It's no secret - your eyebrows can make or break your look. You can have a feathery fan of lashes, perfectly glossed lips, and a flawless, dewy complexion. But if your brows are lacking, they can ruin your otherwise pretty appearance. Though there are variations in brow shape and personal style from one person to the next, there are a few shapes that nearly everyone should avoid.
Tadpole brows, or sideways commas, are rampant. These brows each have a round or square little patch of hair on the inner corners followed by a sparse tail of hairs leading outward. They tend to resemble fuzzy tadpoles, hence the name. People usually end up with this shape because they just don't know how to groom their brows. It is not a matter of tweezing hairs that are spaced out and keeping the ones that lie close together. You should create a gradually tapering arch, not an awkward row of hairs that you've hacked into like an animal!
The unfortunate half-circle brows have no discernible peak whatsoever. They are simply a set of clown-like brows that leave you looking permanently surprised. This brow shape can happen if you overtweeze the hairs above and below your brows. You don't want your brows to disappear into your forehead and eyelids, but you also want your eyebrows to frame your eyes via a gentle, peaking arch.
Just as the name suggests, this set is almost completely gone. They are most often a direct result of too much tweezing: pencil-thin, unnaturally sparse, and mostly shapeless. This often happens because you've made a tweezing mistake and try to fix it with more tweezing. If you make a mistake, put down the tweezers and fill in the mistake with brow powder.
These eyebrows have one harsh shape only: they're completely flat. Some arches are naturally lower than others, but the arch is always there. This shape, on the other hand, is as flat as it gets. This mistake is a frequent outcome for those who lack knowledge and know-how. One idea to remember, though, is that men should typically have flatter eyebrows, while women should generally have higher arches.
One of the most extreme eyebrow mistakes is the drawn-on set of arches. Some choose to shave off their eyebrows completely and draw them back on with obvious-looking pencil lines. It's a quick fix with subpar results. Those with certain medical illnesses, however, are the obvious exception. Certain conditions can cause hair loss or a loss of fine motor skills. But why draw them on if you don't have to?
Extra Grooming Tips
- If your brow hair doesn't grow back, try applying lavender oil nightly for a few months.
- If tweezing is painful, tweeze after a hot shower, or apply ice to your brows before your begin. You can also try threading.
- Fill in mistakes with a matching brow powder and brow brush. A little goes a long way.
Anyone can create a fantastic set of eyebrows. All it takes is a little skill and some patience. The right shape can make you look polished and put-together. And you, too will get there - one hair at a time.