I have always been self-conscious about my eyebrows for two reasons: 1) they are extremely thick and bushy, 2) they are so blonde that you can’t see them! Because of my blonde hair, eyebrows and eyelashes I was called an albino all through elementary school. As soon as my mom would allow make-up (the 7th grade) I wore mascara. Then, around 16 years old I realized I should do something about the eyebrows so I started plucking them and dying them and, eventually, waxing them.
I always had a thing that I didn’t want people, especially boyfriends, to see me without my make-up on because I look so drastically different without mascara on and without my eyebrows colored in. Without going in to too much detail, I was dating a guy that had never seen me without make-up on. I took a shower at his house and he came into the bathroom before I had my make-up on. He exclaimed, “did you shave all the hair on your face off?” Uh, yeah, that’s what I did. Needless to say, I broke it off with him the next day. Another boyfriend once told me, “Some girls look better with make-up and some look better without. You are just one of those girls that look better with make-up on.” See any reason why I might be self-concsious?
When I started dating my husband, and eventually let him see me without make-up, he actually said I looked beautiful without make-up on! I guess that is one way I knew he was the one.
When Brett was born it was apparent that she was going to have light hair, light eyebrows and light eyelashes. Although she is only 16-months old she still has strawberry blonde hair, and blonde brows and lashes. While a part of me already understood what she was most likely going to go through as she got older the other part of me thought that I should be proud of my own blonde brows and lashes (something my dad, who also has blonde eyebrows and lashes, has always told me do!)! I actually wear less make-up now than I did before and I haven’t gotten my brows dyed in over a year. I like that my daughter and I have matching light hair and I like showing it off.
This just was a small example of how my perspective changed on things after my daughter was born.