If you’re looking for a simple way to “clean” your look up for the holidays, one thing I always do is to get my eyebrows done. I was reluctant for years (years!) to get any professional eyebrow maintenance, but I’m here to tell you that, when done right, it cleans up your face oh-so-subtly, and makes you look more refined and elegant. I also think that if you wear glasses frequently (as I do) it puts even more emphasis on your brows to be perfect. For example, one of my brow’s arches goes much higher than the other, and it’s really noticeable when I wear my glasses, I think because there’s a straight line to gauge how far apart/even things are on your face. (This sounds crazy, but I swear it’s true.)
I’ve tried plucking them myself, shaping, waxing, and threading, and personally I prefer threading — the look is sharper and more uniform, and while the pain is more intense than waxing the experience is generally shorter — much better for a busy day. I’ve paid anywhere from $9-$20 for threading, and $9-22 for waxing, so the price is about the same. The first few times I got them done I wound up paying $60 (!!!) but I suspect the woman I went to would call herself a “shaper” since she both plucked and waxed my brows. But she cost so much more ($60) and took an hour, so I’d much rather take my quick and cheap threading, thankyouverymuch.
I’ve posted some brow-only pictures below the jump, for those who care to see…
I started plucking my brows in high school, encouraged by one of my frenemies who suggested I do it. Hate to admit it, but she was right — here’s a picture of my brows probably from around the time I started plucking them. (Let’s ignore the overdose of brow pencil. Sigh.)
I always hated that over-plucked look, though, so I was careful to be judicious in my plucking. Here’s another shot of me before I started handing it over to the professionals. (This was before a friend’s wedding, hence the sparkly makeup.)
It wasn’t until 2008 or so when I thought to have them done professionally. This was in part from a girl I knew through work (another frenemy, oddly enough) who encouraged all of the girls at work to use her “brow specialist,” and even worked out a deal with a local salon to let “her” girl come downtown and do all of our brows. I didn’t know it then, but this was fantastically expensive for essentially a wax job: $60. Anyway, here’s the first time she did my brows. I was surprised that she plucked from the top of my brow — I had always read that you should ONLY pluck from the bottom side. Sadly I think for my brows it does make a big difference!
I first tried threading a few months before my wedding: I’d read good things about it and wondered how it would go. The look tends to be much more angled than a waxing because of the way it’s done — the thread creates a straight line. This is actually a picture from my wedding day; I’m sure I had my brows done about a week or so before the wedding, almost certainly at the Shobha salon in NYC’s Soho. (While on the pricier side, this is a great way to give threading a try if you’re scared — it’s much more of a salon experience than the $9 places. One of my favorite cheaper places is Yuva Threading Salon.
Readers, do you wax, thread, pluck, or just go au naturel for your brows? Are you religious about it? Any favorite spots?