Growing up I was pretty self conscious of my eyebrows. I had these thick caterpillar like bushes with no shape to them at all; honestly, they looked like those fake ones you can buy in fancy dress shops!
At school I was constantly bullied & made to feel inadequate over my brows. That continued through secondary school, it really effected me as stupid as that sounds! Kids can be SO mean! Once all the popular kids began to taunt me (especially the lads) it hurt just that little bit more and I started to hate the way I looked!
My mum use to worry about us growing up too fast so she’d try (and I use the word try because no matter what she said I still felt shit about myself) to convince us that physical looks weren’t that important. My mum really just wanted me to enjoy my childhood.
When I stopped enjoying being a kid I’d regularly return home from school sad and upset over all the nasty comments that had been thrown at me that day. Eventually my mum had no choice but to give into my constant nagging requests to sort the bushes out, and she finally allowed me to get them sorted!
My first real experience of all that ‘beauty is pain’ mantra was the first time I had my brows waxed, I hated the pain but loved the fact I couldn’t be bullied anymore #worthit! I grew obsessed with needing my eyebrows noticeably thinner and shaped, then I started plucking because waiting for the hairs to grow back was just as bad as having those thick caterpillars stuck to my forehead! The more obsessed I became the more hairs I plucked and I plucked until I over plucked, this cycle continued.
You’ll know if you constantly remove your eyebrow hair that after time it begins to grow back patchy and some hairs don’t come back at all. As a result my natural brows are terribly patchy, thin and couldn’t be any less full! Thankfully now I’m complimented on having ‘fleeky’ brows and its all down to this little art!
BARE THE BROW!! YIKES!
Using a shade similar to your natural hairs (I use a dark brown), line the under part of the brow from front to back following the natural arch of the brow. I have gone from using pencils, to gel liquids, to powdered shadows and of all of them I’d definitely recommend a shadow. I get the best results with these they work great especially if you prefer a more natural looking brow (however I do really want to try the Anastasia Beverley Hills Dip Brow).
Now start to line the top of the brow, I recommend starting at the highest point of your brow (arch) and taking that down to the end. Now start towards the front of the brow leaving about half a cm at the front where all the bushy hairs are.
Begin to fill in the brow between both the top and bottom outlines. When you get to the front of the brow comb your hairs up and then brush your shadow in an upwards motion. To fill any visible gaps use a fine pencil or brush to create small hair looking strokes. I then line underneath my brow with a concealer for a sleeker, cleaner looking brow!