A few years ago I met this naturally gorgeous beauty who was somehow tied up in a group of six degrees of friend-aquaintance with the friend I was waiting for. While sipping on my Pinot I turned and it was like the heavenly angels started singing when I looked at her face. “Eyyyyeeeebrowsssss…..”my mind gurgled like Homer Simpson over donuts. Her eyebrows were so perfectly shaped that I had to stop her, especially since I was having a brow day like this one.
“I’m sorry to interrupt (but what I’m about to say is important to you), but I just wanted to tell you that you have amazing eyebrows.”
Now, while some (or most) of you may be thinking I am completely ridiculous, the fact that this woman was wearing one step up from sweatpants but had expertly defined eyebrows who’s outcome was more thought out than her entire outward appearance, told me this was as much her craft as Kim Kardashian’s contour game.
Her face lit up with a megawatt smile, told me that is the best compliment anyone can give her and I 100% believe her.
Nice hair! Oh hey thanks.
Lipstick is on fleek! Oh you’re so nice.
You’re looking Victoria Secret model -esque in that little black dress! Thanks but gotta cut down on those cheeseburgers still.
Your brows are uh-mazing OH HAY GIRL YOU ARE THE BEST MWAH MWAH MWAH XOXOXOXO.
Her mantra is that NO MATTER WHAT her brows are done when she leaves the house.
We were instant BFFs with talk of products, threading v. plucking, and the lot. You might have thought we were talking about pizza. Or solving world hunger. It was merely spitt’n mean brow game.
Seriously. For those of you looking for a great way to compliment someone that shows you’re really paying attention, forget the shoes and go for the eyebrows (HARD CAVIAT! Novices, you should practice this beforehand with a friend because it could be uber creepy if you don’t sell it the right way).
So, why am I rambling on about this story? Because it tees up nicely what I’m about to say. If you care about this sort of thing, which you’re reading a beauty blog so I assume you do – your eyebrows deserve some serious respect.
Much like you’d take the time finding the perfect dress and not splurging on the bargain buy for that hot date with the guy who didn’t know your name in high school, the same discerning eye should be given to your eyebrows. They can do beautiful things for you, but can also be the thing that someone looks at you and can’t put their finger on what doesn’t look right or you are a unapproachable when you might be sweet as pie.
A few tips:
- Eyebrow grooming/waxing/threading/plucking is an art and is subjective to the person who’s doing the work. If you see someone’s brows you like, ask them where they get them done. Do your homework for the best results and don’t assume that walking into any old place will automatically have you coming out looking like Cara Delevigne. <—-learned the hard way
- Much like getting your hair done, you need to be very clear to the person who is doing your brows what look you’re going for. Are you looking for a shape up? Cleaning up what’s there? A new shape? Want to leave some of the random ones because you’re trying to grow them back in? Time to be specific here. It takes a long time for brows to grow back (except seemingly the ones I don’t want to ironically) and overgrooming can be….a really bad thing…not to mention incredibly frustrating when you’ve been trying to grow that bald scraggly patch out for 2 years and zip! in one second Zelma rips them out to never be seen again. <—- learned the hard way
- Much like your eyelashes, take care of your brows to keep them full and healthy.
- Bring in a picture of your inspiration!
- If you’re new to the brow game, or want something low maintenance, you don’t have to go all out. A few hairs plucked here, a few swipes of a comb there and something to hold those squirrely ones in place can make a huge difference by bringing out the shape of your eyes, highlighting your cheekbones and just making you look polished.
For those new to eyebrow grooming or looking for a new shape, I highly suggest going to see a professional and letting them do the work for you first. We have a tendency to over-pluck when we do it ourselves. I will allow a small forest to grow on my face between appointments if I need to before I’ll pluck my own brows. I’m still paying for past sins (reference horse meme above). <—- more learning the hard way
In closing, I read this fun little post about what your eyebrows say about you. Check it out.
My personality says #1 all the way. Did I pick the right one for me? You can see my brows here.
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