This post has been a long time coming. I promised this months ago but then I hit a little bump in the road (ahem, giving birth 😛 ) and am just now finding the time to get this together. I thought about throwing something together awhile ago but ended up just waiting because I want this to be as in depth and as informative as possible. Also, I really wanted to get a good brow wax/tint before showing you my before + after photos but as a stay at home mom to an (almost) 3 year old and an infant, I don’t get out much…so I have to work with what I’ve got ha! Okay, let’s get down to business… time to talk all about the brows.
Let me start by saying that I was guilty of severe over-plucking in high school (my brows were basically non-existent) and I’m still paying for it now. In my quest for full, natural looking brows, I think I watched every brow tutorial on YouTube and bought every brow product at some point in time. I came to realize that I was never going to get the look I wanted when I barely had any hair. So, instead of dropping more money on products that wouldn’t work for me, I started looking into growth serums. (I was pregnant at the time so microblading was not an option for me).
I found RapidBrow Eyebrow Enhancing Serum and after reading what felt like a million reviews I decided to give it a try. I initially found it at Ulta for $40 (and a few other retailers for $50+) but ended up buying it from Amazon for about $30. Once I received it, I started using it immediately and applied it religiously 2x/day. I started seeing new growth within ONE WEEK! I was AMAZED. I’m a little embarrassed to share these because I’ve always been so self-conscious about my brows but here are my before and after photos:
Taken in August 2017 (when I first began using the growth serum), September 2017 and October 2017
Taken January 2018
A few things to note about the eyebrow growth serum though- to achieve the best results, you need to break up with waxing and tweezing. The eyebrow hair growth cycle can last up to 12-15 weeks (eyebrows have the slowest growth rate out of all the hair on your body) so you need to fully commit to this. It WILL be super annoying and you WILL long for a good eyebrow grooming but trust me, it will be worth it. If your hair is dark or coarse, you can trim as needed but do NOT pluck or wax as it can damage your eyebrows and you won’t get maximum regrowth. I didn’t tweeze for 12 weeks and went from having absolutely no hair on the tails of my brows to having a pretty defined brow shape. After the 12 weeks, I just groomed my brows at home (because I was too pregnant and tired to go anywhere haha) but I would definitely recommend heading to a salon to have your brows reshaped and tinted.
Another thing to mention with the RapidBrow serum is that you will pretty much need to continually use it. Once you’re pretty happy with your regrowth, you can cut down to once a day to maintain the shape but beware that if you stop completely, you may lose some of the hair. I had read a few reviews mentioning this and after Liam was born I neglected my brows a little bit and noticed that I did lose some brow hair! I’m back to using it twice a day now until all of my patchy spots are filled back in.
Once I was pleased with my brow shape, I went back to the drawing board with products. I re-watched a few tutorials and tried a few different products to find what worked for me. I swear by Anastasia Beverly Hills brow products but have also found some pretty good dupes if you’re on a tighter budget. I’ll walk you through how I fill my brows in and show you what they look like using a few different products:
Step 1: using a thin brow pencil, line the bottom of your natural brow line. The inner corner should line up with the outside of your nose and the tail should be in line with the outer corner of your eye.
Step 2: Outline the top of the brow, again following your natural brow line
Step 3: using your fill in product of choice (I used a thicker brow pencil here), fill in the sparse areas by making small, hair-like strokes. Once all of the sparse areas are filled in, comb through your brows using a spoolie until all of the product is blended in. Make sure that you blend in well enough that there are no harsh lines visible. Blending in is the key to making your brows look more natural and not like you drew them on 🙂 I finish with a little bit of concealer under my brow line to really define the shape and add a little bit of highlighter to my brow bone to make them pop
Here is what my brows look like using a thin brow pencil to outline and a brow powder to fill in:
And here is what my brows look like using a thin brow pencil to outline and a brow pomade to fill in:
I’ve shared before that I swear by Anastasia Beverly Hills brow products but that I’ve also tried a few dupes. I definitely believe that the ABH products are worth the money but I typically save them for special occasions and use the dupes for my everyday makeup. You can click on each product to shop:
I have definitely put my brows through the ringer over the years and have had more brow fails than successes but I feel like I have finally figured out what works for me to achieve the natural look I’ve been longing for. Keep in mind that what works for me may not work for you so I recommend playing around with products until you find what you like! I hope this answered most of your questions but feel free to comment, email or DM me with any other questions!