*I was inspired to do this post after Melinda urged me on twitter to stop being lazy & go get my brows threaded . It was imperative to do so seeing as how I have a photoshoot on Saturday. Thanks Melinda for the push & unknowingly inspiring this blog post.*
When you look in the mirror at your eyebrows, what do they say about you? Do they gleam with happiness? Perhaps they look a bit angry, confused, or sad? Maybe your brows have disappeared after years of over-tweezing or a wax job gone bad. Whatever the case may be, eyebrows help tell a story about your face. Well groomed brows help polish off any beauty look you are trying to achieve. That eye shadow with the shimmer highlighter under the brow bone just doesn't radiate the same POP if the eyebrow isn't shaped properly.
Of course there are eyebrow trends, just as there are other beauty trends. Popular trends for Spring/Summer 2010 are high-arched and of a medium to thick shape brow. Pictured to the above is Dita Von Teese. I love her brows, they are a classic modern brow and they frame her face perfectly. Dita tends to possess an old Hollywood glamour when it comes to beauty and her brows are no different.
At Spring runway shows last year, blond eyebrows were all over the runway. See to the right a shot from Alexander McQueens Spring/Summer 2010 collection. This look was made popular by the popular British makeup artist, Pat McGrath. Thanks to all the vampire trends, a thicker darker eyebrow is also pretty "hot" right now. Now, I don't necessarily think that you should follow trends when it comes to your own eyebrows. I most certainly will not be rocking any "invisible" blond eyebrow. Just as fashion trends go, every look does not fit everybody or face for that matter. Eyebrows should look natural. The shape and width of eyebrows need to be selected for the face type; strictly what looks best for the individual.
There are many methods you can chose when it comes to shaping your eyebrows. I get my brows threaded at a place down the street from me. According to ThreadAway.com threading is, "gentle and precise". HA! Precise, yes! Most definitely, but gentle, I beg to differ. I shed a couple of tears today during my apppointment. I don't want to scare you guys away, but I'm not going to lie and tell you that it doesn't hurt, but it does. I suppose that old saying, "beauty is pain" is pretty on point, huh? Then again it also depends on your threshold for pain. Considering that I have 3 tattoos and had 3 piercings, I'll just say, I ain't no punk, but this process makes my eyes water. Thank goodness that it's quick! I'll show you my before and after. See how my brows aren't really thick or bushy, but when I get them threaded, they definitely help shape not only my face, but my eyes as well.
Got to love the eyebrow piercing scar on the left eyebrow right? *smirk* Now normally I'd fill my brows in with either a brow powder using an angled brush or sometimes when I'm in a rush, I just fill them in with mascara.
Waxing is an option if your skin is not sensative. Unless you're a pro with the wax, I'd definitely go to a professional. Making a mistake and ending up with no eyebrows at all isn't the most fashionable look. Tweezing is another way to go, especially in between brow sessions to take care of stray hairs. A good trick that I learned a few years ago is to put a hot towel (not burning hot) on your face to help open up the pores. Tug gently on your skin in the opposite direction of the tweezing and this should make it a bit easier and less painful.
Of course, I had to include a few pictures of some of my favorite celebrity eyebrows!
So my question to my babies (duh, you, the readers hehe), how do you groom your eyebrows? What works best for you?