Apparently, eyebrow tattoos are a pretty big thing now. I was out to dinner with friends last week and all the ladies were talking about them, where to get them done, how they felt, how much they cost and how long they last. Now, I’ll admit a few things:
1. I’ve never been big on eyebrow maintenance and will own up to the fact that a big motivation for my having bangs is so I can wait longer in between brow-taming sessions. My eyebrows could probably get to Backstreet Boy Kevin Richardson status without anyone knowing. And I like it that way.
2. I’m not that big on these lady issues in general. I chip nails and wait weeks to trim them all to an equal length; I’m known to go inappropriately long periods of time without shaving my legs; and have a phobia of people touching my feet that has prevented many a professional pedicure.
3. This may be an underlying reason for numbers 1 and 2, but I’m fairly frugal. I will spend money on specific things like good food, coffee and travel, but it’s easy for me to call most expenses superfluous. It may seem like a euphemism, but I like to live pretty simply. I can recall a real conversation in which a friend said, “You don’t have a TV or cable. You’re such a hipster,” to which I replied, “I’m not a hipster; I’m poor.” That’s a hyperbolic statement, but you get the point.
Anyway, the eyebrow tattoo fad trips me out a little bit, not only because of the aforementioned preferences, but because eyelash extensions are also a thing. So, as ladies, we’re supposed to add little pieces of hair to our lash line, while removing all the hair from our brow line, only to get it tattooed in, all the while, trying to make all of this look as natural as possible?
Don’t get me wrong. Both lash extensions and brow tattoos look great. They look beautiful. They look perfect. But do they look great because we’re naturally inclined to like the way they look, or because we as women are constantly creating new and increasingly out-of-reach standards of beauty for ourselves? I’ve never felt the pressure from a significant other to even pluck my eyebrows much less get them tattooed on my face. And not once has a man ever complimented me on how voluminous my eyelashes looked.
This is in no way meant to belittle someone for doing what they want to do to make themselves feel beautiful—I’m all for that. But I think we do need to ask ourselves why we do what we do sometimes, and how these standards of attractiveness are created.
Or maybe I’m just cheap and too lazy to take care of my eyebrows.
Frida Kahlo reincarnated (ugh, I wish)