Friday, January 18, 2013

Eyebrow Grooming Methods Guide

Properly shaped and well groomed eyebrows can really enhance your beauty and personality. Here's your guide to various eyebrow grooming methods and how to deal with poorly grown thin eyebrows.


Eyebrows can be shaped and groomed through 
  1. Threading
  2. Tweezing/plucking
  3. Waxing
  4. Filling
  5. Brow Planer/ Brow Shaper (Precision Razor)
  6. Eyebrow stencils.
  7. Eyebrow kits
  8. Cosmetic tattooing (Permanent eyebrows)
  9. Eyebrow Embroidery
  10. Eyebrow Tinting
  11. Eyebrow Wigs
Threading is popular in India and eastern countries, while western countries rely more on waxing and tweezing to shape and groom their eyebrows. Waxing needs more practice and experience, and should be performed by a professional.

Eyebrow Grooming Methods: Threading
Eyebrow Threading

Eyebrow filling is used to fill any gap in your eyebrows due to missing hair or to increase the length of your eyebrow. Filling makes your eyebrows look more neat and perfect and can be done even when you don't have any gap in your brows as such. There are great videos available on YouTube for all of these techniques. Go ahead and do some research.

Eyebrow filling with eyebrow stencils
Eyebrow shaping and filling using eyebrow stencil. Image source
Eyebrow stencils usually come as standalone, and also as a part of an eyebrow kit along with other grooming essentials like brow wax and colored powder for filling the brows.

Eyebrow Grooming Methods: Eyebrow kits
NYX eyebrow kit with brow comb, eyebrow stencil and eyebrow filling colors

Brow planers are available as razor blades as well as electronic eyebrow shapers/ trimmers.

Eyebrow Grooming Methods: Eyebrow planing with Brow planer / Razor / Trimmer
Eyebrow Planing with Chritsi Harris Precision Brow Planer. Image Source
Eyebrow Planer Shaper

Check out Panasonic eyebrow shaper. Remington also makes one. There may be more.
Electronic Eyebrow Shaper Trimmer
Panasonic Eyebrow trimmer/ shaper

People who have naturally very thin and poor eyebrow growth can enhance them with eyebrow filling. Threading promotes eyebrow hair growth and if you apply pure petroleum jelly (Vaseline) on your brows religiously every night along with regular threading, you can see remarkable difference in your brows within a few months.

There are also eyebrow growth serums available in the market. I know one from NYX and have read good reviews about it.

Cosmetic tattooing is done by permanently filling color into the skin to create an eyebrow by tattooing method. Like a normal tattoo, it is a painful procedure and ink is injected two layers deep into the skin. Tattooing requires prevention from sun radiations to prevent lightening of the tattooed eyebrows. The color and shape are first decided and discussed before carrying out the procedure. Should get it done from an expert only.

Permanent Eyebrows : Cosmetic Tattoing
Permanent Eyebrows. Image Source
Eyebrow Embroidery is a semi-permanent method of getting fuller no-maintenance eyebrows. In Cosmetic Tattooing, color is injected two layers deep into the skin to draw tattooed eyebrows. But in eyebrow embroidery, the dye is injected only into the top layer of the skin using feather light strokes to imitate natural hair. It looks more natural than tattooing and lasts 3-5 years. People with oily skin need touch up after the initial sitting, as the dye sometimes does not absorb well into their skin. 

Again this should be performed by an expert esthetician only, who understands which color and shape would suit you, since it is not easy to remove these, once done.

Eyebrow Embroidery
Eyebrow Embroidery
Both Cosmetic Tattooing and Eyebrow embroidery can be removed by laser only, which is as painful as getting these first. But these permanent and semi-permanent procedures are especially helpful for people who have lost eyebrows due to age, accident or serious illness but other people also go for these for aesthetic reasons.

Eyebrow Tinting is getting your eyebrows dyed. The dye can make sparse eyebrows look darker and fuller, and dark eyebrows look lighter. It is very common in Western countries and is now catching up in India too, but it is dangerous (unless performed by a highly experienced esthetician) and can have serious skin reactions. Never ever use hair dye to dye your eyebrows at home. There are eyebrow tinting kits available in the market but it is better to get it done through a professional only. This lasts a few weeks just like hair coloring.

Eyebrow Tinting
Eyebrow Tinting. Image source.

Eyebrow Wigs are made from real human hair pasted on net. These come with glue. The glue is applied to the net side of the wig with the brush and then the wig is pasted on the brow area.

Eyebrow wigs
Eyebrow Wig
Eyebrow wigs, brow growth serum, eyebrow stencils and other brow grooming accessories can be bought from Stencils and brow serum are now also sold by There are many other online websites selling these. Some interesting FAQs on eyebrow wigs.

Whichever of the above methods you use to groom and shape your eyebrows, you have two choices: Enhance your existing eyebrow shape or go for a complete eyebrow makeover.

How did you like this article? Do let me know.

Related Article: Different Types of Eyebrow Shapes and Which Suits Whom


  1. Nice post Gagan.:)
    In US women use razors a lot... and then comes the tweezers. Tweezerman is supposed to be their favorite..
    We are more towards threading.
    Waiting for the next series.

    1. Thanks Niesha for sharing such interesting details :) I had tried razor when I was in high school just as a curious experimental teenager :D Didn't know about all this then as my mom keeps natural eyebrows. The next series is about shaping and who knows it better than you, who does her own brows :)

    2. I use to see so many videos and websites regarding this, but i have never tries razors, it any ways, they are not harmful in spite of the myth the they makes the hair strand thicker and coarse.
      I learnt by various hit and trial methods .lol :))

    3. Well, from personal experience, razor does make hair very much harder until you stop using it and hair return to normal thickness and length, which may take very long. When I cleaned my forehead with a razor during school time, I used to get bad hair follicle infections and it increased the hair growth many times.

  2. Such an Awesome post dear.... :)

  3. thanks gaganpreet....

    really very informative and interesting too...


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