Shaping eyebrows and fashion – beware!

In the sixties and seventies it became fashionable to have thin eyebrows. Some girls took this to the extreme and even shaved their eyebrows off, drawing the lines in with eye pencil. Mothers cried or yelled and told their teenage daughters that their eyebrows would never grow back. Of course many of the girls didn’t listen, but guess what? – their mothers were right! Two things are likely to happen as a result of extreme plucking of eyebrows – 1) the eyebrows won’t grow back and there may even be permanent bald spots; 2) the eyebrow hair will grow back even more profusely and you will find hairs growing where they never grew before. So, listen to your mothers and this applies to young men as well, as it is now fashionable for both sexes to shape their eyebrows. Following the fashion of thin eyebrows, Brooke Shields became the celebrity that many young women wished to emulate. Look her up when she was the celebrity of the day and check out her eyebrows. The point is that fashion is constantly changing and drastic changes to your appearance can make you feel unfashionable for the rest of your life. Eyebrow shaping is an art and there are actually prestigious awards for beauticians who can do this well. Templates for shaping eyebrows have also been developed by savvy entrepreneurs. If you want to have your eyebrows shaped, consult a professional at least the first time this is done. Ask to see examples of their work or speak to satisfied customers before they touch your eyebrows. Ask them to give you instructions for maintaining the shape yourself. If you are on a budget, research the topic on the internet before you even attempt to pluck your own eyebrows. Never pluck above the eyebrow or between the eyebrows. Only remove as few hairs as possible to tidy the area. Use an eyebrow brush to tidy your eyebrows before you even start and this may be all you need to do. If your eyebrows are really profuse you can make them look less thick by applying concealer or foundation lightly over the hairs at the bottom of the eyebrows. The effect will be subtle and look natural.  Some people lighten their eyebrows but, again, this is not recommended as the natural colour may never return. In the next article we will discuss the correct technique for applying eyebrow pencil as you may need to do this for your wedding photographs.

The plain satin pillowcase – essential beauty item

Have you ever slept very deeply only to find on awakening that deep creases have formed on your cheeks or under your eyes? Imagine how you would feel if this happened on your wedding day! This is caused by pressure on your face during the night, especially if the pillowcase fabric has wrinkled under your face. You have been in such a deep sleep that your face remained in the same position all night long.  Luckily, the creases usually disappear quickly following a morning shower but sometimes they linger. People with mature skins will tell you that this problem becomes worse over time as the facial skin loses its plumpness and elasticity. It is important to minimise the formation of creasing on the face as this can lead to premature wrinkling. A satin pillowcase can help to prevent this problem as the slippery surface prevents your face becoming stuck in one position. Satin pillowcases provide a little touch of luxury and are available in a range of colours to suit your décor. Choose a plain pillowcase as you do not want to be lying on frills or ruffles. Satin fabrics vary in quality so find a pillowcase made in a breathable fabric. Check if the fabric is breathable by placing your hand, palm up, inside the pillowcase then blow through the fabric towards your hand. If you can feel your breath on your hand, the fabric is breathable. If you cannot feel your breath, do not buy the pillowcase and look for another brand. If a fabric is not breathable, it will be very sticky and uncomfortable to sleep on and defeats the purpose we are trying to achieve. Silk pillowcases are another option but they are not very practical as silk stains easily and may need to be dry-cleaned.