Natural-looking, well-shaped eyebrows can enhance your look and complement your entire face. All it takes is a little extra care to get them growing in healthy and looking their best. Whether you’re just starting out with eyebrow grooming, want to grow back your brows, or need some tips on how to maintain them, here are some ways to keep your brows on point!
For Healthy Brows
1. Moisturize your brows.
While applying moisturizer to your face, don’t forget about your eyebrows (especially the skin underneath)! Moisturizing will strengthen your brow hairs and promote healthy growth (just like a healthy hydrated scalp helps you maintain healthy locks!) The key is to gently apply the lotion into your brows so you don’t risk pulling out hairs while you’re doing it. I suggest applying a moisturizer to your fingertips, then lightly pressing them over your brows to allow the formula to reach your skin. Natural oils are especially great for moisturizing, nourishing, and protecting the brows, which brings me to the next step…
2. Use natural oils to stimulate hair growth.
While there are many oils that help with hair growth, castor oil, coconut oil, olive oil, and almond oil are among the most popular. By massaging them into your eyebrows, you’ll increase circulation and blood flow which will in turn stimulate hair growth. You’re brow hairs will also benefit from the vitamins and moisturizing properties of the oils. Here’s are four of my favorites, along with a little bit about how each one works:
- Castor oil is a natural anti-bacterial and anti-fungal agent, so it prevents fungus or bacteria from inhibiting hair growth. The oil may also help prevent hair loss by coating hairs and protecting them from falling out, as well as strengthening hairs by locking in moisture. (2)
- Coconut oil reduces protein loss, plus it’s able to penetrate inside the hair shaft, maximizing it’s effectiveness (1). Coconut oil also contains lauric acid which acts as an anti-microbial agent, so it prevents infection of hair follicles which could be inhibiting hair growth (2).
- Olive oil contains Vitamins A and E, which help towards healthy hair growth (3). Vitamin E nourishes each strand of hair, while Vitamin A stimulates the production of sebum, your body’s natural oil, which helps with hair growth (4).
- Almond oil is rich in Vitamins A, B, and E. Almond oil nourishes hair and stimulates hair growth. (8).
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For the Perfect Brow Shape
3. Get your brows professionally shaped.
Leave it to the experts to find your perfect eyebrow shape, then maintain them yourself every couple days/weeks, depending on how fast your hair grows back. I recommend doing some research or ask around for suggestion – you want to find someone who has the skills and eye to determine the right brow shape for your face. This is important because it will serve as the starting point for you to continue maintaining your brows on your own (or in-between salon visits).
4. Clean them up every week or so (but don’t over do it).
Whenever you start to notice a few strays growing in, take a few minutes to do some quick maintenance Grab a mirror (no need for a magnifying mirror as they can easily lead to over plucking!) and a pair of tweezers and mini scissors, and head to a place with natural light, like by a window. (Natural light for some reason makes it the easiest to spot strays.) Then, carefully tweeze anything that’s grown well outside of your brow area. Follow your ‘professionally’ shaped brows exactly, and when in doubt, just leave it! Remember, the most natural ones always look a tad unkempt and messy!
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For Extra Oomph
5. Use powder eyebrow products to add natural fullness.
When it comes to adding natural-looking fullness to your brow, nothing works better than powders. For one, powder products are by far the gentlest – they won’t drag or pull on your skin, which when overdone, can stunt hair growth. My favorite is the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder Duos (which I reviewed here). The second reason I recommend powder products is because they create the most natural looking finish. It’s more difficult to detect powder versus pencil strokes; powder tends to appear more ‘blurred’, diffused, and less harsh overall. Lastly, powders open up a ton more shade options since eyeshadow shades double as brow powders. MAC Cosmetics, for example, has a huge range of eye shadows in several eyebrow-complimenting shades (just make sure to get one with a ‘matte’ finish, like the one shown below).
6. Use pencils to fill in sparser areas.
If you have scars or sparser areas that you want to fill in, now that’s when a pencil comes in handy. Their formulas tend to ‘stick’ a bit better to the skin compared to powders, and they’re also a lot quicker and easier to build up on areas that need the most coverage. One of my all-time favorites is Hourglass’s Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil. The pencil formula is soft and doesn’t require much pressure to apply, plus it lasts impressively long and doesn’t rub off easily. I also love the pencil’s angled tip, which helps minimize harsh lines.
7. Go lighter when choosing brow products.
To maintain natural looking brows, it’s important to pick a brow product that’s a shade lighter, or even a couple of shades lighter, than your natural hair color. That way, the product creates what the eye sees as a ‘shadow’ and produces the illusion of naturally fuller brows. You can’t go wrong with a neutral light taupe – it tends to be the most flattering for all hair colors! The one thing you definitely don’t want to do is try to match up your product with your exact brow color – your brows will actually end up looking darker and also denser. Over do it just a tad, and it can easily result in an unnatural, almost ‘theatrical’-looking set of brows, if you know what I mean!
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What are your favorite eyebrow care and grooming tips?