In the last week, I have done some pretty outrageous things here on Painted Ladies. I’ve drawn an apple on my right cheek. I’ve shown the entire universe what I look like when I have facial bleach on my eyebrows. And now … I am revealing my most horrible beauty faux pas ever.
You see, there was a time about five years ago when I had a dysfunctional relationship with my Tweezerman tweezers. I thought we were good friends and Tweezerman was helping to sculpt my brows into perfection. I would go at them every single day, tweeze every spare hair I could find, and made sure that not a single hair was left untended.
I really did have some kind of weird thing going on in my mind, because I thought I looked great, and would even fill in my brows with my MAC #266 brush and Mystery shadow. Now looking back at the photos, I think … what was there to fill in?!
However, I went around like this for years and years and years, until the day a co-worker bluntly told me:your pencil-thin eyebrows make you look OLD!
It was a harsh wakeup call, and it forced me to realize that years of obsessively tweezing had turned my eyebrows into the kind that I used to make fun of people for having. Karma, much?
There you have ’em … super thin and I don’t even know what the heck I was thinking. The same co-worker who called out the pencil-thin brows told me her secret from growing out her own pencil-thin brows.
“Castor oil,” she said. Applied every night with a q-tip, it was an age-old trick she’d picked up from a Russian client. So, determined to win the battle against sperm-shaped brows, I went to the local CVS, picked up a $4 bottle, and said farewell to my Tweezerman. Harsh, but had to be done.
From that moment on, for a good six week period, I didn’t touch my brows at all … as hard as it was to walk around with the mangiest eyebrows on earth, I stuck it out and filled in what I could with a brow pencil.
So, after a few weeks of living in eyebrow limbo, I took a trip to Damone Beverly Hills, and Damone Roberts himself shaped my brows to the point where they looked like actual brows again.
It was like a miracle and I was so please d to realize that I did look a lot softer and younger with full brows. Success!
These days, I only tweeze when absolutely needed and then get my main grooming done a local salon where my strays are threaded into submission. Threading is an old time technique where an actual piece of thread is wound up and held taut. Cheap and effective!
Do you have any beauty faux pas from the past to share?