Eyebrow years vary. Some bad, some better, and eventually we hope to strive for perfection. The Internet is obsessed with a bold, strong brow, as am I. Your brows can make or break you.
During high school, I had the “siren brow“. God knows how long it took to grow back. I block out bad memories, no need to uncover old wounds, you know? To this day I wish my mom would have hidden my tweezers. Who lets their daughter maul their own eyebrows? Now, I vow if I ever have a daughter, I’ll have full control over her first brow shaping. No teenage DIY in our future household! I’ll probably be creating a judgemental brow monster but tbh she’ll be making the world a better place with her amazing brows.
Think I’m crazy? I can defend my case. Let’s take a stroll down memory lane. From nightmare siren brows to strong and bold.
The 2004 Brow
Okay, there’s a LOT of wrong going on here. Try to focus, y’all. We’re trying to focus on the brows. Or tadpoles. North Carolina is humid af in May. I wasn’t properly trained on how to girl during my teenage years, clearly.Like who decided they shouldn’t intervene and tell me I looked insane? I mean I don’t think I was a bitch, just quiet, you know?
For some reason, I thought it was a good idea to tweeze the inner portion of my brows. I tweezed above, below, basically all the way around. Definitely a horrific brow year, everything that could be wrong is. Protect your daughters.
The 2012 Brow
As you can see, the brows have recovered from their high school days. They’ve matured, learned a bit, they’re on their way to adulting. While there’s a major improvement, I was still over tweezing. The inner portion is finally back to normal! When your inner brow is properly aligned with the inner corner of the eye it creates the illusion everything is properly centered. However, 2004 was an extreme example.
The arch is too high though, giving the appearance of being permanently surprised sans Botox. The tails are far too thin and knowing my makeup habits, they were filled in with brow powder, so they look slightly thicker than reality.
The 2016 Brow
Somewhere between 2012 and 2016, I picked up a new-to-me trick from Jaclyn Hill, preventing me from over tweezing. Incredibly simple, I couldn’t believe I hadn’t thought of it. I still share this tip with clients: don’t tweeze your brows until you’ve filled them in, then tweeze outside of that area ONLY.
I. KNOW. It’s the perfect tip if you have a habit of going in with tweezers and just can’t stop. Even better if you’re a stress/anxiety tweezer. It’s a dangerous place to be.
The shape here is definitely more full. You want your tails to reach the outer corner of your eyes, I could never get them to grow out far enough. The arch is a little high but, you guys, what an improvement! I was into a defined arch.
The 2017 Brow
You guys. I’m obsessed with my own brows. The shape frames my eyes to near perfection. The arch falls exactly where it should naturally, the tail finally reaches the outer corner of my eye, albeit a bit further than they should, and they’re so full. I dyed my brows only a few hours prior to the photo, so there are some shadows where my skin was temporarily stained.
How did I get here? For one I stopped touching them completely. I stopped grooming, no more tweezing until they get out of control. Dying makes them appear more full, coloring the lighter hairs.
What made a HUGE impact is utilizing brow serums in my routine daily.
I’ve used several over the last year. The best though? The only one that got me where I am now? Neubrow ($100). Yes, it’s expensive but it’s seriously the best. Be patient, be consistent, and just when you think it’s not working and you’re about to throw in the towel BAAAMMMM BROWS!
For your best bold brow, dye them. Godfrey is easy to use, comes in a range of colors, and lasts a decent amount of time. I leave the dye on longer than suggested because I prefer a dark, strong brow.
If you’re a ride or die Boy Brow fan, you should try GrandeCosmetics Brow Fill ($19.95). It’s my holy grail, fills in sparse areas, helps your hair stay healthy with peptides, perfection for fine brow hair.
The only grooming tool I use anymore is my Rubis tweezers. Gifted by PR, I didn’t expect to be impressed. Swiss made and the most precise tweezers I’ve ever used. They’re pricey but I think they’re worth it, especially if you work with tweezers professionally. I’ve tried tons of brands over the years, Rubis puts Tweezerman to shame.
The real lesson? Letting my brows just do their own thing led to finally having adult brows at the adulty age of 31, and I’m shamelessly obsessed.