Everyone seems obsessed with Cara Delevingne on Pinterest lately. Who wouldn’t be? She has the most exquisite eyebrows (and cheekbones, and hair, yada yada yada). Unlike the pencil-thin eyebrow trend of the nineties, full, bushy eyebrows are all the rage now. But sadly, not all of us are blessed with a thick set of eyebrows. So how can we jump on the bandwagon? Not too long ago, PopSugar ran a similar article with some awesome suggestions, but I have a few of my own tips to add from experience:
1. Use castor oil. Castor oil encourages hair growth and is frequently used to mitigate hair thinning and hair loss. As someone who has always had naturally fine eyebrows, I was excited to try this affordable product. I’ve been using it at least 3 times a week for a couple of months, and have noticed my eyebrows look fuller (this is with bimonthly eyebrow threading, mind you). This is not to say that my eyebrows look anywhere near as full as Cara’s, but they’re getting there. You can apply castor oil anywhere in the eyebrow area – even where you don’t grow hair – to stimulate hair growth. My technique is pouring some oil on a q-tip and rubbing it on my eyebrows before bed.
2. Resist the urge to tweeze. We all have our grooming fixations: some of us excessively file our nails (guilty!) others excessively tweeze (not guilty!). If you’re in the latter camp – throw away your tweezers. No, but really, store it somewhere out of reach. Excessive plucking discourages hair regeneration. Thankfully, there’s castor oil to reverse the damage!
3. Opt for threading. Every eyebrow needs an arch; the degree and height of the arch depends on your face shape. Generally, a higher arch is recommended for rounder faces and a lower arch is best for longer faces. Prior to threading, I tweezed and waxed my eyebrows. However, once I discovered threading, I never looked back to waxing (though occasionally I’ll tweeze a few stray hairs). In addition to being more gentle (warning: it’s painful at first!), threading is more optimal for achieving a precise shape and arch. It also does a better job cleaning stray hairs without removing too much hair in the process.
4. Brow-zings. If you’re still not satisfied with your brow thickness or arch, there’s always brow-zings from Benefit. The powder and wax work wonders on brows.