I am a firm believer that eyebrows can make all the difference in your appearance. They frame your face and can be your best feature. I felt that years of threading and waxing had made my eyebrows too thin. Encouraged by the popularity of natural, thicker, and fuller brows a la Carla Delevingne, last year I began the process of growing in my eyebrows.
Motivated by my new-found desire for fuller brows, I asked my girlfriends for recommendations on a brow expert but came up empty-handed on referrals. It seems that eyebrows are usually relegated to 15 minute appointments in back rooms of nail and hair salons and are exclusively for waxing or threading. That wasn’t going to cut it. I was in search of expert guidance on how to grow in my brows and someone who could help me figure out what shape they should be. After a decade of thin brows I couldn’t even remember what shape they were before.
I was searching for the Holy Grail of eyebrow grooming and envisioning the Washington, DC version of Anastasia. If you don’t know, Anastasia Soare (known universally as Anastasia of Beverly Hills at makeup counters everywhere) is an eyebrow tycoon known for creating a breakthrough method of shaping eyebrows called the golden ratio (the golden ratio finds balance and symmetry for eyebrows no matter what the face shape). Before Anastasia came along there was essentially nada in the eyebrow shaping department. Who knew?
A google search turned up a result for a salon in DC. That was my starting point. I anxiously awaited my appointment with the brow guru. She was skilled (not the Anastasia quality I was looking for) but I gained some valuable knowledge. Through her, I made my first three discoveries in essential tools for growing back eyebrows.
1. Spool Eyebrow Brush
The spool eyebrow brush is an essential item to eyebrow grooming — period. It looks like a thin, straight mascara wand. It is used to brush your eyebrow hairs and “push” them in the shape you are trying to achieve.
2. Wax Pencil
A wax pencil is a great item to have on hand because as your eyebrow hairs grow the scraggly ones may not lie flat or grow in the direction you want them to lie. That was certainly a problem for me! I began using this wax pencil nightly to train my eyebrow hairs to lay in the right shape. This was a difficult stage but the wax pencil helped keep things in place.
3. Eyebrow Powder
The brow expert taught me how to fill in my brows using the proper color brow pencil and powder. Brow pencils and/or powders are essential items during the growing-in stage because they help fill in the area between the stray hairs. I relied on them heavily so I didn’t look unkempt during the growing-in process. I tried MAC’s brow definer pencil in the color “stylized” but I preferred powder to the pencil because I felt it held in place better. I used a MAC powder in the color Brun. The MAC pencil, while offering more control, felt waxy and, for me at least, just wasn’t dark enough, but my brow guru swore by it. I also really like the Bobbi Brown pencil in the color Saddle. You can experiment with whatever “filler” works best for you. Fuller eyebrows are so universally in demand these days that every cosmetics line has an army of tools that can help you. This is just what worked for me.
While I liked what I had learned, growing my eyebrows was taking a long time and I was growing impatient. A few months into the process, during a facial, my esthetician commented on the haphazard state of my eyebrows. I sheepishly explained that I was growing them in which is why they looked so bad at the moment. She then gave me some simple advice on how to accelerate the growing process. It turned out to be the Holy Grail I was looking for! They are my final two discoveries in my list of essential tools for growing fuller eyebrows.
My esthetician urged me to buy a micro needle roller and a lash growth serum. I use Lash Boost by Rodan and Fields. It is safe for all eye color types without any of the drawbacks of some of the other serums on the market and it really works! You can also use it to grow in your eyebrows.
4. Micro Needle Roller
Based on her explicit instructions I bought this 0.5 mm micro needle roller and began rolling over my eyebrows nightly. Think of a micro needle roller as an aerator for your face. You may have had your lawn aerated before. You do that to allow air, water, and nutrients to penetrate the soil. In much the same way, micro needling your eyebrows allows the next essential ingredient, Lash Boost, to better penetrate the hair follicles.
5. Lash Boost
After rolling my brows I applied Lash Boost nightly to the sparse areas where I wanted hair to grow. It worked! In about three months you could see a visible difference in my eyebrow hair growth. Short, fluffy eyebrow hairs had sprouted up. It was only a matter of time before the sparse areas began filling in. I was achieving the thicker brows that I desired.
I think the results speak for themselves. If you’ve been wanting to grow thicker, fuller eyebrows or simply want to fill in sparse areas these five tools should do the trick.
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