all along? I got to match my brows to my feelings and outfit each day.
And when it was time for bed, I just used a Comodynes makeup wipe and my brows were back to normal.
The flexibility felt good… but I was still a bit curious to try the real thing.
And so the question goes out to you guys: what do you think I should do next? Coloured brows? Bleached brows with colours layered on top? Normal brows with colours layered on top? Help!