This is sure to raise eyebrows…
02 Mar 2012 16:39 PM | Posted by bh's Olivia Mackinnon
It’s my personal motto and belief that ‘the brow maketh the woman’, and it shows. I covet Camilla Belle’s face framers no end and I get more excited about a new brow wow product than anything else that flies through the front door.
Yep, I’m pretty much obsessed, which is why I was up in arms when Benefit told us they were releasing a new book, dedicated entirely to brow grooming. It’s written by Benefit fan and total brow know-it-all Cameron Tuttle, and it’s been described as ‘your personal guide to fabulous brows.’
Are your brows too thin? Over plucked and kind of scary looking? Fear not, read up on how you can check yourself into ‘brow rehab’, and be well on your way to some enviable eyebrows. Plus, you’ll learn the joys of being able to maintain your brows at home once they’re back in action and ready to be groomed again!
The brow bible will also show you how to prep and prime your brows to get the best look ever. You may not know it, but the way you preen your brows can change the way your whole face looks, so it’s important to have some handy insider tips up your sleeve when you pull out the groomers – right? (Handy tips and handy brow tools - like my personal favourite, Benefit Brows a-go-go!)
Oh you like the sound of Raising Eyebrows? Well that’s just as well, because we’ve got 5 copies to give away! Simply tell us your best brow horror story in the comments section of this blog to enter!
Competition closes: midnight 8th March 2012
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My best brow horror story is probably when i started year 7 and i wanted to pluck my eyebrows before i started high school, i wasn't getting the right technique so i got out the shaver and tried to "tidy" them up, i somehow carelessly ended with one eyebrow half shaven off, anyway the funny thing was that my i had been tanning all summer, so underneath the hair was all pale white skin and the rest of me was brown!!!! it was super obvious and no joke, i cried:(
Posted on: March 03, 2012 (Mar 3, 2012 7:01am)
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No horror story here. I am growing them in and not removing any hairs. It has been 3 months and I can't believe how thick and nice the shape is. I am glad I never had any loathing over them like I hear about others. They end up removing all their brows and end having to draw them back in.
Posted on: March 03, 2012 (Mar 3, 2012 7:26am)
Thankfully I dont have an eyebrow horror story to tell. I always went for the Brooke Shields look and now my Miss 20 does my eyebrows for me as shes been trained in eyebrow waxing so she knows what shes doing.
My eldest went to get her eyebrows waxed once and her sister was busy so she got someone else to do it. The wax was too hot and so she ended up with a blister on her eye lid that looked horrible, hurt and took a couple of weeks to calm and go away...not nice.
Posted on: March 03, 2012 (Mar 3, 2012 7:57am)
When I was about 12 my dad told me that I had Brooke Sheilds eye brows and at the time I didnt really think that much about it. At 16 my sister, who is 2 years older and right into makeup etc, told me that she had to shape my eye brows for me, cause I was an embarrasment. So I let her and she shaped them to within an inch of their life. I now have very thin eyebrows and so wish that I had have left them alone, to be like Brooke Sheilds eyebrows. Boohoo.......
Posted on: March 03, 2012 (Mar 3, 2012 8:40am)
Posted by:(Member since 2007, Australia)
Some great stories here! I don't have much of a HAIRY story to tell but I suppose letting my eyebrows go a-la-natural while I was RAISING my toddlers was the most unattractive I've ever had them and not a LOOK I want to ever go back to again!
Posted on: March 03, 2012 (Mar 3, 2012 9:39am)
I am currently in Benefits 'Brow-rehab' due to my unfortunate brow horror story. I went to get my eyebrows waxed one day at a salon that I won't name. All was going well and I left the salon until the redness went down and I looked at my face properly- She had taken off the top of my left eyebrow so it looked like i was continuously raising my other eyebrow! It was horrible and I had to use my side fringe to cover it up for about a month waiting for it all to grow back.
Posted on: March 03, 2012 (Mar 3, 2012 10:30am)
Hehe ... when I was in High School I wanted to 'Lighten' my brows and so took my mums bleach that she uses for her upper lip. Didn't bother reading the instructions as I'd seen her do her upper lip soooo many times! lol. I smothered it messily on both brows ... and ended up leaving it on far longer than recommended. I went to the bathroom to wash it off only to see in my reflection two large purple blotches above my eyes! haha ... I'd left it on so long that the product had bleached the skin on and around my brows!!! :( Everyone in my family though it was HILARIOUS ... looking back it's pretty funny ... not so funny then tho, especially when I had to go to school the next day! lol.
Posted on: March 03, 2012 (Mar 3, 2012 10:51am)
The first time ever I got my eyebrows waxed my sisters best friend who was a beauty therapist. We were doing it at my sisters best friends house before we went out to a club.I was crying so much and squeeing my sisters hands but all the girls thought it was haleriously funny!
Posted on: March 03, 2012 (Mar 3, 2012 11:05am)
The first time I decided to pluck my eyebrows was back in year 9 as it seemed to be the thing that was in and everyone had it done. Being naive and knowing mum would not approve, I did not ask for her help but instead attempted the task myself. Surely enough came DISASTER! Not knowing anything about brow plucking, I went a little overboard to say the least, and also plucked the top of my brows! Needless to say I ended up with funny shaped brows which sort of drooped down instead of having the lovely arch we are meant to achieve. To make matters worse, mum told me off! I let them grow for many years and it wasn't until a few years back did I decide to give eyebrow plucking a go, and this time, with the help from mum.
Posted on: March 03, 2012 (Mar 3, 2012 12:53pm)
Posted by:(Member since 2007, Australia)
My little sister wanted me to wax her eyebrows so I did but I accidently dripped wax on most of one of her brows. Let's just say I was not her favourite sister for a long time - until her brow grew back. I did warn her that I prefer to pluck! Luckily she did have a blunt long fringe that covered the disgraceful mess I had made. Ooops! But I think brows are a fascinating facial feature to master - different shapes for different faces.
Posted on: March 03, 2012 (Mar 3, 2012 12:54pm)
as a beauty therapist i have had too many women come into our day spa and explain how they will no longer go to the salon around the corner because they were burnt with the wax or their eyebrow are now ruined! this shocks me every time that ppl with a great qualification are being so careless on the job! i take pride in sculpting eyebrows
Posted on: March 03, 2012 (Mar 3, 2012 1:17pm)
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Posted on: March 03, 2012 (Mar 3, 2012 1:57pm)
It has taken a few years for me to perfect my brow shape/technique but I'm happy with the results! I've always been wary of getting them waxed in case something goes wrong, I feel plucking gives you more control. Over the years I've had too thin eyebrows and odd shapes but at least I learnt a few valuable lessons and have nice brows now :)
Posted on: March 03, 2012 (Mar 3, 2012 2:11pm)
I do not have a horror story about brows. I do like the sound of the book Raising Eyebrows as I think what you do to your brows is so important to your overall look. Also mistakes made with brows can be devastating as you cannot instantly rectify the problem.
Posted on: March 03, 2012 (Mar 3, 2012 2:52pm)
Posted by:(Member since 2008, Australia)
My horror story was at lunch with my 90 year old nanna, my mum and my brother... my nanna was looking at me with an odd expression, and then asked my if I do my own eyebrows. I said yes because I do, just a bit of plucking and some fill in colour on a daily basis (love my prestige kit). To my horror she then asked if I would do her brows. Let me paint you a picture - my nanna has eyebrows that are white, made up of thick wiry long hairs that curl all over the place and they dont have a recognisable shape they just sort of tuft. Short of some chemical relaxer and a buzzcut I wouldnt know what to do!
I gaped like a fish - didn't know what to say! I just quietly asked mum to get me out if it...
Posted on: March 03, 2012 (Mar 3, 2012 3:01pm)
My brow horror story was actually a dream i had last night - in which i dreamt i had two sets of brows, one under the other. it was actually more a nightmare of a dream, because i realised that instead of waxing the tops and bottoms of my brows to shape them nicely, i waxed the middle. i have no idea what was going through my head before i went to bed, although i did pluck a few strays before i went to sleep. i think my mind is trying to tell me i have a serious brow problem!! :S
Posted on: March 03, 2012 (Mar 3, 2012 3:07pm)
OMG i remember i was in year 8 and everyone at school had their eyes shaped (well not everyone). Also my closest friends had it done so i decided to tell my mum to do them for me and she started to tell me off saying your still young and telling me off so bad. so i started to annoy her everyday and make her feel bad until she just cleaned them. But to me they still looked the same so i took the tweezer of my mum and shaped them. when i shaped them. they were so thin and everyone at school teased me so i went home and got a scissor trying to fix them up from the end but insted, i snipped one of the ends of. So one of them were half gone while the rest were so thin and ruined. And i remember i accidently cut the skin of the under eyebrow and now there a big scar.
Posted on: March 03, 2012 (Mar 3, 2012 4:25pm)
I attempted a fire shot that went wrong. Consists of lighting a shot of alcohol in my mouth and sprinkling cinnamon on the flames to make it crackle, however I didn't close my mouth properly to put the flame out and flaming alcohol took over and I lost a majority of my eyelashes and brows :(. hello draw on brows for sometime thankfully they grew back!
Posted on: March 03, 2012 (Mar 3, 2012 4:36pm)
Inventive child as I was, at the age of 6 or something like that, I decided to make my own cigarettes. Oh yes, I wanted to smoke. Well, I gathered some dry mulberry leaves (mulberries are yummy, so I thought mulberry leaves will be just as delicious). I hid behind the shed, rolled up a mulberry ciggy and inhaled - and BAM there was the biggest fire right in front of my face and something smelt funny. I quickly put the fire out and went inside the house - and realised more than half of my eyebrow was missing!!!! And my lashes :( it was all curled up and gross. My eyebrow looked horrible for a long time! Thankfully it all grew back and I have nice eyebrows these days :D
Needless to say, that was my first AND last cigarette ever!
Moral of the story: "Don't smoke, you will wreck your eyebrows" :D
Posted on: March 03, 2012 (Mar 3, 2012 5:22pm)
The worst brow story I've heard of happened after two siblings had a fight...the brother shaved off one of his sister's brows when she was asleep!
Posted on: March 03, 2012 (Mar 3, 2012 5:22pm)
About 7 or 8 years ago when I 13/14, I remember i was obsessed with the sunsilk hair lightening moose, it came in a blue bottle with a pump. (no idea if it is still around), anyway it was meant to give you highlights in the sun. I wanted to make my eyebrows lighter, so I applied a little bit to my eyebrows each day. They went from black to slightly orange! I had no idea about toners or anything back then! I pucked nearly all them out, thankfully they all grew back black again!!!
Posted on: March 03, 2012 (Mar 3, 2012 6:12pm)
A year or so ago my hairdresser was waxing my brows, and then said aloud "UH OH!" and I freaked. It turns out she took the arch off of one of my brows because she used too much wax so I was left patchy until it only recently just filled in completely!
Posted on: March 03, 2012 (Mar 3, 2012 6:15pm)
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Posted on: March 03, 2012 (Mar 3, 2012 7:13pm)
wow some of these stories are pretty bad! i dont really have a horror story.. i just over plucked my brows when i was younger and im still waiting for them to grow out. it takes forever :(
Posted on: March 03, 2012 (Mar 3, 2012 7:31pm)
Posted by:(Member since 2008, Australia)
A too-dark dye job gave me Ernie & Bert (from Sesame St) eyebrows! It took over a month for the 'look' to grow out!
Posted on: March 03, 2012 (Mar 3, 2012 7:36pm)