How to shape thinning eyebrows

2 Min Read Friday 8th November 2019

Creating the perfect eyebrow shape from the bushiest of brows is a daunting yet satisfying challenge. It can actually be harder to shape thinning brows because you have so little to pare back. However, there are a few clever tricks of the trade you can employ to create structure, depth and colour.

First off, it’s not uncommon for the eyebrows to thin with age. This process can be a caused by fluctuating hormones, the cumulative effects of many years of plucking, threading and waxing that have reduced growth or even things like stress and illness. Eyebrows can appear scant and sparse along the ends before turning grey, which causes them to blend into the face turning almost invisible. This prevents the brows from lifting the eyes and lending the face some much-needed structure.

Tinting thinning brows that have lost their colour highlights them more and makes them look thicker and healthier in less than 15 minutes. This is particularly useful for clients with grey hairs. Just bear in mind that you may have to leave the tint on a bit longer than normal as grey/white hairs can be more resistant to dyes. Use the apply, remove and check technique before reapplying to guarantee you don’t accidentally go too dark.

The key thing to remember when you’re shaping eyebrows that have lost their thickness is to remove only stray hairs. This will help you to retain as much structure as possible. You can also draw in hair strokes with an eyebrow pencil to fill in gaps and create an uninterrupted arch and tail. Your aim is to accentuate the existing shape rather than draw on a new one, simply ‘thickening up’ what’s already there to begin with.

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