Overtweezing, a wax accident, a slip of your brow razor. Whatever happened, it’s easy to panic when you wind up with two completely different eyebrows. Admittedly, I once accidentally shot superglue into my own face and removing it took out most of one of my eyebrows. Things happen, but they’re not the end of the world.
Start by assessing the damage. Pay close attention to where your eyebrows match, and where they don’t. Try to find even the slightest bit of common ground between the two, and draw a thin line with an eyebrow pencil through where both eyebrows have a shape in common. It doesn’t matter if it’s a flattering shape, or even if it’s just the width of one pencil stroke. If you can build it up as full as you can get it to find a new shape, that’s even better. You may be reduced to one really thin, awkwardly shaped line in pencil that runs through a forest of hair and bald patches.
Next, use an eyebrow razor (much better in this case than tweezers, which keep hair from coming back as fast) to shave away all the hair that’s not within that line. At this point, you may feel like you look worse, but it’s okay. You’ve given yourself an even foundation for your eyebrows to grow back on. Having those symmetrical points on each side will make it much easier for you to draw on your brows while you’re waiting. Just trace over the thin line of hair you’ll have left with your eyebrow pencil of choice and build off of it.
You can try eyebrow stencils if you think you have the stomach for it. Personally, I’m not a huge fan of them – I much prefer to freehand brows for beauty looks and save stencils for more avant garde or special effects occasions – but there are tons of natural brow shape stencils. One cool thing about botching your brows really badly (hey, every cloud has a silver lining) is that not having much of a brow will give you the opportunity to experiment with drawing techniques and shapes, and might even help you find a different shape that you like better. Once you decide on a shape you like, either by stencilling or drawing freehand, master it and draw it every day. Every other
day or so, tweeze the hair that’s growing outside of the shape. Over time, the hair inside of the shape will grow in, so you won’t have to rely as heavily on drawing your brows.
You can shorten the process with brow enhancing serums that will condition and thicken your brows a bit, making the hair a little healthier and stronger so that when it comes in, it stays. You’ll have less weak stragglers falling out on you. It also doesn’t hurt to wash your face with very hot water. Make sure you’re not scalding yourself, but if you take a washcloth with very hot water and lay it over your brows for a few minutes in the morning and at night, you’ll dilate your pores, making it easier for your brow hairs to grow in.
By Airi Magdalene
Real Life Makeup Artist and MakeupTalk Blogger