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?