The 9 Stages Of Trying To Shape Your Brows For The First Time
The 9 Stages Of Tying To Shape Your Brows For The First Time, whether that's waxing, plucking or trying to fill them in. Read in full at MTV.co.uk
Brows. We all have them, but only those of us obsessed with making them look as fleeky as possible understand the true pain that is trying (and most probably failing) to shape them for the very first time.
If that's you then here's the 9 stages of the brow shaping ordeal that you'll no doubt recognise.
1. Watching all of the YouTube tutorials
OK so you’ve decided that you can do this shiz yourself. You don’t need to spend ££££ on a professional service, this is a DIY job if ever there were one. Right? RIGHT?
2. Drawing all over your face to find the correct ‘dimensions’
There’s a start-point-to-arch-to-end-point ratio apparently, but it’s not as easy to find as it looks. A) Does anyone remember the Pythagorean theorem? B) Why did nobody explain that using permanent pen to mark each point was a horrendous idea and C) Does anyone have something longer than an IKEA pencil because that’s not really working.
3. Settling on a technique
Threading or waxing? Well, turns out that threading involves a degree in mathematics (those angles!), science (how much force?) and really strong teeth (OW), so that’s out the window.
It’s also virtually impossible to stretch your face the way it needs to be stretched AND thread at the same time - can even result in serious injury due to falling off chair. Just FYI.
4. The trials and tribulations of waxing
First up - facial waxing strips are TEENY and oh-so-fiddly. They do that annoying fold-uppy sticking thing that plasters (band aids, if you’re a yank) do, and you will quickly become unbearably sticky.
Will probs end up with wax stuck all over your bloody fingers, face, ear, hair… basically anywhere but your actual brows. Also requires more courage than you would expect to actually pull off wax strip because OH the pain.
5. The complicated ‘sisters not twins’ theory
If you’ve been anywhere near the internet in the last decade you’ve probably seen the meme that argues brows should be ‘sisters, not twins’.
Newsflash: this isn’t actually referring to your hereditary line, so don’t start asking nan about your family tree. What it ACTUALLY means is that they don’t need to be completely identical. Which really doesn’t take into account the fact that there are non-identical twins but whatever. Knowing this, however, and trying to make it work on your own face, are two completely different things.
Does that one look a bit shorter? Is that one too high? Are those arches to similar? Should you do a bit more? Should you have done a bit LESS? Christ.
6. Learning how to use ‘products’
Very few lucky souls can pull off the perfect brow with nothing but their genetically blessed follicles. For that truly fleeky look there’s gonna have to be some products involved - whether you opt for wax, gel, powder or pencil.
Yes it is confusing. Yes you probably should give them all a go. No we can’t lend you a tenner. The fine line between accentuating what your mumma (and those wax strips) gave you and going all scary HERE ARE MY EYEBROWS is a difficult one to walk, though.
7. Getting carried away
It’s a similar minefield to the old liquid eyeliner - you keep adding a bit more and a bit more and a bit more to even them up/get them just right, until your entire face is basically brow. Oops.
8. Feeling BROWdacious
They look perfect and you can’t stop staring at them in every reflective surface you pass (sorry dad, didn’t mean to draw attention to the fact that you hella bald).
But wait… do you have to keep doing this for the rest of your life?
9. *Frantically googles laser hair removal*
- By Lizzie Cox