80’s brows are back
Thank goodness you’ve spent 20 years plucking your eyebrows to now be told that BIG BUSHY brows are totally back in!
I’m not hopping on the big brow train just because it’s what the 20-somethings are doing. The truth is that full eyebrows are youthful looking. That’s a beauty standard that never changes. Remember the early 90’s when everyone plucked their eyebrows pencil thin (Drew Barrymore)? You can get away with that shit when you have a bunch of collagen and no wrinkles. But what no one tells you is that plucking or waxing over years weakens the root of your eyebrow hairs, resulting in a finer and sparser regrowth. That, combined with hormonal changes that often follow childbirth, can leave brows looking wimpy and thin, or even (ACK!) be graying into your 40’s.
I really haven’t touched my eyebrows in almost 10 years, because mine are sparse to begin with. I’ll just pluck a stray hair or two, but I no longer try to make that tadpole shape or taper the end at all; that will date you! I can’t spare a hair and in fact, I need a way for them to look fuller. Basically, I need to find a way to get my 80’s brows back.
how to get your 80’s brows back
I did a bit of research and found that you can buy a permanent eyebrow tint and darken your brows at home. It seems that women who shop regularly at Sephora already know this obvious secret, and have been doing this for years, but it’s all new to me. Like all things DIY and on your face, you have to be really careful how you apply it and how long you keep it on your brows.
Blogger Lauryn Evarts of The Skinny Confidential swears by eyebrow tinting. Her brow game is dramatic, and although I’m going for anywhere near as dramatic a look as hers, I ordered my tint. Lauryn wrote an entire in-depth post about her tinting routine, and the comments from her readers are fantastic, too. Several commenters with lighter hair recommend to only keep the tint on for 15-20 seconds. Other advice is to pat coconut oil around brows to keep the tint from staining the skin around your eyebrows, etc. Basically go lighter than you think, and much shorter a time than recommended, because you can always reapply to build up the color, rather than being stuck with over-dyed brows.
So, I have my tint ready to go in my bathroom, and I’m still feeling too chicken-shit to use it; but I think this is normal for a first-timer. The color lasts for 6 weeks. I put my big girl pants on and gave it a try. I ended up doing 2 30-second applications. In other words, I applied the color completely, then waited 30 seconds and wiped it off with a wet cotton ball. Then I repeated with the other brow. I didn’t see too much difference between my before and after here so I first went ahead and did a second application of 30 seconds. The final result is just the dye – no eyebrow pencil. It’s a bit bold for me, but this color will definitely fade a bit after I shower tomorrow, but even so, I think I really love it! What do you think?
If you just can’t bear to tint yourself you can always ask your hair colorist to do it for you. Or, invest in some brow-specific makeup. Anastasia is the authority on brows. all of her products come highly recommended. She even has a product that helps to regrow those plucked brows back. Whatever method you choose, just know you can get your 80’s brows back!