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A celebration of eyebrow shapes

Lisa Maree Williams
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Were you a child or teen of the 90s? Did you fall prey to the trend of plucking your eyebrows to within an inch of their life so that they were a mere thin line snaking across your forehead? Lamenting the fact that they just *won’t* grow back? You’re not alone! 

I was lucky enough to be spared from this brow catastrophe because my Mother refused to let me get my hands on the tweezers. She somehow knew that I’d live to regret it (thanks Mum)! But I had friends who were dedicated to shedding those brows to smithereens...even into the early 2000s. I remember there was a girl who would sit in one of the classrooms at high school and pluck the eyebrows of friends wanting to look like Drew Barrymore, Gwen Stefani, and Christina Aguilera. I remember the thicker inner part with the super thin outer tail (later to be gracefully labeled as “sperm brows”). But hey, if we berated ourselves for every misguided trend from the past we wouldn’t get anything done! Let’s focus on what we can do with our brows now. 

 Gwen Stefani/ Everett Collection/ Shutterstock

What's there to do to repair the damage?

Good news! There are definitely steps you can take to grow your brows back to their full glory. You’ve probably heard the myth that eyebrows don’t grow back once plucked, waxed or shaved. This isn’t actually true, they do grow back but it just takes a little patience. 
There are a few things you can do to support and hurry the growth process such as...

Castor oil: applying castor oil to brow hairs has been known for years to be a wonderful growth booster. It could be due to the fact that castor oil contains ricinoleic acid which might support hair growth. Rub pure castor oil into your brows before bed and rub it off in the morning. Stick with it and you’ll discover bolder brows eventually. 

Biotin supplements: Biotin is a popular ingredient in the beauty world for healthy skin, hair and nails. You can get it through your diet (meats, egg yolks, nuts, and seeds) but there are lots of Biotin supplements out there too which can help speed hair growth. 

Growth treatments: there are lots of brow serums out there designed to accelerate brow growth (thanks to the bushy, natural brow trend). RevitaBrow and LiBrow are two popular treatments which have lots of positive reviews and success stories. 

Stop plucking: this one is obvious, but it’s worth mentioning. Just put the tweezers away and let your brows do their thing! Pluck a monobrow (if it bothers you) but absolutely leave the bulk of the brow alone, especially the top and bottom of the tail. 

Drew Barrymore/ Featureflash Photo Agency/ Shutterstock

Proper brow care and amazing products 

When caring for sad brows, you simply need to remember to leave the plucking and waxing alone and carry on as usual. You could add more biotin-rich foods (see above) to your diet and lots of fatty acids (avocado, nuts, fish, olive oil) to help support hair growth from the inside out. 

But the most instant fix is to use a great brow product and fake it till you make it. We love these brow products as they plump, fill and add dimension to lackluster brows: NYX Micro Brow Pencil, Glossier Boy brow, Benefit Gimme Brow and Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow duo. 

Brow shapes...embrace and enhance your own personal shape 

No matter how often the trends change, every eyebrow shape is beautiful so don't stress about current hype. Whether you’ve got amazing straight brows, a killer arch or a bold curve, your brows are the bomb for your face. Don’t forget that you can use makeup to change, enhance and experiment with your brow shape, whether you’re going for 1920’s thin or Brooke Shields bushy. I mean, check out Rihanna on the cover of British Vogue!

Her brows are incredibly stylized and pack a punch, all done through the power of makeup. If you want thinner brows, cover them partially with a thick concealer or cake foundation then shape them how you wish. Voila, brow style without actually removing the natural brows. 


Brooke Shields/  Vicki L. Miller/ Shutterstock

Be patient, use treatments if you wish, and in the meantime use the power of makeup to fake the brows you want! 

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