Eyebrows: The Window Treatments of the Soul

1 Jun

There are two types of people in this world: those with immaculate eyebrows and those without. Most of the time, I tend to lean toward the latter. I think I pull my tweezers out about every two weeks or so. However, lately I’ve found myself with an excess of time on my hands, so I decided to shape them up a bit.

To be perfectly honest though, my real motivator was meeting someone who had a little shag in the brow bone region. I spent a majority of our interaction staring at the excess hair. Kinda made me reevaluate my own facial situation. I mentioned it to Jeremy and he just chuckled in the kind way that he does, but deep down I know if he should see said person again…he’s gonna notice the brows!

Anyway, back to the matter at hand. Eyebrows! If eyes are the windows to the soul, eyebrows are the window treatments. And window treatments don’t just accent a window; they pull a room together. My momma always told me that if your hair, make-up, bangs, ears, nose, etc are just not working…the problems is your eyebrows. (And if you happen to have dark hair, you might want to double check your upper lip region isn’t to make sure you’re not rockin a ‘stache as well.) So my rule of thumb is that before I make any changes with hairstyles and bangs, I do a little eyebrow maintenance.

Now, for those of you who prefer to do their own eyebrows like me (I’m cheap and not very trusting), there’s a few things to take into consideration. For one, there’s waxing versus tweezing. Waxing is soooo much faster and cleaner, but it’s easier to mess up and lose a chunk of eyebrow. Tweezing is more precise, but doing a good job is painfully slow. I used to be an avid waxer, but after I once spilled my wax in the carpet of my college dorm, I decided tweezers were necessary until I own my space. One thing I recommend when tweezing is to find natural lighting; it makes it easier to see all the tiny hairs.

Another thing to take into consideration is size and shape. Thick, neat eyebrows are the trendy thing to have right now. Unfortunately, not all of us grow luscious brows to start off with, but there’s also powder and brow pencils to fill in empty space. My eyebrows have a natural arch, so they’re easy to shape. But, they’re not all that thick, so I tend to add a little pencil (sometimes with a tint depending on my current hair color). You can’t really say one particular combination of shape and size is perfect for everyone. For example, I have one sister who meticulously plucks and draws thick (and I do mean THICK) dark brows on everyday, and it totally works for her. My other sister tried this once and all the baby forest animals and small children went running and screaming to safety. Ultimately, find something that works and stick to it. However, I should warn you, if you go for the thickness and it has to be drawn on, you’ll have to do it all the time. Otherwise, you’ll miss a day and people will ask you if you’re alright and say how tired and distraught you look.

The moral of the story here is that eyebrows matter. They can totally change your look. If ever you are feeling a little dumpy, grab your tweezers! A transformation is just a few plucks away.

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