Good eyebrows are always in style. Eyebrow trends change from year to year, but lately, the bigger and more lush, the better. This doesn’t mean you should let your brows get unruly- we’ve uncovered some tips and tricks to keep your brows on fleek! And when it comes to growing your brows? There are a few key eyebrow hacks you definitely need to know! Read on if you want the best brows of your life.
How to Grow Eyebrows
1. Leave Your Brows Alone
It can be tough not to pluck, wax or thread your eyebrows, especially if you feel like you’ve been doing it your whole life, but if you want your eyebrows to grow, you have to leave them alone. Don’t perform any type of grooming for at least 12 weeks – it can take up to a year for your brows to grow in fully, so you have to do your part in allowing them to flourish!
Did you know combing your brows stimulates growth? Pick up some spoolie brushes and run them through your brows on the daily. It will help them grow lush and also ensures you keep them tamed.
Just like brushing them, exfoliating your eyebrows also stimulates hair growth. After cleansing your face, apply an exfoliator to your brows and the skin around them (I love La Roche-Posay Ultra-Fine Face Scrub for Sensitive Skin as it gets the job done without being too harsh). Massage your brows in circles, then rinse the product off. Exfoliate your brow area three times a week for best results!
4. Try Vaseline
Your skin needs to be hydrated and nourished if the hair on top of it is going to grow. Vaseline creates a sealing barrier and helps lock moisture to speed up your skin’s natural recovery process. Clean and dry your brow area, and apply vaseline 3 to 4 times per week.
Apply an eyebrow growth serum to your brows daily. Many growth serums out there work by conditioning your hair and renewing its natural renewal cycle. You’ll notice a difference in the amount and strength of your eyebrow hair due to nourishing ingredients that will restore and repair your brows.
6. Use an Oil
Oils like castor oil, coconut oil and jojoba oil promote brow growth similar to vaseline, by creating a barrier that locks in moisture. Oil also goes one step further, increasing circulation and stimulating cellular metabolism. Apply your oil of choice to your brows before heading to bed and leave it on overnight.
How to Shape Eyebrows
Once you’ve grown your eyebrows to their desired length, it’s time to shape them! Here are 4 steps to shape perfect brows.
Step 1: Figure out the best eyebrow shape for your face
Every face will look better with a certain eyebrow shape. Just because a brow shape looks good on your friend or favourite celebrity, doesn’t necessarily mean it will suit you.
For example, round faces tend to look best with structured brows that have angled arches and longer ends, while heart-shaped faces often look best with soft, rounded arches that complement your sharp angles. Finding the shape that works best for you is a key first step!
Use eyebrow scissors to trim down your long hairs – just don’t snip them too much. To ensure you don’t crop them too much, brush your hair up with a spoolie and only trim the long hairs, one hair at a time.
Step 3: Use a facial oil
You want to make this process as pain-free as possible, so use a facial oil to lubricate your skin and hair follicles. Gently massage a generous amount of oil to your brow bone to get the area prepped for what’s to come. This will prevent the hair from breaking and make it easier to tweeze without pain.
Step 4: Pluck away
Use a set of tweezers to pluck any unruly hairs. Make sure not to over pluck, and tweeze the hairs in the direction of hair growth, while holding your skin taut. Look for stray hairs between the two dots at the beginning of your brows, as well as beneath your arch and beyond the end of the tail.
How to Draw in Eyebrows
If you want to get thicker eyebrows using makeup, follow these 4 steps.
Step 1: Outline
Using an eyebrow pencil, create an outline by drawing a line underneath your brow. Using the same pencil, create hair-like flicks to fill in sparse areas.
Step 2: Define
Use an angled brush and a coloured pressed powder in the same or a similar shade to your brows and the eyebrow pencil. Define the shape of your brows, but don’t fill the inside corners of your brows too much. Also stay away from making the end points too harsh so it’s not obvious they’re drawn in.
Step 3: Clean it up
Use a spoolie brush to brush through your brows, picking up any excess powder. Use the brush to blend lines and create a natural brow look.
Step 4: Conceal the deal
To really get definition for your brows, apply concealer underneath your arch using a flat-tipped concealer brush. This will wipe away any excess brow product and have your brows looking natural and gorgeous.