Bigger is better, at least when it comes to brows these days. Full, fluffy arches like these haven't been this popular since Brooke Shields slipped into her Calvins back in the '80s. But, if years of plucking, waxing, and threading have left your brows looking slimmer than you'd like, don't worry — there's hope. Truth is, with a little strategy and lots of patience, full brows can once again be yours. We caught up with Sania Vucetaj of Sania’s Brow Bar in NYC, and she gave us the secrets that have worked on her celeb clients for years.
Since tweezing is the most precise way to remove the hair, start by getting your brows professionally shaped. “Unlike threading and waxing, tweezers only pull one hair at a time, allowing you to be in complete control,” Vucetaj explains. After your brows are well-groomed, you can clean them up yourself every two weeks. Vucetaj recommends tracing and filling in your brows with a pencil prior to plucking, so you can avoid any mishaps.
Nobody plans to sabotage her own brow growth, but even the best intentions can inadvertently lead to too-thin arches. "One of the most common mistakes people make when plucking their brows is using a magnifying mirror,” Vucetaj explains. "They make you lose perspective and over-tweeze." Also, steer clear of bright lights, keeping in mind that a clean brow doesn’t necessarily equal a shapely brow. (After all, no one should be looking at your face close enough to see little white baby hairs, anyway.)
Along with adopting a tweezing plan, Vucetaj’s biggest piece of advice is to avoid applying any lotions or creams to the brow area. After years of grooming brows, she believes that creams clog the hair follicle. "That weakens the hair, causes shedding, and also prevents regrowth,” she warns. Can't leave your brows uncovered? Reach for an eyebrow growth serum instead, which could boost your bushiness.
It typically takes three months for your brows to grow in. In the meantime, let this be your mantra: Fake it 'til you make it. Take a brow pencil that’s not too waxy, like Sania's Brow Bar Angled Mechanical Brow Pencil, and lightly trace along the outline before blending through. Not only will it enhance the color and shape of your brows, but it will also make them appear fuller. Run a spoolie brush through them until you’ve reached your desired shade, then finish by coating them with a clear gloss to keep the hairs in place. Follow these steps, and while you won't have the bushy brows of your dreams overnight, you will have them.
Photographed by Erin Yamagata