Its now been ten weeks since my celebrity eyebrow fiasco. I know that they are growing in because I don’t cringe when I look in the mirror. I can also see where my natural eyebrows are in good shape and where they still need help. My left eyebrow has “lost” its tail ( its too short) and in the middle there is a bald spot. My right eyebrow is actually OK but could use a little help at the end.
To get a fuller, more defined shape I decided to try out brow sencils. There are numerous brands and choose one of the best known, Stencils from Anastasia of Beverly Hills. There are five plastic brow templates with slightly different arch positions and lengths. Missing from the package are templates for the current oh so popular flatter thicker brows. I still haven’t abandoned the dream of the flat, angled Audrey style brows, but I decided to start with these shapes.
Attention: Eyebrow Stencils Need Three Hands
Here’s how it was supposed to work. You position the template on your eyebrow with two fingers and use a pencil to fill in the shape, re- position the arch as well as have them look fuller and longer. First I need to point out that it becomes seriously difficult if you are wearing glasses since most rims cover the brows. But when I took off my glasses, my brows were a blur and I couldn’t see the outline of the template. I brooded for about 15 minutes, then went out and bought a magnifying mirror which enabled me to see my brows without glasses ( This added 19.95 to the cost, but I needed one anyway)
Now that I could see again, I held the stencil against my left brow with two fingers of my left hand and started to follow the outline with a pencil in my right hand. At least that was the plan. I found it almost impossible to color within the lines. For some reason there was a little plastic bar at the point of the arch which meant a break in the line of the eyebrow. The results were more like crazy bag lady eyebrows than I would ever want to see on my face. Attempt to work on my right eyebrow with my left hand were, to use a technical term, ridonkulous. The pencil kept getting tangled in the existing hairs and there were clumps of pencil and smeared lines. I suspect that a brow buddy who provided an extra set of hands and eyes might produce better results but stencils were not a project to be done solo.
Next Steps in My Search for The Perfect Eyebrow
But wait, there are actually still three more options for a better brow– serums like Rogaine and Latisse that actually encourage hair growth, tinting the eyebrows and even fake eyebrows applied hair by hair. Over the next six months I am going to try all three and share my results. There are pros and cons to all of them. Coloring your brows provides greater definition, but doesn’t do much for the shape. Fake brows, much like fake eyelashes, are expensive and last only three weeks. Growth serums work only on some areas of the brow line and take weeks to show results but give you more to work with. Stick with me and we’ll find the best road to beautiful brows.