Wednesday 18 October 2017

Beauty Dilemma: Over-plucked brows

Trilogy's Everything Balm
Trilogy's Everything Balm

Sinead Van Kampen

Help! I've always had huge bushy eyebrows which I normally have waxed. Having taken matters into my own hands I've managed to over-pluck and have been left with thin brows that don't suit my face. How can I fill them in without making my mishap painfully obvious to everyone I meet?

Over-plucking is probably the easiest mistake to make when it comes to the brows. A bit of bad light, a hand that's too quick and a loss of concentration often mean that what was supposed to be the perfect brow shape quickly resembles two small earwigs taking a joyride on your forehead.

As regrowth differs from person to person, it may take some time before the hair returns and as you've plucked at the root it may make matters worse. The main thing is lesson the damage until you get some growth back and take it from there.

Firstly, rather than any further plucking and shaping it's important to get rid of the just-been-plucked look with a calming balm like Trilogy's Everything Balm. Once the redness has calmed down, you can look to add some volume and width to the brow.

For volume try Model Co's More Brows, which is a gel that mimics eyebrow hair with tiny silicon fibres and adds bulk to the existing brow.

Once volume has been achieved, some deft blending with a pencil should start to add some all important width and shape. Start with a pencil that's close to your natural colour and apply lightly in sweeping strokes for an even finish.

For both of these techniques a light hand is a must and it's important to remember you're not trying to replace your old brows but simply work with what's left for a fuller look. Too much brow fibre or too harsh a pencil line will be a dead giveaway so work gently with the emphasis on gentle repair rather than making a new brow.

Once the brows start to grow back it might be best to hold off on plucking for a few weeks and visit a professional salon for a reshape when you have more brow to work with.

Threading rather than waxing is probably the best option after a brow disaster. As the technique pulls from the root and is gentler on the eye, you should be left with a shape which is easy to follow if you ever dare to pick up the tweezers again.

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