So you've got tiny brows, huh? Whether you can blame the sparseness on yourself (who hasn't been little guilty of over-plucking?) or on your genetics (thanks, mum), you've now got two options: 1. Happily accept your brows as they are, or 2. Try a combo of serums, pencils, gels, and spiritual seances to fill them out.
And if you're leaning toward option two, then hi, hello - we're here to help you out. Because although you may never have the thickest eyebrows in the world, you can still try every possible technique, tip, and product to amp them up a bit, starting with these seven, below...
Use an Enhancing Serum
RAPID LASH EYELASH AND EYEBROW ENHANCING SERUM
Trust us, this brow serum beats every potentially disastrous DIY concoction you will find on the internet, and it's backed by hundreds of five-star reviews. The clear, water-light formula relies on traditional ingredients known to strengthen, condition, and even possibly grow your hair, like biotin, vitamins, and peptides. Simply brush it through your brows before bed, sleep like angel, and repeat that process nightly to see results in as little as four weeks.
Condition Your Brows
BENEFIT COSMETICS BROWVO! CONDITIONING PRIMER NUTRIENT RICH EYEBROW PRIMER
Think about it: Your hair looks and feels healthier when you condition it, right? Same goes for your brow hairs. They’re easy to forget and neglect, though, so try an easy-to-use tool like this click-pen serum, which is filled with hair-boosting ingredients like keratin and soy proteins to strengthen and condition brow hairs.
No matter how obvious this sounds, it’s always the most challenging step in thin-brow recovery. Make it easier on yourself by hiding your tweezers and magnifying mirror in a drawer you rarely use (yes, really). Now, let your brows grow out for a few weeks—even the rogue hairs that drive you crazy. You might be surprised by how many actually do grow back once you stop fussing with them and disrupting their natural growth cycle.
ETUDE HOUSE TINT MY BROWS
Take full advantage of the tiny hairs and peach fuzz surrounding your brows by tinting them darker. Not only will this process intensify faint hairs, but it’ll also slightly stain the skin underneath to create the illusion of a fuller brow. If you don't want to spend money at a salon (even though the results are definitely more reliable), you can tint them at home with a gel dye, like this one. Just brush on the pigment, let it dry, gently peel off the film, and you're set with budge-proof color for a week. Job done.
Use Brow-Fiber Gel
HOURGLASS ARCH BROW VOLUMIZING FIBER GEL
Growing new hair might not be possible for some, so work with what you’ve got and focus on making those individual hairs appear thicker. A volumising brow gel (this tinted one has 10,000 loves on Sephora) contains microfibers that cling to each hair for a fuller effect. Just brush the gel on against the grain of your hairs, first (to coat both sides of the hair), then reload the wand and brush your brows back into place.
Try the Soap Trick
PEARS TRANSPARENT SOAP PACK OF 12
If you're dealing with bald patches in your brows, either fill them in with a pencil, or try this old-school soap hack: Wet the spoolie brush (that's the eyebrow shaping tool that looks like a mascara wand, minus the mascara), then scrub it against a bar of soap (a translucent bar like this one works best) until the product has built up a lather between the bristles. Then, swipe the spoolie through your brows to shape them exactly how you want them, combing little hairs over your bald spot. Once the soap dries, your eyebrows will be set, and you can fill them in with your usual pencils and gels. Ypu're welcome.
This isn't exactly the easiest brow-filling option (it ain't the cheapest, either), but it’ll definitely last the longest. If you’ve exhausted every option for growing new hair and are tired of filling in your brows on the reg, try this semi-permanent solution, which involves a trained specialist using a needle-like blade to make strokes in your brows, before filling them in with pigment (kind of like a tattoo). Because the cuts are superficial, the results look realistic and natural, and they'll last for at least a year (sometimes three).
H/T Cosmo US