August 22, 2017

I Shaved Off A Little Piece Of My Brow and the Struggle is Real!

When I was a freshman in high school my senior sister Megan had a birthmark that covered part of eye and upper cheek. It was a purple mark that was quite dark and visible. She was a confident, smart girl and I never once felt like she was bothered by it. I noticed anytime we had a major event she’d use concealer to completely covered the mark. When I first noticed I realized that even thought she was incredibly confident around me that somewhere in the back of her mine that mark made her feel less so. I think we all have something we hate about ourselves. Something we wish we could change, something we can sometimes change thanks to makeup or perhaps thanks to some beauty tool. I think that’s part of the beauty and magic of makeup.

Now, I HATE hate my eyebrows. I HATE them so so much. They are thick and they grow like weeds. If I left them alone I’d be sporting a uni-brow. That’s such a hard thing to type, say, and admit. Thankfully fixing this issue isn’t a problem. I either wax or thread my brows and instantly everything is well again with the world.

I’ve always been envious of girls or guys who have to fill their brows. I’ve never had to uses brow powders or pencils to fill my brows. They are just naturally full (and I hate that!). I never struggled with such an issue and if I had to I wouldn’t even know where to start.

But recently, don’t ask, I shaved a little bit of hair off my brow (mind you I NEVER use a razor on my face but it’s a rather comical story how this happened which I’m too embarrassed to share). It’s not quite at the middle but veering a little towards the right and let me tell you the struggle is real.

I can now relate to all of you who have to fill daily. For some reason, it isn’t growing back as quickly as it typically does. I wouldn’t say it looks bad and I haven’t attempted filling it yet BUT it bugs me because when I look in the mirror I see that little sparse area. There’s hair still there but it’s not as full as I’m used to.

I was going to try and use the new It Cosmetics Brow Powder. This would be my first experience using brow powder so I don’t even know where to start or what to do.

Wish me luck ok?

And let’s hope it doesn’t turn into my Benefit Brow Bar Experience.

I finally understand the struggle anyone has with sparse or thinner brows!

Have you had any beauty mishaps that you were forced to conceal or work around?

What happened and how did you hide or fix it?

Do share!

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Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Christina

    I can totally relate with you. I have really thick and dark brows(black as they get!) too, so I don’t have to fill them in or reshape them. The only time I ever have to is if a hair falls out or I tweeze incorrectly, which then leaves a sparser look in that area that I’m not used to and doesn’t match with the rest of my brows. My problem is that my brow hairs are SO long, so if one is missing, it is totally obvious. You can use an eyelash serum on your brows to help stimulate the growth. The Shiseido one works really well on brows for some reason.

    • Isabella Muse

      This is exactly my issue. It’s kind of looking sparse and I’m not used to it and it’s driving me crazy! Now I totally get why everyone complains about sparse brows. This is a pain! I totally feel your pain though about thick, dark brows ๐Ÿ™ It’s the worst!

  • Jennifer

    Ok. I feel so bad for laughing, but I can just see you in the mirror like oh, Sh?T, wtf have I done. I needed a good laugh today. There is not enough space on your page for me to tell you all the things I dislike about myself.

    But, to answer your question, I decided I didn’t like the fuzz that was growing at my sides. Well needless to say, I ended up buzzed about an inch on one side. My only saving grace is my hair is long and layered and has been for years. I think I was around 25 at the time. Now, I get it waxed. Learned my lesson.

    • Isabella Muse

      if I told you how it happened you’d laugh even more ๐Ÿ˜€ oh no!!!!! that sounds horrible ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Jules

    What drives me nuts is that I have fairly thick brows, but I have bits of sparseness where they are SUPPOSED to be… But then, I have brow hairs that grow all the way down my upper lid, all over above my brows, a few in between, and a super long brow tail that goes almost straight down and ends level with the outer corner of my eye. Like if they would just all grow IN THE RIGHT PLACE my life would be so much easier!! Instead, I have to pluck like a mofo (skin is too sensitive for waxing) AND fill in. Uuuggghhh. Never shaved away a chunk, but I do have a gap in one from a nasty ingrown that scarred. And Grandpa hairs that are literally an inch long. Sometimes I want to just zap them all off, and microblade on some decent ones.

    • Isabella Muse

      lol omg! I guess we all have brow issues ๐Ÿ˜€ I totally understand!

  • Fey P

    Hi, Muse. I have a unibrow and full brows too if I don’t shape them (and a mustache LOL). One of my eyebrows has a scar through it from when I was a kid, and I sometimes try to fill that in. (I use those skinny facial hair razors on a plastic stick to shape my brows, common in Asia but I’ve seen US brands too.) Anyway, the scarred area is hard to fill in but I use an angled brush and dark brow pomade to fill it. Sometimes, I’ll set it with a dark brow powder by pressing the brush on the pomade. My usual brow taming routine is a slightly lighter brow mascara and then elf’s wax stick over that. Maybe that will help direct the longer brow hairs over the sparse area and stick?

    • Isabella Muse

      no shame I have a mustache too lol! ;-D Gotta be on top of all the brows and upper lip otherwise I like like a beast haha ;D I used to use those razors way back in the day but now I stick to waxing seems to last longer! ;-D Oh thanks for that tip!!!!!!!!! I’m going to try that haha!

  • Carol

    My then 10 year old daughter pretty much shaved off her eyebrows a few days prior to being a junior bridesmaid in her uncle’s and to-be aunt’s wedding. We had to draw her brows on for pictures. Luckily they grew back! At the time though I was so afraid she would look ridiculous in the pictures. L

  • Carol G

    When I used to wax my own brows, I accidentally ripped off a big section in the middle of my brow. I just used a pencil to fill it in until it grew back, and thankfully it did. I stopped waxing myself and started go to a pro. I’m at the point now, though, that I don’t have to wax anymore. I guess all the years of waxing has killed the hair follicles so I just have to pluck the occasional stray hair and call it a day. I am very lucky. I’ve heard many horror stories of people shaving their brows and they never grew back.

  • Shirley

    OMG I feel your pain! I have had full brows all my life and all I needed to do every morning was to run my brow mascara through them a few times before I set my makeup which was quick and easy and I loved it! But I recently had my engagement photo done, and even though the sweet girl who did my makeup did a fantastic job – she shaved off some of my brow hair and now my right brow is missing the outer 1/4 of it and the top half of my left brow is missing which leaves a gap right in the middle of it! I was in such a panic after I took off my makeup that night and I have tried every single option I have had on hand: brow powder/eyeshadow/brow pencil all got rubbed off by my hair mid-day even with setting spray, my brow mascara is unable to fill the sparse area where there’s no hair to grab on it, and hell I even tried using my eyeliner pencil which was a complete disaster – yes it finally stayed on all day but it looks so uneven and patchy and I was afraid to look up walking in the hallway as I looked like a clown! I felt like a complete makeup noob that I spend every night googling and searching through YouTube for options – and I finally decided that I will try brow pomade (right now I’m using Milani’s but I also bought IT Cosmetics’ and NYX’s) – it takes a bit of practice but thank god I was finally able to make my brow stay all day and looking natural! But mind you I am constantly late to work now as I need to spend at least a good 5 minutes on my brows and it used to take only 30 seconds! Ugh I had never been so careful taking off my brow makeup at night as I do now as I’m afraid to lose ANY of the brow hair that I have left – it’s been a month and I only see a few hair growing from the area that has been shaved off God all I wish for Christmas this year is for my brow hair to grow back!

    • Isabella Muse

      omg thank god it worked out ok though for your photo! and you only noticed it after you took your makeup off. LIKEWISE! OMG! ME TOO! I don’t know the first thing about filling my brows and the last several days is me trying to learn and watch youTube videos about how to do it lol! LOL omg ;-D you made me laugh with your all I wish for Christmas hahaha! I totally relate Shirley! TOTALLY!

  • blee

    In my lie time I have shaved one off three times. Brow pencil to fill in and they do grow back ๐Ÿ˜€ I have dark brows, but thin fine hair and so so in my brows. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • ChynnaBlue

    Don’t hate on your brows! Mine are much like yours. I was a kid in the 80s when Brooke Shields was huge and big brows were in. People – total strangers, even – told me never to touch my brows. As I got older, I plucked to shape, but I always kept those comments in mind and have kept my brows full. And I never regret it. I hear the horror stories of the people who plucked to nothing and can’t grow the hair back at all. I see how people struggle and I am so grateful for all those comments. I’d rather deal with plucking than having to paint my brows on every day because I over-plucked when I was 20.

    • Isabella Muse

      I can’t help it :-/ totally my worst feature! I wish they were naturally thinner!

    • amy

      I’m one of those people who plucked to oblivion, and must draw them in every day… I don’t mind it, though. I’ve gotten used to it, I have more options if I get bored and want a different shape/color, and I find thinner brows suit my face & aesthetic more than fuller ones. Plus, between eyeshadow primer & better brow products these days, it’s no more of a hassle than eyeliner.

  • Claudia

    I have fine sparse-ish black eyebrow hair and am about your color. I accidentally over-waxed a brow once(half a brow) and had to fill it in. Black powders and pencils look too harsh and brown doesn’t match and it looks obvious. I gave up and said eff it and waited… for two months. My hair does not grow back quickly. If I had my mother’s brows it would have been OK, her’s were so fine it almost looked like she didn’t have any.

    • Isabella Muse

      I had the same problem with color matching! All the powders/pencils looked too dark! I tried It Cosmetics powder thing-y in the end and it’s actually a good match. It’s a charcoal gray and I felt positive it would never work but it actually did. It’s a little challenging for me to use as I don’t know the first thing about filling but I’m slowing learning ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Yen

    I am honestly jealous of your thick brow. My eyebrows oddly do not grow. They used to be thicker in shape when I was young, but they keep falling out as I get older to the point where they’re stick thin. In pictures it looks like I have a thin line of hair. If there’s flash, it looks like I have no hair. The struggle to fill it in is real. It takes me about 10-15 minutes to do my brows since the shape is wonky and blending takes a while. After all these years of filling them I still haven’t gotten faster.

    Haha my eyelashes are the same. The inner half of each eye barely has any lashes growing. Eyebrows I can conceal. Lashes are difficult since I don’t wear falsies and lash extensions will bankrupt my already light wallet. My answer is a lot of thick eyeliner and tight lining. I feel like I can barely see my lashes with thick eyeliner on.

    • Isabella Muse

      Girl you can have them. I just really hate them! They always look like I didn’t groom them! :-/ But now that I understand a little about filling and such I def can relate. I didn’t know the first thing to do with filling the sparse area I have!!!!

  • Heidi

    You’ve got beautiful brows. Better to have more than less. I know lots of people who plucked theirs to oblivion in the 1990s. If you didn’t, good for you! I tend to leave mine alone since I have a decent arch, but I do pencil them in a bit so they’re darker (they’re kind of dark blonde). All the women on my mom’s side of the family have really fine brows to the point where it looks like they practically shaved them off, so I was always happy to not have to do all that work to make it look like I had brows!

    • Isabella Muse

      I hate them ๐Ÿ™ I wish I felt like they were beautiful but they feel like a full-time job sometimes!

  • diane

    oh no! my poor friend!! good luck…now did you secretly do this to review the brow power powder?? (just kidding) I hope it grows back quick. Put castor oil on it nightly, it will help.

    • Isabella Muse

      LOL! I should do a full review it’s actually the only powder that didn’t look crazy dark on my brows, I was impressed because the color seems way weird! ;-D Castor oil? really? Gonna try that!

  • Eraser

    You’ll be glad when you’re older… I over-plucked in my youth because I couldn’t stand mine and after a while, they never grew back. Now I have thin, patchy eyebrows and on top of everything else, they’re going gray. I have an array of eyebrow products: various pencils, special mascara with fibers, pomade, powders, you name it. But the cruelest thing of all is that some hairs get very long and grow in all directions, so I still have to trim them.

    Anyway, an oldie but goodie is Clinique’s brow powder in taupe – I have dark hair and a complexion like yours and it’s just right.

  • Emily

    Funny you should share this now. Last week, my husband accidentally shaved his eyebrows! He has a trimmer thing that he uses to clean up the longer hairs (old man, ha ha) and it has 2 different attachments, but he forgot to put on the attachment, and whoops. Once he did it to one, he had to do it to the other to even them out. It looks AWFUL! I don’t have any brow powders, because, also hairy, but I tried penciling him in, and just, no. They’re growing back, slowly. I can stand to look at him when he’s wearing a baseball cap and/or sunglasses. He doesn’t much care!
    In the spring, my daughter (who was 9 at the time) was asking me to teach her how to tweeze her evebrows. She doesn’t have a unibrow, and her hair is not even very dark, but her brows are full and look appropriate for her face, but they bothered her. I told her I would, but just kind of kept pushing it off. She was 9, and she’s also a bit of a perfectionist, and I didn’t want her becoming obsessed. I’m also no expert brow artist. I used to get mine waxed, but now my skin is too sensitive so I just sorta keep up with the tweezing, when I remember. Definitely growing in less fast and furious, now that I’m 40 (wish I could say the same about my lip/cheeks/chin!) Anyhow, one night she was in her room and started crying to me “Mommy, fix me!” She had gotten impatient, waiting for me to tweeze her, and she went to town with a nail scissors on her brows. Oh poor kid, it did not go well. She was hysterical, and mortified. We had better success with the pencil on her, as she still had the shape, it was just patchy. Then I took her to get waxed, and she was happy. Then forgot about it for months. Now she’s asking for tweezing lessons again. Oh, lord, the woman’s plight. I hope your brows come back soon!

    • Isabella Muse

      ok, so, this is kind of what happened to me. Sort of lol! It’s a long story, don’t ask! I feel terrible for your hub! awww! omg your poor daughter! That had to be hard on her. Poor baby!

  • Kim

    You ladies are KILLIN’ me! I would practically give my right arm for brows!!!!! I made the fatal mistake of over plucking in the good ‘ol 70s’ and they really never grew back. Add to that mess menopause and I have like zero brows. I think I can count like 8 hairs on each one. I would be SO FRICKING HAPPY if I had full brows…! Be happy girls, be happy… ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Ruth

    I just have to clean my brows up; i’m really lucky to have a great shape to them. I went to a wine festival during the day and decided when I got home that they needed to be plucked. Never drink & pluck! the front part of my right one is now missing a chunk and I use AB brow whiz to fill it in. it’s growing in nicely but lesson learned.

  • Marina

    Castor oil will help your hair grow faster! Don’t worry :*
    PS: “screenshot or it didn’t happen!”