Help! I Have Bushy Eyebrows

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Question: Help! I Have Bushy Eyebrows

Answer: If you have what you would call full or bushy eyebrows, you have them for a reason. People have naturally full brows to work in balance with other facial features like large eyes, lips or a strong jaw line.

The wonderful thing about full eyebrows is that you have so much to work with and can easily get them into your preferred shape or style with some trimming and possibly removing hair here or there.

Women that have sparse or thin brows spend time each morning filling in areas or deepening with pencil or powder. Each year women spend thousands of dollars buying eyebrow stimulators for fuller brows and some go as far as getting eyebrow hair transplants. What I'm trying to say is- Consider yourself fortunate. This is a very easy challenge to fix. 

Be Careful

Don't start going tweezer happy. If you’re a man, you definitely don’t want to take a lot of hair out from in-between or by creating a high arch, otherwise, you can risk looking feminine. 'Less is more' is definitely the key to grooming a man's eyebrows. There is a local male newscaster who I can't pay attention to what he's saying because I'm too busy staring at his brows. Why? They're too thin and shaped like a woman's. At first, I thought it might just be me because of the industry I work in. I realized it wasn't just me when my husband said, 'What's wrong with his eyebrows'?

I'm sure you want your brows to looked groomed, but not be a bad focal point.

A woman can remove more hair than a man, but still has to be careful with where the brows begin and end, where she puts the arch and how high the arch is. Otherwise, her brows can be too thin for her face, not make the right sized frame for her eyes, and make her look outdated or aged.

The arch can also take on the wrong shape- instead of flowing it can look very angular and harsh.

Try This First

Often it's the length that is causing the undesired look, not the amount of actual hair. The first thing to do before removing any hair is to trim them up (get how-to guide). It's extremely easy to do at home and can be finished in minutes with scissors and a comb.

Trimming will help remove the excess bulk, keeps the brows in place, makes them appear lighter- and yes- less bushy. If a woman wants a very defined brow, trimming the excess length helps achieve that look. After this bulk is removed, you'll be able to see more clearly what hair, if any, needs to go. Removing the right amount of hair will put in the right shape for a woman and look groomed for a man.

Fine Tuning

Sometimes trimming is all that's needed for men (including teens) and a woman who wants a very natural look. For women that want something more shaped up, she'll need to do a little more work for bushy eyebrows to get an arch in place.

We have a shaping step-by-step (see instructions) for women that will show you where your brows should start, end and where to place the arch. For men, we're not saying that you have to walk around with a mono-brow.

We have a grooming guide that helps you tune up your brows (get instructions), and still look like a guy. Whether you are a man or a woman, remember to start out slowly, you can always remove more as you go along.

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