Hi Ladies! One of the things I have really been wanting to work on is my beauty regimen. To be honest, it’s been pretty non-existent lately. LOL! I I’ve just been incredibly lazy. Nowadays, I rarely put on makeup at all. I am not an every day full face makeup kinda girl, but I feel like I should at least make an effort to put on a little tinted moisturizer, mascara, and blush…and then there are the brows. Since I moved to Atlanta, I’ve only had my brows done ONE TIME (a shame… I know!). The thing is, I am very particular about my brows (who isn’t, I guess). I’d rather have my brows in all their naturally bushy splendor than walk around looking surprised all day because an overzealous esthetician couldn’t comprehend “just clean them up. I like my brows thick.” I have been a victim too many times! Back in LA, I went to the SAME lady for years and if she wasn’t available, my brows just didn’t get done. Period. Well, clearly she is not available now, so I have kinda been lost. So here’s the deal:
- My natural arch is high (see below). That is the arch I was born with. The only difference between my arch now and when I was five, is that all the stray hairs beneath have now been plucked away. I get it from my dad! My brows require no shaping. An esthetician need not create an arch. It’s already there! (but that doesn’t stop them from trying!)
- My brows are unruly and long. Taking scissors to them is a must…however taming my brows does NOT require waxing, threading, or plucking them ALL away. It seems that some people think the solution to unruly brows is to just remove them and draw them back on. No thanks!
- I have a BIG, round face. I can’t be walking around with pencil thin brows (really, I don’t think anyone should, but to each her own.) I like to keep my brows as thick as possible. when I say clean them up, I really mean get those stray hairs that clearly don’t belong…and that’s it!
Can you sense my frustration? LOL! Okay, I’ve had a couple people recommend eyebrow spots in Atlanta that should be able to hook up my brows just the way I like them, but they are all “in the city.” Well, I live about 35 minutes outside of the city… life is busy and I never seem to make it out to any of them. Frankly, the distance between me and a good brow lady has been an excuse for these crazy looking brows for far too long. I needed to either to make that 35 minute drive every two weeks, or take matters into my own hands. I went with the latter…no room for excuses there! So, I googled “best brow kits,” and came across several great reviews of the Too Faced Brow Envy Kit. It’s only $35, which means it will have paid for itself after only two uses (two trips to get my brows done + gas would actually cost more than $35)!
So, I gave gave it a try this evening. I wasn’t going anywhere, so I didn’t have to worry about totally botching my brows before being seen in public. The kit comes with two brow powders — one blonde and one brunette, a highlighter, setting wax, tweezers, a brow pencil, a mini angle brush, a mini comb, three brow stencils, and a handy dandy diagram to walk you through shaping and defining your brows step by step! I have to say, I was a little wary of the stencils. I had this vision of scary, drawn on, heavy black brows…not cute! But, after watching a couple YouTube videos, I gave the stencil thing a try. I used the “Femme Fatale” stencil, which was actually the closest to shape of my natural brows.
I couldn’t have been happier with the results. I’ve tried filling my brows in before, and it usually just looks too harsh, but the Brunette powder was the perfect shade for me and the stencil kept the powder right where it was supposed to be. It was my first time using any brow wax, and boy! That stuff is amazing. Not only did it set my brows, but it also gave them a more natural look…less powdery, I suppose. I was also impressed with the highlighter. Let’s be honest, that kinda thing usually isn’t a color match for black women…even light-skinned black women like myself. (The problem is no matter how light I am, my undertones are still brown…not pink.) I was expecting it to look chalky, but it blended in pretty well. I would probably still opt to use my own highlighter in the future, but in a pinch, this one isn’t bad.
So, I think I’ve got my brow situation under control. I’d still like to get my brows done professionally ever 4 – 6 weeks at least, but I think I’ll be able to maintain them pretty well on my own with my new handy dandy Too Faced Brow Kit. Now to tackle the rest of my beauty wish list (it’s pretty long, so I’ll have to do a separate post LOL)!
What’s your brow maintenance regimen? Are you a DIY girl, or do you leave it to the professionals?