It starts with a simple tweeze here, a pluck there. And, next thing you know, your eyebrows have gone from overgrown to barely there. Ladies, back away from the tweezers.
Growing your eyebrows will take some time -- anywhere from six weeks to a year. But a little (okay, maybe a lot) of patience and following our tips will help you go from painted-on Bette Davis to beautifully bushy Brooke Shields without too much pain. That should raise a few brows, don’t you think?
Buy a brow booster
Clearly, you’re not the only one overplucking, because there are plenty of products on the market to help grow out your eyebrows. Brow serums aren’t exactly cheap, but if they help your hair grow back faster, they might be worth the investment. Check out the Anastasia Beverly Hills No Brows, No Problem kit, which includes a peptide-infused serum (apply morning and night), a pencil to help define the brows you have left and a gel to condition and keep hairs in place ($59 at sephora.com).
You can also ask your doctor about whether Latisse is an appropriate option to help you regrow your brows. Although the prescription product is currently only FDA-approved for eyelashes, some dermatologists are using it off-label for brows. Keep in mind, however, that bimatoprost, the formula's active ingredient, interrupts hair's growth cycle, causing them to reach lengths much longer than they would naturally. The odd consequence? You'll have to trim the newly revived hairs.
Use a brow gel
You’ve stopped the plucking, but still have some hairs that need taming? Find a product that smooths things in place. We like Benefit’s Gimme Brow, a colored fiber gel that sticks to your hair, making it look thicker and natural ($22 at benefitcosmetics.com).
Just like leg hair, eyebrow hair can look like stubble when it starts to grow back. You’re going to want to pluck, but don’t do it. Instead, hide any redness with concealer. You might also try a pigmented gel, like Make Up Forever’s Aqua Brow, which goes on creamy and offers color (matching your brow hair) at the same time ($20 at sephora.com).
Become BFFs with your brow pencil
If you went way too thin on your brows, it’s time to thicken things up the old-fashioned way: with makeup. Find a shade that matches your brow color (or is a bit lighter) and use small strokes to fill in your patchy areas. Top the pencil shading with a powder (also in the same shade) for a more natural look. Not sure how it looks? Take a selfie and you’ll be able to see where you need more balance, less color, etc.
Ditch the magnifying mirror
There is such a thing as getting a little too up close and personal when it comes to brow tweezing. Standing in front of your regular mirror will help keep you from plucking too many hairs as your regrowth gets to a point of grooming again.