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I didn’t realise how important it was to keep my eyebrows in shape until my early 20s. A friend said to me “You should really get your eyebrows threaded, it would really open up your features!” Just the thought of getting my eyebrows threaded and hearing the stories from other friends who had their eyebrows done, was a huge turn off for me. I wasn’t sure if I was ready for that kind of pain. I eventually plucked up the courage and wanted to see what all the fuss was about and took myself to the nearest beauty salon to ask the beautician behind the counter if she could thread my eyebrows. Before taking a seat, I informed her over and over again “Listen before you do this, you need to know I am an eyebrow threading virgin”.  She laughed and told me to hold my hands in place so she could get to work. At first I thought I was going to die! My eyebrows felt like they were literally on fire, they hurt so much and it didn’t help that they were red and puffy. The talcum powder that she dabbed on them after was not doing them any justice. I have to admit that once the swelling went down, I actually loved them and having not learnt from my first experience I decided to just suck it in and make this into a new beauty routine. Over time I became a bit more adventurous and even tried waxing which I now find is the best method for me. There is minimum pain, which only lasts seconds and for me it takes as long for the hairs to grow as it would if I had them threaded.

The latest beauty craze that I have seen is women who fill in their eyebrows by themselves. The reason why a lot of women are doing this is because it allows you to not have to get them redone at the beauticians every month.  You are able to fill in your eyebrows with a pencil or eyebrow kit and with this; you can create a sharp and fresh eyebrow that can last for another month or two.

 I have seen quite a few fails and I have to admit, when I first started shaping my eyebrows by myself I thought I looked like a cartoon character! My eyebrows looked so obvious that I had filled them in and I then learnt that you really need to blend in that concealer! The concealer line under the eyebrow stands out especially with a camera flash so my advice is to blend, blend and blend!!

Here are some of my trusty tools that I use; hopefully this will help you to create that perfect eyebrow!

MAC eyebrow pencil in spiked
MAC eyebrow pencil in spiked

MAC eyebrow pencil in spiked: The pencil is very slim and pointy so you can achieve a very sharp and defined shape by just doing light strokes across the natural growth pattern of your eyebrow.

MAC select cover-up concealer
MAC select cover-up concealer

MAC select cover-up concealer: I use this concealer with a 206 Angled brow brush that you can also find at MAC Cosmetics. With this, I am able to create an illusion that my eyebrows have a sharp finish. I cannot stress anymore that you need to blend in that concealer so you don’t have the obvious demarcation line under your brow.

Sleek eyebrow kit
Sleek eyebrow kit

Sleek eyebrow kit: I wouldn’t have used this if my Mac eyebrow pencil was finished and I’m happy that it did. Sleek are really doing well with their products these days and I love it. I am a loyal MAC Cosmetics customer but I am going to continue using this until it is finished! It comes with all the tools that you need to keep your eyebrows in order. Sleek really knows how to keep their girls smiling.

Try them out and see what works for you!

Written by Monique Morgan.

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