I Used to Be Rubbish at Doing My Brows Until I Tried This Product

For me, filling in my eyebrows is akin to wearing a bra. Although it's not entirely necessary, especially in lockdown, I just feel so much more put-together when they're on. When I'm popping to the shop, I always quickly fill in my brows to feel more like myself, even if my face is otherwise completely makeup-free. Being naturally blessed in the brow department isn't something I have been afforded, however. My brows lack a clear shape and grow so painfully slowly that I don't have them shaped professionally through fear that they'd over-prune them and I would be left with absolutely nothing to work with. I'm not sure I could handle a permanent '90s eyebrow. 

Instead, I pluck the odd hair here and there and rely heavily on brow products to create the appearance of a naturally full look. Sure, there have been some questionable looks over the years, but luckily for me, they aren't heavily documented, and now I can confidently say I have found a brow pen that I swear by. Enter, Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Pen.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Pen Review: Keeks Reid



While lots has been written about ABH's cult brow products over the years—after all, founder Anastasia Soare is known for shaping the brows of the Hollywood elite—it's the brand's Dipbrow Pomade that has always drawn most of the adulation. It is a great product if you're looking to create a full-brow look, but if you're looking for something that can be feathery, light and more natural, then the Brow Pen needs to be your next pick. 

The before-and-afters:
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Pen Review: Keeks Reid Before



Keeks Reid before applying the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Pen.

The pen comes in nine shades, from a light blonde to a deep ebony, so there's pretty much a shade to suit any hair hue. Top tip: When first using it, it's important that your strokes are really light, as the pigment is very strong. For best results, I like to start at the inner corner of my brow and gently brush upwards to the tail. 

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Pen Review: Keeks Reid Before



Keeks Reid after applying the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Pen.

Trust me—It's the easiest brow pen I've ever used, and now, it's the one I always return to. 

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The flexible, ultra-fine tip makes it so easy to create natural-looking, hair-like strokes.

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The tip of this pen is longer and more malleable than others I've tried, so the finish is a lot softer—perfect if you have light hair and are not looking for anything too bold.

The khaki shade in this pen is kind of genius. It sounds scary, but it's such a good option if you have cool-toned brown hair and find that some brown brow products are too warm for you. 

This pairs well with the Milk Makeup Kush Fiber Brow Gel for a laid-back but full-brow finish. The nib's fork-like shape mimics hairs really well.

This finish is smudge- and sweat-proof, so if you, like me, fill in your brows even for spin class, then you can be assured that they won't melt away.

The tip of this pen is ultra-fine, so if you only need to fill in a few sparse patches, then this will help you create those subtle hairs with ease.

This has a liquid brow pen on one end for precise strokes and a powder-filled sponge on the other end for soft colour.

Like the Anastasia Beverly Hills pen, this is available in nine shades, so it's a good high-street alternative if it's your first foray into using a brow pen. 

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