Eew. Sorry for getting dismayed at my own eyebrows.
So this is how my eyebrows look before they are drawn. Shaped accordingly. Take a closer look ( okay, fine, bratty me used the iPhone because I’m still unwilling to show this in high resolution hahaha! ), and you will get to see that my eyebrows are unevenly distributed – they’re quite full near my nose, but they are really, really sparse by the “tail”-end (easily put in Filipino, “buntot”). That explains why I have to draw, at least, the “tail” every single day as I deem myself looking weird and too undone without decent eyebrows everyday.
I think I started getting obsessed with my eyebrows after my first makeup schooling under the ultra-talented RB Chanco. All the more when I took up an advanced bridal makeup course in Singapore when Singaporeans are ultra precise, and very much strict with well-shaped eyebrows. I believe to have stayed behind after school with my frustrations to get that perfect arch and that perfect shape. At home, I would even be my own model as I would practice drawing my eyebrows for hours. Sigh, oh memories!
With my obsession with eyebrows and fiddling with eyebrow products, I definitely have tried almost every brow product there is. Pencils, wax, gels, powders, and even pens. Yes, eyebrow pens. They reminded me so much of my favorite Chinese calligraphy pen when I was in high school. We were asked to use a calligraphy brush, dipped in black ink to write as finely as we can in small boxes of space ( xiao cai, if you can relate, ) and my aunt from Taiwan just came home one day bearing me presents – one of them is an automatic pen that dispenses back ink like a ballpen already, and the rest was history. I loved those pens until they ran dry. Little did I know that these pens would evolve into being eyebrow pens one day!
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