Full eyebrows are having a lasting moment – or at least continuing to be a central component of a contemporary aesthetic. Fluffy, feathery, and more undone natural brows are dominating runways and social media – but for those women who overplucked in the 60s, 70s or even the 90s, achieving a full Brooke Shields brow may take some cosmetic aid.
Older women often find that their brows not only lose pigment with age but brows and lashes can become sparse. Pale brows and thinning lashes can make the eyes look tired, while well-groomed and softly tinted brows help to frame the face and create a more lifted and awakened appearance. Too dark or severely drawn brows can result in an angry look.
There are plenty of tools to help shape a natural, enhanced brow at home, beginning with a lighted magnifying mirror, tweezers, small grooming scissors, an angled brush and if needed, a brow razor. Powders, pomades, gels and brow pencils can help fill in sparse areas and create a natural frame for the eyes. Try not to extend beyond the outer edge of the nose or too far outside the corner of the eye; pencilling in the brown too low at the outside corners can create a droopy appearance.
Although there are more permanent brow solutions including tattooing and micro-blading, these can be risky and should only be done by a trusted professional. It’s important to do your homework and get plenty of references before making a decision that can not be easily reversed. For those who still have full brows, tinting or brow lamination can help provide lasting colour and shaping.
Eyebrow (and lash) serums when used daily can help encourage healthy growth, and a conditioner or a dab of olive oil can strengthen hair follicles. If you must tweeze a few rogue hairs – pull in the direction the hair is growing in an upward motion to avoid damaging tiny blood vessels.
For a step-by-step tutorial to enhance “barely there” brows, follow this link to a recent Benefit cosmetics YouTube video.