3 Ways to Change Your Brow Shape Without Touching Tweezers or Wax

At least not the hair-removal kind of wax...
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At least not the hair-removal kind of wax...

I’m obsessed with eyebrows. I don’t even try to hide it. Literally all day long, when I see new people with great brows, I have to restrain myself from yelling "GOALS!" and asking them if they get them done or do it themselves.

I’m a DIY gal myself. I haven’t let anyone else touch my eyebrows since I got the arch waxed right off in high school, which left me with super-straight, short eyebrows. (Also, please commiserate with me in the comments of your eyebrows from yesteryear.)

High School Allison’s eyebrows circa 2011. Pardon the fear in my eyes, I was getting ready for my first play performance.

High School Allison’s eyebrows circa 2011. Pardon the fear in my eyes, I was getting ready for my first play performance.

Now that I’m older and wiser and bold brows are in, I’m pretty lazy with my tweezing routine. I keep my brows pretty much exactly how they grow in naturally, and I just clean up the undersides for a little shape.

Because my brows are naturally thicker, I didn’t think there was much I could do to change the look without waxing or tweezing them smaller — until I actually tried it. It was just one of those mental roadblocks like when people say they can’t wear a particular color or article of clothing until they actually try it on. 

I decided to play around with a few classic power brows just to see how they could be done on a thicker brow.

The Rounded Arch

The first look isn’t a far cry from my normal brow shape. It is a smoother arch than my natural brow, and I just brushed my brow hairs to follow the way they naturally grow. 

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To fill in my brows, I used a small angled brush and dark-brown brow powder to darken areas that are sparse in the front of my brows and to round out my arch.

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I like this look the most because it is so close to what I’m used to, and I feel like it fits my face the best. I know, boring. Way to learn something from this exercise, Allison. (Ugh. I promise to never talk to myself in third person again.)

The Straight Brow

The straight brow has been so hip with the celebs, so I had to try it. 

Not quite as chic as Victoria Beckham.

Not quite as chic as Victoria Beckham.

To get this shape I filled in the front of my brow to get a blockier look, and I filled in the underside of my brows to match up with the tail-ends of my brows. I didn’t fill in the arch at all and instead brushed those hairs down to help cover the area I filled in and make it look more natural.

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This eyebrow shape is not my jam. I’m actually trying to smile in that picture and I just kind of look uncomfortable. I think because my brows are a bit unevenly placed, the straight brow emphasized the differences and makes me look a bit worried.

The Bushy Brow

I will admit to preferring the less polished looks out there in the makeup world, so the bushy brow was right up my alley. 

Taking a walk on the wild side.

Taking a walk on the wild side.

Really, there’s not much to explain here, I simply left my brows to their natural shape and brushed them straight up. I used brow wax to help keep the hairs going where I wanted them to go.

It looks a little caveman-chic, but I’m digging it.

  • Are you as obsessed with eyebrows as I am?
  • How much effort do you put into your brows?
  • Do you change the shape of your brows or keep them as they grow in?