What to do when parlour didi messes up your eyebrows
Didi patla mat karna, bas thoda sa clean up
Your pain tolerance may be high but threading your facial hair is another kind of hell. Parlour didis vary from the ones that laugh as you cry through your eyebrow threading – “itne sare piercings kar liya, phir bhi ro rahe ho!” – to ones that are more supportive with “sab theek ho jayega, bachche.” Eyebrows lie at the core of this complicated relationship.
These thread-wielding women have acquired a rep for being condescending bullies who give us body image issues but it’s not always bad. We aren’t the easiest to work with either. As eyebrow makeup and care become popular, our directions to didi become more specific, leaving room for quick gaffs.
Whether her hand slips leaving you looking like a 4-year-old drew on your face or she’s thinned them out to the point only Komolika can rock that look– messed up eyebrows can be saved.
Celebrity makeup artist Mausam Gandhi offers a few key tips you can do at home until your forehead regenerates.
1. When your eyebrows don’t match
Do your eyebrows look like one large caterpillar trying to eat the other one? Don’t worry, they can be fixed. Gandhi suggests breaking out an angular flat brush and a pot of eyebrow gel. “There’s nothing it can’t fix. Take minimal product on the brush, and neatly draw to correct the eyebrows. Be careful not to use too much product ( you don’t want anyone to know you literally drew them to perfection) Anastasia Beverly Hills has the best gel pot brow fillers.”
2. When your eyebrows are too thin
Parlour didi may not have caught up to the bold thick brow trend, thinning yours out beyond recognition. Allowing them to grow back may be the best way out, but you can’t always hide at home till that happens. Gandhi says, “If they’re drawn too neatly, they can look a bit fake. However, you can darken them, creating an illusion of making it look fuller. Use the Benefit Cosmetics Precisely, My Brow eyebrow pencil to do this.”
3. When your eyebrow hair is too scanty
Shaped to perfection but not enough hair to fill them out? Gandhi’s advice is to pick up a brown eye shadow and lightly fill in the gaps. Go slow so you have control over how it looks in the end. It’s better to work your way up than to go too hard and have to start again.
4. When the strays remain
There’s always a few pesky hairs that get left behind and this is easy to fix. “Just take a tweezer and get rid of any extra hair. Remember, JUST the extras. Don’t go too far with this one,” says Gandhi.