#TBT Brows Edition

Yes, #TBT “throw-back Thursdays” tend to make you LOL because of the hideous clothes and crazy (and usually too big) hair dos.  They make me laugh…every time.  But one thing I noticed that has also changed throughout the decades is eyebrows. Adjectives used to describe brows though the last century include big, pencil-thin, over-plucked, wild, bushy, arched, wide-set…and the list continues. As you can see there is has been a wide variety of brow shapes that seem to change with each passing decade. Let’s have a look (and yes, feel free to LOL).

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1910s – This was a time where less was more. Less make-up was key (that was saved for prostitutes and stage actors) and a natural look was the goal.  During this time, brows were defined, but still natural looking.

 

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1920s – With the rise of the silent movie stars, a brow movement was created. The “Roaring 20s” brow was pencil-thin, somewhat straight and was an accent to the bolder eye make-up that had become popular.

 

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1930s – Enter brow pencils.  While the extremely thin look was still going strong, the brow pencil allowed for some artistic arches.  The popular arch became more and more rounded.  Some women would pluck their brows completely and redraw the look they wanted.

 

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1940s – The brows in this era were a direct effect of WWII. Strange, I know, but while the men were away fighting the war, women had to step up and into the workforce. This meant putting a sophisticated look together…including full (and dramatic) brows.

 

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1950s – During this decade we start to bring sexy back, which seemed to be lacking in some of the earlier brows! Think Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, and Audrey Hepburn. Sexy and full, but also wide-set and shorter combined to bring the sex-appeal to the eye area.

 

Twiggy - 1960s1960s – This era seemed to be defined by “extreme”.  Women were taking risks with make-up and brows opposite of what their mothers did the decade before.  The result was long and thin. Some, like Sophia Loren, drew short hair strokes into the shape she desired.         (Hmm…that’s a lot of work….microblading anyone?)

 

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1970s – We took a step back from the brow pencil in the 70s. It became a focus on more natural looks, defined by waxing.

 

 

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1980s – Go big or go home. That left us with wild, untamed, and often unshapely brows.  (In full disclosure, these tend to be my favorite #TBT pictures!)

 

 

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1990s – Too much of good thing, can be bad. Over-plucked and over-waxed brows left us in another decade that was saturated with skinny brows.

 

 

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2000s – We made it through the Y2K fears and the over-plucking disasters to find ourselves with sexy, short, arched brows. This is a trend that would become perfected in the following decade.

 

 

e1302212e785ced2945d5282f07f683b--the-history-most-popular2010s – This is us now. Microblading, Brow shaping experts and pencils to fill in are key. We have perfected a natural looking, defined brow that can be mircobladed to avoid time spent each morning and looks perfect for every selfie that you take….every time.

 

Make sure to make your brows a priority, so that they aren’t the reason someone is LOLing at you in a #TBT post in the future.

Speaking Beauty

The Dictionary you REALLY need…

I always feel more at home when I understand the terms being used around me. I mean I went in to the eye doctor last week and they were talking about a dry caruncle?!?!  A what?!?!  (I learned from Google it is actually the pink triangle part of the inner corner eye, but who really uses this word when talking to someone who is not “in the business”?)

So, back to my point: it is important to understand the terms of what you are getting into at a studio like ours. We have no problem offering an explanation, it’s just that many of you feel embarrassed to ask.  So, wait no more…here is my dictionary of commonly used and maybe misunderstood terms:

MICROBLADING – This is a form of permanent makeup that provides a natural looking means to partially or fully camouflage missing eyebrow hair.  It can be used to thicken and reshape brows with the appearance of simulated hair using fine deposits of cosmetic tattoo pigments. Sound confusing?  Not sure how it will look afterwards?  These pictures are worth a thousand words…

 

MICRONEEDLING –It is a minimally invasive skin treatment that requires little to no down time. The device contains nine fine needles or a single fine needle that punctures the skin to create a controlled skin injury. This triggers the body to fill these microscopic wounds by producing collagen and elastin. Helps improve skin texture and firmness on the face and neck, and results in reduction of scars, stretch marks, and pore size. Bottom line: helps produce collagen…

 

OIL INFUSED LASH LIFT AND TINT– This is a great alternative to eyelash extensions or for clients with sensitivities. It is a low maintenance lash solution for clients as results lasts up to 12 weeks. Using your own lashes, it is permed against a silicon pad to give it a natural looking “lift“. We offer a tint with our lash lift also that help with our lighter eyelashes or to give it an illusion of mascara. Here are pictures of this amazing-ness…Note: these are YOUR natural lashes!!

            

 

LASH OR BROW TINT – Think vacation…or any other day that you don’t want to spend time on your lashes or brows. It can spare you the need for mascara or eyebrow pencil. Tinting lasts about 3-4 weeks, depending upon sun exposure and post care.  As you may have realized, if you have an undesirable and unforgiving brow shape…Microblading is the way to go.  With your natural lashes, the lash lift and tint are a great combo!

 

DERMAPLANING – This process, included in every facial (!) removes the vellus hair.  Don’t worry, it will not grow back coarse.  What it will do, however, is allow your products to reach your skin as they should and your make-up go on smoothly. Once you get this done, you will be hooked for life!

 

Hope you now have the confidence to speak beauty!