Eyebrows: Where have they gone?  

naturalfoxes 51M
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3/29/2006 10:48 am

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Eyebrows: Where have they gone?

I know it may sound crazy, but I've always been a big fan of womens eyebrows. They come in all shapes, sizes, colors etc.. and some are naturally thick while others are soft, blonde and just barely there. It used to be a feature that made every woman unique in their own way and some eyebrows were quite frankly a work of art. At least that's the way it used to be "back in the day". Over the last few years however, I've noticed that any semblance of real eyebrows is vanishing at an alarming rate.

Recently some women have been taking their obvious disdain for eyebrows to the extreme by shaving them off. To futher complicate things, after shaving them, they attempt to draw them back on. I'm left to wonder who told them this was a good or attractive idea?

Usually the reason for shaving any type of hair is to remove it from view. You'll never see a man shave in the morning and then draw on a beard or mustache, that would just look silly. Women who shave their armpits (or pubes) don't take out eyeliner and try to pencil them back in either, because once again, that would look silly. Yet every day I see women proudly parading around with magic marker for eyebrows and I have to wonder why.

Then you have the women, that for some inexplicable reason, will decide to only shave half of their eyebrows off and draw the rest in. You've seen them. Right in the middle of the eye it goes from natural hair to a sharpie pen and usually doing some wild swoopy thing out towards the corners. Did they lose their nerve halfway through the process and then get drunk before they decided to draw these on? Did the razor go dull and they don't draw too well in the mirror? This is another phenomena I just can't seem to figure out, but I do know that I'm against it.

If you hate your eyebrows so much that you need to shave them off, then leave them shaved. Walk around for awhile like that and I bet you'll appreciate your eyebrows a whole lot more in just a few days. What could possibly be so bad about eyebrows that would cause women to do this?

Then you've got the incessant pluckers and tweezers. I've seen many women driving down the road, attempting to pluck their eyebrows in the rear view mirror. Now we're talking about putting your life (and others) on the line to try and remove a hair or two. Do you realize that in some 3rd world countries they use plucking eyebrows as torture for interrogation purposes? Yet here in the supposed "civilized" world women everywhere are doing it by choice, while trying to drive no less. I just don't get where all this need for self conscious eyebrow mutilation came from, but I do have a theory.

I know it couldn't have come from the modeling industry, which many fads appear, because most models have always had bold eyebrows. From a photographic point of view, you're always going to look better on camera with full eyebrows. They help to shape your face and are the framing for your eyes. You'll notice you don't see a lot of pictures hanging up anywhere without frames around them and there's a reason for that. You certainly don't see any pictures hanging up with a frame around it that has actually been drawn onto the wall ! You also wouldn't see a picture with a half a frame on top and a fake one drawn onto the bottom, that would look silly. Many of todays (and yesterdays) actresses have bold eyebrows too and they look fantastic on camera because of it. You certainly don't see anyone in the media with drawn on eyebrows, unless you're watching the Munsters. Full eyebrows define their face in any kind of light and helps keep the ghoulish appearance away that some of the harsh lighting can bring.

That brings us to the almighty beautician who I think is behind all this shaping, plucking, shaving, waxing, thinning, bleaching and tweezing. (Who would have thought there could be so many different things done to a little strip of hair?) First of all let's be clear, most "beauticians" are a far cry from being beautiful. Why they feel the need to give out (and people believe) their beauty advice is beyond me. They usually have bad hair, bad makeup, gaudy nails, and it's equivalent to letting a mechanic work on your car that takes the bus to work, because his vehicle is always broken down.

However, I do understand economics and the need to get as much cash as you can out of people while you have them in your beauty chair. When they say your eyebrows need thinning, what they're thinking is I need to buy some new scissors or the price of cigarettes may have just gone up. I'm pretty sure they aren't going to throw that eyebrow thinning you (so desperately) need in for free, beauty as we all know, always comes at a cost. Unfortunately, to me that cost is the demise of wonderful natural eyebrows, and the continuing loss of your best facial feature that made every woman so unique.

From a personal standpoint, there is nothing sexier to me than a woman with light hair and dark full eyebrows. It's a veritable smorgasbord for the senses and you may be getting the best of both worlds if the carpet doesn't match the drapes. From a photographic standpoint this can be the ultimate type of model as well, certainly no other combination stands out better in just about any type of photo. It creates a number of different focal points, as the light shimmering hair creates a gorgeous contrast with the dark eyebrows. The fullness of the eyebrows make an exquisite frame for the eyes and will tend to bring out their unique color as well. Having full eyebrows with any hair color is going to draw more attention to your face and make you stand out more in photos, especially with brunette/black/red brows as it will give you a much more exotic look.

Now I'm certainly not suggesting women run around looking like Andy Rooney from 60 minutes, I would imagine if your eyebrows are too thick that shaping might be helpful. However, if you're tired of men staring at your boobs, fuller eyebrows are always going to make a better frame for your face. They will highlight those eyes that you've always wished they would spend more time gazing into anyway..

pet_humility 48F

3/29/2006 11:57 am

LOL.. I have a problem with this to, take a look [post 262295]

It amazes me what people do these days to their bodies. If someone would actually be honest and say, 'hey that looks fucked up'...they might stop doing it

naturalfoxes replies on 3/29/2006 2:00 pm:
Wow, I'm glad to see that I'm not alone in my thoughts about this. That's so cool that someone else has a post about the same type of thing. Listen up ladies..

ms2picky 54F

4/13/2006 7:48 pm

I have very normal eyebrows not too thick and not too thin , some of these womem go way over one plucking it hurts.

nikid_64 52F

4/25/2006 5:40 pm

I've always thought about shaving mine off seems so much easier to deal with, weather your plucking them to much, too little. Pay someone to do them for you? Who do you trust? Great view point, I have some thinking to do.

BlueEyez4u2u 48F

4/25/2006 7:45 pm

I had to laugh when I read this... i know a lady I wokr with who goes and gets hers waxed off and then she always draws them on crooked... one is always higher than the other... no one says anything to her.

I dont' understand the pulling hair out that makes you sneeze incessantly, one time was enough for me

bemusedgoddess 52M/47F  
71 posts
5/12/2006 9:52 am

Fantastic Post!
Sharpie Pen...LOL That's a good one. And I agree with the beautician comments--
Lesson One: How to look FAKE!
Oh come on!
How is it that some of us actually 'see' what is there and others only 'imagine'. There is no accounting for GOOD taste...
Yikes! I remember this one woamn that I went to school with--and I know this may seem shallow--but she looked like Tim Curry/Clown from 'IT'.
Nature gave you personal features as a gift...Use what you have got--Don't press the DELETE button.
Mainsteam Pop Culture is for SUCKERS!
Love the Brows Your with!

ShyWhisper2006 53F
15175 posts
5/12/2006 8:29 pm

*smiles*...It reminds me of another trend I have noticed recently of dark outlines on lips as well...I am thinking a sharpie has made its mark there as well. Wonderful insight on your posts...Thank you

tyger342436 48F
6 posts
5/23/2006 6:06 am

Laughed My Ass Off! Nothing left to be said the blog speaks for itself. Common Sense Ladies, Common Sense.


red_hot_trucker 58F

5/25/2006 3:17 pm

It all goes back to Marilyn. But you forgot the painted on mole just to the left or right of the mouth. This also was considered attractive.

It's not the models we women notice for the most part, who madate how we dress, how we apply our make up, (or not, I personally have grown very comfortable with myself with out make up, and have noticed that men notice me just as much with out as they did with, who knew?) It's the woman in the check out, or the library, or in the club,,, the reality of life. And in my personal opinion, women in our culture are very jealous of each other, and very insecure when it comes to another woman. Women see other women as a threat. Not entirely for bogus reasons, either. Men have played a huge role in this.

For years, decades, women have been told in the western civilization that body hair is unattractive. Look at how French women are viewed in our culture. Yes, some go to far when it comes to shaving it off, and then painting it back on. One of my best friends has one eyebrow that is mostly gone on one side, and completely gone on the other, and the pencil replaces all. It's her thing, and guess what, she's happy in her skin. Yes, I'd love nothing more than to show her how to apply make up, but why? Why should I force my opinion of how I think it should be applied on her? She doesn't tell me I should shave mine. It's her own style. In this ever reinventing itself society, who cares? Somewhere I beleive it's still about what is on the inside that matters.

If you watch tv, commercials are primarily aimed at women. What we use monthly, what we use to shave our legs with, or better yet, the deplitory methods that are so much better, our vaginal aroma, are we using the pill, how much we weigh, the diapers they want us to use once we have achieved a certain age since they are sure our kidneys/bladders are failling us. I know I've left out last night's urgent message that I was supposed to take immediate notice to regarding my body...Only recently have commercials slightly changed the focus on men's impotence. (I rarely see a commercial for jock itch, but we all know men suffer from it, right?)

Bottom line, it's about media, peer pressure, and self esteem. A vicious never ending dog chasing it's tail circle.

Now excuse me, I have to go shave my legs...

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