How to get the best eyebrows of your life
It’s time to get in shape. But we don’t mean you – we’re talking to your eyebrows. Your eyebrows have probably gone through a rollercoaster life, starting out pencil-thin when that was all the rage and then becoming thick and exotic. Their shape and style all depend on what’s in fashion, right? Well, it’s about time to get the best eyebrows of your life and stick with them.
Fuller eyebrows are not going anywhere and we don’t mind. Thicker brows are great for shaping your face and making your eyes pop. There are a few ways to maintain your eyebrows, including using growth serums, shaping them correctly and tinting or filling them in. Here's the low-down.
Natural eyebrow growth treatments
If your eyebrows are not at their ideal thickness, or feel empty in certain spots, then look to natural remedies that can help with hair growth. It won’t be a quick fix, but you’ll see a difference in a couple of months.
Pick up these natural products on your next visit to the supermarket or chemist:
- Coconut oil: Massage it over your eyebrows and leave on overnight.
- Castor oil: this is an old remedy known to help hair growth. In the same way as coconut oil, take some oil on your fingertips and massage over eyebrows. Keep this on overnight.
How to shape your eyebrows
That unruly look is still in, so your eyebrows don't have to look perfect, but some hedge trimming here and there for maintenance is ideal.
If you’re a DIY fan and prefer to do your brows yourself, follow these steps:
- Draw an outline of safe zones to ensure you don’t pluck outside of the edges.
- Keep the thickness consistent from the start of your eyebrow to the end, if you can. All eyebrows grow in different ways, so what works for someone else might be different for you.
- Tweeze away all unwanted hair. Start outwards and work your way in. Remember, each hair you remove can make a big difference to your shape. Be careful not to overpluck areas that need more growth.
- Using an eyebrow brush or spoolie, comb your eyebrow in an upwards motion and use some scissors to trim the top.
How to fill in your eyebrows
When it comes to filling your eyebrows in with makeup, remember less is more. You need three tools: a pencil, eyeshadow and eyebrow gel.
- Using a double-ended eyebrow pencil, take the comb end and brush out your eyebrows.
- With the pencil end, gently add light strokes to fill in any gaps in your eyebrows. Remember, you can always build product, so start soft.
- If you need a bit of shading, take an eyeshadow that matches your eyebrow hair colour and lightly shade in sections that need it. This step should be reserved for those with thin, light eyebrow hair.
- Finally, to lock your hairs in place, use a brow gel. If you skipped step 3 and want a slight tint, use a coloured brow gel, otherwise we recommend using a clear gel.
Feeling extra and have a spare couple of minutes? Add some concealer and highlighter to define and illuminate.
- Take a small amount of concealer on a brush and apply under the arch of your eyebrow.
- Using an eyeshadow brush, add some highlighter on top of the concealer under the arch of your eyebrow and at the corner of your brow.
Pictured, left to right: Hourglass Arch Brow sculpting pencil from Mecca, MAC Great Brows kit from David Jones, Benefit Gimme Brow+ eyebrow gel from Myer, LUMA Beyond The Brow grooming gel from Priceline.