Straight eyebrows

27 posts
3 Jan 2009
My eybrows are completely straight.  They're also very fine and barely show up.  Recently I've been starting to fill them in with a pencil, so that they show up better, and I've been following their natural line - and I end up with completely straight lines across my forehead.  It's not a good look, to be honest, a bit unexpressive at best, weird at worst.  I don't need to pluck them much to keep them tidy, and I don't overpluck, but I daren't try to change their shape with tweezers if I don't know what I'm doing.  The first and last time I visited a salon to get them done, I came out with them a good centimetre or so too short, and still untidy.  I'd love to get a nice, clean arch shaped brow, but I have no idea how!  Can anyone help at all? 

Posted 3 Jan 2009
Have you tried one of those eyebrow shaping kits? You can get them in places like boots and superdrug and they often come with sort of little stick on outlines of eyebrows to guide you to a particular shape. They go from thin to thick with high and low arches. I put them on my eyebrows and pluck them into the shape, they are kind of like stencils and then I enhance my brows with powder and a light touch of an eyebrow pencil.

Make sure you get exactly the right colour eyebrow pencil. Once I used a dark one and I had two fat black lines above my eyes and I'm blonde. Stupidly I was in such a hurry I didn't notice until I had gone out! lol
Posted 3 Jan 2009
Flowerfairy11

Have you tried one of those eyebrow shaping kits? You can get them in places like boots and superdrug and they often come with sort of little stick on outlines of eyebrows to guide you to a particular shape. They go from thin to thick with high and low arches. I put them on my eyebrows and pluck them into the shape, they are kind of like stencils and then I enhance my brows with powder and a light touch of an eyebrow pencil.


I've seen them.  But I think I physically don't have enough hairs to fill the stencils where they arch - I'd end up with gaps in the middle ...

Flowerfairy11
Make sure you get exactly the right colour eyebrow pencil. Once I used a dark one and I had two fat black lines above my eyes and I'm blonde. Stupidly I was in such a hurry I didn't notice until I had gone out! lol


If anything, my pencil's too light.  I bought the darkest brown I could find and my brows are still about one shade darker.  I didn't want to go for black because that would have jarred with my hair, but I've got a pretty good match

Posted 4 Jan 2009
or.. random idea however
some people have them drawn on permanant...
never no might look good aha
good luck!
Posted 4 Jan 2009
Araneae
Model
Araneae
I've sort of got the same problem. Not the straight eyebrows part, but trying to shape them nicely.  The salons are rather, erm, generic. They think that everyone wants the 'tadpole' or really thin line eyebrows.  What I'm doing at the moment is letting my eyebrows grow again, after having them massacred by a waxer, and going to take pictures in of the nicely arched eyebrows into a different waxer, or as someone suggested, go to an estee lauder counter (apparently) and see what they can do.

Posted 5 Jan 2009
LindsaySianSnuggs
Make Up Artist
LindsaySianS..
Fleur - try a brow powder in very dark brown - this will cling to the hairs you already have and help fill in the sparser areas - it creates a softer look than a pencil. You can also shape them using the powder.

Aranae - you may also find a powder useful to help with shaping and getting a nice arched browshape.

I once spent the drawing/powdering on different brow shapes on my own face to find out what shape best suits me - Brows are amazing - I love how much you can change your face just y shaping them slightly differently!

Hope this is vaguely useful to you guys,
Linds x
Posted 5 Jan 2009
LindsaySianSnuggs

Fleur - try a brow powder in very dark brown - this will cling to the hairs you already have and help fill in the sparser areas - it creates a softer look than a pencil. You can also shape them using the powder.


It's not that I have sparse areas, more that my brows are naturally very straight and if I try to superimpose a curved/arched shape over the top, the arch would end up on a bit of skin above where my brow grows.  I'll see if I can draw a picture, because I'm aware I'm not making sense!

OK, here we go:



If the brown bit is my eyebrow, and the black is the shape I'd like (this is very rough, mind you), you can see my problem!  I don't pluck my eyebrows apart from straggly hairs, so it's not simply a case of letting the top bits grow longer and them plucking them into shape.  Is there any way I can create the illusion of an arch with what I've got?  Or of making them look halfway presentable and not just like I've used a ruler to draw them on?

Posted 5 Jan 2009
Edited by Fleur_du_Mal 5 Jan 2009
Have you tried threading? It gives a really neat and tidy shape, and I think it is much more precise than waxing.
I would recommend avoiding the threading booths in places like Debenhams though, you will find a much more skilled and cheaper threader in a salon.

Helen x
Posted 6 Jan 2009
you could do what my friend does and shave them off and then draw the shape you want. not sure id recommend it tho!

Posted 8 Jan 2009
I think the way you have them on your main picture looks fine, they have some shape. I think different eyebrows can be mega cool and sexy  - and think you should make the most of them as they are. Like get some fashion shots done looking straight to the camera, accentuating the straightness - as a cool quirky look. But they honestly look fine, I think just filling them in and giving them shape that way would be better than trying to wax/pluck/thread them into a shape that they are not.

Posted 8 Jan 2009
Fleur_du_Mal

It's not that I have sparse areas, more that my brows are naturally very straight and if I try to superimpose a curved/arched shape over the top, the arch would end up on a bit of skin above where my brow grows.  I'll see if I can draw a picture, because I'm aware I'm not making sense!

OK, here we go:



If the brown bit is my eyebrow, and the black is the shape I'd like (this is very rough, mind you), you can see my problem!  I don't pluck my eyebrows apart from straggly hairs, so it's not simply a case of letting the top bits grow longer and them plucking them into shape.  Is there any way I can create the illusion of an arch with what I've got?  Or of making them look halfway presentable and not just like I've used a ruler to draw them on?



Hi Babe go to a reputable beauty salon & ask them to do exactly what you want, as it seems you know what you want

or you can thin out top on brow at inner eye downwards to create an arch rather than taking from underneath which sounds like you had done previously

hope this helps xxx
Posted 8 Jan 2009
sjw
Model
sjw
hi,

threading is good if u get a good therapist and stick to the same one!!!

also plucking from the top of the eyebrow on the inner side and underneath on the outer edge to create a slight arch
Posted 8 Jan 2009
I'd go to a professional then define them with Urban Decay's eyebrow kit..it's brilliant
Posted 8 Jan 2009
Wow, lots of advice!

I might try going to a profesisonal again, but find a better one who doesn't just pluck the last half inch out and leave with untidy shortness ...

If all else fails then IvoryFlame's suggestion might just be the way to go!  If you can't change it, embrace it ^_^  (Although I do have to point out that in my main picture, those eyebrows were created by using powder and a stencil - if you had seen me on the day and looked closely you would have seen my real brows running through them in a straight line just like the diagram I posted ...)
Posted 8 Jan 2009
Edited by Fleur_du_Mal 8 Jan 2009
Hi Fleur,
Looking at your brow shape you couldn't get an arch without plucking out some of the hairs at the top of the inside part of your eyebrow to make it lower, but all the advice i've read advises against plucking from above the brow. iirc you should only pluck from underneath. So I would go to a salon & see what they can do. I think your brows look fine though
Posted 8 Jan 2009
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