How to Style Your Bushy Eyebrows

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If your eyebrows are out of control, you can tame them with some simple styling tips. Some people with bushy eyebrows tend to want to get rid of their thickness, but most often, those with full brows have them for a reason. For instance, people that have naturally full brows often work in balance with other facial features like large eyes, lips, or a strong jawline.

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 possible hair removal.

Consider yourself fortunate, as many women that have sparse or thin brows spend time each morning filling in areas of their eyebrows, or deepening them with a pencil or powder. In fact, each year women spend thousands of dollars buying eyebrow stimulators for fuller brows and some go as far as getting eyebrow hair transplants. Luckily for you, this is a very easy challenge to fix. 

How to Get Help for Your Bushy Eyebrows

The first thing you want to decide is how you want your eyebrows to look. Determining the eyebrow shape is important so it matches the shape of your face. For example, square faces often look great with thicker brows that have high arches, while flat eyebrows with a low arch look great on longer face shapes.

You want to start carefully and not go tweezer happy. If you’re a man, you 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 the key phrase to remember when it comes to tweezing male eyebrows. You want your brows to look groomed, but not be a bad focal point.

A woman can typically get away with removing more hair than a man. However, she should be careful when it comes to 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, and not make the right sized frame for her eyes. These mistakes can make a woman look outdated or aged. The arch can also take on the wrong shape; instead of flowing, it can look very angular and harsh.

Trimming Eyebrow Hair

Most often, it's the length that causes the undesired look, not the amount of actual hair. The next thing to do, before removing any hair, is to trim them up. It's extremely easy to do at home and can be finished in minutes with just scissors and a comb. For women, you’re supposed to comb the eyebrow upwards and trim ¼ inch that goes above the brow. Men can brush the eyebrows upwards with a comb or a toothbrush, and then use scissors (with a straight and short blade) to take off a millimeter straight across.

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

Fine Tuning

Sometimes, trimming is all that's needed for men and women who want a very natural look.

Women who want something more shaped up will have to do a little more work—especially for bushy eyebrows that need to get an arch in place.

The first step is to find the start and end of your eyebrows so you can shape them into an arch. Then, you'll have a better idea of where to place the arch. You can find out where your eyebrow starts by drawing an invisible line from the outer sides of the ball of your nose to your brows with a tweezer. Alternatively, you can use a ruler to the inner corner of your eye to determine this.

Men can also use a  grooming guide which will help men learn how to tune up their brows, step by step, while still having that masculine look. Whether you're a man or a woman, it's important to start out slowly and remove more hair as you go along.

Explore Your Options

Consider keeping your bushy eyebrows.

Trends come and go with the season, but bushy eyebrows have made a comeback as of 2008 with actresses like Cara Delevingne proudly showing off a fierce and natural look. Shaping them can be tedious, especially if you have to do it yourself. If you're going to go down that path, it's important to relax and set the mood so you can do your eyebrows without stressing out.

If you have really bushy brows, and can't handle the maintenance, you may want to consider getting professional help. An eyebrow specialist can wax, thread, and/or pluck your eyebrows for you, saving you time, energy, and possible screams.