From plucking to shaping, trimming, and filling — Eyebrows are such a huge part of the beauty world today. But for those of us that grew up before the era of brows being on fleek, there may be some things we still need to learn.
Are you trying to grow in your over-plucked brows? Maybe you’re struggling to find the right products to keep them in place? Or are you just lost entirely? Have no fear. We have the tips and tricks to bring your brows to the 21st century.
For those who feel hesitant about fussing with their brows at all, we get it. It can be a scary thing to invest in. Especially if, as a tween, you made the ultimate mistake by over-plucking, trusting someone else to shape them, or even having shaved them. But, hopefully, as an adult, you can trust yourself to take it slow this time around.
Brows shape the face. They frame your eyes, give your face definition, and are another way to have fun with your look. With all the brow products on the market like pencils, powders, pomades, creams, and even scarier scissors or tweezers, there is a lot you can do with your brows. And once you start the process, you will begin to wonder how you ever completed your beauty routine without focusing on your brows.
Up first is growing your brows. Whether you shaved them, plucked them, or let someone else wax or thread them into nothingness, there are ways to get your natural brows back. Latisse (Shop here) is a common lash growth product known to help regrow your eyebrow hairs. But it is quite an investment, requires a doctor, and can come with side effects.
A more natural and affordable route to take would be applying castor oil (Shop here) onto your brows each night before bed. Massage into your brows and let sit overnight. The massage will help to stimulate growth, and the oil will moisturize the hair for strength and health. If you do this consistently, you should begin to see a difference in just a few weeks.
Once your brows thicken up or if you happen to be lucky enough to have kept your brows tweezer-free, maintaining them is the next step. This may be the most nerve-racking step of caring for your brows, but if you take your time, you will do just fine.
There are several tools you can reach for when cleaning up your brows. The least painful and easiest is a small facial razor (not your leg razor, ladies). You can pick up a multi-pack of these at the drugstore. If you want to do the bare minimum to your brows, you can use this blade to shave between your brows gently. One swipe should do it. Otherwise, you could end up with half a brow.
Another way to keep up with your brows at home is plucking. When in natural light, use a pair of sharp tweezers and pluck between the brows. You can also grab any extra dark or thick hairs that have popped up underneath your brows. Yes, it may sting at first, but you should get used to it rather quickly. This will last longer than shaving.
But if you want to take it up a notch and shape your brows, you will need an eyebrow comb and eyebrow scissors. You can brush your brows straight up, then very gently trim the top edges so that all the hairs are even. But be sure to leave the tail end of your brows alone.
If you cannot be bothered with any of this, put your brows in the hands of a professional. These methods will last the longest, and you can go in without the fear of chopping off half your brow. Whether you choose waxing, threading, or even the trendy microblading that completely overhauls your brows, ensure you go to a trusted and certified brow expert.
Then comes makeup. This is the most fun part. There are so many brow products to experiment with. And as makeup is only temporary, you can go all out without fear.
When starting out, a brow powder is the most forgiving option to fill your brows in with. The IT Cosmetics Brow Power Powder (Shop here) comes in a universal shade — No need to find your match. But if you want a more defined brow, a much-loved pencil is the Anastasia Brow Wiz (Shop here). It comes in ten shades and is precise enough for all brow shapes and sizes. A cream eyebrow product will offer you more pigment and longer staying power but can be a bit messier, so proceed with caution. With all of these methods, use an angled brush or pencil to follow the natural hairs in your brows, and you will achieve fuller and bolder brows.
Glossier Boy Brow (Shop here) has quickly become a favorite for many of those with untamed hairs that go in all directions. With five shades of this brow pomade, you can choose clear for a simple hold or a tint for some extra color. To use it, you simply take the petite brush and sweep through your brow hairs in the direction you want them to go, and they will stay in place all day. On top of that, they will feel and look soft and natural while adding a thicker appearance to your brows.
Hopefully, you feel a little less stumped when it comes to your eyebrows now. Whether you want to regrow a brow styling fail or fill in your sparse brows, these are the growing and grooming essentials you should know.