Advice about Bushy Eyebrows
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Advice about Bushy Eyebrows
I'm an aging Baby Boomer who has never plucked/waxed/threaded my eyebrows
-- nor have I worn make-up since I was in high school in the sixties. I have
been thinking lately that it wouldn't hurt to spruce up my look a bit. I've seen
people have makeovers on TV shows like Oprah and What Not To Wear, but I'd
like to know if it's physically possible -- without spending a zillion dollars, to at
least get shapely eyebrows at my age. I know this post is halfway between
Advice and Recommendations, but I'd like a little of both. I'd like to know the
experiences of older women who have had an eyebrow and/or make-up
''makeover'' and at the same time I'd like to know who you might recommend to
By the way, one of the reasons I have stayed away from cosmetics is because I
am highly sensitive to scents and chemicals. Any products I use must be
absolutely pure (if there is such a thing!).
Ready for a change
I don't wear make-up either, but have always plucked my eyebrows. I've noticed
with aging that the hairs are longer. Now I push the brow hair up and then down
and clip the really long hairs with cuticle scissors. Makes for a nicer look on me.
Yes, I too have recently realized I need to pay attention to
the eyebrows, and I have some advice for you.
1. Go on youtube.com and watch some how-to videos about
eyebrow shaping. There are lots of them. I've learned a LOT
from 20-somethings on youtube showing how to do makeup.
2. If you don't already have one, get one of those lighted
magnifying makeup mirrors. You need to be able to see.
3. Invest in some good tweezers and scissors. I got mine on
Amazon. Tweezerman. I love my little tiny extremely sharp
4. You need some sort of eyebrow brush. There are the spiral
ones like for mascara, and the miniature toothbrush looking
ones, and even tiny combs. These are all cheap on Amazon, so
you can try more than one kind.
5. You might need an eyebrow pencil to fill in gaps. It took
me a long time to find just the right one, so don't give up
- keep looking. Try Clinique at Bancroft Clothing.
6. Last but not least: Do not drink and pluck! It takes
several weeks growth to correct those mistakes, as I know
from first-hand experience!
57-yo with improving eyebrows
Macys has a wonderful Brow Bar. It will change your life!
If you're sensitive, I'd recommend threading. It's a bit
painful but for me, I don't have the same reaction I have
when I get waxed. As someone who struggles with hair issues,
I have tried many methods. I found a wonderful threader at
Polish on Piedmont Ave in Oakland. Her name is Dumi. She is
very gentle and quick and very sweet. I do a combination of
threading and waxing because I can't handle the pain of
threading on my upper lip. As far as the results, groomed
eyebrows look better. I didn't do eyebrows for years and now
I just find I look better when they aren't all crazy. I'm
not in my 60s but I'm at a point in life when I have to pay
attention to that. I also have rosacea and very senstive
skin and I love the Physiodermie products they sell. My skin
does not react and feels great. I also really like the Bare
Essentials makeup. Feels like I'm not wearing anything and
the zinc in the makeup is good for my skin. I hate makeup as
well, but with the redness in my skin and all that, I just
look better when I'm fully groomed. Tell Dumi someone on
Berkeley Parents recommended you. The wax at Polish is very
good as well so if you want to try it there, I'd say do it.
There are too many places that do waxing that are just
HORRIBLE so never go without a recommendation. Trust me on this.
keep lookin good
I recently went to Ashby Nails (across from the Bart station on Ashby). I asked
that they just clean up my brows and I specified that I didn't want my brows
reduced to thin lines (as they'd done about a year ago when I'd been less
specific), This time they did a beautiful job!!!!! And I am over 60 with sensitive
You and I have the opposite problem; At 48 y.o. I have NO
eyebrows, they've gone blone as when I was a toddler. I go
to Benefit Cosmetics on 4th St. where their faboo
eyebrow/lash professionals do amazing things with my non-
existant brows. On the flip side (yours), they can wax them
into a nice shapely brow, pluck extras and trim them. They
can tint them, if you have gray, and yes, You CAN have
beautiful brows! It's not particularly expensive, and
results last between 4 - 6 weeks, sometimes longer. I've
had not skin problems with tinting/waxing there, and I do
have very sensitive skin. There can be some irritation from
the waxing part, though. Benefit will also help you with
makeup, but these are young women who tend to get a little
heavy handed w/ the makeup at times.
I highly recommend
Benefit, but I do know that there are many high-end salons
(I also love the Claremont Spa -- they have wonderful
aestheticians) that use natural products and have highly
skilled aestheticians that can tame your brows and give you
a nice make-over.
Make sure whoever you see, that you let
them know that you've not worn makeup in forever and want
to go as natural looking as possible -- otherwise you'll
end up feeling like a Drag Queen. Nothing wrong with being
a Drag Queen, but that's a whole 'nother thing.
Beautiful Brows are Important!
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