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Wednesday, March 07, 2012

High Brow

     


We wax them, thread them, tattoo them,  tint them, pluck them and still they keep coming back for more.
Let us toast our  arched canopies, without whose benevolence we would  be drenched by the salty sweat of our brow.
Eyebrows, like hemlines bow to the vagaries of fashion.
In the 1920's Greta Garbo's brows were so over-plucked they resembled a conga line of minus signs. In the 1980's Pamela Anderson gave the look the kiss of life, only to drown it in porno chic. By the 1950's brows were as curvy and undulating as women's hips. 
Now the Scouse Brow has unfurled like a pantomime dame's bloomers. Be afraid. Be very afraid.
How do you wear yours?


    



            


                                                                                     
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60 comments:

  1. Mine are very long and a good shape, although I have never gotten them professionally done. I should because I think it would frame my face better. Man.... I have the most embarrassing story about the first time I tried to pluck my eye brows. Fifth grade. Too scared to pluck. So I use a hair removal cream instead. And.... my eye brow was gone.

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    1. DB: That is utterly hilarious, phew bet you were glad that it grew back.

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  2. Well, I start with a pencil.......

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  3. Mine are thin and sparse. Would that they would grow back in if I left them alone, but neglect only yields stragglers "outside the fence."

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  4. Mine are thin and sparse because of a thyroid condition...I use a MAC powder to fill them in and make them look thicker. I'd love to have some thick ones!

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  5. I have very fine, thin, fair hair, so my eyebrows are correspondingly sparse. However, I recently began having them threaded and I do think it has made a difference - there is a definite shape now. The first time I tweezed my brows myself was in fifth year at secondary school (I'm now 51) - I thought I did quite a good job, but I was only cleaning up from the bottom, not really giving them any shape. I have to go quite a ways to get them done - my town doesn't have any Asian beauty shops so I go to a big mall near Toronto, making sure to visit the brow bar just before we are ready to leave, letting my face calm down again on the drive home!

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    1. Patricia, Hostess, and DP: Mine too, I have really fine hair as well.

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  6. Ok that scrouse brow is. Ummm a bit scary!
    I wear might all natural, I only pluck when I think about it and only the stragglers. I am lucky enough to have a good natural shape but if I were to pluck they'd be too thin.

    Xx
    Callie

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  7. i make my living in brows and wax and have never heard of the scrouse brow. i guess i have been living under a rock! i personally think everyone looks best with a professionally shaped brow. surprising huh?

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    1. Janet: It's terrifying!

      Callie: Oh no plucking for me either.

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  8. I constantly have to trim mine. If neglected they develop wings, like little blonde horns. They completely bleach-out in the summer sun.

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    1. Why does it not surprise me that you have horns?

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  9. oh, and spare some thought for us poor folk with no brows to speak of- who can do nothing but sigh longingly at the Arizona Muse's of the day. I LOVE eyebrows- such a cool facial accessory! and thank goodness Duchess Kate seems to have gotten the hang of plucking and shaping- that early photo is terrible- she has quite lovely brows now...

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    1. I do too, I love the 1950's arched brow best.

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  10. I actually quite like mine, I have them threaded every 6 weeks and pluck in between. But I think that if I left them to their own devices I would look like Leonid Brezhnev, haha

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    1. AJC:Tha's your Italian bloood giving you thick, lush lashes.

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  11. I try to leave mine thicker and more natural since I'm Asian they are naturally a bit more sparse so I have to preserve what I have without looking too grungy...harder than it seems!

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    1. Katherine: I didn't realise that Asians had sparser brows, I stare at glossy Asian hair with such envy that I've never noticed brows.

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  12. Last year due to failing eyesight and finding the whole tweezering biz tedious I discovered professional waxing for my brows. Why the hell did I always avoid getting them sorted by an expert? Probably because they tend to be sparse and I didn't believe it would be worthwhile.
    I need to fill the ends out with pencil and presto.
    I do not leave the house until my brows are 'on'!
    xx

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  14. I use an Anastasia brow kit to help me out.

    I blogged about it here.

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  15. I really like thick eyebrows (Audrey Hepburn's for example look stunning), but Kate's brows on the last picture look a little bit scary! xoxo Minnie&Daisy

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  16. Scouse brow aficionadose also trained at The Clown School of Make-up and Mime (Maybe they know the woman with the pink hair).
    It's not what I'd call F.A.B..

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    1. Ha, no it's not! Yep there is an odd breed of make up artist and hairdressers out there today.

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  17. Mine are so fair they're almost invisible. Annoyingly, the bushiest parts seem to grow in the opposite direction to the rest of them, so they look like little tufts of dead grass. Very alluring eh?

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  18. Hello Tabitha:
    Not to be brow beaten, the matter of our eyebrows shall remain a state secret!!!!

    Happy Wednesday!!

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    1. Don't hide your light under bushels.

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  19. Well I think I am getting to the age when I must be very careful as to how I treat these babies, so am now quite close to more professional intervention, as I do NOT want to overpluck. Now I mainly grab the stragglers, but I am sure i could do better! I personally prefer the Megan Fox look.

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    1. Me too, hers and Liz T's are perfect.

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  20. I did pluck but not a lot - blessed (??) with the blonde version of brow but now i am growing back - sitting on fingers and tweezers - amazing the amount of will power required! x

    http://fashionandfrank.blogspot.com/

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  21. I'm more for wearing the brows the way they suit your face because some styles as we can see here are just plain scary looking and when you get older and they thin or whatever, all the crazed plucking will not have helped any!! I think the Meghan Fox is far enough, still quite pretty!! xx

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  22. Slightly shaped but still very natural..due for a waxing this week. It IS true how eyebrows frame the face but its more important to make sure the "look" you are after suits your face and that you are not going for something that doesnt work for you. I am not into "trends" in brows, its a matter of what works best.

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  23. I like mine on the thicker side!
    Lynn from Decor Arts Now

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  24. Never thought anyone admired thick eyebrows...seems to be the latest
    'in thing' I have very blonde thick natural ones I just pluck the lower ones to keep the arch, just a touch of colour to show I have some!!

    Wise my hair would have stayed thick like them...now thinning with age (crying). Ida

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  25. The word on the fashion streets now is that thicker is better...I think the pic of Ms. Fox above is the perfect brow!

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  26. I don't like them overly arched like Liz Taylor's or Megan Fox's. Mine are thick enough, and I get them slightly tinted, and waxed - natural with a slight arch. I do use a pencil to lengthen the "tail" a bit though.

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  27. I've never plucked and pulled, or really even thought about eyebrows. But looking at the Kate Middleton pics, the brows make her look completely different. The overplucked look can be a bit demoniacal.

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  28. Avoid thin, arched , and over-plucked. It looks cheesy, and trailer trashy to men. As in Pamela Anderson. Better to go with the Middleton pix on the right or the Jennifer Connelly look. Be careful about forms that don't occur in nature, i.e. straight lines...etc. I never understood the whole Liz Taylor thing in many of its dimensions. her eyebrows were always disconcerting. She has always been on my "not to be stuck with on a desert island" list.

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  29. I've let mine fill in over the years as well. I have really dark brows that I need to trim and groom or they get out of control.

    The before / after of Kate Middleton is unbelievable! One celebrity whose brows always bother me is Carrie Underwood. Something just looks 'off' about them!

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  30. I really feel that following a person's natural brow is best, in both thickness, heaviness and shape, with just a tad cleaning. Although a little quick trim if they're too bushy, for both male and female brows, does keep it tidy.

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  32. Like a hairy caterpillar wearing a Davy Crockett hat (backwards of course)

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  33. I get mine professionally shaped every so often (or my sister does it, she's awesome at esthetics and makeup) and then it's just plucking the hangers-on whenever they appear out of the blue. Pretty easy maintenance thankfully!

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  34. You know I just do my own brows now...
    I do think I like fuller more natural brow's..
    I do not like when they are drawn on...

    xo
    m

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  35. I use mine to stop sweat dripping in my eyes during sport. Plus they are so thick that any attempt at a fine brow would just mean far to much maintainance. Still, it's nice to know that I am fashionable for the time being.

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  36. I'd love to have brows like Megan Fox but in reality I'm more something in between the two pictures of Kate Middleton.

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  37. This reminds me...must make a wax appt!

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  38. I guess I have been living under a rock because I have never even heard of the Scouse Brow...and I live in California for god's sake. Oh, well I really don't think I'm missing out. My daughter and I only have our brows tweezed which is kind of pricey, but well worth it.
    annie

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  39. I've been sporting the thicker brow recently. Kind of weird saying the same thing to your beauty therapist as you do your hairdresser.... "don't take too much off, i'm growing them out"

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  40. Yes, the dreaded Scousebrow... it has me a little dumbfounded to be honest.
    My are most like Kate Middleton's in her natural state so I usually give them a little boost if I'm going out. Otherwise they are a little too wimpy for me.

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  41. I have fair blonde hair, I keep mine full not to over plucked/50's ish.
    I am for a Grace Kelly brow, and im lucky as my natrual brow is not to far off.

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  42. I have fair blonde hair, I keep mine full not to over plucked/50's ish.
    I am for a Grace Kelly brow, and im lucky as my natrual brow is not to far off.

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  43. I haven't heard of the Scouse Brow before, either...how funny AND scary!

    My eyebrows are very similar to Megan Fox's. I definitely prefer a slightly thicker brow over a thin one.

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  44. Laughing at your side by sides. My brows aren't naturally very heavy so I don't over pluck. I hate brows that are too scarce. xo

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  45. I've always been grateful to my eyebrows, I don't have to pluck them or anything, they have a nice shape. My sister has the unibrow so she's forever waxing, happy happy I dodged that genetic bullet.
    I like a good set of eyebrows on man. MrBP has to get his trimmed when he goes for haircuts, true story!

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  46. I do like the scouse look as long as they don't look like boomerangs. Nor the tattoo ones either.

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  47. Megan Fox has the most captivating eyebrows. Lisa Mitchell used to be her stylist, though I don’t know if she still is.

    Kai Buncle

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  48. I was never well endowed in that department and of course I tweezed them to death as a teenager - it was the fashion (think Twiggy). I've tried to let them grow but still keep the neat, but now grey eyebrow hairs are creeping in and facial hair in general. On a whim (as in thoughtless decision) I let a young girl 'shape' my eyebrows at a visit to the hairdresser (her mom). I was complaining to Bill that I hardly had anything left, but he remarked that my brows looked 'very well organised' and what did I expect if I had them 'shaved'; did I colour them back in with a pencil or something? I found myself shouting 'shaped!' 'shaped!'. Men.

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