Eyebrows 101: Let’s keep it real in 2017

How many of you went gugu-gaga over 2016’s Instagram eyebrows on-fleek trend? I know I did. I was hunting high and low to find the perfect pomade, angle brush, concealer and god knows what else.

Until it came to a point where it just felt (let’s keep it real here) unreal. I mean, who has 20 minutes to spare every morning to draw on those dagger-like brows. But, damn do they look good on camera.

So there I was spending 20 minutes every morning drawing them on, feeling so satisfied.

While reading reviews of the raved-about Anastasia Dip Brow, I came across a prominent blogger claiming that she found Tarte’s Amazonian Clay Waterproof Brow Mousse (now that is a mouthful) to have a better formula than Anastasia’s. Eager as always, I ordered the Tarte pomade.

I was quite shocked when it arrived because, to be honest, it looked like there was so little product in that tiny glass jar. Boy was I wrong, I am not even half way through the jar 5 months on. I got it in October 2016.

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Here’s a close-up of the pomade. It’s in the colour Rich Brown. A bonus is that it comes with a nice double-ended brush, well worth the price I would say as the brush is a good one.

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So, there I was drawing on my brows each day until it came to point where I got too busy to do it anymore. Another thing that you have to remember is that in order to get ‘dem brows looking slayin’, they have to be perfectly groomed first (threaded, plucked, waxed, etc.).

I know some of you may be thinking, hey I can easily use concealer to cover  up stray hairs, but that never turns out all too well.

Packing on concealer in the brow area just doesn’t look all that pretty once it starts fading away. Personally, I don’t feel confident ‘sweeping it under the rug’.

Since I move around a lot, it’s always a hassle to find a person who can thread  my eyebrows well without making them too thin. I have had horrifying past experiences. Which I will show you now.

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The first picture (top left) are my brows about 3 years ago and the rest of the pictures are my brows now.

Last year, I completely gave up threading and I now maintain my eyebrows on my own. At the beginning of the process, I let them grow out wildly (yes, I felt like putting a bag over my head each time I went out). But the RESULTS were the best ever!

Once they had grown out quite a bit, I learnt how to groom them all in the comfort of my own home.

I start by using an eyebrow pencil to draw an outline that would be my perfect brow shape. Then, I pluck all the hairs outside the outline.

Make sure to use a good pair of tweezers and it helps to use a bright light. I use the torch on my iPhone along with a makeup mirror to get all those tiny hairs.

Now, wipe off the outline and you will find that your eyebrows now look like they have a shape. Of course, you will never get that perfectly groomed look that you get after a threading session, but they look decent.

Lastly, I trim ever-so-slightly any extra  long hairs and comb the hairs into place.

Note: When drawing the outline, it helps to draw a wider shape, like you would if you were filling them in. Over time, you will be able to grow out your brows to that drawn shape. That’s how I got mine all thick again. I always draw the outline in the shape of my dream brows. And be patient with those sparse areas, they will eventually grow out…someday.

Nowadays, I just resort to my trusty MAC Brow Set in Clear. No more pomade whatsover and I couldn’t be more satisfied. My brows look full a la Brooke Shields and I love it.

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I hope you enjoyed reading this post and got some useful information out of it. I’m always happy to answer any questions that you might have. xx

 

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