Have you ever added a new piece of furniture only to realize that now you need to redecorate the entire house? I felt that way after my “up your eyeshadow game” project this fall. After immersing myself in YouTube videos to learn some techniques to enhance my increasingly hooded eyelids, I tried some of the techniques on my own eyes and was thrilled with the results. Until I took some selfies to document my new fantastic look.
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All I could see in the photos were my eyebrows. Or rather, I couldn’t see my eyebrows in the photos! Years of over-plucking and waxing, combined with the natural effects of aging, had turned my eyebrows into thin, barely-visible marks above my eyes, instead of the thick, lush, brows I wanted to frame my face.
My “after” photo turned into a “before” photo and I immediately started a new beauty project: making over my eyebrows to try to undo the damage I inflicted on my brows during my years of abuse.
First, I stopped plucking and waxing my brows for a few months until I felt my brows had grown in as much as they were going to. Then I took myself over to The Perfect Brows by Leza, a local brow salon with great Yelp reviews, to see what they could do for me.
It turns out they could do quite a lot! My stylist, Lynnita, greeted me and took me over to her chair to talk about my brow goals. After I told her that I wanted to see what I could do to enhance and fill in my brows, she took out a brow pencil and outlined my perfect brow shape so we could see how much work was needed to get my brows in great shape.
Lynnita taught me to find my perfect brow shape. Hold an index card vertically from the bridge of your nose to find where your brow should begin and then angle the index card diagonally to find where your brow should end. The arch of your brow should be over the spot where your iris meets the white of your eye.
After Lynnita drew in my aspirational brow shape, she told me that I actually had a good many small and white hairs that we could enhance by tinting my brows. So I went for it! She applied a vegetable-based dye to my brows and I sat for about 10 minutes while the brow took effect. It actually stung a little bit which surprised me but it wasn’t anything I couldn’t handle.
Once my brows were tinted, Lynnita gave me a light and painless(!) brow wax to tidy up any stray hairs and then spent a long time showing me how to use brow powder and a spoolie to fill in any sparse areas. Here I am with one eye complete – check out the difference!
I was thrilled with my results. Check out my after shot!
After my makeover, Lynnita and I discussed some ways I could fill in my brows more permanently. She told me to start using castor oil on my eyebrows every night to encourage new hair growth. I’ve been using this organic castor oil on my brows every night and I swear I already see improvements.
Lynitta also told me I was a great candidate for microblading, a technique where thin, individual hairs are drawn on your brows using a permanent ink deposited by a microblade pen. It’s similar to tattooing on new brows but much more subtle and realistic. It’s pricey and time-consuming but the before and after pictures I saw were amazing. I will definitely consider this in the future.
Maintaining my new look has been super-easy. Before I put on my eye makeup, I use a thin, fine brush to swipe on a bit of brow powder below my brows and then brush it in with a clean spoolie. Next, I swipe a bit of the power on top of my brow line and brush that in as well. Finally, I add a line of concealer just below my brows to make a crisp line. The whole thing takes less than a minute.
I’m thrilled with the result and committed to regular upkeep. Brow tinting only lasts around 6 weeks because eyebrow hairs have a very short growth cycle so I’ll need to go back for regular appointments every couple of months. And I’m definitely considering microblading because then I’ll only need to focus on keeping my brows nicely shaped.
What tips do you have for enhancing your brows? I’d love to hear them!