My eyebrows have attracted a bit of attention lately. Some very astute friends, readers and Instagram friends have noticed they are rather more robust than they were a couple of months ago. Top points for attentiveness!
Thing is, I have always had thicker brows. Like, really quite hirsute. I mean not awesome. And I was incredibly self-conscious about them. Add to that, I was a blonde with thick, dark brows. If I had a buck for every time a pimply teenage boy asked me if the carpets matched the drapes I would not be selling advertising space on this blog.
So when I was 14, I started waxing those caterpillar-esque bad boys and suddenly I felt like my face really opened up – and for the first time, I felt like my eyebrows weren’t the first things you saw when I walked into a room.
As time marched on, and on, and on, my eyebrows ebbed and flowed over the years. Sometimes they were very thin, and sometimes, slightly thicker, but they were never ever allowed to go back to how they were. I was determined to never go back to the chunky brow life.
Then, when visiting my waxologist recently, they were a bit uneven. She suggested I grow them in. I baulked. That feeling of awkward teenhood was still fresh (against all odds) in my mind. But then she said the magic words: “thicker brows make you look younger”.
Vanity kicked in and so I began to grow them in. And it’s been pretty great, actually. MUCH less time plucking (really, I could have written a novella with the time I’ve saved, or, I dunno, spent time with my family or something), and I feel a little bit like a new woman.
Do I look younger? Hmmmm, not sure about that. But I like them anyway.
Only thing is, I can’t go back to my natural blonde because I can’t abide the whole thick dark brows and blonde hair thing.
So a brunette I shall stay for the foreseeable future. But that’s okay, right?
Now, if you want to grow your brows thicker, there is a genius three-step program:
- Leave them alone while they grow in. Put the freaking tweezers down, dude.
- Fill them in with powder or pencil. While mine were growing in, I filled them in with a brown eye shadow I had. It took a bit of getting used to but it worked a treat. And always try to use a shade as close to your brows as possible. If in doubt, use a shade lighter. You don’t want to look like a freak.
- See a professional who can help you shape yours to perfection.
Here’s a reminder of my transformation:
Are you happy with your brows? Are they thicker or thinner, or have you plucked them into oblivion?
Well would you take a look at yourself! Totally rocking those brows. I knew there was something different about you, but I couldn’t figure out what it was. Mine are very fair and thin on the ends. I can’t ever imagine being able to bulk them up. I don’t think it’s possible .. maybe your lady can work magic …
Hmmm, not sure about that. I’ve spent the past 25 years wishing for thinner brows (and truth be told, I would still rather that option!)
I had issues with my brows growing up too. I had super, super thick busy, black as night eyebrows and was teased about them for a long time. But I never had the guts to get them waxed until I was 20 because I was also super scared of them being ruined and having these tiny lines which I also knew would look as bad, if not worse, than my super thick ones. My saving grace as I got older, before I started waxing, was that they were a nice shape, and so I was able to mostly get away with just plucking the middle ones so I could keep the unibrow at bay! Now I get them waxed regularly, but by a lot of people’s standards they are still quite thick. Because they are jet black it’s really obv when I do something to them, so keeping them neat and tidy with a wax once a month or so but keeping their natural shape and semi-thickness is a must. Now I actually love my eyebrows and even get comments on how good they are from some people! I think that is my reward for putting up with the teasing about them when I was a kid!
And that should be bushy eyebrows, not busy. I can tell you those babies were not doing much but making me look a fool when was a kid. Lazy bastards!
Hahaha, you’re hilarious! Our experience sounds very similar, Kylie. I was very blonde with these giant thick (and lazy, now you mention it) buggers on my forehead. And now that I’m in my 40s, I find it hilarious they are finally in vogue. It’s about effing time!