To keep aging at bay, you probably spend time working out, you touch up those grays, and make sure you use plenty of anti-aging products on your face. However, have you paid attention to your eyebrows? You probably tweeze your brows from time to time, but it’s time to pay a bit more attention to those arches.
Just like your hair and skin, eyebrows may begin showing your age. They may turn gray, become unruly and course, and they may thin out. A new hairstyle can make you look younger, and well-defined eyebrows can also peel away a few years.
Whether you’re dealing with graying, fading, or thinning brows, here are a few tricks you can use to fix this problem so no one will be able to guess your age.
Problem #1: Vanishing Eyebrows
Just as your hair thins as you grow older, eyebrows start thinning as you age, and this can make you look older.
The Solution: Fill in any patchy areas with some brow powder, making the arches of the brows look thicker.
1. Use a hand to pull skin taut so you have a smooth surface.
2. Use an angled, stiff brow brush to dust a bit of brow powder on brows in the same direction as the hairs grow. Use feathery, light strokes and concentrate the powder on the sparse areas.
3. Use a spoolie (it’s like a clean mascara wand) to brush the eyebrows up and out, which softens and blends the powder, ensuring that your look is natural looking.
Problem #2: Outer Edges That Disappear
As you age, eyebrows begin to thin out near the edges naturally. However, overplucking can also make them begin to thin at the edges. The tail of your eyebrows is what sets off the arch of the brows, which keeps eyes looking sexy and youthful. If those outer edges disappear, your eyes will look tired and droopy.
The Solution: Use an eyebrow pencil to lengthen the tails of your eyebrows.
1. To figure out how long your brows should be, hold a brow pencil diagonally from the outer corner of the eye and your nostril’s outside corner. The place where the pencil and your brow intersects should be the target for the length of your brows.
2. Use the pencil to lightly sketch in the brows to that point, using feathery, light strokes in the same direction eyebrow hairs are growing.
3. Blend and set the penciled in area with a bit of tinted brow gel.
Problem #3: Graying Eyebrows
Unfortunately, white or gray brows may completely disappear when viewed from a distance, leaving you with features that look unbalanced.
The Solution: Use the correct technique to camouflage those white or gray hairs. If you only have a few grays, you can use a brow marker in a color that matches your brows.
1. The marker’s felt-tip point allows you to easily and precisely paint hairs so your brows look natural.
2. If you’re dealing with a lot of grays, use tinted brow gel that’s a little lighter than your normal hairs, which will temporarily color them.
3. If your brows are mostly gray, dyeing them is the best fix. Ask your stylist if your salon offers the service (it’s often free when you get your hair colored), or have it done at a spa. Even if the hair on your head is silver or gray hair, it is recommended to dye brows light brown. It creates a frame for your eyes that sharpens your features for a more youthful look.
Problem #4: Overgrown, Bushy Eyebrows
If your brows are overgrown and bushy, it can make your eyes look a lot smaller. Sometimes, those coarse, long hairs, which can show up as you age, may hang out over the outer edges of your brows. This leaves you with eyelids that look droopy.
The Solution: Tweeze, trim, and set brows in place to control your arches.
1. Use a spoolie to brush eyebrow hairs up and then use a brow trimmer or brow scissors to cut any hairs extending above the brow line’s top edge.
2. Avoid cutting them straight across, since this leaves you with an unnatural, straight edge.
3. Then, use some slant-tip tweezers to tweeze out any stray hairs. Since this can be tricky, consider going to a pro. Set the hairs in place by using some clear brow gel.
Credit: Illustration by Samantha Hahn