You guys… how do you like my new site?! So much better, right? Can we just take a minute to talk about how complicated creating a website is… and I’m not even talking about coding and stuff because that is just way over my head. I had a few good emotional break downs when I was working on this site but I’m so happy with the way it’s turned out! I wanted to create a website that was of course visually appealing but also easy for all of you to navigate. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!
Since we’re on the topic about emotional break downs and visual appeal… this is a great segue into a topic that’s near and dear to my heart. Eyebrows.
The first thing I notice about a person is their eyebrows. I can’t help it. I love a good brow and cringe when I see one that’s so sad looking (literally.. the eyebrow frowns at me). Eyebrows are so important to me that I’m almost convinced I passed down this obsession and gene to my seven month old daughter. She came out with a full head of hair and some eyebrows that were “on fleek” as the kids say these days. It looked like she had just come out of a brow bar.
Now, my eyebrows haven’t always been this full and fabulous (not to toot my own horn or anything). I have been through my fair share of trials and tribulations with my own brows over the years. I’ve had them so far apart from one another that they each could have been named their own country. I’ve had them look like two sad little sperms just hanging out above my eyelids. I’ve even had them filled in so poorly that it looked as though a toddler attempted to colour them in. It’s been a journey to say the least. I’m finally at the point where I feel the most satisfied about my eyebrows than I have ever been and you won’t believe my secret… I don’t touch them!
I was the girl who would sit in front of the mirror for hours just toying with my eyebrows, scissors and tweezers in hand. 99% of the time, I would back away from the mirror in horror. What had I just done?!! I can’t even count the amount of times that I’ve wanted to glue the hairs that I just plucked away back onto my eyebrows. You know those times where you pop a pimple and know you shouldn’t but do it anyways? That’s what plucking eyebrows was like for me. I knew better not to touch them, but for whatever reason I thought that I could make them better. It was a revolving cycle. Brows grew back, brows were plucked, Stefania cried and vowed never to touch her eyebrows again, eyebrows grew back, tweezers ended up back in my hand….you get the picture.
Oddly enough, I have my daughter to thank for my new and improved eyebrows. During those first few months of motherhood, I barely had the time to shower, didn’t wear any makeup and certainly didn’t have or make time to groom my eyebrows. Those days of sitting in front of my mirror were long gone. Although I missed that “me” time it turned out to be a blessing in disguise because this ultimately gave my eyebrows (and skin too) a much needed break.
My eyebrows grew back in and were able to take on their natural shape which has subsequently resulted in lower maintenance – major mom bonus! Makeup is great for helping you feel more confident and can aid in extenuating your natural beauty, but don’t overlook your eyebrows! They’re the one feature of your body that you can sculpt with little to no effort and will make the biggest difference to your overall look. There are days where my makeup routine only involves filling in and brushing out my eyebrows. It’s a bold yet subtle statement that makes you look effortlessly done-up. Fun and true fact: I comb my brows more than I comb my hair…
I know that I’m one of the lucky ones whose eyebrows grew back and understand that not everyone can achieve a natural and fuller brow. But I’m also an eyebrow veteran and have learned a thing or two over the years that may be of help to all of you. I’m no Haley Bogaert (you have to watch her Instastories for the most satisfying eyebrow reveals) but I am just as passionate about them as she is! Here are some of my very easy and completely doable hacks that will allow you to achieve your eyebrow goals and lead to you to those dreamy arches.
#1. Stop Over Plucking
Hide your tweezers, throw them away, retire them… do whatever you have to do so that you’re not tempted to reach for them! I’ve hid mine away. They only come out once a month to pluck those out-of-place hairs so that I can avoid a unibrow. Once I have plucked those hairs, the tweezers return to their hiding spot until the next month.
#2. Keep Your Distance
If you do decide to groom your own eyebrows, this trick is SO important. Do not, I repeat, DO NOT put a mirror right up close to your face and start plucking. If you’re standing two feet away from your bathroom mirror and can’t notice any misplaced hairs that means that you don’t have any hairs to get rid of! The biggest and most common mistake is to pluck away at your brows without actually looking at your entire face. It’s like putting on any outfit… you need to look at your entire body in the mirror in order to decide if your outfit looks good! Step away from the mirror.. make sure that you can see your entire head and neck and then start to pluck only the hairs that are out of place.
#3. Stencil First
This is a great trick! Fill in your brows to create your desired shape and THEN get rid of the stray hairs around it. This will help guarantee that you’re not getting rid of any essential hairs that help give your brow a nice shape. Think of it as a stencil… any hairs growing outside of the stencil are hairs that you can safely remove.
#4. Don’t Overdraw Them In
I see this way too often. I don’t know who is to blame for this but this awful trend needs to die!! I have seen some eyebrows lately that look like they’ve been coloured in with a Sharpie. Brown Sharpies, Black Sharpies, Yellow Sharpies… Sharpies are NOT meant for your face! Eyebrows are meant to compliment your face and by over drawing them, you’re distracting people from your beautiful eyes. They should not take over your entire face. I love a good, thick eyebrow but it’s not possible for everyone and that’s okay! Work with what you have and enhance that. If you’re eyebrows are really sparse, look into some great products that help promote hair growth – yes they make products like that! Or you could even look into microblading – but please be sure to do your research!
#5. Find Your Shape
Think of your brows as breasts. Yes. Let’s say your eyebrows are an A Cup… but you wish that they were DD’s. You can’t just put yourself in a DD bra and hope for the ‘breast’. It will look ridiculous. Your eyebrows are the same. If you have thin brows, you can’t treat them the same as thick brows and vise versa. Everyone eyebrows are different and you need to follow your natural shape. You don’t want to lose your natural brows in an oversized bra and you don’t want your thick brows to be squished inside of an A-cup. Ya feel me? Work with your natural shape and go from there!
#6. See a Professional
If you don’t have the will power to only pluck a hair or two or if you’ve hacked away at your eyebrows with zero knowledge on what you’re doing… hire a professional! You wouldn’t hire a brick layer to fill your cavities, right? Exactly! A professional brow artist will make sure to sculpt and fill your brows in properly each and every time. Make sure to see someone who is qualified and who has great reviews!
There you have it. Eyebrows should not be messed around with, people! They’re an important feature that helps complete your overall look. Keep them as natural as possible, work with and enhance what you already have, put those tweezers and scissors down and seek professional help! I don’t care if your 15 or 85 years old, your eyebrows need to be maintained and loved! Lets bring back the brows!