KAREN: Hello, this is Karen.
CAITLIN GREY-FANG: Hi, Karen, this is Caitlin Grey-Fang of Modern Werewolf Magazine. How are you today?
KAREN: Great. How ’bout yourself?
CAITLIN: Excellent. I’m calling to first introduce myself and say hello. I’m Modern Werewolf’s new beauty editor, and I was referred to you by Tabs the cat.
KAREN: Oh, hello. It’s nice to meet you.
CAITLIN: I’m writing a story for our blog on modernwerewolf.com that I hope you can help me with.
KAREN: Let me guess — body hair removal? ‘Cause, GURL, I could talk about that FOR DAYS!
CAITLIN: Actually, no. But the next time I do a hair removal story, I’ll be sure to call you. I was actually wondering if you had a moment to talk about brows.
KAREN: I most certainly do! It’s a subject near and dear to my heart. How can I help you?
CAITLIN: Well, as you know, most werewolves are blessed with big, lush brows, which is currently on-trend in the beauty world; however, there are a subset of lycanthropes who do need a little help when it comes to faking full brows.
I was wondering if you could offer a few thoughts on the new $39 Too Faced Brow Envy Kit. I hear from my colleagues that you’re a fan of the line, so I figured I’d call you for the 411?
KAREN: Sure! What a coincidence. I’m actually wearing Brow Envy today.
CAITLIN: Excellent! So tell me about it. Is it already out? And what does it do exactly?
KAREN: OK. Well, it was recently released with the Too Faced summer 2014 collection, and it’s available now at Too Faced counters and online for $39.
It comes with a couple of brow powders, a cream highlighter, a setting wax and several tools, like a tiny tweezers, a small angled brush, a spoolie and some stencils, although — how can I put this? — it’s my understanding that some werewolves prefer the look of a single strong brow.
CAITLIN: A unibrow? Yes, that is the fashion in some packs.
KAREN: Alright. Well, I suppose that if one wanted to create that look, they could do so pretty easily freehand using the products in this kit.
CAITLIN: Great! Could you explain a little for our readers how you use the palette?
KAREN: It’s easy. You fill in your brows with either the Brunette or Blonde powder, or you could even mix both if you’d like, and then set your brows with the setting wax to keep them in place.
Then, kind of as an added bonus, if you want to emphasize the arch in your brows, you can take the pink matte highlighter, run it just beneath the bottom of your brows, and blend, blend, blend.
As for the stencils, well, the idea is to use them to outline your desired brow shape by placing one directly on top of your brows and filling it in, but, truth be told, I never use stencils because the shapes always fit funky on me, so I just freehand it, and I’d recommend your werewolf readers do the same.
CAITLIN: When it gets right down to it, how do you think this palette performs? Do you think a werewolf with sparse brows would be able to get the full look he or she wants?
KAREN: Based on how it performs on humans, I’d say yes, they would. I’ve been using it for about a week now, and one of the things I really like about it is how quickly you can darken your brows with it because of how much pigment the powders pack. My brow hairs are naturally quite dark and, frankly, I was afraid that the Brunette shade wouldn’t do anything for me, but it does! It’s actually pretty intense.
I do have to say, though, that the setting wax and highlighter may not have enough “oomph” for some of the werewolves I’ve seen on TV. The wax doesn’t really have a lot of hold at all — either that, or my brow hairs are way too unruly, LOL! And the highlighter is awfully subtle.
Oh! And if your fur is red or silver, you’re kind of S.O.L. here, as the kit only comes with Brunette and Blonde powders.
CAITLIN: Can I get your take on the tools?
KAREN: Yeah, I’d probably only use ’em in a pinch. The tiny angled brush is difficult to use and imprecise, and the tiny tweezers and spoolie, while cute, might be too small for larger werewolf…hands? Paws?
CAITLIN: You can use either term, but I believe our style guide suggests paws.
KAREN: Good to know.
CAITLIN: One last question for you, Karen: who’s the ideal candidate for this kit?
KAREN: Human and werewolf beauty enthusiasts of all skill levels, although it would help to have some brow experience under your belt, since the brow powders are rather pigmented.
It’s easy to go overboard with them if you’re not careful. If you want dark, defined, dramatic brows, you can definitely get there with this kit.
CAITLIN: Thanks so much for your time, Karen. I’ll let you know when the post goes live on modernwerewolf.com!
KAREN: You’re very welcome. I can’t wait to see it. Awww-woooooooo!
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,