My brows have always been a source of consternation. When I was younger, I lamented the fact that I was not allowed to get them waxed; not because I needed to tame them, but because everyone else got them waxed and I wanted to as well. Truth is, my brows have always been quite thin, and as a result required little maintenance at the time. Around 12 years old I began swiping my mom's tweezers and looking for stray hairs to pluck out, but rarely having any luck. At least I wasn't an overzealous plucker who ended up with horror show sperm eyebrows, because even as a kid I wanted thicker eyebrows. I idolized Audrey Hepburn and found it cruel that I couldn't even have gorgeous thick brows like she (and my best friend) had. I was once actually offended when a boy in 8th grade asked me, "Do you do your brows?" because A. I didn't understand the question, and B. once I finally understood what he meant, that he would think I took the time to have some dumb, thin brows.
I accepted my fate as a thin-browed person, but have always been on the quest for ways to make them seem thicker and more defined than they actually are. For years I refused to do any tweezing at all, because I figured that I should take all that I could get, even if that meant having slightly unruly brows. Also, it was hip and cool. Or at least I thought so! These past few years of Cara Delevigne-inspired brows have been torture for me! I've filled them with powder, lined them with brow pencils, and used every gel on the market. It physically pains me to not be able to participate in the thick brow trend, you guys. It's also the one beauty ritual that I'm not very good at. I've often overdone it, ending up with dramatic arches that are too big for my face, and it's hard for me to draw them both on evenly. One side always looks more surprised than the other.
These days, I've found that keeping them tidy helps them stand out more, even if it means losing some thickness. I get them threaded at a little Indian salon down the street from my apartment, and I really feel these ladies understand what I mean when I tell them I want my brows "cleaned up, but as thick as possible." I also get them tinted, which I always assumed was hogwash, but OHMYGOD WHAT A DIFFERENCE IT MAKES. Also, it gives me a free two minutes every morning because even on days that I don't wear makeup I like to give my brows a quick swipe. They use a henna-based dye, so I am not worried about my eyeballs being fried off, but I do wish it lasted longer, the tint usually wears off after a couple weeks.
Instead of using a pencil or powder, when I need a boost I use Maybelline Brow Drama to add a bit of color and brush them into a nice shape. I love that it's affordable and it's pretty much idiot-proof for someone like me who still can't quite get a handle on her brow game. The top of the brush is a bit thicker than I would prefer, so sometimes I smudge a bit above my eyebrows and need to clean it up with a Q-tip. It's kind of annoying but not enough to get me to stop using it. It also holds the brows with the gel in a natural looking way.
I have used the Benefit Gimme Brow in the past, and actually find it to be a superior product to the brow drama, it holds really nicely and the brush size is perfect. BUT, it runs out really quickly and for the price it isn't really worth it, especially when I don't need to use it as often when I have my brows tinted. If I stopped tinting my brows though, I would definitely go back to the Gimme Brow.
It's taken me a while to get here, but I accept that my brows are what they are, and I need to work with them. It's just not worth it to fight them or make them into something they aren't. Which really seems like a good beauty philosophy in general. Emphasizing what we already have, instead of trying to force ourselves into a mold of what we think we should be in order to fit into some idealized standard of beauty. The people in my life who I think are the most beautiful don't necessarily look like someone you'd see on the cover of a magazine. They are beautiful because of their confidence and their strong sense of self. But a strong brow game never hurts either!