Eyebrows have been a huge trend for over a year now. In the past few months, we’ve watched hashtags like #browsonfleek and #browgamestrong gain popularity. Everyone seems to be striving to go for either the thick Cara Delevigne look, or the more precise and calculated “Instagram brow.” It’s been a really big time for brows, and I’ve personally been really enjoying it.
Why are eyebrows enjoying such a huge moment? Well, it’s probably because your eyebrows can completely change the way you look. Yep, those two little strips of hair on your face can have a big impact on your looks. Thick, busy brows make more of a statement (remember when Taylor Swift showed off the look and her appearance was totally different?), while thin brows don’t always show off your features in the same way. Want a quick makeover? Try doing something new with your brows.
This is exactly what I did this past week: I had a small eyebrow makeover. And not only did my brow makeover change the way my face looks, but it also gave me a huge boost of confidence. Ready for the details?
This past week, I made an appointment to get my eyebrows shaped at a New York City salon called Spruce & Bond. Spruce & Bond is a waxing and laser hair removal salon formerly known as Completely Bare that also specializes in eyebrow shaping and tinting.
To be honest, I was super, super nervous. I was born with great eyebrows, and besides tweezing a few stray hairs in between them, I’ve never touched my eyebrows (excluding using makeup). Since there aren’t many things about my image I wouldn’t willingly change, my eyebrows have always been something I’ve been really proud of. They’re naturally thick and the shape is perfectly fine – not the best, but not bad either. I get compliments on my brows every time I get my makeup professionally done, and makeup artists have told me many times to “never touch them.” So, I never did. While friends complained about painful waxing and or/tweezing, and other friends dished about eyebrow horror stories, I left mine alone to do their thing.
But as the eyebrow trend grew and grew, I started paying more attention to mine. I noticed that they were a little bit unruly and messy. I started brushing them regularly, and using a bit of Anastasia Beverly Hills brow powder on them, which definitely helped. I experimented with Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow and brow gel, and I tried out several other products as well. I liked the results, but I still felt like I was missing something.
While I had no problem with the thickness of my eyebrows, I did have a problem with the shape. What was the problem? Uh, there was no shape. My eyebrows just kind of hung out up there, no arch to be seen. I tried to tweeze the ends, but I got scared and didn’t want to do any serious damage. So, this is what my eyebrows have looked like on their own, before I got them shaped:
See? They look fine, but they also look kind of messy and shapeless. For months, I considered getting them shaped, but every time I thought about doing it, I got scared. I know it sounds silly, but my eyebrows are so important to me! They’ve always been something I’ve loved about myself, and so I’ve never wanted to do anything that might ruin that. Plus, I already spend a lot of time and money on beauty products and procedures. It was nice to have a super low-maintenance eyebrow routine to count on.
Then I started hearing a lot of great things about Spruce & Bond, and when I was offered an appointment, I thought, hey, why not? Why not try something new? So I gathered my courage together and made an appointment. Truth: I almost cancelled a few times I was so nervous. But I didn’t!
Spruce & Bond is a really pretty salon that is full of light. The location I was at looks over Fifth Avenue in the Flatiron District of New York, and if you’ve never been there, I highly recommend checking it out. It’s very pretty. I met with Ronia, the senior brow specialist at the salon, and told her exactly how I felt. I was honest about being nervous. I told her I had never done anything to my brows, that I wanted to keep them as thick as possible, but that I just felt like I wanted more of a shape – maybe a little bit of an arch.
Ronia understood what I was saying immediately, and she also gave me lots of compliments about my brows, which was nice. She agreed that I didn’t need much done, just a little bit of shaping. This made me feel better, and so she went to work. Here is the result before she applied any makeup to my brows:
OMG SO MUCH BETTER. Guys, I was so scared to look in the mirror when she was done, but then I was so happy when I did. I had never seen my eyebrows with such a shape before! I didn’t even know they could look that clean!
Here’s how Ronia did it: The stylists over at Spruce & Bond don’t wax or laser your eyebrows. Ronia told me that waxing or threading your eyebrows isn’t the best idea because the eye area is so sensitive, and waxing and threading is so aggressive. Ronia tweezed everything. It was slightly painful, not going to lie, but it wasn’t the worst pain I’ve ever felt. I can tell you firsthand that waxing is worse.
Once Ronia tweezed my eyebrows into an actual shape, she applied some makeup.
Ronia’s routine was very simple: brow powder and a brow brush. She brushed out my brows, then applied the powder in soft, gentle strokes. She told me that gentle strokes look more natural, and she was right. She brushed out my brows after filling them in with the powder, then carefully snipped off any longer pieces. Once she was done, my brows looked like this:
I don’t want to sound like I’m a bragging, but… I think Ronia did an amazing job. My eyebrows look so much more clean and neat. They have a very nice shape to them, and I like the slight hint of an arch. They don’t look overdone or weird. While they are definitely thinner then they were before, they’re still as thick as they can be.
In case you forgot what my brows looked like before, here’s the transformation with before and after images:
So, in conclusion, I’m pretty thrilled with my brow makeover. Actually, no: I love it. I’m obsessed. I copied Ronia’s filling in technique at home, and it was super simple – I think I did a pretty good job on my own. I think my newly shaped brows really define my eyes more. While the difference isn’t something that is going to shock anyone or even be super noticeable to everyone, it is something that people will notice. Also, my new brows made me feel super confident, and so that’s always worth it to me! This is one beauty experiment I will definitely follow up on.
If you’re ever in New York, I highly, highly recommend Spruce & Bond. But in general, getting your eyebrows shaped is a great way to change up your look just a little bit without going too dramatic. Find a brow stylist you love, and I promise you’ll love the results!
What do you think of my brow makeover? Have you ever had your brows shaped? Tell me in the comments!