18 August 2011

The eyebrow business

I remember once coming back to Australia on a flight from Dubai and one of the Emirati flight attendants had a perfectly groomed monobrow that she had even shaded in with pencil to enhance. At the time I was like "really?" and then listened to the fellow Aussies sitting in front of me making Star Trek jokes every time she passed.

But after googling it, I have actually come to admire it when it is done right. On some women it can actually look quite attractive and even enhance their facial beauty. Keeping that in mind though, I would never ever do it to myself. I like mine separate and groomed. I also like them thick, which is why I can't understand the tiny thin drawn-on lines I have seen some Arab/Afghani/Irani women replace with their natural brows. I don't  understand why anyone would completely remove their eyebrows and then get unnaturally thin lines tattooed on. It looks disgusting to me. (But more on that later).

Here are some of the natural monobrows I discovered:

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 Some of of the more enhanced varieties:

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According to this article here, women in Tajikistan consider the monobrow the height of beauty and so regularly apply a dye paste to their brows made from the Usma plant. The dye only lasts two days so you need to constantly reapply it.

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 I love how it contrasts with her eyes - it really brings them out:
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The Tajiki women even make up their mannequins in the same way:

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 And then there is this:

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Not pretty at all. The others had cultural beauty to it - the one above is just plain scary, especially with the matching lips.

Now back on to the tiny thin drawn-on/tatooed eyebrows I mentioned before:

So tiny you would need a magnifying glass to see it. Hate the brows - love the makeup though!
This is the winged style that has been emerging in the last few years. I don't even know what to say about it. It is just so unnatural.

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The tatooed variety:

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In real life I like eyebrows to look thick and more natural like these babies:


Pretty!

12 comments:

  1. I read the other post, about the gift. I had a comment, but not sure if you want me to post it to you here. if you're ok with that, comment back and I will let oyu know what I think

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  2. I have separated eyebrows, which are naturally arched, thicker at the middle and thinner at the ends..and I do like it that way.. But a few countable eyebrows in the middle section tend to 'flow' (idk how to describe it) in the opposite way of the other eyebrows on that half of my eye/ face area. It annoys me :/ and kinda messes up my face? :X can I tweeze it, is it allowed in Islam?

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  3. Very interesting post, thanks for sharing...I didn't know about the monobrows and not sure how I feel about it exactly. The reason I'm commenting is coz I have very very sparse natural eyebrows so enhance mine with make-up to look thicker and groomed. Wish I had thick eyebrows *sigh* but happy with what Allah SWT has given me Alhamdulillah.

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  4. That's interesting, I think it works sometimes too. Love the last girls eyebrows.

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  5. You found pretty pics!

    I think of Frida Kahlo when I think of a monobrow.

    I've seen monobrows on some Emirati girls. It's quite unique looking. I think women with monobrows have strong character.

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  6. I was gonna wax my unibrow tomorrow but heck, I may leave it au naturale for a few days...see what I think...hmmmmmmmmm

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  7. Just recently I came across a pair of tattooed eyebrows. It was shocking to see what that person must have gone through to avoid the hassle of plucking them. Mine's separated in the middle but I don't pluck the rest of them so they are pretty nice in shape, natural but not all over the place. Why do women go through so much trouble every few weeks to get thin eyebrows, I would never know.

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  8. Remember Brooke Sheilds? She had massive brows and she was known as a great beauty. Different cultures have different standards of beauty. I would kind of compare this to Western women dying their hair pitch black or pink. A little experimental beauty here and there...

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  9. I wish I could get my eyebrows to come in thicker, there is a relatively thin line and then some stragglers. I've been applying castor oil so hopefully they thicken up; I suppose that anyone with a bit of uni-envy could try that! ;) I'm not sure how those really thick ones would look since my face is a bit small but I would love to have another row or so of hairs added to what I have now!

    <3 Anna

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  10. AOA, There is this thing in Islam that tells you that the Prophet (SAW) woes on to women who shape or create a different shape(differs from the eyebrows given to her by Allah to alter the look of her face permanently) of her eyebrows, tattoos her face and shapes her teeth(apparently women back then used to shape their teeth too) for beauty purposes(Im sure that if it's related to health it's totally fine)
    i have thick brows and they make my face look untidy but im bound to my Prophets words, so I don't but i really wish i could trim them and beautify them

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    1. Ai's view is correct, wommen aint suppose too trim shave or pluck there eyebrows bu ti heard removin gunwated hair like a monobrow is allowed.

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  11. Ive stopped plucking and can't wait to get bold bountiful brows!!!!

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