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9 Eyebrow Mistakes You May Be Making
Overplucking, not filling them in & much more
Your eyebrows can make or break your look, but many women (and men!) overlook them. Here are 9 eyebrow mistakes many people make. Are you guilty of these?
Mistake No. 1: Not Consulting a Professional
It seems every magazine article about grooming your own brows comes with a diagram showing you how to use measurements to determine your best brow shape. Many times pencils are involved. You're meant to do things like draw imaginary lines and place the pencil at the center of the line, angling it towards the inner corner of your eyes.
Mistake No. 2: Overplucking
Perhaps your mother told you that if you mess with your brows, they may never grow back.
Turns out, she was right. Over-plucking can lead to permanent brow loss. Sometimes, when plucked, brow hairs won't grow back in. And the older you get, the less chances plucked hairs will grow back in.
Why this is true of your brows and not the hairs that grow on your chinny chin chin, I have no idea.
So if you think it might be cool to wax your brows and then pencil in a new brow an inch higher than your natural brow for your Halloween costume or rave or Goth party or whatever: DO NOT DO IT.
If you think you might like a tiny little skinny line for a brow because that might be interesting: DO NOT DO IT.
You get the picture.
Mistake No. 3: Plucking Gray Hairs
I am guilty of looking in the magnifying mirror, spotting a gray hair nestled in my brow and then attacking it with my Tweezerman tweezers. (You must own a Tweezerman, buy a slanted one at Amazon.com).
This is a mistake because if this becomes a habit, at some point you will be left with super sparse brows. Remember: plucked hairs do not always grow back in.
Your better bet is to leave the hair alone and remind yourself that no one else can see it.
Here are your best options for a fix:
Mistake No. 4: Not Filling in Brows
If your brows are sparse or so light they blend in with your skin, you are missing an opportunity to look amazing. As we age, we can experience thinning eyebrows (just as we experience thinning hair). But don't fret, thinning brows, or patchy brows or non-existent brows can be fixed with a pencil or brow powder.
Simply filling in your brows can totally open up your eyes, brighten your look and make you look a few years younger.
For a brow powder, I like the Anastasia Brow Powder Duo. You can buy this brow powder at Amazon.com. And for brow pencils, I was sent the Laura Geller Brow Marble Pencil from QVC and it...is...amazing. Plus, it will last my lifetime. Buy it at QVC.
Here's a quick how-to. Note: Pencils and powders tend to stick to skin, not to hair, so if you don't have a lot of hair you'll want to shade in the skin where hair should grow.
If you want to go the permanent route, I've heard amazing things about eyebrow tattoos.
Mistake No. 5: Not Cleaning Up Above the Brow
It's a myth that you are not supposed to pluck above the brow. Please pluck above the brow. Why would you pluck below but not above? Makes no sense. If there are stray hairs standing out at attention, grab 'em.
Mistake No. 6: Letting Brows Go
I am known for being direct with my closest friends about their brow issues. I have friends who don't bother with their brows. They just let them go and when I'm standing there talking to them about our love lives I can't help but stare at the stray hairs. Or their unibrows.
Yes, lush brows make a comeback every few years. But those strays that pop up between your brows or under or over them need to be swept away.
It takes seconds. It's like making your bed every morning. It just makes the room look tidy. Your face needs to be tidy, girls.
As for guys....
How to Get Your Guy to Groom His Brows
I have noticed a lot of guys with unruly eyebrows of late. I'm talking brows that grow to more than an inch and stick out in random spirals. The older a man gets, the unrulier the brows become because when gray hairs grow in, they tend to be of their own unique texture.
So how to get your guy to groom his brows? I suggest he ask his barber to do his brows when he gets his hair cut, but grooming bushy brows isn't so hard to do on your own. All it takes it a comb and a pair of scissors. Simply "comb" the brows with the comb and hold the comb in place. Any hairs that pop out of the comb should be whisked away with the scissors. I watched once as a lady barber used an electric razor in the same fashion on my then-boyfriend (now husband). She held the brow hair in place with a comb and then ran the razor over the unruly bits that stuck out.
Nick looked much better when she finished than he does when I cut his stray hairs with scissors.
For unibrows, I recommend waxing. But tweezing can work, too.
Mistake No. 7: Not Brushing Your Brows
If your brows tend to get wonky on you, brushing them into place with an eyebrow brush or clean mascara spoolie and setting them with either a eyebrow gel or hairspray works wonders.
Here are 2 options:
Mistake No. 8: Shaving Your Brows
Yes, they make tiny little razors just for the brows, like these "Tinkle Eyebrow Shapers" from Amazon. They're meant to shave fine hair and aid in shaping. But you're better off skipping the razor. The stubble alone is a good reason. Your best hair removal methods for your brows are:
These pull from the root, so when the hair grows back in, it's soft. Shaving works great on the legs and your underarms, but it's not meant for a woman's face.
Mistake No. 9: Using Cheap, Drugstore Tweezers
The drugstore is a great place to buy a simple face cleanser or sunscreen. There's no need to splurge on lipstick, eyeliner or shampoo. The drugstore will do you.
But when it comes to tweezers, you must splurge on a good pair. And that means Tweezerman slanted tweezers or a good pair of Japanese tweezers. They'll put you back $20, but will save you a ton of time, frustration and bad brow moments.