We have all fallen victim to the curse of over-plucking at one time or another.
Maybe it was all the rage to have barely-there brows when you were younger, or maybe your threader got a bit too enthusiastic for your liking.
You might have sparse eyebrows because of stunted follicle hair growth, or that might just be how your eyebrows naturally are – either way, the current trend calls for thicker, bushier brows, and they aren’t unattainable.
No matter how sparse your brows are, there any many tips and tricks which can make your eyebrows appear naturally bushy. You just need to know the specific techniques, tools, and colours to use.
Luckily, world renowned brow expert and founder of Eyebrow Queen Nilam Holmes has shared her genius tips that can help even the barest of brows:
Find the right eyebrow pencil
‘When choosing a brow pencil, ensure you find one that allows you to create fine strokes as these will resemble your brow hairs,’ says Nilam.
‘Avoid any pencils which create thick lines as they look unnatural. When applying the pencil, ensure you don’t shade in a block flat colour but instead use the texture from your natural hairs by drawing fine hair strokes.
‘Practice makes perfect but a fine tip will allow you to create natural looking hair strokes every time. A good tip is to practice drawing hair strokes on the back of your hand or forearm.’
Lift the hairs up
‘Before you fill in your brows, ensure you lift the existing hairs in an upward motion,’ says Nilam.
‘Using a clean spoolie brush, comb the hairs up so you are exposed to the skin underneath. Apply fine hair strokes onto the skin under the brow hairs to leave you with a natural finish.
‘Remember to brush the hairs back to their original place once you’ve finished filling in. Don’t fill in all the empty spaces as natural brows do show some skin between hairs.’
Use a growth serum daily
Nilam says conditioning your eyebrows with a growth serum every day will help even the thinnest of brows.
‘Growth serums are packed with ingredients which are proven to nourish hair follicles and promote stronger hair growth,’ she says. ‘Apply the recommended amount of Eyebrow Queen’s brow serum directly onto your brows with an applicator or clean finger. Use this twice a day for maximum results.
‘The serum contains a cocktail of ingredients such as Biotin and Panthenol acid. Biotin is a water-soluble compound also known as Vitamin H. It is valuable in cell proliferation and research suggests it speeds up hair growth.’
Brow powder to set
‘To safeguard your brows, go over your finished look with a small amount of brow powder or clear brow gel,’ says Nilam.
‘Slowly apply with an angled brush to keep the natural hairs in the right place for longer and add even more definition.’
Start with the tail first
Your impulse might be to start with the front of your eyebrow first, but Nilam says this can however look harsh.
‘When first dipped in, your product will have too much for the front which is usually the sparsest part of the brow,’ she says.
‘By starting with the tail, you are targeting the darkest hairs first. Once the product has been applied to the tail, you can use the remainder for the sparse hairs at the front.’
Eat enough vitamins and minerals
For sparse brows to grow Nilam says they need the right nutrients.
‘A healthy and balanced diet is key for cellular function,’ she adds. ‘Any deficiencies in vitamins and minerals such as omega fats, iron, and zinc stunt hair growth.
‘It’s vital to increase your intake of biotin in your diet as this compound is essential for eyebrow hair growth. Biotin rich foods include mushrooms, salmon, broccoli, and bananas.
‘A protein-filled diet is also important for healthy hair growth as follicles are made up of keratin – a structural protein found in our hair, skin, and nails.’
Layer your brows
This can be a bit tricky, and takes some practice.
‘Always fill in the gaps in your brows with your natural shade to even out the shape and give you something to build on,’ says Nilam.
‘To add more layers, draw small strokes in a slightly darker brow pencil on top. The layering will develop a greater depth of colour and create the perfect thicker brow illusion.’
Credit: Original article published here.