Confession: I've never had my eyebrows done. Here's what I do in stead...
Image: Cara Delevingne, bein' a gem
It may shock some of you to know that despite being avidly involved in all things fashion (and occasionally beauty) related, I have never darkened the door of an eyebrow waxer/threader/plucker. And it's not because I'm one of those people whose brows are thin to begin with, or too close in colouring to their skin tone, because that's the furthest thing from the truth. In fact, my eyebrows are naturally dark brown - vastly darker than my hair - and definitely above average in the messiness department. But still, I don't do anything to reshape them - whether at home or through a salon.
Maybe (read: definitely) I'm just cynical about spending loads of money to endure insufferable pain whilst being traumatized by the thought of said waxer absolutely abliderating my furry friends. But whatever the case may be, I've made it this far without need to get my eyebrows done, and consequently, I've learned how to survive just fine, thank you very much. Here's how:
1) Keep 'Em Thick and Sumptuous
I leave this task to coconut oil, which I've read is a proven stimulator of hair growth. As per my brow-related-research, I apply coconut oil generously throughout my eyebrows before bed each night, or sometimes during the day if it's a weekend and I'm not going to be leaving the house (which is actually most weekends). Aside from growth benefits, coconut oil also makes your eyebrows and skin feel soft and silky. Not that having 'silky eyebrows' is incredibly significant, but I guess it's a benefit?
2) Comb on a Regular Basis
This might sound weird, but hear me out on this one. I comb my eyebrows with an unused toothbrush. It's bristles are much more dense and efficient than a typical brow brush or spoolly, and if your eyebrows are thicker, it gives better coverage. It's a cheap and simple solution that makes taming your brows a million times faster and easier. Trust me, it works. So. Well.
3) Tweeze What You Must
Feel free to pull out your tweezers, as I do, but user beware! Only pluck hairs that have overgrown or are outliers. Don't go too crazy trying to reshape things drastically, as you can damage your skin and also create an uneven, irreversible mess.
4) Makeup The Rest
The rest is all up to makeup, for me. Lazy, I know, but my trusty Essence Eyebrow Pencil & Eyebrow Gel are an untouchably adept duo when it comes to filling in areas that I want to thicken (namely the inner end and arch areas) and holding the shape of my eyebrows throughout the day. The best part? Each of these products is $3, max. It's such a steal.
How do you care for your eyebrows? Is there anyone else out there like me? If you are, we can definitely be friends.