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« on: September 21, 2017, 02:15:25 PM »
Like Cara, I have always favoured the natural look. I remember when the fashion was for very thin eyebrows; then things went  quiet for a couple of decades, and a few years ago it suddenly became ‘The Thing’.  Young women really embraced the trend for prominent eyebrows à la Cara Delavigne.  I was teaching in a girls’ school when all this started and I saw the most peculiar eyebrows. It is a fact that a lot of young women will follow a trend even if it does not flatter them at all. I had to bite my lip to stop myself from laughing, because some of these eyebrows were just unbelievable. This was quite an old fashion school and make-up was not allowed, but we turned a blind eye if it was very discreet: lip gloss and colourless mascara, that sort of thing. When  all these scary eyebrows started popping up in the corridors and in the classrooms, it was war! Anyone sporting ‘Dysney Villainess’ eyebrows would be sent to the school office to remove them.  At the end of school there were hordes of girls in the bathroom, putting on their eyebrows and hitching up their skirts with belts… And now, of course, everybody is ‘doing’ eyebrows and there are beauticians specialising in eyebrow treatments in every high street and shopping mall.  When done properly, they can greatly enhance your face; but my mantra is ‘when in doubt, leave it out’. I have never had mine professionally done because I am afraid of ending up with the ‘brow du jour’, similar to thousands of other women. If you have the misfortune of having a bad haircut, you can get a hat and your hair will grow anyway, but eyebrows take longer to grow and they are a bit trickier to repair. My eyebrows are still pretty decent, but they need a bit of filling in. I use an eyebrow pencil (it is a very fine, retractable one and I have had it for nearly two years!).  I have never tried wax, although sometimes I have used a tiny bit of Vaseline to smooth them. I cannot say I like it because even the tiniest amount is too much! I have tested an eyebrow gel, which was pretty good, but not good enough to make me part with £19.50!
What are your views on eyebrows and which products do you swear by?


  • Ageless Beauty
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Re: eyebrows!
« Reply #1 on: September 22, 2017, 07:42:47 AM »
I have the worst eyebrows.  Thin, sparse & wonky shaped from tweezing incorrectly in my younger years.  I've tried Rapid Lash & castor oil without success (possibly from my lack of commitment! - who knows?)   Even though there's hardly anything there,  I go occasionally to have them professionally waxed because I'm afraid to even touch them now. 
Otherwise I usually use a cheap hair gel or ELF Clear Brow & Lash Mascara  (only $2), to try to smooth them down.

On the other hand, my DD age 19, who is very fair & blonde,   "puts on" her eyebrows. She fills them in with dark brown eyebrow pencil & makes them kind of squared off .  I have to bite my tongue & just hope this goes away soon.  I don't know how she doesn't see how it looks.
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Re: eyebrows!
« Reply #2 on: September 22, 2017, 10:16:14 AM »
I've never had ANYONE touch my eyebrows and never will. Just plucking stray hairs from my nice natural shape, and filling them in a little, is fine for me.. And believe it or not, at my age I still don't have any grey hairs in brows either. Also, I'm one of the few older women who didn't fall for the pencil-thin brow shapes of the 90s, - I certainly didn't venture to a brow specialist who I thought would be more likely to remove the character from my face from excessive "shaping" and whatnot. What seems to work for many people is finding the sweet spot of Your Brows But Better, meaning going with what one has shape and color-wise but amping it up a bit to bring that definition. Really makes a difference on mature faces! I know one natural skincare person, Cindy Joseph, says NOT to fill in eyebrows or even wear eye shadow as we get older but I totally don't agree. While that might work for some people certainly not for all. Most could do with a bit of brow enhancement getting older, but not the "Instagram brows" unless one has that to start with.


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Re: eyebrows!
« Reply #3 on: September 23, 2017, 04:39:52 AM »
I LLucy, your daughter is doing what we have all done; well, I know I have done it: falling for a fashion trend when in fact, we didn’t need it. I have seen her photos and she is a beautiful young woman. But I still remember putting on the white lipstick and doing the ‘banana’ on my eyes with a black pencil! My eyebrows are a nice shape but I am not as lucky as Cara, I do have the odd grey hair! The only eyebrow product that I can recommend from personal experience is the Tweezerman Slanted  tweezers. A bit more expensive than other brands, but very good indeed. A product that gets rave reviews is Benefit’s Gimme Brow,  silly name but apparently, this is the thing for sparse eyebrows. I have tried a drugstore cheap gel, not sure what it was, but I did not like it at all, it made my eyebrows go all crunchy, like if I had sprayed them with hairspray. I have also tried Charlotte Tilbury’s Legendary Brow gel; it is good but at the time I did not feel like spending the money…On the other hand, these things last for a long time and they cost less than a salon treatment…I might get an eyebrow gel if it is really good. I would not bother with ‘kits’ because it is difficult to find the right one for you and they include tweezers and brushes that are not very good, so you are paying for things that will infuriate you so much that you will end up chucking them in the bin!


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Re: eyebrows!
« Reply #4 on: September 25, 2017, 02:12:08 PM »
I've always been afraid to touch my eyebrows so they are still pretty much the same as they ever were. I've had them waxed less than 10 times in my lifetime and probably tweezed them about a dozen times. When I've had them waxed I couldn't honestly tell the difference without looking into a magnifying mirror so maybe my natural shape is the best I can hope for.

I agree with Milla about your daughter, ILuvLucy. Hopefully the current trend or her interest in it will shift soon. I must say, I've seen some really bizarre eyebrows both in the media and in person this year. Your daugher's sound like they might be over-emphasized but no permanent harm is being done and they don't sound bizarre.
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Re: eyebrows!
« Reply #5 on: October 07, 2017, 07:20:17 AM »
My brows are thin and sparse from medication. I opted for SPMU brows. Tattooed on! They are fab, I am rubbish at drawing them on and my skin is oily so brow pencil would eventually slip down my face! They look very natural and it's nice to wake up with brows already there!
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