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The Art Of Thick, Healthy Brows: How To Achieve Them Now

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Our eyebrows are quite springy beasts, aren’t they? A part of the face that has been tinkered with since the 30th century BC (when the ancient Egyptians started waxing them). We tend to want different things from them at different points in history. In the last thirty years alone, we’ve seen them plucked to within an inch of their lives (see Pamela Anderson in the 1990s), in stark contrast to the overtly feathered brow that was so popular last year. Now last year’s look has calmed down somewhat and it’s all about achieving a full yet natural effect.

“We wear them a bit airy and soft, but more polished,” explains Francesca Abrahamovitch, Victoria Beckham’s expert makeup artist. “It’s still all about a full and natural look.” It has long been said that a well-shaped forehead can make or break the face, and that’s true. “Having good, well-proportioned and well-groomed eyebrows can really change the shape of your eyes, lifting and opening them, making you look more youthful and refreshed.”

With Google searches for “how to do eyebrows at home” increasing by a whopping 3,750% in the past month, we take a look at exactly what it takes to achieve healthy eyebrows at home.

How to shape your eyebrows

While it’s always worth consulting an expert every now and then to shape your eyebrows, it’s perfectly acceptable to groom them yourself at home. Vanita Parti, founder of Blink Brow Bar, suggests using an eyebrow pencil to map out where hairs need to be removed. “As a general guideline, place the pencil vertically on the edge of your nose.[the point] where it hits your eyebrow is where the forehead should start,” she says. “Then rotate it from your nose to your iris, where the bow should be placed.” Use tweezers to grasp the hair at the root to prevent breakage.

How to promote hair growth in your eyebrows

Does rosemary oil work for eyebrows? A common question, as the ingredient went viral on TikTok for its ability to stimulate hair growth. However, there is no real scientific evidence to suggest that it works on our eyebrows. Instead, look for formulas that to have It has been shown to stimulate growth. Daily use of BBB Brow Boost (which contains argan and coconut oils, in addition to rovisome biotin and caffeine) stimulated hair growth and thickness in 80% of those who participated in consumer studies; Olaplex’s Browbond Building Serum helps densify brows while preventing the appearance of gray tones.

How to fill in and thicken

Even the thinnest eyebrows can look rich and full; all it takes is a stealth makeup application. “We can define and thicken our brows, regardless of their shape or size, using a combination of techniques to mimic natural hair strokes and add density—it just takes a little more time,” says Abrahamovitch. “For example, if you have very thin eyebrows with lots of gaps, you can map out the shape you want to achieve and then use a pencil to draw small hair strokes in all the gaps and thinner areas.” Then you can use a brow powder to add the illusion of thickness along the base of the brow, “gently moving upwards,” she explains.

She checks the name of Victoria Beckham Beauty’s new one FeatherFix, a liquid eyebrow gel with a small brush to define, separate and lift each hair, as an excellent way to lightly color the eyebrow and give it a fuller, softer texture, while Brow Freeze Gel by Anastasia Beverly Hills is another great tint-free option. While the eyebrow lamination technique still has its place on our faces, the modern way to do it is with a softer, less extreme touch. They should not look frozen or too obvious.

Eyebrows… and the rest of your face

Having good eyebrows and eyelashes can leave the rest of the face fresh and natural, says Abrahamovitch. “A good forehead adds structure to the face and lifts the eyes, so you look fresh and well-groomed,” she says. “In the summer months I would just use a tinted moisturizer, cream blush and a great lip balm.”