Thick eyebrows are back in vogue, according to makeup artists and leaders of the beauty industry. Madonna and Brooke Shields blazed a trail for shaping eyebrows into a full, natural looks back in the 80s that eventually got lost in the tweezer-happy 90s. Celebrities like Megan Fox and Cara Delevingne brought back the trend by accentuating their already remarkable features with full, bold brows, trigger a flood of attempts to emulate this look. In fact, Google reported that as searches for Cara Delevingne and her eyebrows steadily rose in 2012 debut, searches for tweezer dropped significantly.
The Question on Everyone’s Mind: What to Use to Make Your Eyebrows Fuller
Women trying to achieve Brooke Shields level of thickness are quickly finding that growing them out naturally is not going to work. Even attempting to grow fuller brows by abstaining from plucking and waxing might not be effective, due to previous years of over plucking or waxing. Many women also simply just have a thinly disperse pattern of growth on their eyebrows by nature. These women may resort to other measures in order to get their desired look. However, many of the methods claiming to give women fuller eyebrows produce obvious and artificial looking results, or else are not very effective.
Shaping Eyebrows with Brow Stencils
Brow stencils are popular among the non-makeup savvy for applying makeup on eyebrows. They are essentially cut-outs of different eyebrow shapes which adhere to the skin around the eyebrow. A brow pencil is then applied to the cut out area, in the hopes of producing the shape outlined by the stencil. This cosmetic method of getting thicker brows has several disadvantages, the main one being that the stencil shapes are pre-made. These shapes, therefore, will look different on every face, making it difficult to figure out which shape is right for your face. It can be a costly and time consuming process of trial and error to achieve the desired full brow look, which is far from ideal.
Shaping Eyebrows by Microblading
Microblading, sometimes referred to as eyebrow embroidering, is a process in which a semi-permanent pigment is pushed into the surface of the skin with a fine blade in order to mimic the appearance of individual hairs. When done right, the cosmetic tattoo can create thicker brows. However, this process is highly variable and a great deal of the end result depends on the technician applying the pigment. It is also important to note that most states in the U.S. do not require technicians to be certified through an accredited training program which presents possible health issues in the wrong hands.
Waxing to Shape Eyebrows
Waxing is another method favored by women that is used to shape their brows into the desired form. An eyebrow waxing session is often seen as an inexpensive alternative to other shaping methods such as threading and tweezing. The accuracy of the arches are limited, however, due to the use of strips required to pull the wax from the skin.
Pine rosin is used in most wax mixtures in order to help the wax bond to the skin and hair follicles. The wax, therefore, removes the top layer of the skin along with the actual hair, which can be painful and leave the skin irritated for a while after the session. In addition is pine rosin, eyebrow waxes can contain other resins, carcinogenic parabens, artificial fragrances, and dangerous artificial dyes which can damage the skin over time.
The process of eyebrow waxing can result in painful inflammatory reactions as well as irritations, which is not recommended for women with sensitive skin. Additionally, repeated use can result in premature wrinkles around the eyelids due to the motion of pulling and tugging the nearby skin. These side effects are not ideal for women trying to get thicker eyebrows.
Shaping Eyebrows with an Eyebrow Transplant
An eyebrow transplant is the only permanent solution for women who want thicker, natural eyebrows. The process of follicle unit extraction (FUE) involves extracting hair from a donor area and implanting them in the area of hair loss or sparse growth. Most hair clinics are limited in where they can extract the donor hair from and extract from the back of the head. The hair found on the back of the scalp is different than the eyebrow hair in quality as well as length. The thicker head hair on the brow can result in a mismatched appearance. In addition, the transplanted head hair continues to grow like it did on the scalp, which means more maintenance is required.
Video – Shaping Eyebrows into Brooke Shield’s Iconic Look
In the video interview below, an eyebrow transplant recipient describes how happy she is with the results of her celebrity-inspired brows. She had initially approached Dr. U after being unhappy with the sparse growth along her brow for years. Just six months after surgery, she reports getting more compliments on her appearance and frequently received the question “Did you do something different?”.
The Dr.UGraft Eyebrow Advantage
Dr. Umar of the Dr. U Hair and Skin Clinic in Los Angeles offers a minimally invasive advanced FUE eyebrow transplant procedure for those interested in growing their own thicker, fuller brows. With his patented Dr. UPunch Rotor, finer hairs from the body can be safely and effectively extracted. These hairs, especially hairs from the nape of the neck, more closely resemble eyebrow hairs in quality, thickness, and length. This means that the hair will look more natural on the browline and will not require as much maintenance. Growth can continue for up to a year after surgery, and is permanent. With the the Dr.UGraft eyebrow transplant, women (and men) can grow their own hair for a fuller, more defined brow.
The full brow trend has inspired experimental shapes and styles. Some instagram makeup gurus have started shaping their thick brows into wavy lines for a psychedelic effect, others have taken to wearing designer brows by painting a Gucci snake slithering through the patch of hair. Despite its brow-raising offshoots, the full, heavy eyebrow trend is a timeless classic that accentuates the natural features of the face.