HOW TO FILL IN SPARSE EYEBROWS
How to Fill in Sparse Eyebrows
Whether your eyebrows are sparse or not, makeup artists agree almost every woman needs to as part of her normal beauty routine.
Makeup artist Dick Page once informed an editor of Allure Magazine that he'd never seen a model who didn't need her brows filled in. (You can read all about it in Allure's "Confessions of a Beauty Editor" ).
If like most women, you were born with sparse brows or simply went too far with the tweezers, there is a fix to filling in your eyebrows.
All it takes is a pencil, powder, and an angled brush or a clean mascara brush. Which is great news, because if you've overplucked, it will take a few months to a couple years for hair to grow back.
Pick a Pencil and Powder Shade
Pencils and powders tend to stick to skin, not to hair, so if you don't have a lot of hair you'll want to shade in the skin where hair should grow.
Select a soft pencil (hard pencils tend to be too waxy) which is a shade lighter than your brows and a powder which matches the color of brows. If brows are super fair, choose a pencil that's a shade darker than brows. Redheads have a particularly hard time finding the perfect brow pencils.
Prep the Brows
First, comb out brows with a clean mascara wand (you can buy them for pennies from ). Examine brows for any sparse spots.
Fill in With Pencil
Use the pencil to fill in the sparse spots with short, feathery strokes.
Apply in the direction of hair growth. The key here is not to create a definite line, but to create the appearance of hair. Be careful not to pencil in the entire brow, which will result in an unnatural look.
Your pencil should be super soft so it goes on with little exertion. But if you have a pencil that's too hard, warm the tip up by rubbing it between your fingers.
Follow With Eyeshadow or Brow Powder
Dip an angled brush or a clean mascara wand in eyeshadow. Brush the powder along the brows. It should stick to the pencil, while also acting to blend in the color perfectly. For more staying powder, dampen the brush slightly before dipping it into color.
You can try two colors when filling in brows: A light powder where brows are thickest and a darker shade for the tail ends. To keep brows in place, spritz hairspray on your finger and brush onto the brow.
Conditioning your brows with castor oil is a great way to keep brows healthy and looking great, according to Rami Gafni in Instyle Magazine. Gafni uses a clean mascara wand to apply the castor oil.
The Shape of Brows
Fuller brows are preferable to skinny ones. Have eyebrows shaped by a pro every four weeks. Use a good tweezer (Tweezerman slant tweezers are our hands-down favorite, ), to clean up the hairline in between visits.
Rogaine Can Help
If your brows don't grow fast enough, consider Women's Rogaine () or men's extra-strength Rogaine () applied to the sparse areas with a Q-Tip. According to Allure, experts recommend applying twice a day for four months.
But do a test patch first on your inner wrist to make sure you don't get a rash. Check the patch after a day.
Video: My Brow Routine | Thin Sparse Brows
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