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Spray-On Eyebrows Are Harder Than YouTube Makes Them Look

We wish it were as easy as it looked.

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So when we saw Tootsie Time's tutorial on spraying your eyebrows, we just had to try it.

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First of all, it looks fun AF. Second of all, it looks relatively quick and might save us some time in the morning!

Here's what we used:

High Beams Intense Temporary Spray-On Haircolor in Honey Blonde, Black, and Brown, $5.87

e.l.f. Eyebrow Stencil Kit, $1

• Lots and lots and lots of makeup remover wipes

We also spoke with dermatologist Michele Green about the ~safety~ aspects. Here's what she said:

"In general these spray-on dyes are safe and effective. However, I would usually suggest a tinted mascara [instead] since spraying something with hydroflurocarbons and other chemicals can be irritating near the eye area."

Yikes! Well, we decided to give it a shot — and avoid our eyes as much as possible.

Don't forget to move the stencil along as you spray!

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Definitely don't do your whole eyebrow at once — or else it'll get everywhere. Do it in bits, moving the stencil incrementally down your brow.

Did it work? Five women with oh-so-different brows tried it out.

Normal brow routine: My normal eyebrow routine is nothing. I'm too lazy to touch them. Occasionally I get them threaded to keep them from turning into a unibrow. I think most days they resemble Oscar the Grouch, but I feel like that's ~in~ right now so yay for me.

How did you like the sprayed-on technique? I definitely don't think this technique is as easy as the girl makes it seem. You have to keep realigning the plastic stencil. Also, spraying that stuff right by your eye is scary! They kept telling me I could keep one eye open but it would shut instinctively because black shit was coming for it. I also got it alllll over my eyelid, nose, and forehead. It's very difficult to control the spray, I had to do a lot of editing with the makeup wipe. The end look was way too intense for me. My brows looked blocky AF. I'm not about that look.

On a scale of 1 to 5 Caras:

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It effectively made my eyebrows darker and gave them some sort of shape. But I think this technique would take waaaaay too long to master to make it worth it. I'd rather just fill them in with pencil and spare my eyeballs from an aerosol assault.

Normal brow routine: My current eyebrow situation is getting them threaded once a month, which has changed my life. Besides that, I think about my eyebrows probably as much as I think about getting my oil changed, which is never.

How did you like the sprayed-on technique? When I found out I was trying this technique, I'm not gonna lie — I had my doubts. In the end though, it really wasn't THAT bad. Keeping the stencil in place while spraying was difficult, so I would suggest using some kind of tape to hold it still. Also the pressure of the spray was a bit intense, so you need to hold it far enough away, close your eyes, and pray.

On a scale of 1 to 5 Caras:

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It looked extremely dramatic on my face, but I didn't end up with a unibrow, and I was one step closer to looking like Cara Delevingne. Plus, I LIVED to tell the tale.

Normal brow routine: I use IT Cosmetics Brow Power Universal Eyebrow Pencil every day and I feel so naked without it.

How did you like the sprayed-on technique? It was difficult and very messy, tbh. The bottle was difficult to aim, the spray was very jarring and messy, and my eyebrows turned out shimmery gold. When I wasn't in direct sunlight, the effect was nice and subtle, but once I stepped into the sun, I looked like Cinna from The Hunger Games. By the end, I missed my brown pencil.

On a scale of 1 to 5 Caras:

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I would only recommend this to someone with very dark brows. I think spray works and looks best on people blessed with thick, dark brows who need to fill in more surface space more quickly. My eyebrows are so lil' and light that the spray was very hard to aim and ended up being much more effort than dragging a pencil through them for 10 seconds.

Normal brow routine: I use Benefit's Gimme Brow brow gel and that is literally it.

How did you like the sprayed-on technique? This was so much easier than I thought it would be! It was refreshing. I mean, I was a little scared that I was going to get it on my eye, but I didn't, and the end result wasn't that bad. My eyebrows are much darker than they were before, but I'm not mad about it.

Normal brow routine: If my eyebrows aren't filled in, I tend to freak out a bit (I know that's dramatic but I have a long list of things to fix with my therapist and my obsession with eyebrows is not at the top of it). I get them threaded when I can and fill them in with Kevyn Aucoin's Precision Brow Pencil and Glossier's Boy Brow.

How did you like the sprayed-on technique? It's not as easy as it looks, and the process requires A LOT of cleanup. Granted, I can't eat ice cream without it somehow ending up on my forehead but this spray paint seriously got everywhere. If I had perfectly groomed brows, I'm sure this would be a lot easier.

On a scale of 1 to 5 Caras:

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I'm biased because I love a fierce beauty blogger brow, and though this whole thing was messy AF, it was a fun new way to apply your makeup. And It'll definitely pop in your Instagram photos.

Who would this technique work best for?

We're guessing those with darker, thicker brows. So basically those who don't need to fill them in anyway.

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