Want to thicken your eyebrows or learn how to hide your bald patches. Well, in quick and easy steps, we are here to help you create the perfect eyebrows.
With today’s makeup trends being all about inclusivity, we have tons of styles that accommodate all features and face types. So, if you want to know how to create perfect brows, you have come to the right place. While transplants and tattooing can be a quick fix for permanently perfect eyebrows, there are also ways to naturally grow them back and maintain them. Also want to know what eyebrow shape will suit your face? Well, let’s get into it.
Step-by-step guide for perfect eyebrows
Are you happy with your brows’ thickness but not sure how to shape them? Or are you tired of the parlour aunty’s vicious threading every two weeks? Well, maintain your eyebrows at home with a few easy steps. What you will need are tweezers, a spoolie and a brow pencil.
Shaping the brows
Using a spoolie, brush out your eyebrows in the shape you want.
Check your alignment before you get to actual tweezing. Place the eyebrow pencil straight on the side of your nose. That should be the beginning point of your eyebrow. For your arch, place the pencil at an angle from the side of your nose to your brow bone. That is where your arch should be. Next, keep the pencil at the side of your nose and angle it towards the outer corner of your eye to mark the end of your brow.
If the hair strands are vertically longer, you can trim a little off the top till they are in line.
Start tweezing away the strays that do not fall in the shape you have mapped out. You can also use an eyebrow razor to shave off the strays but mind you, it will grow back much faster than tweezing out the strands.
Ace that arch by sticking to the eyebrow map you created. But one important thing that you should keep in mind is that do not force an arch. Follow the natural shape of your eyebrow. If your brow’s highest point does not give you an arch, don’t be stubborn. Go easy on the tweezing unless you’re cosplaying a movie star of the 1920s.
Fill it up
Say that you are still growing out your eyebrows and have some bald patches. You can fill them up using a brow pencil. The Lakme Eyebrow Pencil is your best friend for a natural look as it is long-lasting and waterproof so you don’t have to worry about sweating it off.
Start by outlining the shape of your brow lightly. If you do not naturally have a high arch, this is your time to shine by faking the arch by drawing it on with an brow pencil.
Take a sharp and slanted brow brush and swipe it over the pencil. If you’re directly using the pencil, keep the pressure light and gentle.
In small strokes, start filling in the spots. Keep the strokes small and thin and keep following only one direction to draw the hair. Make sure that the beginning of your brow is of a lighter shade than the end.
Blend the product by using the spoolie to brush through your brows. It will also help get rid of any excess product.
Eyebrow hacks for thicker eyebrows
Don’t tweeze your eyebrows
Constantly tweezing out your eyebrows can thin them and reduce hair growth. Let them grow to their fullest potential before shaping them. Even if you start spotting greys, resist the urge to pluck them. You can always hide the greys by colouring them with a brow pencil.
Just like the hair on your head, you need to moisturise your eyebrows too to amp up the hair growth. It will also nourish the skin around your eyebrows so that you don’t have to worry about eyebrow dandruff. Moisturise your face twice a day by applying Vaseline Petroleum Jelly. The jelly does wonders in hydrating your brows and the skin as it seals in the moisture.
Considered as a super ingredient, castor oil is loaded with ricinoleic acid and vitamin E that strengthen hair follicles. It has been known to thicken fine hair like that of your eyebrows and even your eyelashes.
Simply take a few drops of the oil, warm it up in your palms and massage it onto your eyebrows. You can either leave it on or wash it off after 30 minutes since it is quite thick and can feel icky if you’re heading out.
Also, start exfoliating for the perfect eyebrows. Now, it’s an odd tip but it does work. Like any other body part, when you exfoliate your eyebrows, it encourages blood flow in that part and boosts hair growth.
Blend with two shades
You have probably been scarred by the 2010s trends of jet black thick eyebrows that everyone was trying back then. The key to filling in your eyebrows is to make them look as natural as possible. Remember, the beginning of your eyebrows are of a lighter shade than the ends. So, to emulate that, start off by drawing on the first few strands with a lighter shade. Then move on to the rest of your eyebrows with the black eyebrow pencil.
Apart from drawing on a fake arch, you can also give the illusion of one by highlighting the brow bone. Adding a highlighter can also give your eyebrow a neat and tidy look. Squeeze out some highlighter from the Lakme Absolute Liquid Highlighter and lightly swipe them on your brow bone. The light and shimmery liquid highlighter will complement any eye makeup you apply while also creating that oomph factor your look might be missing.
DIY remedies to naturally grow eyebrows
A quick search result will show you that items lying around your kitchen are also helpful to get thick eyebrows. From coconut oil to aloe vera, see effective results with thin eyebrows being a thing of the past.
Coconut oil is every Indian mom’s favourite go-to home remedy as it actually brings about results from growing eyebrows and hair to nourishing dry skin. It is loaded with micronutrients, vitamins and fatty acids that stimulate hair follicles in accelerating growth.
To grow out your eyebrows and make them thicker, take a few drops of coconut oil and generously apply them to your eyebrows. Massage for a few minutes and leave it overnight. In the morning, wash it off with cold water.
Curry leaves can add flavour to your dals as well as your look. Sport naturally thick eyebrows by adding them to your routine. Curry leaves have beta-carotene and proteins needed to strengthen your hair’s health. It also has amino acids and antioxidants that stimulate inactive hair follicles, especially at the ends of your brows.
Crush a few curry leaves and let them soak in water for a couple of hours. Strain the water and apply it to your eyebrows. Leave it overnight and wash it off the next morning.
Have you ever wondered why Vaseline Petroleum Jelly is a favourite remedy found in every home for decades? Its hydrating and nourishing properties not only treat skin conditions but also help your eyebrows. The jelly locks moisture into the hair and makes your eyebrows look thicker and fuller almost instantly.
Swipe some Vaseline Petroleum Jelly with your finger and massage it onto your eyebrows. Leave it overnight and then wash it off with lukewarm water the next morning.
Yes, we have all been warned about the dangers of lemons as they can turn your hair grey if you leave it for long. But its pros are much higher than its cons as just a couple of drops for a few minutes can grant you the perfect eyebrows. The citric acid in it gets rid of excess oils to let your hair follicles breathe, and get about their responsibilities of growing hair. It also heals weak hair follicles and reduces thinning of eyebrows in the first place.
Squeeze a few drops of lemon juice and apply them to your brows. Let it sit for two to three minutes and then wash it off with a mild cleanser. You can repeat this routine twice a week.
Here we have one remedy that you actually might look forward to. The soothing aloe vera gel calms itchy and dandruff-filled eyebrows and is loaded with aloenin which is known to encourage hair growth while also healing weak follicles.
Cut open an aloe leaf and scoop out the gel. Take some of the gel and massage it onto your eyebrows. You can leave it on or wash it off after it has dried out.
How to Find Your Perfect Shape
With beauty being subjective, you may know what works for you best. But if you are still not sure, follow some guidelines to find the perfect eyebrow shape for your face shape.
S-shaped brow for square face
If you have a square-shaped face, it means that you have a square jawline with a broad forehead and cheekbones. If you want to soften the bony jawline, an s-shaped eyebrow can work for you. It starts off thick with a dip before creating an arch and thinning at the end.
Low arch for heart-shaped face
For a heart-shaped face, along with a broad forehead, you will have a pointy chin. To create the balance between your strong forehead and chin, round or low arch brows are the way to go. Keep it thick and long to soften the pointy chin.
Round brows for diamond-shaped face
While the heart shape may be softer, a diamond-shaped face has a bony structure with angular cheeks, temples and jawline. So keep round-shaped brows with a slightly higher arch or curve to reduce the illusion of a wide forehead and cheekbones.
High arch for round face
If you have a round face and are tired of it being described as a baby face, your best bet is a steep arch. It makes your face seem longer as the high arch creates a dramatic look. The higher the arch, the better as round eyebrows will just make your face look even more rounder.
Straight brows for long face
If you have a big chin and elongated forehead, it will be considered a long-shaped face. To give the illusion of a slightly shorter face, straight and flat eyebrows will do the trick. The flat brows will keep the attention on the centre of your face.
Soft brows for oval-shaped face
The difference between a long and oval shape is that if you have a wide forehead but a tapering chin, it is an oval face. While all eyebrow shapes work well, you can keep a neutral shape with soft and shallow arches.
Well, this mega guide has it all from helping you grow your eyebrows to get the best shape that suits your face and more. Remember, these simple yet essential tips can change your entire look and help you get the perfect eyebrows.