Growing up with naturally abundant eyebrows, I have heard contrasting comments on them over the years. In my preteens and teens in the late 90's and early 2000's, I was often told that my eyebrows were too thick or too dark or too wild. So, I plucked them and shaped my arches to conform with the style of the times. I even lightened them at some point. My mother would always object whenever she would catch me in my brow shaping rituals, tweezers in hand, and discourage me. I inherited my bushy brows from my mom, as did all of my siblings. We come from a long line of thick eyebrows spanning generations. I would tell my mom that it was normal for her to sport 80's brows because they were all the rage in Brooke Shields' day. Now, my mom was in her twenties in the 80's, and I remember her getting annoyed whenever I would reason out that big brows and crispy bangs would never go back in style.
Now that naturally full brows are back and here to stay in the beauty world, my mom is the triumphant one. I'm crossing my fingers on the crispy bangs though. But in all seriousness, naturally thick eyebrows are the new standard now and I, like enumerable beauty slaves around the world, can only cringe when Facebook Memories brings forth photos from 2008 with me sporting barely there eyebrows and no eye makeup. Lesson learned: Don't alter your eyebrows for beauty trends.
Let me be honest here. The real reason I am writing this is so I can come to terms with my one beauty regret..over-plucking my eyebrows. You won, Ma! I wish I had listened to you! I should have loved them and should not have attacked them wantonly with tweezers! Bobbi Brown, I should have listened to you too!
Now, the era of the 'Instagram Brows' ( The hyper sharp, ultra defined eyebrows using drag-makeup techniques), came and reigned and is just starting to lose traction and beauty lovers are getting into real and more natural looking eyebrows. I feel like my time to heave a sigh of relief has come. No longer do I have to make sure my brows are kept well shaped to the minutest hair despite their thickness, I get to just chill and relax in whatever the hell shape they are now. Thankfully again, I never fully embraced 'Instagram Brows' because it was still too much upkeep for me. Also, I already have my RBF (Resting Bitch Face) down pat without me having to add ultra defined eyebrows. I guess I just had to draw the line somewhere on my brows. *no pun*
I'm very happy with the way my eyebrows are now. Yes, they're still big, and dark and bushy and they don't weigh me down anymore. I've finally accepted them for what they are and what they want to be. Thankfully, since my bushy brows are hereditary, they still grew back as if 10 years of over-plucking and a bit of bleach never happened. They still have the tendency to take over my face, though , so I just groom them carefully about once a month. All it takes now is a bit of eyebrow pencil and eyebrow mascara to set and I. Am. Done.
Now, we're here dealing with a different scenario only naturally bushy-browed girls will understand. I'm wondering, how do other girls with full brows groom their eyebrows? I can't see much of this around. The most I see on Instagram and on blogs is how to fill in sparse brows etc. Stuff like, "How to make naturally fine brows look full", and such. Whenever I inquire, I always get comments that I'm so lucky to have brows like mine, so why do I ask? I confuse other people when I ask these things. I just want to know if other girls with big brows are having the same thoughts as me. It would be nice for you to share in the comments.
And I guess I AM lucky after all that my eyebrows did grow back! That's genetics. Again, thanks Ma!
Are there other naturally full browed girls out there going through the same thing? Are you girls having the same thoughts? Do share in the comments!