To start Brow Month with a little show and tell, we'd thought we'd ask you, our lovely readers, to share your brow story—whether that's your philosophy when it comes to shaping, some tweezer trauma you've come up against, an amazing story of self-discovery and arch recovery that'll bring us all to tears...Whatever it is, lay it on us.
We'll get the ball rolling:
Emily Weiss, CEO + Founder: I plucked way too much in the middle, just like every other teenager in the year 2000. The space in between my eyebrows is definitely barren for life. I'd kill for legitimate 'sprouts' where the growth in the middle just kind of leisurely tapers off, instead of stopping at a 90-degree angle.
Emily Ferber, Editor: I remember my mom took me to get my eyebrows waxed before my bat mitzvah as a precautionary thing—she didn't want me to get the tweezing bug but not know what shape to aim for. I let them grow back in and never touched them again. Sometimes I set them with wax when I remember.
Claire Knebl, Managing Editor: My brows are not too thick and not too thin. I've been using Anastasia's Brow Gel for a while now (or Balm Dotcom if I'm in a pinch). But beyond grooming, what's made a difference is having them tinted, which is something that Carrie, the aesthetician at Shen in Brooklyn, suggested to me. She didn't make them significantly darker, but adding even a little color makes sure that all those little hairs look totally consistent, helping brows seem fuller.
Tom Newton, New Media Editor: My brows have always been very bushy and straight across. They were hidden throughout my middle school years by long shaggy bangs but since I started keeping my hair shorter and curlier, they're a little more out-in-the-open. I kind of dig it because I've got long girly looking eyelashes and I feel like the brows help weigh 'em down or even 'em out.
Eva Alt, Social Media Editor: I've always had quite long and virginal-looking brows. When I was younger, I was self-conscious because they looked different than everyone else's. So when I was around 8 years old, I used my mom's razor and shaved a strip straight down the middle. She hid all the razors and tweezers in the house, and it's safe to say I never found them again. They grew back!
Kim Johnson, Advertising Coordinator: I had a furry unibrow in my childhood that turned into paper thin lines across my forehead thanks to an intense tweezing session after a boy called me “uni' in 7th grade...Since senior year of high school I have been trying desperately to grow my eyebrows back to their former under-appreciated glory but have come to accept that I will probably live the rest of my life with wiry, yet sparse eyebrows that no one will ever take two glances at. I basically just pluck at the strays whenever I remember to, but otherwise focus mostly on the products rather than the shaping since they are essentially shapeless forever.
Liana Weston, Talent & Bookings Manager: My feathered friends have gotten around quite a bit—I rang in my brow-mitzvah with Anastasia and she helped welcome them into adulthood. After years of being under the wax with the queen, Bobbe Joy tweezed them into full force. Now, I'm in brow rehab with Brooke (trained by le Kristie Streicher), who told me they have to be on the same schedule so I haven't touched them for a month aka I look like Groucho Marx aka I got bangs.
Brennan Kilbane, Editorial Assistant: I have been blessed with shapely brows that don't require any grooming (thanks, Mom and Dad!) so my approach to over-eye has been largely hands-off. That is, until I opted into a makeover at Space NK in Soho—the lovely artist-on-site showed me how to use the By Terry Eyebrow Mascara, which, and I'm not being dramatic, completely altered my face. When I texted a friend an “after' photo, her words were, “I don't know what's changed, but you look the best you've ever looked.”
Now you go (we'll take three sentences; we'll take volumes—anything you want to write). We're all ears brows.
Photos via ITG.
Annie Kreighbaum shares her brow story over here.