How to Salvage Over-Plucked Eyebrows and Grow Them Back in 5 Easy Steps

Tweeze your way back to the brows you really want.
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Tweeze your way back to the brows you really want.

Have you ever sat down in front of a magnifying mirror with the intention of plucking a few stray hairs, and then without even realizing it, you ended up with too-thin, over-tweezed brows? We’ve all been there (I certainly have!). For many, it seems like the point of no return. How do we recover from this tweezing mishap without going through an awkward regrowth phase? Getting back to a normal brow shape is possible and not as tedious as you think. Nor does it require you hiding your tweezers from yourself.

Because eyebrows are so vital for facial expression and communication, how could we not make them a top priority? If your brows are experiencing a bad hair day (or month . . .), don’t fret; there is an easy way to achieve the natural brow shape you want while also improving what you’ve got now.

01. Find Inspiration

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The first step in brow recovery is figuring out what look you actually want to achieve. Start by flipping through a magazine or looking online for a woman who has eyebrows that you admire. Make sure they meet the basic criteria for shapely eyebrows:

  • Beginning of the brow: Imagine a line starting from the inner point of your eye going straight up to your brow. This is where your brow should begin. Avoid tweezing this area too much; it will result in an unnatural rounded appearance. A few stray hairs here is good.
  •  The arch: Imagine a line starting from the outer edge of your nose to the outer edge of your iris and then on into your brow—this is where your arch should be.
  • End of the brow: Now imagine a diagonal line starting from the outer edge of your nose going to the outer corner of your eye and then on into your brow. This is where your eyebrow should end.

02. Imitate

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Keep the picture you chose within eyesight. In a mirror, start drawing on the exact brows you desire with a brow pencil—copying your inspiration photo.

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03. Tweeze (Yes, Tweeze!)

Look for extraneous brow hairs that lie outside your outline. Tweeze those. While it may seem counterproductive to be removing more hair, this step is crucial to getting back on track. The reason you over-tweezed in the first place was because you were unhappy with your brow shape. Tweezing a bit more is a necessary step in achieving a shape you like.

04. Fill In If You Want

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Wipe off the drawn-on brows with a face wipe. But if you absolutely love how your brows look filled in, just leave them on for the day!

05. Maintain

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Repeat this process after a few days or whenever you feel like you need to tweeze. As time goes on, you will find that your hairs will naturally start growing in the shape you’ve been tweezing around—creating the brow you want without penciling.