The Pros and Cons of Every Eyebrow Technique Out There
From shaping up to filling out
By now you've probably realized that eyebrows are more important (and trendy) than ever. But ever wonder how all those celebs have effortless-looking ones? Do they tweez? Bleach? Microblade? Here, all the maintenance and makeup techniques you might want to know...'cause we're all about making an informed decision.
What it means: Individual hairs are removed by wrapping a doubled-up string around the shaft and twisting the thread to pull them out from the roots.
Pros: The technique is highly targeted to ensure specific eyebrow shapes, and hair doesn’t have to be a certain length to be removed (meaning even those pesky little nubs can go). It’s also relatively inexpensive (anywhere from $5 to $15) and is less likely to cause irritation afterwards since you’re not actually applying anything on your skin (like wax).
Cons: Some people think this method is more painful than waxing because the process is repeated until all of the hairs are removed, as opposed to, just ripping off a strip of wax and being done with it.
What it means: Hot wax is placed on a strip and applied to the skin. The strip is then removed in one swift motion taking the hairs with it.
Pros: Hair tends to grow back slower after several treatments, and the technique is fast and inexpensive (anywhere from $7 to $20).
Cons: It could be a little too abrasive for those with sensitive skin. Also, the wax strips are less precise, which might make it difficult to target individual hairs and get a specific shape.
What it means: Individual hairs are pulled from the follicle using metal tweezers.
Pros: This is the most accurate technique of all, since each hair can be targeted. Not to mention, it’s the cheapest form of removal (and can be done on one’s own…with caution).
Cons: But it works best when only a small amount of hair needs to be removed. The method requires a steady hand, some extra time and lots of concentration so you don’t accidentally grip your skin (ouch) or pluck that one long hair you meant to keep.
What it means: Individual hairs between and above the brows are removed via a heated laser. Over time--and multiple treatments--the laser damages the follicles, which then stops producing hair.
Pros: After several treatments, hair will cease to grow back in the treatment area.
Cons: The method can only be done in the “unibrow” area and above the brow due to eye safety concerns. It can also be quite painful (some say it feels like tiny rubberbands being snapped onto treatment areas) and expensive up front. It’ll set you back about $50 to $70 per treatment and requires anywhere from four to six treatments; however, the results are permanent.
BLEACHES AND DYES
What it means: Just like the hair on your head, brows can be lightened or darkened, usually to better compliment a change in hair color. This can be done at home or by a professional.
Pros: DIY brow-dying can be inexpensive and relatively easy. Bleaching or darkening brows can create either a more natural or a more dramatic look, depending on the desired appearance.
Cons: It’s easy to go overboard with the bleach and end up with freakishly light brows, and salon treatments tend to be pricey since regular upkeep is also necessary. Keep in mind that strong chemicals like bleach must be handled with extreme care, especially when applied close to the eye area.
What it means: Brows are filled in with a makeup pencil to darken and shape them.
Pros: The overall appearance is soft and natural, and the pencil can be used to create specific shapes.
Cons: If the pencil is too dry, it can scratch the delicate skin around your eyes (and look too severe).. Be sure to get one with a soft, tapered tip like the Diorshow Brow Styler. It’s also only a temporary, daily fix.
What it means: Brows are covered in a lightweight, creamy gel to fill in sparse areas and darken overall brow color.
Pros: The effect is often more dramatic and lasts longer throughout the day than a pencil.
Cons: Application can be tricky, since a small amount can go a long way. Anything too much and your brows can appear dark and “blocky.”
What it means: Eyebrows are filled in using a preferred shade of powder--similar to what you use on your eyelids.
Pros: Powders are usually very lightweight and more natural-looking than pencils.
Cons: Drier-skinned ladies may have difficulty getting the makeup to stick to their brow for longer wear. Powders also tend to wear off more quickly than other brow products.
What it means: Also referred to as microblading, individual brow hairs are “painted” on using a tiny needle.
Pros: The process is relatively painless (thanks to a numbing cream), takes only two hours and lasts up to a few years. And the results are far more natural than straight-lined eyebrow tattoos of the past.
Cons: Microblading can be pricey (around $800 depending where you live) and requires antibiotic ointment for the first ten days after treatment.