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Let’s say a little prayer before we get started. Why!? Because this subject is a sensitive one. What I will share with you is a very much needed aspect of our beauty regimen, yet it is often discounted as a cheap trick. When it’s not overlooked, let’s say, uuhhmm (clears throat) it can be handled with much disrespect and lack of care. What in the world are you talking about, you might ask? The Infamous Eyebrow!!! (dun dun dun).
Whilst everything we do when it comes to making up our faces can be regarded as a form of artistic expression, of particular note is the infamous eyebrow. There are feather brows, ponytail brows, squiggly brows colored/glitter brows, brow extensions, brow stamps/stencils…and on and on!! Our eyebrows come in different shapes, textures, colors and thicknesses, naturally. They change after years of waxing, plucking, threading and razors. As we age, they can become thin, turn color, or be completely non-existent.
For daily use to help our small furry friends out, there are many items – powder, wax, dye, pencils, wiz, pomade, etc. Some of us use too many products, some too few, and others, none at all. This is a personal preference, of course. My concern lies in whether or not brow grooming is performed to the features of our face and eye shape. Eyebrows are NOT ONE-SIZE-FITS-ALL!! Let me repeat, Eyebrows are NOT ONE-SIZE-FITS-ALL.
As I have expressed in this column in the past, we all have different shaped faces, different shaped eyelids and guess what? Different shaped eyebrows. Whoa!… (gasps and bucks eyes here). Before any aesthetic treatment is applied to the brows, they must be the most complimentary to our face and appropriate to the eye shape that we all have been uniquely and individually blessed with. We must also remember that eyebrows are sisters, not twins. Just ask yourself this question, is any body part, eye, ear, leg, foot the exact same as the other? Ummmm, NO. So your eyebrows should not be. That does not mean they should look like lopsided distant cousins, but they should be very close in appearance once you’ve had them done.
Can you tell you how much I love the eyebrow?! And I’m always looking…lol. Eyebrows have the ability to transport us from one era in time to another. They frame the face and can complete a makeup look (or look like something is missing). An eyebrow can bring us to complete horror or extreme laughter.
I’ll use myself as an example. I have been guilty of many beauty trends like the extremely thin eyebrow and the “overdone” eyebrow, meaning my eyebrows didn’t meet in the middle and/or the tail of my eyebrow went all the way down to the corner or my eyes. I’ve had them too large or too dark for my small, hooded eyes. Forgive me!! There are some trends that are better than others. I have changed eyebrow color based on the look I was creating. If it was a more natural look, I used more of a natural pencil color. For a more creative look, I would use a darker color. Some looks are about personal preference. I absolutely never use black, ebony or granite on myself. Granted, I have seen those colors work well on others. I have personally used all forms of eyebrow filler except dye. I must say that I am in love with eyebrow pencils. L’Oreal Brow Stylist Definer is one of my most absolute favorites, and it is affordably priced.
As I’ve stated, everything here is largely my opinion and my personal preference, but I will add that I get quite a few compliments on my eyebrows. And some days I only fill them in, put on eyeliner and maybe add a strip lash. With that said, I hope you will consider my opinions the next time you stand before the mirror to handle your eyebrows.
Here are a few tips for filling in brows and photos for one of my latest looks below.
1. Brush with a spoolie brush prior to applying anything to them.
2. If the hairs in your eyebrows are long, you may need to trim them.
3. Use a firm angled brush for applying eyebrow defining concealer. (Any other firm brush that you like is okay, as long as you have a steady hand). This is for use under the brow, and should match your skin color as closely as possible, especially if you aren’t wearing any other makeup. When applying a full face, the concealer color you use can be up to 2 shades lighter on your brow bone area.
Always remember to be a girl with hope, a lady with faith and a woman in love with the Lord!