• Linda Reid

Eyebrows! What eyebrows!?!

I never used to worry too much about how my eyebrows looked. I am very fair and they never stood out. Plus I've almost always had bangs so no one could see them anyway. Lately, however, I've noticed a considerable difference in the colour and scarcity of my eyebrows. Meaning, they no longer really exist. This is disturbing for a couple of reasons. I now know that the saying "you don't miss something until it's gone" is true and, also, where did they go? I'm sure it didn't happen overnight but one day I was putting on makeup and thought, "What the hell, where are my eyebrows?"

I put my reading glasses on and got up-close and personal with my brows to see if there was anything worth salvaging. I couldn't tell. Then, I took an old toothbrush and brushed them to see if I could make them stand out. It's hard to enhance what you don't have, so I next purchased an eyebrow pencil and drew them on. I'm no artist so you can imagine what they looked like because I'm not going to show you. Then I tried a gel formula but it smeared. I decided that a permanent or semi-permanent solution was the only way to go. That's when I thought of using Just for Men Mustache and Beard, semi-permanent dye.

(BTW, does anyone else get long, fine hairs growing out of their eyebrows? It's like they grow overnight and are a couple of inches long. It's kind of creepy.)

The first colour I tried was a medium brown. I chose that colour because seeing models like Cara Delevingne whose eyebrows are thick and dark, I wanted to see what it would look like on me. Big fail. I looked like Groucho Marx. The only thing missing was the cigar.

Not trusting the blonde shades yet, I tried a light brown but it didn't suit my complexion and without makeup I looked washed out with obvious eyebrows and not obvious at all blonde eyelashes. Actually. I looked weird.

Not giving up, I finally bought dark blonde. That worked. It was easy to apply, the box lasted for ages because you don't need a lot, and it was at least 3-4 weeks before I needed to dye them again.

Just for you, because I'm that nice, I have let my eyebrows go until they need a thorough going over and dye job so that you can see how easy it is to do it yourself. The average cost of one salon visit for a pluck, wax and dye job is around $45 and it lasts for as long as the Just for Men which sells for around $12 and will last you up to a year if you are using it once a month. If you are fortunate enough to have a lot of eyebrow hair you might want to spring for a professional pluck and wax but save your money on the dye.

Here's what you need to colour your own eyebrows. Note the small amount of solution you would use. I mix it with a Q-tip. I found out the hard way that you need to apply an oil of some kind around your eyebrow, anywhere you don't want the dye to go. It will stain your skin and the darker the dye the more noticeable it will be. I smear vaseline on with a q-tip making sure not touch the hairs I want to colour. After applying the dye, wait 5 minutes and wash it off using shampoo. I use baby shampoo because it won't sting if I accidentally get it in my eyes. And that's it. You're done.

Waiting 5 minutes. Wondering why my nose looks so big.

Able to be expressive because I have eyebrows.

Thanks for dropping by. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask.

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