The Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade is revered by brow obsessives everywhere. The formula glides on smoothly and helps fill in sparse areas in seconds. And a little goes a long way, meaning one tiny jar could, in theory, last you a while. But there’s one teeny problem with it. After a while, it tends to dry up and turn into a hard rock—making it, well, not exactly long-lasting. Insert sad-face emoji (with bad brows) here. But next time you experience this unfortunate predicament, don’t just throw the $23 product in the trash: There’s an awesome hack floating around on the Internet that’ll save the day.
A vlogger who goes by the name Alannized found a way to restore the formula’s pliability and smoothness. In an Instagram post, he demonstrates how to save a dried-up Dipbrow using eye drops:
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The instructions in the caption of the photo say: “Add a drop of eye drops, let the drop be soaked up by the pomade, and then you’re ready to use your pomade as if it were new!” Judging from his video, this trick really does seem to work. We know that adding eye drops to a tube of dried-out mascara can help refresh the formula, so it stands to reason that the same method might work with the Dipbrow pomade. One caveat: Cosmetic chemist Randy Schueller says it’s not the best idea to overuse the chemicals that are in eye drops. “The only thing in the drops that will dilute the makeup is the water,” he says. “I wouldn’t add too much of it, though, because it’s an oil-based makeup. Also, the active ingredient in the drops is a drug, which you shouldn’t be putting too much of on your skin.”
Womp, womp. But luckily, a lot of other people have thought of different ways to save their Dipbrows. On a Reddit thread exploring the options, one person writes: “Anastasia has posted before on her Instagram that she uses a tiny bit of baby oil to rehydrate the Dipbrow.” That seems legit. See? You can (almost) always rely on the Internet to solve all of your problems—at least the ones involving makeup.
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