eyebrows and I been through a journey together. Though I’m naturally blessed—or rather, was naturally blessed at the time of my birth—with superbly bushy brows (thanks, Dad!), I surrendered to the tweezing craze all through high school and college. For years, not only was I convinced my super-skinny arches looked better than my natural fuller shape, (spoiler—they most certainly did not), but I also struggled with anxiety that led to me plucking and shaping my already stingy brows into further oblivion. Eek. Other faux pas? 10 coats of mascara and even more coats of bronzer…viewer discretion advised on the cringe-y photos further down!
So my favorite go-to eyebrow products haven’t led to a bushier finish on their own, per se, but by filling in my brows to the shape and fullness I ultimately desire, I’m less tempted to stress-tweeze (something that used to completely hinder my brow goals). I’m not sure why I pretty much ignored eyebrow products in college, but now that I’ve found some amazing formulas I really love, like Christine’s pencil and Charlotte Tilbury’s epic brow gel, I can get my brows looking like the end goal before they’ve actually gotten there. It’s the perfect way to stay on track while I keep up all my other brow-enhancing tricks and tips.
Both my hair and my eyebrows have grown exponentially since I dutifully began popping high-quality hair, nail, and skin supplements on a daily basis. (Consistency is key here, folks!) Obviously, it’s important to consult with your doctor before starting any new supplements (regardless of how mainstream they may seem), but as someone who has tried quite a few different formulas over the years, these gummies from Hum have made the most significant and noticeable difference. They taste amazing, are lower in sugar than most, and have a strategic mix of biotin along with other important nutrients like zinc, fo-ti, and para-aminobenzoic acid. I also have been loving Nutrofol’s hair-enhancing line of supplements, and take its Digestive Enzyme, Sugar Balance, and DHT Inhibitor.
Oils have been a trending commodity within the beauty industry for a while now, and even though my breakout-prone skin can’t handle skincare products like cleansing oils or coconut-infused moisturizers and serums, my brows have really loved once-weekly treatments in which I apply a less comedogenic (aka pore-clogging) oil like castor or macadamia onto my brows. I let the oil marinate on my brows for a few hours on a Sunday, and I notice the skin and hair around my brows feel far more moisturized and less flaky. After doing this for a few months, I noticed an overall improvement in the thickness and health of my brows, and I also appreciate how shiny and glossy the practice keeps them looking. (Which only enhances their new, far more feathery look!) My previous brow-blessed former co-worker Victoria Hoff swears by the organic, cold-pressed macadamia elixir below for hair growth, and I’ve been loving Briogeo’s new castor oil shown above!
I’m not sure why it took me so long to hop aboard the brow serum train, but it did. That said, after I had the chance to get my eyebrows shaped by celebrity brow artist Joey Healy, I was singing a different tune. Healy has one of the best O.G. brow growth serums on the market, and he recommended I swipe the formula on every morning and night to bulk my brows up, and to encourage growth in areas that had remained stubbornly sparse despite all my other efforts. Though it’s an investment, Healy’s brow elixir features a strategic melding of pentapeptides, hyaluronic acid, and hydrolyzed wheat protein to hydrate, soothe, and boost circulation to the brow area. Then, an extra hit of vitamins like A, B5, C, and E help condition and strengthen existing brow hairs, while botanical ingredients (white tea, licorice, eyebright, and rose) provide an extra boost of health. Since starting Healy’s recommended routine, I’ve experienced way more brow growth; before, I could go multiple months between professional tweezings, but I’m now tempted to go in way more often.