Seeing as virtually everyone has eyebrows (and if you don’t, you do you), a brow transformation article seemed like a good idea for my first post. For roughly the past three years in the beauty world, brows have become the thing to talk about. I often wonder how this came about, when did I start making “brow contact” instead of eye contact while immersed in conversation with someone, when did I start feeling naked without the presence of Anastasia Beverly Hills pomade sculpting my brows perfectly, when did Ulta Beauty’s biggest selling point become their full Benefit brow bar?
I do not have the answers to these questions, but I do know that personally my brows have done nothing but improve because of this trend. Today I look back on photos from my freshmen year in high school and I wonder who told me it was okay to be SO tweezer happy; because my brows were nearly non existent.
The first photo in this transformation collage I have created for you is from the fall of 2014; roughly two years ago now. After taking this photo, it hit me, I HATED my eyebrows. I knew it was time for something to change. When the topic of my brows comes up around my house, which is quite often actually, my sister loves to joke that my two year brow transformation is the longest thing I have ever committed myself to, embarrassingly enough, my sister is right. After two years of resisting the urge to tweeze above my brows and slowly build my arch underneath, I am finally happy with the shape you see in the last photo.
The shape I have worked so hard to acquire, generally works for all eye and face shapes. Brow kits often come with a stencil mirroring this shape which any new brow sculptor should have no shame in using. My makeup loving friends and I often say “eyebrows are sisters, not twins” meaning your brows do not have to be PERFECTLY identical, but pretty much the same. That being said, my sister and I look pretttyyy similar, and nobody wants to have non matching brows. So if you’re worried about filling in your brows and ending up with them looking like distant cousins, a brow stencil is definitely the way to go!
One thing that can make or break you when it comes to brows, is if they’re too long.Yes, I trim my eyebrows, and YOU SHOULD TOO! Combing the hairs up with a spooly brush and only trimming (with a mini beauty scissor) the ends of the hairs that have grown above your brow line REALLY cleans things up. Bushy brows are in, but NOBODY wants two caterpillars on their face even if it is “trendy”. Do not trim the hairs beyond your arch because that will only lead to patches (been there done that), brow bald spots aren’t cute, believe me.
For a more natural look, I use the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in the shade Brunette. On the days I want my brows to be super defined and have more attitude (tudey brows, as my dad says) I use the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Pomade in the Chocolate shade. The pomade is also great because I promise you will NEVER run out of it. I’ll probably be 90 years old still sculpting my brows with that stuff every morning. Both products are very long lasting and work GREAT, I’ve tried other brands and not had the same luck. My worst nightmare is looking in the mirror and seeing that I’ve been walking around with a smudged brow all day, which unfortunately has become reality when using other brands. Nobody wants blurry brows, so because of that I am a big Anastasia fan.