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The Road to Acceptance: My Eyebrows and Me

No one can deny that 2016 was the year of eyebrows; thick, defined, and bold. If your brows weren’t #onfleek, you may as well have just stayed home. Well, 2016 has come and gone but the impact of last year’s eyebrow craze has left the world shook. Sorry ladies, if you’re anything like me and have eyebrows thin enough to rival Whoopi Goldberg’s, the struggle is far from over. Now that 2016 has passed, brows may be slightly more natural looking, but they are still a main focal point in every makeup routine. For me, this is cause for a slow descend into despair over my complete lack of skills when it comes to filling in my eyebrows. (I personally really miss the 2000’s when it was perfectly acceptable to wear a full face of makeup, blue eyeshadow and all, and leave your brows entirely untouched). However, it’s a new age and rather than continue the everlasting struggle between a girl and her brows, I have decided to slowly come to terms with the fact that my brows will never be #onfleek and that’s okay.

My brows have always been a point of contention in my life. They are thin, they are light, and truly they may as well just not even be there. No one will ever compliment my natural brows and, to that end, no one will ever compliment my eyebrows even when I do attempt to fill them. I’ve been a makeup lover for a long time but I just pretended eyebrows weren’t a thing. I would brush them and that was about it. Eventually, I realized it was no longer acceptable to paint my whole face but leave out my sad little brows. Well, this realization opened the door to a whole new realm of the beauty world that I had dutifully avoided until that point. THERE ARE SO MANY DIFFERENT PRODUCTS, and you’re expected to just know how to use each one of them…I don’t think so. Through trial and error, I have come to the conclusion that eyebrows are actually not supposed to look the same as each other and have adopted the saying that “brows are sisters, not twins.” Although this little mantra has brought me some comfort, it has not stopped me from leaving my house looking like a confused sasquatch on occasion.

Eventually, I got lazier and lazier and reverted back to not filling in my brows at all. If I really needed to fill in my brows, I had to mentally prepare myself for the task. Usually, I would just fill them as quickly as I possibly could and not look back #noregrets. But the more I told myself I didn’t care, the more I realized I really did. Somehow, I later came to the realization that everyone’s brows are different and that I am definitely not alone in the brow game struggle. I just keep filling them the best I can and hope that they end up, at the very least, the same shade. I don’t claim to be an expert in any way but I have definitely learned to accept the brows I was given. They’re nothing special and I don’t know how to fill them properly but that’s okay because, believe it or not, there is more to life than brows (shocking, I know). Love your brows, love yourself, and if all else fails, pray for a new makeup craze.



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Hi there! I'm Abbie and I am double majoring in non-fiction writing and communications at the University of Pittsburgh. My passions include napping and napping some more. On the off chance that I'm not napping, I'm probably somewhere in the library or chilling out with friends.
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