I’d love to be one of those girls who can proudly claim their eyebrows as their own; the ones smart enough not to have plucked the life out of them during their high school years. But I’m not. Not even close. I took tweezers to the poor things at age 11, and I didn’t stop until they were all but gone. And they never grew back.
Why doesn’t that happen with leg hair? Or your bikini line?
Seriously, the one thing I would quite like to make a reappearance is lost in the land of hair mascara, Charlie perfume, and Cover Girl makeup. (If you weren’t scrambling through adolescence in the 90s you may not have a clue what I’m talking about, but suffice to say that I bid adieu to thick and full eyebrows when the Brit pop game was strong).
Honestly, ladies who bemoan the use of eyebrow pencils don’t know how good they’ve got it; some of us don’t have a choice. We’re victims of our ill-advised youth – and not even Mac can save us.
Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not a personal fan of the Scouse-brow, and where possible, I do like my eyebrows to err on the side of natural. But that’s kinda hard to achieve when your brows are one hair thick, and your hair is naturally pretty fair.
For a time, I found solace in the wonder that is semi-permanent makeup. I’ve met people who’ve enjoyed the ‘semi’ permanence for years; unfortunately, my body does some sort of weird, self-healing shit that would give the guy in unbreakable a run for his money. If I didn’t get ill so often I’d think I had some sort of superpower: I used to love piercings; I gave up when my nose stud relentlessly popped itself out, three belly buttons bars grew through my skin, and five earrings refused to form actual holes. And it was a similar story with my eyebrows: within a couple of short months, the colour had started to disappear; presumably discarded by my ninja cells — leaving me to the mercy of Mac once again. But I was never really happy with the ‘pencilled in’ look.
So imagine my delight when I stumbled upon the Beautiful Brows bar at Birmingham’s National Wedding Show, trialling their best-selling kit. I refused to try it to start with; my brows were already pencilled in, and I have never trusted powder — convinced it would smudge and fail to achieve any sort of definite line. Oh how wrong I was.
Super brow lady popped the ‘sleek’ stencil over my eyebrow (there are three in the kit: bold, natural and sleek, allowing you to change the ‘wow’ of your brow with ease), dipped the brush into the dark brown shadow (there’s a choice of five shades), and brushed once against the hair, and once with the hair. In less than ten seconds, my brows were transformed. The solid pencil line had been softened, and the shape was quite simply bang on. And the best part? The powder is smudge proof, sweat proof, water resistant, and lasts for 24 hours (and it really does).
Bagging Beautiful Brows
The kit comes with complete with:
• Semi-permanent eyebrow powder
• Three eyebrow stencils
• Duo applicator brush
• Eyebrow highlighter
• Highlighter brush
• Soft grip tweezers
• Magnifying mirror
All for the bargain price of £30.
You wouldn’t believe how much time this saves me in the morning! So thank you Beautiful Brows: you rock.
Love Emma xxx