Brows are easily the highest maintenance part of my routine. Without any help, they're thin, sparse, and have plenty of bald spots so I've tried pretty much every brow-care product, makeup, and procedure out there (okay, short of hair plugs—is that a thing for brows??) to achieve some semblance of a bold, face-framing look. When my brows look full, I feel like I barely have to add anymore makeup since they do so much of the work themselves! I simply throw in some brow gel, add mascara, and run out the door. Right now, I'm at a place where I'm finally thrilled with my brows, which involves a combination of annual microblading and monthly tinting, brow growth serum when I need it, and daily brow gel (I use ILIA brow gel followed by a clear gel). Here's my take on achieving fuller brows, depending on what you're looking for:
I got microblading, temporary tattoos under your brow hair that mimic hair strokes, done over a year ago and mine still looks fantastic! Since getting it, I haven't had to use a pencil to fill in my bald spots—though I have heard horror stories about people getting it done poorly (it's a tattoo) or fading badly (so take care of it like you would a tattoo!). I wrote a whole lot more here, but am already planning my followup for when my fades.
You should get it if... You have bald patches, but find a girl you adore (L.A. ladies, I went to Linda and love her).
Here's the good thing about brow growth serum: It works. Like, after using it twice a day for a month I saw a dramatic difference. After three months I was practically Frida Kahlo and loving every second of it.
Here's the bad thing I recently discovered after finally tracking down the ingredients (hold onto your seats ladies): Most, including my favorite neubrow, include prostaglandins (isopropyl cloprostenate on the neubrow ingredient list), which are a group of lipids that have hormone-like effects in animals, including inducing labor and also increasing mating behaviors in goldfish (?). Thank you, Wikipedia. Also, as soon as you stop using it, your hair growth goes back to exactly where it was, which also happened pretty much immediately. Though I'm usually on top of my game when it comes to products I apply liberally to my face and skin (foundation, lotion, mascara, coverup), I didn't even think to look closely at the ingredients I paint on my brows. I'll be using neubrow until my wedding, but probably not at all afterwards... the things we do for love?
You should use it if... If you have an upcoming event one to three months away you want killer brows for, and aren't too concerned about putting something on them that makes goldfish frisky.
I get my brows dyed every single month by my facialist Adrina (her contact info is in this Highlight!) and it makes such a difference. I always walk out of there feeling like a million bucks, and it lasts about two weeks at max impact, and begins to fade at three. If I want them to last longer, I ask her to leave the tint another minute or two longer!
You should get it if... You want to make your brows look more dramatic, especially if they're a bit thin or too light!
This is the easiest thing on this list because it involves... nothing. Try growing your brows out for eight weeks at least, and just style them with clear gel. The sparse areas should fill in a bit. When you can't take it any longer, get them shaped by a professional!
You should do this if... You're chill with looking like the abominable snowman for a hot sec, and don't want to spend too much money.