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Girl, I don’t have much to say about green lip gloss (other than this: if you can pull it off, WERK IT), but I can talk forever and a day about brows.
Because there’s just so much to say about brows! — and not just about brows, but don’t you think that brows also say a lot about us?
They’re very expressive and revealing, like, you can tell when someone is mad, glad, surprised or sad by the angle of their brows.
Aaand they can also tell you if someone follows Instagram.
You know what I’m talking about. 🙂 The famous “Instagram Brow”? Sculpted arches with a razor sharp tail and a subtle ombre effect that transitions from lighter on the side closer to the nose to darker as it goes out?
I see so many gals who can rock that look, but man, oh, man! — I’m not one of ’em. On me, they’re a no-go. I tried them once, and I looked like an evil villain plotting to blackmail someone for a billion dollars…
It’s just not the look for me, but that’s perfectly OK because brows are so individual. They’re like fingerprints.
And just like there are dozens of different brow shapes and styles, there are also many ways to maintain them. You can get them waxed or threaded or shaped by a brow specialist. Or, you can do what I’ve always done, and take care of them at home.
Yup, I pluck (and I’ve always plucked) my own brows.
I’m kind of a weirdo control freak, and the thought of putting my brows in someone else’s hands kinda terrifies me. Plus, I saw a woman walk up to a makeup counter looking for help in tears once because she said that she went to a brow specialist, and they removed half of her brows!
The incident traumatized us both.
I also just like doing it myself. It’s one less appointment to keep.
My brow maintenance process is pretty simple. First, I brush them with a brow comb like the Beauty 360 Brow & Lash Perfector at CVS ($5.99). Then I fill them in with a brow pencil or a brow powder, and I start to get an idea of the final shape. Then it’s easier to tell exactly where I need to pluck any stray hairs.
Tweezers. I start with a pair of slanted tip ones first to remove the big hairs then use a pointy tip one to whisk away the smaller, finer hairs that are harder to grab. The Beauty 360 Ultimate Brow Definer ($4.99) and Dual-Ended Precision Tweezers ($6.99) do the trick, and I always pluck from underneath (never, ever from above) so that I don’t mess with the highest point in the arch.
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Lastly, if there are any long hairs that extend beyond the area I’ve filled in, I trim them down with beauty scissors or Precision Razors ($4.99).
Have your brows changed over the years? Mine totally have. When I started MBB in 2007, I was going through what I call my “Hawaii brows” phase.
Let me explain…
So, El Hub (my husband) was born and raised in Hawaii, and I noticed when we’d go to the islands for visits that a lot of the women in his family were rocking these super skinny, high arched, very ’90s brows at the time, which, yes, I started rocking too.
The evidence: my “Hawaii brows” heyday, circa 2007.
This was a pic I took for an author bio headshot for a freelance article I was writing, and the piece, coincidentally, was a travel article about Hawaii (no, brows were not mentioned, haha!).
Mind you, this was after years of plucking my brows almost into oblivion in the ’90s, so I’m surprised I still had any brows left to work with. I have friends whose brows never grew back after that era, and come to think of it, mine didn’t fully recover either. I still have a bald patch right at the bottom of the arch in my left brow that I affectionately refer to as Raul, aka my nemesis/arch enemy/the bane of my brow existence.
BLAST YOU, RAUL! You MONSTER!
It’s kind of crazy how much brows can change because mine look so different now than they did back then…
These days, I’m into fuller, straighter brows, and the brows I have now took me two years to grow out.
Oh, that was a hoot, let me tell ya. There was a lot of hiding in-between brow hairs with concealer involved.
Now I’m pretty happy with the current state of my brows, buuut I still wouldn’t mind if they were a little fuller, and if by some miracle my right brow’s tail end decided to sprout more hair (it’s shorter than the one on my left), I’d have no problem with that at all. 🙂
So let’s talk brows! How would you describe your current brow situation? Are you growing them out, or leaving them alone? And how do you maintain them?
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,