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Old 02-10-2012, 05:10 PM   #1
 
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Several years ago I developed a thyroid issue and eventually my eyebrows became more and more sparse, especially toward the outer edges. Over the last couple of years it's gotten worse and I've been using an eyebrow pencil from Avon to help fill in, but I'm not all that happy with it any more and would like to find something new to try. I tried a powder once and it was awful, but maybe it was just the brand I tried (I forget which one it was, but something cheap).

So, does anyone have any suggestions for products to try, preferably drugstore. Also, any application tips would be helpful too because I feel like what I'm doing now seems so obvious, but it's hard for me to look at my face and not be biased because I'm looking for the fact that I've filled them in.

Also, if there is another thread on this feel free to link to it in case this is something that's already been covered.

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I would go to Phoenix's makeup thread (i.e., "Ask Phoenix"). She's got eyebrows down pat.
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Thanks, Ninja!
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I've decided that I'll never get down to my original weight, and I'm OK with that--After all, 8 pounds 2 oz. is just not realistic.
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Happy to oblige.

Btw, one good feature of having thin brows is that you'll never suffer through threading. It hurt like the dickens.
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I'll try to remember that when I look in the mirror after taking my makeup off and I've only got half an eyebrow. My face looks naked and weird.
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The amount of time from slipping on the peel and landing on the pavement is exactly one bananosecond.
I do have a secret yen for pink in unexpected places. ~ninja dog
I've decided that I'll never get down to my original weight, and I'm OK with that--After all, 8 pounds 2 oz. is just not realistic.
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I had a threading mishap in the fall where she gouged out a top portion of my brow, so I've been filling in for awhile. I have dark brown brows and most brown powders (light or dark) turn red on me and look so unnatural. I've found several solutions that are working for me right now.

The key for my dark brows has been to use taupe or grey toned pencils or powders. My most recent find is the Wet N Wild taupe brow pencil. It's 99 cents (!!) and I love the consistency. It's soft enough to apply easily but doesn't budge. I also like MAC Cement eye shadow as a brow filler. I use a Sonia Kashuk brow brush to fill from the center to end of the brow and it looks really natural. The MAC shadow was around $15 but will last forever. GL!
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I sort of know the feeling. The threader made my brows so thin I look weird as heck to myself, now......like Claudette Colbert (in a bad way).

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Why is it I only ever hear the dark side of things after I've already tried them?

I wish I'd stayed with plucking.
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What do you dislike about the Avon pencil?

The thinner the pencil the easier it is to make tiny strokes that look more hair-like and natural. IMO, a mechanical pencil is best for that. I like Mac's brow pencil a lot. But you said you prefer a drug store option...I like Maybelline Twin Brow and Eye pencils. They come in a 2-pack. They are not mechanical but sharpen well and have a good consistency. Get a good point on your pencil and make light, short strokes to fill in your brows. Then you can use a brow brush to blend the color, if you like.

Get a pencil in a shade lighter than your brow color, for a more natural look.

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I've had really good results from using Latisse on my brows. I had some small bald patches from overplucking in my (mis)spent youth, and daily applications of Latisse (eyelash regrowth Rx stuff...works great for lashes) really helped the hair grow back on my brows too.
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The Sonia Kashuk brow palette is good. It's sold at target. The palette comes in only one version, with quadrants for blond, red, light brown, and dark brown. I apply the product with a small angled brush, and I'm very happy with how it works.
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Thank y'all so much for all the suggestions and advice!!

Phoenix, I think the Avon pencil must be getting a little old because it's started coming off in tiny little chunks when I use it instead of being smooth. I ordered several a few years ago because it was the only thing I was using by them so I've had it a while. I'd like to get something local instead of having to order and pay shipping for such a small item. I don't ever go to department stores, but there is an Ulta I could go to and I mainly shop at Target so drugstore items are appealing for convenience.

I'll check these things out and hopefully can find some new eyebrows!
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I'll check these things out and hopefully can find some new eyebrows!
I've been lurking on this thread because I have eyebrow hairs, but they are CLEAR. They aren't even blond. My hair is light reddish blond and I have blond eyelashes but my eyebrows are invisible.

So . . . if you find new eyebrows buy an extra set and send them to me! Because yes, I look like an alien.

If I darken them, I look bizarre to myself (because they are clear and have been for 40 years) but I probably look normal to others because I should have eyebrows, right?
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So . . . if you find new eyebrows buy an extra set and send them to me! Because yes, I look like an alien.
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The amount of time from slipping on the peel and landing on the pavement is exactly one bananosecond.
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I think the no eyebrow look suits some people, if you can tell there's still hair, even if it's transparent.

Prince Harry doesn't have much eyebrow color.



And yet, MEOW!
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I'll check these things out and hopefully can find some new eyebrows!
I've been lurking on this thread because I have eyebrow hairs, but they are CLEAR. They aren't even blond. My hair is light reddish blond and I have blond eyelashes but my eyebrows are invisible.

So . . . if you find new eyebrows buy an extra set and send them to me! Because yes, I look like an alien.

If I darken them, I look bizarre to myself (because they are clear and have been for 40 years) but I probably look normal to others because I should have eyebrows, right?
Mine are pretty light. The middle parts are taupe-y, and the outer portions are clear. See though clear like my arm hair.

The option I like best is dye. I absolutely don't do it myself. The woman who waxes my brows dyes them so that they're more visible. It beats any filling in, though I fill in with pencil between brow trips. I'm long overdue for one. My browse are sparse yet overgrown at the same time.


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It's so hard to get the color right, though......I once had mine dyed too dark, and it was decidely unflattering.
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It's so hard to get the color right, though......I once had mine dyed too dark, and it was decidely unflattering.
Once, I had mine dyed fire-engine red with a temporary dye that lasted a couple of weeks. It was AWESOME. I had a very short messy pixie cut and I thought I was the bomb. However, my boyfriend didn't notice for about 4 days and then he said, "Um, why are your eyebrows that color?"

And yes, I think I look like an alien. That's why I deny the existence of space aliens, so you won't realize that I might be one here amongst you humanoids. See, this smilie doesn't have eyebrows:
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Several years ago I developed a thyroid issue and eventually my eyebrows became more and more sparse, especially toward the outer edges. Over the last couple of years it's gotten worse and I've been using an eyebrow pencil from Avon to help fill in, but I'm not all that happy with it any more and would like to find something new to try. I tried a powder once and it was awful, but maybe it was just the brand I tried (I forget which one it was, but something cheap).

So, does anyone have any suggestions for products to try, preferably drugstore. Also, any application tips would be helpful too because I feel like what I'm doing now seems so obvious, but it's hard for me to look at my face and not be biased because I'm looking for the fact that I've filled them in.

Also, if there is another thread on this feel free to link to it in case this is something that's already been covered.

Thanks!!
I have naturally sparse eyebrows that never seem to look right filled in with pencil or powder. I had some success with Anastacia brow gel but still wasn't completely satisfied. So, I wondered if Latisse would work on brows, and all research seemed to point to "yes." I ordered a similar product online from Alldaychemist.com, called Careprost, which has the exact same active ingredient and strength as Latisse. I've been using the Careprost for about 5 months, and I do see a noticeable difference. I still have to use the Anastacia gel, but that's all I have to use.

I suspect that if you are a person who used to have thicker brows, it likely works better. All of my hair is fine and always has been, so I think the results are less dramatic. But, at only $11/bottle, which lasts for about 3 months of nightly use, it's been worthwhile.

The only problem is that Alldaychemist.com is based in India, and the shipping cost is high. If you can order several items or place a group order, it offsets the shipping cost nicely. Since I don't have to have a script for the Careprost, I'm saving any costs associated with obtaining a script--office visit fees and insurance premium. Also, I believe Latisse is about $90/bottle here in the US.

I hope this info has been useful and not redundant. I haven't read the rest of the thread.
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MAC makes a nice brow mascara, but you'd need hair for it to stick to.
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