The beauty industry is one that encourages dissatisfaction and then, offers ways to correct it. Hair should be shinier, nails longer, skin more ageless, so on and so forth. The newest idealized standard to aspire to is fuller brows.
I remember when thin brows waxed almost to nothingness were all the rage. That look, which inappropriately arches the face and extends the nose, has been eclipsed by fuller brows. Thick and perfectly styled bushy brows signal a return to celebrating more ‘natural’ looks.
The problem is, for many woman, full brows are not natural. Having spent years waxing their brows to an arch shape and even getting rid of eyebrow hair and drawing it in, it is virtually impossible for some women to grow bushy brows.
Of course, the market offers an answer for this, in the form of eyebrow transplants (initially performed to help burn victims) and tattoos. The New York Times reports:
Dr. Umar has been performing eyebrow hair transplants with a new method that can take individual hairs from any part of the body, such as the nape or the leg, rather than the old strip method that harvested the back of the head. The procedure takes 4 to 5 hours and starts at $6,000.
If that’s too drastic, color solutions like eyebrow tattoos have become more sophisticated. [...] The tattoos last about five years, and Dr. Copeland pushes clients toward a more natural look.
If you want fuller brows without going to dire measures, here are three tips we culled from the web that can help you achieve the look:
Brow expert Eliza Petrescu tells Oprah.com to “use a soft brow pencil with a slightly powdery texture (if it’s too creamy, the color will smudge). It should be at least two shades lighter than your haircolor.”
Reema Khan of s.h.a.p.e.s Brow Bar tells GlamazonsBlog.com, “I have one trick that has been passed down from generation to generation, if you are trying to make your brows grow back rub a little bit of castor oil on your brows every night.”
Cosmopolitan.com recommends using “a powder to make your brows look lighter or darker, depending on your hair color, what you’re wearing and the thickness you’re going for.”