Curse of the Aging Eyebrows

Curse of the Aging Eyebrows

…or – I tuned 60 and what the hell happened to my eyebrows!?!

Let’s talk eyebrows.

Barb here:

I’m a natural blond with red highlights and wispy eyebrows and I have discovered that better eyebrows bring out my beautiful blue eyes. So guess what? I also learned that post-menopausal women tend to grow more eyebrows. Yippee! Not so much. Unfortunately, said eyebrows tend to come in two options only:

​1. Uber–wispy, pale uni-brow

2. Uber-wiry long singletons

Neither of these are useful or attractive.

Barb’s brows – au natural.                                      Barb’s brows post CoverGirl assistance

Did you know that when you enter “eyebrows over 60” on Google, you will forever have eyebrow tips, tricks, and options popping up on your screen AS IF one needs to be reminded she’s over-60 with thinning brows. However, it did lead me to this article about eyebrows, of which my favorite line is “When you try to make your eyebrows look exactly the same, you can over-pluck them. Your eyebrows are supposed to be sisters, not twins!”

Ladies, don’t stress to get your eyebrows identical. “Your eyebrows are supposed to be sisters, not twins!”

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Speaking of sisters, there’s my blog-sister Lynnelle, with her lovely dark hair had dark eyebrows to match in a perfect sister-like arch.

Lynnelle Here:

Ok, Barb – if we’re putting it all out here for the good of the tribe, here are my perfectly arched dark eyebrows au natural. (I think we all agree that Barb gets a pass on showing the chin mole)

Lynnelle's brows au naturel
Lynnelle’s eyebrows au natural (post tattoo)
Lynnelle’s eyebrows post “flick”

While never dark and thick, my eyebrows have been consistently thinning as the years tick by; sort of like the sand washing away as the tide flows out. About 10 years ago I got the courage to have my brows tattooed. There’s at least ten stories related to THAT experience, but needless-to-say I didn’t just wake up that day and decide to get my face permanently inked. It was a looooong process. And I was in Paris. And the boyfriend of the tattoo aesthetician was a friend. And … but I digress…

Pre-Tattoo eyebrows.  With wine.

Even though a proper eyebrow tattoo procedure should include 2 inking sessions, I was only able to have one, so the coloring is not nearly as deep as it should have been. And, after a decade even that color has faded – although looking at the picture, my brows don’t look as pale as they do to looking back from the mirror.

MY issue is that not only are my brows thinning, in general, but, I’ve banged my head so many times in my life that I have no brows on the ends. You say, “perfect arch”. The downward slope of that arch is all tattoo. Or, pencil. I’ve spent a number of years trying to perfect the perfect “flick” of the brow pencil to not look like I used a Sharpie to color in my brow. We’ve all seen the poor woman whose eyebrows look as thought she’s colored here eyebrows in with a sharpie, following a dot-to-dot pattern. I’ll do a video and post my eyebrow “flick” technique here (updated: video posted and linked here and on YouTube) if there’s any interest. Or better yet—I think we should ask our tribe to post their own videos showing their brow make-up and maintenance techniques. Or at least comment here with your secrets. We can have two categories: Wispy-Wiry and Disappearing. In the meantime, I’ll continue practicing the “flick”.

For those of you who care, my favorite (today) brow pencil is the Bobbi Brown eye pencil in the luscious color called “Rich Brown”. They offer, of course, lighter and darker shades. I love the “angled crayon”—I’m not sure it helps make the coloring less “Sharpie-esque” but it feels like it should and seems easier to use. I also use Bobbi Brown’s “Brow-gel” to cover the grey hairs that don’t succumb to the pencil. Having to have my brows died every two – three weeks just isn’t practical (or affordable).

What are your favorites? I’m constantly exploring options.

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6 thoughts on “Curse of the Aging Eyebrows”

  • This was like having a glass of wine with you and watching you work at the same time.
    Nice to have some tips on how to do makeup that doesn’t look like you are out for Halloween. Look forward to more in the series of “how to do”

  • Lynnelle, I for one would love to know more about “the flick” !!!! In these times of the instant photos on our phones I kept looking at the pics thinking, something’s wrong. Then light bulb NO BROWS!! Have been experimenting with the products that are similar to mascara, Seems the less expensive ones cake by the end of the day,. Have been somewhat pleased with Gimme Brow from Benefit (doesn’t cake) but after ready your info I realize my brows have thinned and I have no downward slope! Don’t have the courage for ink, haha. Looking for any input!

    • Hi Cindy! … yes, I’ll get a video of ‘the flick’. Give me a couple of weeks and I’ll put it out there. I haven’t tried the Gimme Brow. With the fibers, do they ever go astray? Or, stay in place pretty well. I’ve not tried those eyebrow gels with fiber thinking it would look goopy. Regarding the ink – I was petrified. It was something I thought about regularly for many years. If you can find someone you trust, I would recommend it 1000%. After the procedure the brows will scab over, just like any scratch to the skin. Because of the scabs, the brows will look really, really dark – a bit spooky looking. After they heal. OMG. You would love them. Just get the 2nd or 3rd session so they don’t fade too much. Thanks for the note!

  • I now grow several white eyebrow hairs. At first I plucked them but now I have several in the same spot so plucking will leave a bare spot. So I’m using product to colour them. Who knew this would happen??!

    • Hi Linda, I used to get my brows dyed and they looked GREAT for about 5 days to a week. My brows were not only thin, but also light (read… going gray) The process actually colored the skin, too, which was great. It got to be too frequent a process so I quit. LOVE the tattoo. Can’t believe I actually stepped up and did it, but I’m glad I did.

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