The year was 1995 (or so) and I was 23 years old. I was sitting in my hairdressers chair gazing longingly at something I had never noticed before. Her incredibly perfect, arched eyebrows. So I decided to ask her about them and it turned out, she got them done in the salon by a new brow specialist they hired. A brow specialist who hailed from the Benefit Brow Bar previously.
I made my first appointment, not really knowing what to expect since I had never had waxing of any kind done before. It was so easy, painless and amazing. The results were… I looked SO MUCH BETTER!
I had kinda tried in a very half-assed way to get my brows into some sort of arched shape before that. I think the first time I attempted this I was probably between 19-20. I had no clue what I was doing so of course I over-plucked in all the wrong places, and they just looked bad. I didn’t “get” the concept of filling them in until I started having them waxed, so they were pale and hideous. I looked kind of like an alien with the top half of my face looking washed out.
But those were the 90’s when eyebrow waxing just wasn’t as common knowledge as it is now. At least that’s my excuse.
Now I know better. Since then I have fairly regularly been getting my brows shaped and waxed and always, always filling them in.
Now I know that eyebrows shape your entire face. They set “the tone” for everything else.
Now I know that not having them defined and orderly makes my whole face look older, droopy, surly.
Now I know that a simple thing like getting them shape immediately brightens and lifts my entire face, and makes me look younger. It also makes my eye makeup look 1,000,000 times better.
Luckily for us all Cameron Tuttle has written a book called Raising Eyebrows: Your Personal Guide to Fabulous Brows.
I read this whole book this past weekend and can say that is covers anything and everything you need to know about eyebrows. From the history of them to what will look right on you to diagrams, it is basically an eyebrow encyclopedia.
A lot of the tips and tricks in the book are from the brow experts at Benefit Cosmetics. Really, it’s a perfect pairing because they really are experts, and the Benefit Brow Bar happens to be where I always get my brows done! If you are in the SF/Bay Area, Maria at the Brow Bar in Bloomingdale’s is awesome!
Benefit has many different types of items to keep your brows looking tip top. Some of these include their Instant Brow Pencils which come in Light, Medium and Deep.
Light is a cool taupe shade, perfect for pale blondes.
Medium is a slightly warmer but still fairly cool-toned brown.
If you like using a pencil for your brow, you may like these. They give a pretty natural look (once you use the spoolie to brush through them) but are not without their faults. They are a little too soft for me, making it harder to get the look of individual hairs. Also they wear down pretty fast because you have to sharpen often.
I prefer powders with a clear or colored gel personally. I feel a powder is much easier to control and gives a much more precise look. Some really great powders come in the Benefit Brow Zings kits. The one caveat with them, which I am discovering as of late, is they are fairly warm colors and I prefer cool tones. I had been using the Light kit when I was very blonde, but recently purchased the Medium one when I went darker. It’s going back because I’m finding it too warm. But they do last FOREVER and include a pigmented wax, colored brow powder, mini tweezer, mini hard angle brush, mini blending brush, a mirror and a lesson inside.
The handiest tool (and possibly most dangerous if you are pluck-happy) you can own is a really good pair of tweezers. Tweezerman definitely makes the best ones I’ve used (old review here) and I don’t ever even bother trying others. They paired with Benefit to create two cute patterned ones. One is slanted and one is pointed (handy for getting really hard to reach tiny hairs).
The great thing with Tweezerman is they are stainless steel and uber-precise and sharp. They have a lifetime warranty also. If they become dull, you can send them to Tweezerman and they will sharpen and return to you!
The best ones I think are the slanted angle ones. Great at grabbing tiny little hairs. But remember, don’t overdo it!
As mentioned the book covers all things brow related including history, diagrams, tips and tricks and how to maintain your brows at home.
Your eyebrows are there to serve a practical purpose, but they’re also the frame of your face. If you trim them up, and get a little shape going on, it will make a world of difference. I promise! I have yet to meet a single person who didn’t look much better after a brow trim. That doesn’t mean you have to go all out and do a crazy arched shape or fill them in within an inch of your life. But keeping things neat and trim counter-act that bushy, saggy, angry look brows can give off.
And I am pretty sure most of us want to avoid that.
Pricing: The book is $16.95 and 128 pages, full-color. Instant Brow Pencils are $20.00 and the tweezers are $25.00.
How do you maintain your brow shape? What’s your first ever experience with getting your brows done?