The Difference Between Popular Eyebrow Treatments, Explained
Recently, the eyebrow has earned practically everyone's respect. Besides keeping sweat out of your eyes, it deﬁnes, balances, and even lifts your face. So once you've landed on the shape and hue that works best for you, it makes sense that you'd want to preserve the results.
These days, you kind of can. Professional eyebrow treatments and products have made a longer-lasting brow possible — even for those who aren't naturally bold, full, or smooth. Of course, with power comes responsibility. Some of these services are semi-permanent, and when done improperly they can scar the skin, look blurry, fry the hair, or be the wrong tone. So step 1 is finding an expert who knows what they're doing.
Also, while the overarching beneﬁt of these eyebrow treatments is the luxury of waking up to beautiful brows for weeks or even months on end, some low-maintenance brow care is also a good idea. Here's a breakdown of your options.
This eyebrow treatment takes less than 10 minutes, costs $30 or so, feels painless — and can make your brows look much fuller and bolder. "The impact is obvious for those who are blonde, but a lot of people — even dark brunettes — have light-colored hair within their brows," says Dani Kimiko Vincent, a makeup artist and brow specialist in Los Angeles. "Tinting brings them out. My clients often realize that they have more brow hairs and fewer gaps in their shape than they thought." (You need to see these incredible before-and-after photos of an editor's brow tint.)
The semipermanent dye lasts four to six weeks. During that time, you can tweeze strays and groom your shape with a nourishing brow gel. Vincent's new Kimiko The Brow Sensei (Buy It, $33, kimikobeauty.com) has a vegan formula that strengthens brows with peptides as it holds them in place.
"If your brows are curly or unruly or grow downward, then eyebrow lamination is an exciting option," says Shaughnessy Otsuji, a cosmetic and restorative tattoo artist in Los Angeles who charges $100 for the eyebrow treatment. "The technique uses a perm solution to temporarily relax brow hairs, which makes them appear longer and straighter and redirects them upward. They also act more pliable, so they look fluffier." Results last four to eight weeks.
To keep eyebrows hydrated, you can apply Revitalash Cosmetics Lash & Brow Masque (Buy It, $49, nordstrom.com) twice a week. The formula has a tube technology that delivers ginseng, white nettle, and biotin to each hair. After 15 minutes, splash with warm water, and remove the mask with the included comb.
A lack of brow hair is no problem. "Microblading, the most common form of brow tattooing, uses several tiny needles to implant pigment beneath the skin to simulate the look of very fine, realistic-looking hairs," says Otsuji. "The pigment lightens and the thin hair strokes shrink over time, so clients return for touch-ups every year or so."
Nano blading is a similar technique, but it uses a single needle, which is more effective on thick, textured, or oily skin. With this method, the technician can also create powder or ombré brows. "Instead of strokes, we make softer, shaded shapes for a more ﬁlled-in, powdery look," says Otsuji. (Treatments start at $500.) No matter the eyebrow treatment, keep the area dry and don't pick or scratch as it heals. (Next up: The 10 Best Eyebrow Fillers for Every Type of Brow)
Shape Magazine, December 2021 issue