The 5 Biggest Eyebrow Mistakes

A girl with thick eyebrows looks at the camera

A girl with thick eyebrows looks at the camera

Eyebrows are one of the most defining features on your face. When your brows are looking good, they can help bring focus toward your gorgeous eyes and frame your face. But when your brows are too thin, not arched right, or too dark for your complexion, they can really detract from what you've got going on. 

Here are the five biggest eyebrow mistakes you can make—and how to fix them. 

You're Over-plucking Them

We've all been guilty of this No. 1 eyebrow sin. Right now, fuller, thicker brows are very in, but in the early 00's, people were sporting a thinner brow that led to a whole lot of over-plucking. But plucking your brows into oblivion is not doing your face any favors: It looks unnatural and doesn't frame your face in the right way. 

How to fix it: DROP THE TWEEZERS. Yes, it might be awkward in the beginning as they grow out, but trust us. It's the only way. If you're having trouble growing them out, you can check out some growth serum products to give them a bit of a growth boost. 

You're Trying to Make them Identical

We've all been told that it's super important for our eyebrows to match perfectly, but this is a total myth. The truth is that your eyebrows are never going to look exactly identical and obsessing over it is just going to lead to over-plucking. 

How to fix it: Leave them alone for a little while and let them grow out. After they've grown out a little bit, you can work on re-shaping them without going overboard with making them match exactly. 

You're Placing the Arch in the Wrong Spot

The arch is one of the most important things about your eyebrows. While some women naturally have a strong arch, others have more subtle ones. Many women, while trying to create an arch, put it in the middle of the brow. This can give you an unintended angry or surprised look on your face.

How to fix it: Let your eyebrows go out for a little bit and then go to a brow specialist to see if they can help you re-shape them to fit with your natural arch. 

You're Skipping Brow Gel

Your eyebrows may look great right after you do your makeup in the morning, but that look won't last all day if you're not using brow gel to hold the hairs in place.

How to fix it: After you've filled in your brows while doing your makeup in the morning, apply some clear brow gel in the direction the hair grows.

You're Going too Dark with Your Filler

Most of us aren't blessed with naturally super thick eyebrows that don't require any assistance from makeup. But be careful if you fill in your brows—coloring them in too dark can be overkill. As it is with most things: less is more. 

How to fix it: Take the time to find an eyebrow pencil or kit that matches the color of your natural brow. Apply with short, feathery strokes and step back from the mirror so that you get a more natural look. 

Consider Microblading

Microblading is a procedure performed by a trained technician in a salon that improves the appearance of your eyebrows. Sometimes it is also called “feather touch” or “micro-stroking.” Microblading is a semi-permanent eyebrow tattoo that will eventually fade away after several weeks. 

Want to know more about whether or not microblading is for you? Visit the SB Volume Eyelash Studio in Santa Barbara for a consultation with our expert salon technicians!