My tadpole definition: when a women goes Tweezerman-crazy & over-plucks her brows to the point of almost no return. It’s when the brow is shaped exactly like a little, tiny tadpole— & it sucks ass.
This weirdo description came to me circa 2009, while watching The Bachelor. Half the girls who were desperately vying/drooling/bawling for the final rose ( naturally it was the most shocking season yet- GASP! ) had tadpole shaped brows.
I mean, hello?!!! I searched the show, frantically, for more of a groomed caterpillar brow. And to my dismay, it was slimmmmm pickings!
I literally can’t stand tadpoles. They take away from the beauty of every girl’s face; usually they’re over-done, over-plucked, & just sick!
So real quick; here’s my best brow secrets:
+ I get them tinted at least once a month ( sometimes two if I’m lucky ).
+ I’m seriously obsessed ( like, in a I-can’t-live-without-it type of way ) with this brow kit. It comes everywhere with me.
+ Caution…you may think I’m a total freak, but I brush my brows every day ( ESP after I apply brow powder on them ). My favorite clear mascara AKA brow brush can be found here. It’s a real life changer.
+ For traveling, I pack this kit.
Why am I such a bat shit, brow-psycho? BECAUSE.
Eyebrows frame the face. They’re a total focal point. Keep um classy, clean, & full…because honestly?! No one wants tadpole brows!!!
…oh, & don’t even get me started on Sharpie brows ( SIGH )…
Ok now, check these brow master babes out:
+ Brow background? Give us the deets.
Claire Long: I’ve been an esthetician for thirteen years now & brow shaping has always been one of my favorites! I had a bad brow experience in high school followed by a few years of over-tweezing. I finally figured it out & just let them grow in!
Lindsay Gowen Merrell: My brow background begins with the great Anastasia Soare ( brow guru to the stars ). I was an esthetician before I met her, but as most of us know, that doesn’t mean jack in the world of brow art. She literally turned my world upside down with her knowledge of brow beauty. Now, I follow her theory & mix my esthetic. It works beautifully for me…and my clients : ).
+ WTF does the perfect brow look like…?!
Claire: We can only work with what we’ve got, so I try to make the brows as perfect as they can be for that person’s face. I work in all straight lines when creating the shape of the brow. I think a strong high arch & keeping as much length on the ends is super important. I also give them a good trim ( not too short ) it gives a much more polished look. I have clients of all ages so I keep younger girl’s brows age appropriate.
Lindsay: A perfect brow? There’s no such thing. There are so many. It’s kind of “a what’s perfect for you” type thing. We’re all genetically blessed with different strengths… BUT…. full and sexy are my ideals.
+ Any DIY tips?
Claire: DIY…I’m not a huge fan of the DIY method, but if necessary tweeze only the obvious strays. It’s really hard to have a good perspective on your own brows & to keep them even when that set of tweezers is in hand..
Lindsay: DIY= less is more. If you’re growing out, fill the brows in before tweeting. That way you aren’t tempted to tweeze team players.
Claire: I’m obsessed too!! Thank god for brow tint! I searched high and low for the best brow tint around. I use a brand called refectocil. I find that it lasts a lot longer than its competitors. The more often that you get your brows tinted, the longer it lasts.. If you let it all fade out it’s harder for your brows to hold the color than if you retint them sooner. If some like super dark brows I usually double tint them. Tint them once, remove, then immediately tint again. This helps to saturate that brow with color. In order to preserve your new tint it is essential that you are aware of what you are putting on your brow area. Check your cleansers, serums and moisturizers- a lot of ingredients can lighten your brows quicker, so can chlorine!
Lindsay: Tinting is a must if your hair is a different shade than your brows. For example: warm hair + ashy brows= ewww. Other an that, it’s up to personal taste. I love a hot blonde that can go bold with her brows. Just think, “Scar Jo.”
+ Biggest brow mistake ( ewww! Tadpoles! ):
Lindsay: When they’re too thin.
+ How should brows look for 2013?
Claire: Thick but clean.
Lindsay: A brow powder that’s softer than your actual brow hair. Fills them in, without being too harsh.
+ Quick, easy brow tip?
Lindsay: When in doubt leave it!! It is so much more difficult to wait what feels like forever to fill in a gap you created when you got carried away with the tweezers!
Soooo…put.down.the.tweezers. & leave it to the pros!