Eyebrow Shaping & Eyebrow Growth
The Search for the Ultimate
Eyebrow (on your own head)
Does it seem like everyone BUT you
has good eyebrows? How about eyebrows, period?
watch TV and beautiful brows abound. Are they
real? Is that make up? Is that micropigmentation? Did she have
brow transplants? Was she born with that?? Grrrrrrrrr Why don't I have
Those of you who know me or have read throughout the site know I barely have
two eyebrows to rub together. I
have scarce brows from over plucking, from medication usage, from bad luck,
who knows. I just know I am forever forced to use a brow pencil over my micropigmentation
and have been applying Latisse (the leftover in the cap after I
apply it to my lashline).
And I will venture to guess that if you are
reading this section you either:
have no or have very little
eyebrows to work with
need help learning how to shape
you're curious about an eyebrow
shape change to your already near-perfect eyebrows
Well, I can't say I am some type of expert but I have been
through eyebrow hell and I haven't made it back quite yet. I can offer you
what I know and perhaps you will become brow-savvy sooner than you think!
Top Reasons for Eyebrow Loss
Here are a few causes of eyebrow
loss. They are listed alphabetically. If the below does not apply
from you, this doesn't mean there is no reason. Please discuss this issue
with your Primary Care Physician to be sure your eyebrow loss does not stem from
something more serious.
|Too Little or No
Most of us have at
least a little brow hair. I don't know if this is good or bad.
It's like okay great, you some real hair thrown in there, but does it
really do you any good?? I mean sure, it can be used as a guide if
you have enough in all the right places. Or does it just get in the
way and make you look like you have eyebrow pencil on top of sparse
eyebrow hair? Anyway, since the majority of us have at least
one hair, right?
Much, or Unshaped Eyebrow Hair
Just say NO,
ladies. I sometimes wonder if it is entirely worse to have too much
over not having any at all. However, at least the cure for bushy
brows is a quick, precise plucking session and you have instant
diva! But I must say when I see a beautiful woman with unruly or misshaped
brows. I cringe and want to say please go get your brows plucked correctly
before I freak out right here in the street. Ladies if you have
brows like this, run, not walk to the best eyebrow shaper in your city and
Actually this isn't as bad as it sounds. At least you have brows!
Many celebrities have asymmetrical brows, one being my favorite pretty
lady, Angelina Jolie. Regardless, you can cover one half of your
face and look like a different person (one side sexy, the other
plain, or as some people say happy on one side/sad on the other)
Whatever the case. They are easy to fix,
but don't necessarily have to be. Take a straight on photo of yourself and
mirror image exercise.
Although not glamorous, these brows fit this person's face and looks perfectly
fine on her. Try fro brows which are easy to care for, not unruly
and are neither too small or too large for your face. You can wear a
variety of different brow shapes but wear one which is suitable for your lifestyle
How To Shape Your Eyebrows
To determine exactly where your brow should begin, hold a makeup brush or a
pencil straight up and down against one nostril. Where the pencil lands by your
brow is where it should begin. The brow should end a little past your eye (if it
grows down too far it will drag your eyes down). If you have a natural arch,
work with it. If you need to create one, look into your eyes. The arch of your
eyebrow should fall directly above the outside of your iris. Using an eyebrow
pencil, fill in the brow area that you want to preserve so you can pluck outside
- Take a thin make up brush and place it
at the side of your nose straight up and down. Where this line
ends near the brow, your brow should start from there.
- Take the same make up brush and angle it
from the nose to the pupil while looking straight ahead. Your
arch generally peaks where the make up brush meets your brow.
- Again take the make up brush and angel
it from the nose to the outside of the corner of the eye. This
is where your brow should end. It should never drag below this
area either or it can drag your eyes down.
Tips: Go SLOW! Draw
them on first if you have to or use a stencil but pluck one hair at a time
and make sure you take a step back to see if you are doing well.
Pluck the unwanted hairs in the direction that they grow. It causes
a lot less pain and you are less likely to bleed. Brush the, up as
well and carefully trim any long hairs. And the myth about not
plucking above your brows. Please do! If you don't need it,
After you have correctly plucked, or had your brows correctly plucked
by a professional, it will be easier to see where you need color fill in
(if necessary). They will also be easier to maintain of you don't
let them run amuck again.
Tools of the Trade
You simply MUST have a good pair of tweezers. There are so many cheapies
out there it is pathetic. Trust me I have gone through a ton of cheap ones
and the expensive Tweezerman tweezers have lasted me years now. Tweezerman, ask anybody, is practically the best
you can buy -- and they will resharpen them for life, you just pay postage.
But who really sends their tweezers back for sharpening?? Eyebrow combs and brushes are also extremely helpful. Not entirely
necessary but certainly the eyebrow brush is a necessity for ME because I have
to pencil color in and brush it in to blend.
Some technicians use the
individual hair-like strokes technique. I favor this technique because is
looks rather natural, but only if the pigment is a softer, lighter color. Some
even use 2 to 3 colors with may occur naturally in natural eyebrows. The
technician should determine the hair color and skin tones in pigment selection.
Please see our Micropigmentation Section
for more info on this option. Please use a transfer stencil and NOT freehand! Don't
make my mistake.
For Hair Loss
Yes, Topicals DO work.
Rogaine: From what I hear about Rogaine it does help people grow some of their hair back but
it is reported that you must continue taking it to retain this hair growth.
Latisse: Although Latisse is for eyelash restoration,
it can restore natural brow hair. However, Rogaine may be more effective.
Solutions For Hair Loss
Hair transplants are a very real options.
It requires the removal of hair similar to the thickness, texture, color and
length on other parts of the body and surgically implanting them into the
balding area of the scalp.
The transplant may take
approximately 3 to 6 months to fully grow out and blend in with the rest of the
brow. However, be sure you have someone who is very skilled in this procedure.
A foot long hair growing out of your brow is just wrong! It is minor
surface surgery and supposedly it is one of the safest surgical procedures ever
for more information on eyebrow transplantation, eyebrow restoration surgery,
etc. and see what you come up with. I can't say I haven't thought about it
and often wonder if nose hair would be a good match?? Just make sure they don't
take hair from the back of your head or pubic hair, I mean really do you want to
trim those things all the time?? I'd rather have toe hair than pubic hair
on my face. At least female toe hair isn't long and curly like a man's. Blech. I personally think nose hair is comparable, and the most viable for a
Links (these links will launch a new window)
Eyebrowz Stencils - Darken & Shape Your Eyebrows
Natural Hair Transplant Medical Center -- Eyebrow Gallery
Beauty Message Board
Eyebrow Stencil Tutorial and Shapes