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Monday, 27 January 2014

all about eyebrows: growing out

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I’ve always been complimented on my eyebrows, It's my thing. Every now and then something happens to them, admittedly typically in the form of a over zealous threader,  ending up looking not quite so good as I like. I know its basic but the the best remedy for over plucked brows is just to leave them to grow out. Leaving them for 6-8 weeks sans plucking is enough to get my heart racing Now this is a super daunting task, after a week I'm left with brows to rival Drake's. But here are my tips on how to cope with that awkward growing out stage which over time will be so worth it.

Spoolie Lovin':

Keeping your brows in check with a spoolie is a must. Comb through your brows and set them in place with a clear gel. I don't personally like tinted brow gel as I think it can look unnatural and harsh on dark brows like mine but on lighter brows it might look better. Clear mascaras make ideal brow gels, and can be picked up for next to nothing from budget brands so  opt for those over the expensive counterparts.

Avoid Overfill:

I know its tempting to overfill your brows but in the growing out phase you need to make sure your brows don’t look to heavy as you don’t want to draw attention to them. Keep them as natural as possible by using a powder the right shade for your eyebrows and a light hand. Avoid using pencils as they can come off harsh and over defined. Pretend you're going for that light messy Cara look rather than "I've drawn these on with a sharpie".

Conceal:

My top growing out tip is to run a concealer around your brows to define them and mask any stray hairs. I like to use use a cream concealer and a clean angled brush to go around the line of the eyebrows after filling them in. This is a great way to fake neater brows all while add definition and shape.

Miracle Growth:

Okay so nothings going to grow your brows out over night, but you can help them along. Castor Oil is my threaders recommendation. You can pick this up for super cheap on Amazon or any health shop. Read any of the more expensive brow growth serums and the main ingredient is Castor Oil. Buying it pure makes it much cheaper and friendlier on the wallet. Apply to a fresh spoolie brush and comb through the brows each night to encourage growth. This also works on lashes, so do both at the same time for double the impact.

Tidy up… a little:

But not too much! No body wants a mono brow so some strategic plucking is allowed. But only a little. If you're trying to make your brows thicker then try and resist plucking the underside that runs below your brows, same with the front. I find that's the most tempting part to pull tweezers out on but this is the part that often needs to be left to grow! So pop those tweezers to the back of the drawer and resist temptation as much as you can!

The next quartet of posts are all about eyebrows. Check back daily for my top tips on eyebrow maintenance, growing out & filling in.

38 comments

  1. Definitely agree with the concealing... I never really let my eyebrows grow out on purpose, but my concealer is a face saver for when I haven't had the chance to tame my brows!

    x Michelle | thefeatherden.net

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    1. I am crazy about brows! Growing them out is tough!! It literally kills me lol have any of you tried Latisse? It's the prescription for longer lashes but it works for eyebrows as well. Expensive but worth it if your brows are very thin. theskincarebible.com

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  2. Definitely agree with the concealing... I never really let my eyebrows grow out on purpose, but my concealer is a face saver for when I haven't had the chance to tame my brows!

    x Michelle | thefeatherden.net

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  4. I look like a kebab shop owner when growing mine out so thanks for the tips! I shall try them! :)

    Jen xx
    http://kitsch-n-sync.blogspot.com

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  5. What a fab timed post! Last night I made the decision to grow mine out then get them reshaped. Thanks for the tips!

    beccamy.blogspot.co.uk

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  6. helloo Lily:) Is there any chance you were in Coventry last Saturday? I think I saw you somewhere!!
    LVH xxxxx

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  7. Awesome tips! Will definitely try out the castor oil.

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  8. I'm quite lucky that I've always had thicker brows, I guess being a beauty therapist I know not to over pluck haha! Great post though, it's so easily done!
    Beauty by Alicee xoxo

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  9. Im trying to grow mine at the moment, its painful haha! x

    Roxanne | Sweet Style Beauty

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  10. I love how they look! I made mine grow this summer and I am so happy!

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  11. I've always had problems with my eyebrows - unlike most I have an abundance of growth!

    ameliaholly.blogspot.co.uk

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  12. Probably my biggest beauty-related fear is having someone mess up my eyebrows through over-plucking. These are some great tips, but I hope I never have to use them!
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    Stephanie | Love, August

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  13. Great post & really helpful tips :) xx
    http://insaneaboutmakeup.blogspot.co.uk/

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  14. good post I always use the concealer trick, keeps the brows looking sharp:)

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  15. I always have issues with my brows and these are some amazing tips!
    Casualllyawkward

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  16. Great tips, I'm currently growing mine out so I can get them re-shaped x

    fabheadtotoe.blogspot.co.uk

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  17. I use the concealer trick too, I always make sure my brows are done over anything else or I couldn't cope! xx

    Charli | Secrets Behind The Closet Door

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  18. I find re-shaping my brows really difficult because you have to grow them out first to get the right shape and I hate my brows looking messy! These tips really help! X.

    amylaurenxo.blogspot.co.uk

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  19. I also used the concealer trick over the summer when I was growing out my brows! Even afterwards, concealer around the brows still works wonders at defining them. And I can see why you're always complimented on yours--they're gorgeous!
    Amber
    Lovely Notions

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  20. definitely needed this post, i'm still trying to learn how to fill mine in better after a year of over-plucking and growing them out again
    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Fashion Lifestyle + Photography - www.brittonloves.blogspot.co.uk

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  21. I need to grow out my eyebrows so they can look full like yours. Thanks for sharing tips from 3girls1apple.com

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  22. I've not plucked mine in months! I love large eyebrows and want mine to grow and grow.


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  23. Love the concealer tip, it's a great idea :)
    emmerliejay x

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  24. I'll have to try the castor oil trick, I love big brows!
    Chloe's Little Nothing

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  25. Thankfully, I've always had pretty thick brows but I do think they look so much better when they're fuller!
    Bea x
    Bea's Beauty Blog

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  26. I used to have the most sparse brows ever, I finically managed to resist temptation and grow them out, and I'm so glad I did! Thee tips are spot on lily! Xx
    www.nellyandnoopy.wordpress.com

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  27. Great tips, it took me ages to grow out my brows! x
    Freya's Fashion Chapter

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  28. I've always had a love hate relationship with my brows and I just can't get away with filing them in with pencil, they somehow always end up too thick. Nightmare! You, however, are blessed with a pair of gorgeous brows :-) x

    Something about Carey

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  30. Defentliy need to follow these tips! :) x

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  31. thanks for the great tips! Definitely trying those out! :D
    x

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  32. The concealing tip works a treat!

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    1. great post!
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      daniella
      simplybeautifulelegant.blogspot.com

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  34. This is really nice. Your information about beauty tips is really interesting. Thanks for sharing this article
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