Ask anyone what their biggest beauty mistake was, and 9 times out of 10, the response will be over plucking their eyebrows. Who has not picked up a pair of tweezers and gone to town with removal?
I certainly shudder when I glance back at old photographs. In society today, I am extremely lucky. My brows grow back at the same rate as my dog’s fur (rapidly fast) which is why they seem to monthly edit shape, size and length. Naturally, I was born with a Cara Delavigne look and begged my mother to please let me remove them.
After persuasion (pleading and informing her that horrible brows and spots were not nice and at least my eyebrows I could fix) she finally agreed. She tweezed them for me and where my hair used to be, a white patch mark took over. Everyone in school asked me what happened. I believe I was the first to trim them in my year (aged 11) and I was unaware of concealer back then – I blame my mother – I mean, she did pluck them.
As the years went on, I went to the professionals for waxing and threading. I became obsessed with having a really defined, perfect angle. When the thin trend shifted and suddenly bold and big were in, I swore to hide my tweezers and to never pluck again.
Now, considering I have such bold and full brows, I should have been rejoicing. I should have purchasing brow gel and enhancing them even further. I think at some points I did. But I did not like the effect. I secretly wanted to strip my hairs away and buy a new pair of Tweezerman. This felt comparable to a sin however. Everybody complimented them. Working in the beauty industry, not getting on board with this would be equivalent to declaring that I hate mascara.
Over the years, I have had a love-hate relationship. When I watch an Audrey Hepburn film, I curse the day I thought I could do my own brows. I patiently wait for them to return and take a selfie.
This week, I picked up my tweezers again and made them thin – or much thinner. Somehow, this is an issue enough to write an article. Because beauty trends can make people feel inadequate. It can make a person who went their whole life without even so much as a thought, rush frantically for help. It can make a group of people, become carbon copy.
I am not suggesting that I do not like a full brow or that I will not have one again. I think they are beautiful and on some, I could not picture them without. But beauty is not one way or the other. Personally, I prefer mine to be on the thinner side as this works with my features. We should be able to question what looks we want to adopt and what one’s we would rather ignore. After all, style is who you are.
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What beauty trends do you follow and which one’s do you ignore?