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:

1. Pencil

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.”

2. Oil

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.”

3. Powder

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.”

Will you embrace the full brow look, Clutchettes?

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  • Dominique

    ABSOLUTELY!!! Eyebrows make or break your face. A great eyebrow can boost confidence, enhance an outfit and hair style and literally rejuvenate your face. I am #TeamEyebrow all the way!!!
    Thick brows are winning and I’m only half way to the finish line with my drawn in brows, but I’m getting there!
    BTW: I’ve been using castor oil on my my eyebrows 3x a week for the last 3 or so weeks..seeing slight improvement! Yesss!!!

  • Ms C

    I have zero brows from years of plucking and waxing. It makes feel so ugly! I do pencil them in sometime, but i feel like they don’t look right unless i’m wearing foundation, which i do not want to wear all the time. So most times i wear a baseball hat to hide them.

    I am glad i came accross this article. Especially the part mention about tattoo brows. I have thought about getting it done, but is soooo nervous!! Would anyone here know of any place in the Tri-State area that does a really good job?? I have done searches on Google,but nothing i’m comfortable with was found. Appreciate any help offered.

    Thanks ladies.