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The Eyebrows Have It

By Glinda

It seems like women fall into two camps.

The first camp is very aware of their eyebrows, and spend quite a bit of time on their care and maintenance.  This would include waxing/plucking/threading (which I’ve always wanted to try) along with possible use of eyebrow pencils, powders, and brow-taming gels.

The other camp doesn’t think about them very much at all.

I’m going to put myself in the latter camp.  Oh sure, I pluck them once in a while to keep the shape, but for the most part, that’s it.  I have been genetically blessed with well-shaped brows which are not sparse, but are not too bushy either.   Trust me, there are plenty of other things I obsess about, but my brows aren’t one of them.

For my sister’s wedding almost eleven years ago, I did suddenly put a laser-like focus on my brows (because hello, wedding pictures are forever!) and wound up over-plucking them and looking slightly like the Joker’s younger sister.  Comic book version, that is.  That’s a mistake I made once.  Because I am actually staring at one of those very pictures from the wedding right now, and it never fails to serve as a reminder to go easy on the plucking.  Damn wedding pictures, why must you taunt me?

I do happen to think that well-groomed brows in the right shape for your face are almost like an instant facelift.  It can “bring up” your whole face, and help to make your eyes look larger.  If I didn’t pluck my eyebrows, I don’t think I would look as polished.  Trends in eyebrows do change, though, and for a while a fairly thin brow that was highly shaped was favored.  Now, though, things are coming back around to a stronger, bushier brow that looks a bit more natural.

For those that take their brows as a part-time job, I know that Anastasia has a reliable set of products that many women swear by.  A friend of mine even splurged and went to her salon for the initial shaping, and then faithfully replicated that shape for years at home.  She considered it money well spent.

What about you?  Do you spend a lot of time on your brows, or are they pretty much an afterthought?

9 Responses to “The Eyebrows Have It”

  1. Joyce Says:

    Since I wear glasses; I don’t worry at all about my eyebrows. I did have them professionally shaped once but no one noticed the difference at all. If I switched to contacts I would probably pay attention again.

  2. La Petite Acadienne Says:

    I used to fall into the former camp, and now fall into the latter one. I overplucked in university, when the thin brow was in style. I now wish I could go back in time and forcibly remove the tweezers from my own hand. My brows at 15 were perfect — strong but not too strong, with a nice shape to them. At 19, they were skinny and overarched. Since then, I’ve basically left them alone, although I did briefly experiment with Damone’s brow growth serum, to try to get them to thicken back up. They’re not too bad now, but are still thinner than I would like, and I know it’ll only get worse as I get older.

    If only I’d left them alone.

  3. cthulhulovesme Says:

    I’m definitely in the “leave them be” category. I’ve got very dark hair and very fair skin, so my brows are going to make a statement no matter what shape they’re in. I’m lucky to have a nice natural arch that I haven’t messed with in about 6 years. One run-in with overplucking back in the day was enough to teach me to leave well enough alone.

  4. Heidi Aphrodite Says:

    I tweeze underneath sort-of regularly, and I brush them every day. I inherited dark brown/black eyebrows with longish, slightly curled individual hairs–brushing them keeps them in line and shaped well for my face.

    In fact, while I don’t wear makeup every day, I will brush my brows EVERY SINGLE MORNING until I die. Unless they get REALLY long and crazy when I’m old, and then I’ll probably just let ’em freak people out for fun. 😉

  5. Tiffany Says:

    I always thought I had rather thick, heavy eyebrows, but when I went to go get them waxed (for the very first time) for my wedding, the stylist said, “Are you kidding? Your eyebrows are lovely. We’ll just tidy them up a bit.” Which is what she did.

    I think, in retrospect, that it was a combination of teenage awkwardness, a poorly chosen hairstyle (bangs + noticeable eyebrows = not attractive on me), and my well-intentioned mother giving me a damn COMPLEX about them when I was in high school and college.

    So I never had them waxed again. I tweeze to keep them tidy and to keep their natural arch defined, and that’s about it.

  6. aurumgirl Says:

    Pluck the strays, and use a brow gel (really a clear mascara that I pick up at the dollar store) to keep them in place. If I don’t have that, I use a bit of hairspray applied to a cotton ball to brush them up and keep them neat. I wish all grooming rituals were that easy.

  7. Margo Says:

    I used to have very thick, but well shaped, brows, and didn’t have to do anything to them. Then came menopause, and most of my brows emigrated to my chin. 🙁 Now I used brow powder to fill them in. I mix my own from black and white mineral powders, because I have yet to find a gray brow powder that isn’t too light to match my hair.

  8. Carla Says:

    Luckily, I learned from my pluck-happy sisters’ mistakes and never over-plucked, although I did have to do some as a young teen because otherwise I would have had a uni-brow.

    Then I guess in my 20s I discovered the electrolysist. I went for my “moustache” (yes: unibrow, moustache, hairy forearms — lucky me) but later had her do my eyebrows. I go about twice a year now for touch ups. She says not to pluck because it will deform the root and make it harder to electrolyze, so sometimes I’ll take the cuticle scissors and snip a stray as close to the skin as I can get.

    But really the strays I notice I’m sure no one else does. Or cares if they do.

  9. Little Red Says:

    I’m in the latter group. In fact, once I plucked out the hairs in the middle combined with some electrolysis on the edges, I don’t do a damn thing to them.

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