Whether you've over-plucked in your youth or are conscious your brows are thinning with age, the ‘Cara Delevingne effect’ has us all on the hunt for thicker arches. Fortunately, from innovative treatments to genius beauty buys, faking natural-looking fuller eyebrows never been simpler. We caught up with blinkbrowbar Founder, Vanita Parti, to find out how...
Ditch The Tweezers
To help boost growth, the most important thing you can do is avoid tweezing your brows. It’s far too easy to get carried away when it comes to plucking and if you don’t know how best to shape your brows, this can lead to quite a dramatic change to your facial features. If you want to grow your brows, put the tweezers down – over-plucked brows can be grown back if left alone.
If your brows are fair, sparse, uneven or over-plucked, it’s worth getting them tinted and regularly groomed by the professionals – defining what’s naturally there will instantly make your brows look thicker and fuller. When it comes to shaping, the key is to accentuate the natural shape and only remove a few stray hairs – this will always be the most flattering look.
If you’re on the hunt for a fuller set of brows with minimal upkeep, it could be worth considering microblading – a form of semi-permanent tattoo where pigment is implanted under your skin in tiny strokes that look just like real hairs. If your brows have completely lost their shape then microblading can add a slight arch, and the results look natural and totally undetectable. Plus, it lasts for years, making it the ideal low-maintenance solution.
Boost Hair Growth
Try using a growth serum to help nourish and care for your brows – look for products that contain caffeine to encourage hair growth as well as keratin to help strengthen hairs. We love Talika Lipocils Expert, £39, as well as blinkbrowbar’s cult Nourishing Brow Oil, £16, a botanical blend packed with sweet almond oil, sandalwood, lavender and rosemary.
Make an effort to look after the skin around your brows properly – ensuring the area is well-moisturised and healthy is crucial, as dryness can hinder the growth of healthy hair.
If you’re concerned with thinning brows, it could be worth popping to your GP as hair loss – even on your brows – can be caused by an underlying medical condition such as thyroid issues and certain nutritional deficiencies (a lack of iron or vitamins A, B, D and E can lead to hair loss).
One of the quickest and easiest ways to disguise thinning brows is to fill with a brow powder such as Maybelline’s Brow Satin Pencil, £6.99. This will help to give a soft but full effect that also looks natural. For areas that need a little extra colour, try using brow genius Anastasia Beverly Hills’ cult Dipbrow Pomade, £19, a creamy formula that makes defining brows a breeze.
Match Your Tones
For the most natural looking brows, match them as best you can to your skin tone and hair colour. Avoid cool-toned products if you have warm undertones (and vice versa), and aim to go no lighter or darker than two shades from your natural hair colour. We love the hot-off-the-press Iconic London Sculpt & Boost Eyebrow Cushion, £26.99, a clever formula that guarantees a fuller brow and stimulates hair growth for a thicker look in the long run – each cushion compact is also made up of two shades for a bespoke colour that matches your skin tone.