All women know the importance of well-groomed eyebrows and how they can enhance and frame your face. For years, my brows sat like two fuzzy caterpillars stuck on my face (I would insert a picture here, but I prefer to leave the past in the past – it’s just too embarrassing). When puberty hit, they bloomed into a thickness resembling two censor bars hiding the naked skin beneath. Finally, in seventh grade, I discovered the magic of tweezers. That’s when things got really interesting.
At first pluck, I made the common mistake of tweezing with my eyebrows raised (I see you shaking your head). This resulted in two very straight lines lacking a lot of expression. There’s a fantastic photo of me in my band uniform (yes, band geek), with my freshly plucked brows for all to see. The expression on my face is a sad one. After that debacle, I laid down the tweezers until I was brave enough to tackle my brows again. That wasn’t until freshman year in high school.
It was the week before high school started, and I took to my brows with strength renewed and a vision of two beautiful arches gracefully resting above my eyes. Naturally, having plucked with such ardor, I got a bit carried away and ended up with two very thin arches of surprise instead. Oh, the shame I felt in the months it took to regrow my caterpillars – I actually missed them! Alas, my brows never reached the same fullness again (they’re a bit patchy here and there), but I rejoiced at having them back! And, in my struggle for brow respectability, I discovered the true technique to plucking wayward bushes like mine. Less is more. A tweeze here, a pluck there, and that’s enough.
So, here’s what I do to style my brows when I throw on war paint (still filling in those gaps from my freshman fiasco).
Taming Tools – Tweezers are my choice. I’m not brave enough to let someone else take the reins and wax them off.
Paint & Paintbrush – I use eyeshadow for a more subtle effect. Faint, from Urban Decay’s Naked Basics pallet is my filler of choice. Although I have dark brows, filling with black shadow is too harsh. I stick to the darkest matte brown in a pallet. Using an angled eyeliner brush, I follow my natural brow line with small strokes, mimicking hairs. When all is done I do a quick brush through (brow gel if needed, a.k.a. clear mascara), and I’m done.
It’s not rocket science, I know, but I’m pretty proud of the journey I’ve been through with my brows (now that I’m happy with them). What was your journey like?