Eyebrows. Did you know that they are more important in recognizing another person than even his or her eyes? It’s science! They’re also the frame on the artwork that is your face–so how they look affects how you look. Currently we’re seeing trends toward dark, sculpted and full eyebrows, but not everyone is blessed with such attributes. Which is all well and good, but if you’re desiring the fuller look you may be wondering how on earth to get your eyebrows to follow suit.
My own eyebrows are fairly dark and full, but I’ve noticed them lightening over the last few years and so I thought I’d share how I’ve gotten mine darker and fuller…without spending for microblading. If you don’t know what the term “microblading” means, check out this post from Maskcara.com.
4 Steps to Gorgeous Brows
1. Leave your eyebrows where they are for 4-6 MONTHS.
That is a long time, but the science is explained here. If you’re one of those people who has been plucking away for years, SERIOUSLY, don’t cut/tweeze/epilate/wax/thread those brows for a while. You may take care of any unibrow-connector-hairs, I suppose. You can also use some of the products below in the mean time.
2. Grow your eyebrows and nourish them.
There are many oils that can be applied to moisturize the eyebrows you do have (which will prevent them from falling out before their cycle) as well as potentially help you grow back any wispy hairs faster and darker. Castor oil, olive oil, coconut oil, to name a few, are all options.
At night, remove makeup gently and be especially careful in the eye and eyebrow areas. After makeup is removed, make sure to apply a light swipe of your chosen oil over the eyebrow (and eyelash) hairs. Give yourself a month to see a difference.
Use a product with prosteglandins (“why” explained here) if you aren’t seeing progress within 4-6 weeks of not removing any eyebrow hairs. Latisse, Women’s Rogaine and Grandelash LASH-MD Eyelashes, are all considered safe to apply to eyebrows. Be dilligent in your application!
3. Darkening your eyebrows
If you’re happy with the amount of eyebrows that you have, but the color could be darker for your liking, consider these methods for darkening them.
Eyebrow tinting. I’ve done had this done professionally and my mom has just begun doing it at home. Professional eyebrow tinting can be anywhere from $10-$20 per visit and lasts 2-6 weeks, but a month is typical. Here’s the method for DIYing your own eyebrow tinting that my mom uses.
Eyebrow mascara. My favorite so far is NYX Tinted Brow Mascara. This stuff not only darkens your eyebrows, but it also holds them in place. All day. I LOVE it! Here’s before and after pics of my brows using the NYX Brow Mascara. It’s a very natural looking product.
4. Shaping your eyebrows
Once your eyebrows are fully grown in, you may want to shape them (AKA, remove some of the hairs…which kind of seems wrong since you just grew them out, but…).
Threading. My personal favorite form of eyebrow shaping–it’s the most precise, the gentlest on the skin, and I just feel like the women I’ve had to it really understand eyebrow shapes that flatter. If you have ever wanted to know more about it, read this. Costs about $7-$15/visit and lasts 4-6 weeks.
Waxing. Everyone knows what waxing is, right? Pro: it’s really good for those with crazy eyebrow growth, because it encourages hairs to grow back finer and lighter. Con: it’s not great for sensitive skin or those who are acne prone because it can cause irritation around the eyebrows. Costs about $15-$25/visit and lasts 6-8 weeks.
Tweezing. I only use tweezers to maintain a shape put into my brows after they are threaded or waxed. Anytime I try to create a shape with tweezers, I end up over-tweezing or getting totally different shapes going on with each of my eyebrows.. If you’re only trying to get some stray hairs between your eyes or near the crease of your eyebrows, tweezers are a safe, quick and free method. Costs nothing and lasts 2-4 weeks.
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