What do you prefer to call them – full or bushy?
Whichever description you choose and whether or not you feel they are the best eye brows to have, here’s some good advice on how to deal with them.
Actually, bushy eyebrows are kind of trending now, with many people agreeing that they give your face a sexier more expressive look. So it’s okay for you to embrace your natural look, doing a little fine tuning here and there to tame your brows and keep the uncharted jungle look at bay.
Ideally, what we are all after are groomed brows people can admire but not get fixated on because they simply do not suit our face.
Why Do Some People Have Bushy Eyebrows?
“Genetics” is the natural answer to that question. Large eyes, thin lips, tall or short, it’s all pretty much determined by your genes.Your naturally bushy brows are actually an asset, helping to balance out the other features of your face.
That means managing them takes careful consideration. Otherwise you could end up with brows that stand out because they just look wrong on you, look unkempt or make some other feature of your face stand out in a non-flattering way.
In fact, it requires a more careful approach than would be needed if you were going in the opposite direction – trying to create your best eyebrows by making thin brows look fuller.
Adjusting thin brows with a pencil or powder means you can easily undo your creations and go again until you are satisfied with how they look. Plus, experimenting with several looks is very possible since your adjusted brows are easy do-overs and don’t require months to grow back in.
Those among us with fuller brows can still count yourselves lucky, since thin-browed ladies are spending thousands of dollars yearly on those pencils, powders, eyebrow stimulators, and a host of other solutions to achieve your natural-born look.
Your Best Eyebrows Are …
No doubt after spending so many years looking at your own face, you have an idea of what your ideal brows should look like. You have had time to narrow down what you like and don’t like about the eyebrows you have.
Maybe you have already seen your best eyebrows on someone else’s face. Take a picture of your face and use it to compare your brows to some others you think look great. As you do this though, remember brows that suit another face might not suit yours.
Fact is, the shape of your face will help to determine what does and doesn’t work for you. Here’s a quick rundown for you.
Round and square faces are both softened by eyebrows with high arches. The square faces, more so than the round ones, however, can leave some of the bushiness in. On the contrary, if your face is long, you can achieve the appearance of width by shaping your brows to be flat with a low arch.
Rounded eyebrows work best for a heart-shaped face and the lucky ones are those persons with an oval shaped face – for them anything goes with their near symmetrical face.
DIY, Friendly Assistance Or Professional?
Your choice here will depend on the current state of your brows, how exact you need the end result to be, and how upset you would be if something tragic were to happen. (Picture the slip of a hand leaving you with a thumbnail-sized part down the middle of one brow – not a pretty picture).
You will also need to take into account experience, time and cost factors related to each option. If you feel confident you or a willing friend is up to the task, then by all means go for it.
If neither of you have any experience, then it might be wisest to seek out a professional for anything other than a light trim or plucking a couple of stray hairs.
If you decide to go with a professional, ask around to get a few recommendations. Don’t be shy to ask all your questions up front (include cost, time, methods and maintenance), to get a feel of whether this is the right person for you.
If it sounds like a big deal, well … it is! You are trying to avoid a misunderstanding of what exactly it is you want them to do for your eyebrows and, by extension, for your face.
The DIY Way – Before You Begin
Men with bushy brows need to be especially careful, since they may end up with an undesired feminine look by removing too much hair from between the brows or by forming too high an arch in the brows.
Restraining yourself to doing only the bare minimum is definitely the rule of thumb when it comes to eyebrow grooming for males.
While women certainly have more leeway in terms of hair removal from a bushy brow, they still need to tread lightly.
The pitfalls to avoid are thinning the brows too much, incorrect placement of the arch, an arch that is too high, brows with a harshly angular look and brows that begin or end in the wrong place.
Any one or combination of these could leave you with brows that fail to properly and flatteringly frame your eyes, add unwanted years to your face, or make you look old-fashioned.
Getting Started – The Trim
Some people find simply trimming the length of their eyebrows is sufficient to achieve that ‘best eyebrows’ sense of satisfaction.
Without a doubt, you should try this approach first. Not only is it easy to do on your own at home, it will reduce the heavy, bulky look while maintaining the natural shape of your brows.
Also, with the extra length out of the way, you can better see if any further adjustments are necessary.
To trim your brows you could consider investing in tools specially made for the job. The basics are:
a pair of eyebrow trimming scissors: these are small and quite sharp, giving you better precision as you work; some have non-slip grip to give you more control
an eyebrow comb and brush combination: you’ll need this to position the hairs for trimming, as well as to arrange them back in place after a few snips so you can check your progress
These items really do come in handy but you may opt to use your fingers in place of the comb-brush combo and regular sized scissors instead of the smaller ones. Heck, some people forgo the scissors altogether and swear by using a pair of nail clippers as a preferred substitute.
Trimming will be affected by the type of hairs that make up eyebrows – thin, thick, curly, etc.
Thin hairs are perhaps the easiest to trim. With thick brow you run the risk of ending up with your brows looking spiky after they have been trimmed. Since curls in your brow make you look older, persons with curly brows must ensure they trim the curls.
One good method for trimming is to brush each brow so the hairs are standing up as straight as possible. This also helps to reveal the natural shape of your brow – something you will want to maintain.
Following the natural arch of your brow and working from the outside in, shorten the hairs by trimming across the top of the brush.
Brush the hairs to standing again to see if they are even across or if further cutting is required. Lastly, brush them back in place to assess whether you have achieved the desired look need to or need to keep going.
Generally speaking, males should find the trim is all they need. Some women may also be content to stop there if they think this more natural look fits their idea of the perfect pair of brows.
Women who want a more defined look and anyone with a uni-brow can take their eyebrow styling a step further.
Refining Your Look
For this stage you may also need
a razor: some are made specifically for shaving eyebrows
a pair of tweezers: they come straight and angled – the angled ones are better for grabbing the hairs
an eyebrow pencil to help you visualize the end result you wish to achieve
Use the pencil to outline the shape you want your eyebrows to have, this make it less likely that you’ll go overboard and remove too much of the brow.
If just a few hairs are out of place, then you may go with shaving them down or plucking them. Shaving will have to be done every once in a while, but will become a part of your routine.
Plus, over time, you’ll get better at having the razor remove just the hairs you intend and no more.
Plucking may be a challenge at first for those with a low pain threshold, but it is true what they say – the pain of plucking your eyebrows seems to diminish the more often you do it.
Anyway, there is a good reason to be grateful for the pain – you are more likely to stop and check your progress after every couple of hairs.It kind of ensures you don’t mindlessly pluck your brows to near extinction! Don’t laugh, it happened to ‘my friend’ who probably had too high a pain threshold.
If the pain is truly too much for you to bear, one trick that is sure to work is numbing the area with an ice cube one minute before you pluck.
A couple of good guidelines for ensuring you end up with eyebrows that properly frame your eyes are:
make the space between the brows equal to or slightly wider than the distance between the inner corners of your eyes
to get the correct placement of the outer edge of each brow, imagine a diagonal line running from your nostril to the outer corner of the eye – the outer edge of the brow should fall on this line
No need to go get a ruler, your tweezers or eyebrow pencil are good enough ‘measuring’ tools to use here.
To prepare for plucking, first pat your brow with a warm, wet cloth to free up the follicles. Start with the hairs on the underside of the brow. When plucking, use one swift jerk of the tweezers to remove one unwanted hair at a time.
If plucking leaves your eyebrows looking a bit red, applying some soothing moisturizer should help with that problem.
Waxing For Your Best Eyebrows
Waxing is a good option for persons with a uni-brow. Just be careful to follow packaged instructions and not to burn yourself.
Use the waxing method to get rid of very fine hairs or to remove large patches of hair. After waxing you can pluck stragglers away to bring out the defined shape you are after. If in any doubt, or just to be on the safe side, you should really consider professional help to get a good waxing done.
What you’ll need
an eyebrow comb and brush combination
an eyebrow pencil
moisturizer or aloe-based lotion
Brush the brow into its natural shape and use the pencil to outline the shape you want to have. Place the wax strip over the hairs that fall outside the outline, pressing down in the direction in which the hairs are growing.
In one swift motion, remove the strip, pulling in the direction opposite to the growth of the hairs. Be warned that going slowly will be a lot more painful, so quick and (almost) painless it is.
A little baby oil helps to remove any waxy residue, while any redness and irritation may be soothed using some moisturizer or an aloe-based lotion.
There are numerous kits you can buy with the tools you’ll need to create your best eyebrows out of all that bushy mess.
Some kits give you just the basics, but there are fancier ones with lots of gadgets and implements that you can experiment with as you get bolder.
Some good final advice when grooming your bushy brows is to go slowly. All that hair may lead you to thinking you have a lot of room for error.
Remember, while you can always trim off a bit more, you can’t just stick trimmed hairs back in place!
Do minor adjustments and take the time to see yourself with your new do or get reactions from a trusted source or two. The last thing you want to do is be in such that hurry that you trim, shave, pluck and wax right past the best eyebrows you could have had.