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Eyebrows play a crucial role in our overall facial appearance, and minor tweaks can have a major impact. But the â€œbold browâ€ trend isnâ€™t the only reason to amp up your archesâ€¦ Fort Lauderdale, Florida permanent makeup provider Diane Makish explains that clients come to her for more than sparse brows due to years of overplucking. â€œHair loss due to chemotherapy and alopecia, as well as trichotillomania (the compulsive urge to pull out hair) are just a few medical reasons to consider the variety of brow enhancement treatments.â€ Permanent makeup is definitely a long-lasting solution but itâ€™s not the only option, and here are a variety of â€œfauxâ€ and â€œproâ€ ways to get full, beautiful brows for the dayâ€”or for years to come.
Charlotte Tilbury Legendary BrowsÂ ($22.50)Â Sometimes just a touch of color and hold is all you need for a boost in brow definition. Available in clear and tinted (which offers a subtle yet visible density boost), this fixative features a precision brush that coaxes each and every hair into place for added structure without a stiff feel or â€œpenciled inâ€ look.
Microblading has become increasingly popular recently. This semi-permanent procedure is technically a form of tattooing but is performed by hand rather than with a machine. Makish warns that this technique only works well on uncompromised skin, as sun damage or hyperpigmentation can prevent pigment from taking. Itâ€™s also important to keep in mind that although results can last for up to a year or more, microblading can lead to scar tissue, and this may prevent future hair growth in treated areas.
Dior Diorshow Brow StylerÂ ($29)Â A brow pencil can make all the difference, so long as youâ€™re OK with applying it every day and accept the risk that it may run or smudge. Diorâ€™s version is a perennial makeup artist favorite because of its ultra-fine tip that can actually replicate the appearance of individual hairs, and its two available shades work on just about anyone. The retractable pencil is always â€œon pointâ€ (literally), and the hidden spoolie brush helps you blend for a natural result every time.
â€œIf you want to wake up every day with perfect eyebrows that never smudge or sweat off, permanent makeup is the way to go,â€ says Makish, who uses a hair-stoke technique to avoid an unnatural, one-dimensional, â€œcolored inâ€ look. She also advises looking for a provider who works within a reputable doctorâ€™s office to ensure quality work and the proper sterile setting.
Latisse is the only FDA-approved drug thatâ€™s guaranteed to stimulate eyelash growth, so why not use it on your brows? It has the same effect within three to four weeks (optimal results are visible after four months), but keep in mind that in addition to new, thicker hairs, Latisse may increase the length of your eyebrow hairs so be prepared to trim!
Transplantation involves taking actively growing hairs from the scalp and grafting them to the eyebrow area. Transplanted hairs generally fall out two weeks after the procedure and start to regrow after about three months. This surgical procedure delivers permanent results, but unlike eyebrow hairs that fall out after reaching a certain length, hairs transplanted from the scalp with continue to grow, so be prepared for regular trimming and grooming.
NOTE:Â Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Brows was provided for review. Opinions are my own.