I’m proud to say that when it comes to beauty hangups, I don’t have too many. My hair is difficult to deal with, but I’d never trade the texture, because it’s a veritable chameleon and holds any style you can think of. Body not the perfect shape for certain types of clothes? Meh, there are other styles to rock and women that wish they had my shape — so no point in stressing over it. But I have to admit, there is one part of my body that has long been the bane of my existence.
Such a small, simple thing, but one that makes a huge difference. I was not born with lush, thick brows. Oh, I guess they grow thick enough, but my problem with my brows is that the hairs are so fine, and also long that they always end up looking very sparse. I have filled in my brows — with varying degrees of success, as I tend to get really impatient with them in the mornings — since early high school. My impatience in dealing with them also leads to other unattractive habits…like forgoing brow shapings for months at a time. I’ll look in the mirror one day, make a feeble attempt at tweezing out the jungle that has appeared, and finally concede, “Eh, it might be time for a wax.”
Last week, I decided to do something semi-drastic (for me, at least!). I finally bit the bullet and got a brow tint. Basically, a brow tint is just a temporary dye job to your eyebrow hairs. Have you ever done one? In my case, I popped in to my local Benefit (where I always stop to get a brow wax when I’m in a pinch — I vacillate between waxes and threadings at this salon in NYC). After telling the girl I needed a brow wax, I heard myself say, “And I’m going to try a brow tint too.” Cue nervousness that I’d walk out with too-dark eyebrows…a dye job gone bad.
In reality though, the entire tint took about 5 minutes. My brow guru applied petroleum jelly around my brows to prevent the dye from seeping elsewhere in the skin (I tried to remember that I never put petrochemicals on my face normally, so I could handle it this one time, for a few minutes — and especially in the name of not dying my eyelids). She mixed up the dye — almost black, in my case — applied it, and let it sit for three minutes.
The results were pretty incredible! Now when I wake up each day, while my brows still need a bit of filling in, they’re nowhere near as sparse as they used to be. The Benefit girl told me to avoid getting soap, excess water, or creams on my brows (you know, like when you wash your face or apply moisturizer), as doing this can help extend your tint for 6 weeks. If my impatience with filling in my brows is any indication, I will NOT be carefully sudsing around my eyebrows for the next month, so I’m guessing mine would have to re-tinted every 4 weeks or so. But I think I’m going to stick with it! Brows obviously make a huge difference in anyone’s face, and for me, it’s a small expense (and worth the non-natural sacrifice) to have a lot more self confidence in those furry caterpillars.
What about you? Have you ever tried a brow tint? Are you a brow wax, threading, or tweeze kind of girl? And the most drastic — would you ever consider tattooing on your eyebrows?
Image by Victoria McGinley for vmac+cheese