One of the points on my life list that I’ve been working on recently is the maintenance of my eyebrows. When composing my Life List I vowed to get my eyebrows regularly threaded for one whole year which might sound trivial and ridiculous but when you’re a darker haired lady like me who has had to cope with a monobrow since the age of 12 the eradication of facial hair is a fairly big deal. Not only is there the slug that sits above my eyes, but I’m also contending with a moustache and the beginnings of – gasp! – chin hair! One persistent chin hair, anyway, but I digress.
The thing about shaping your eyebrows is that it chances your face more than you could ever imagine. Beauty gurus spout crap about how your eyebrows can complrtely change your face and it is actually true. If you have lovely neat and shaped brows I always feel you look well turned out and can get away with wearing less makeup, and anything that allows me to walk out my door without a) spending more than 5 minutes slapping makeup on and b) gives the appearance of having more than 4 hours sleep the night before is a total winner.
Now, the first time I got my eyebrows threaded it was done by a work colleague of mine who leart the art of threading from her cousin. The results were subtle and I don’t remember it hurting. Fast forward a few years (past the period when I became BFFs with my tweezermans and took care of my own eyebrow maintenance) and I decided to go to a salon to get reacquainted with my threaded self.
Firstly, it freaking hurt. Like someone taking a hot poker to my eyebrows and scratching it around a bit. I’d say the pain was equal to the worst breastfeeding pain. Yeah, like I was breastfeeding through my eyebrows. Ow.
Secondly, my eyebrows were so perfectly shaped I was left feeling a bit like this:
But with less smiling.
And so it was that I fell out of love with threading. But I still needed help, my unruly eyebrows left me feeling a bit underdone all the time.
This is when I met Kaisa, who recommended a local beauty therapist to me. She lives a five minute walk away, only charges £7 and seriously, my eyebrows have never looked better. I feel like I can go out with no makeup on and not feel like a total scruffbag, or I can have a full face on (including this amazing BrowZings kit from BeneFit) and look really polished. To quote the fancy beauty people, they now really ‘frame my face’.
Let me demonstrate –
Messy and bushy and urgh. The bit that annoys me most is the above-eyebrow part… 1980s Brooke Shields, eat your heart out.
And a quick side-by-side zoom:
OK, so I still like to slap on some makeup before leaving the house lest I terrify the villagers and have also developed a taste for coffee so I give the appearence of being awake, but at least my face is framed.