How to Style Bushy Brows

Updated 04/12/19
 Natalia Castellar Calvani

Bushy brows can be difficult to style at times.  Some people with bushy eyebrows tend to want to get rid of their thickness, but most often, those with full brows are just looking for a way to shape them in a way to best suit their face.

The wonderful thing about full eyebrows is that you have so much to work with and can easily get them into your preferred shape or style with some trimming and possible hair removal.

How to Get Help for Your Bushy Eyebrows

The first thing you want to decide is how you want your eyebrows to look. Determining the eyebrow shape is important so it matches the shape of your face. For example, square faces often look great with thicker brows that have high arches, while flat eyebrows with a low arch look great on longer face shapes.

You want to start carefully and not go tweezer happy. It's best to work with the natural shape of your brow bone to achieve the ultimate shaped up look.  When shaping your brows, it is critical to recognize where the brows begin and end, where the arch is, and how high the arch reaches.  By utilizing these focal points, your brows up will be framed perfectly around your eyes.

Trimming Eyebrow Hair

Most often, it's the length that causes the undesired look, not the amount of actual hair. The next thing to do, before removing any hair, is to trim them up. It's extremely easy to do at home and can be finished in minutes with just scissors and a comb. Ideally, you’re supposed to comb the eyebrow upwards and trim ¼ inch that goes above the brow. Another technique could involve brushing the eyebrows upwards with a comb or a toothbrush and using scissors (with a straight and short blade) to take off a millimeter straight across.

Trimming helps remove excess bulk, keeps brows in place, makes them appear lighter, and ultimately allows them to appear less bushy. If you want a very defined brow, trimming the excess length helps achieve that look. After the bulk is removed, you'll be able to see what hair, if any, needs to go. Removing the right amount of hair will give you the right shape and perfectly groomed look.

Fine Tuning

Sometimes, trimming is all that's needed for men and women who want a very natural look. Women who want something more shaped up will have to do a little more work—especially for bushy eyebrows that need to get an arch in place.

The first step is to find the start and end of your eyebrows so you can shape them into an arch. Then, you'll have a better idea of where to place the arch. You can find out where your eyebrow starts by drawing an invisible line from the outer sides of the ball of your nose to your brows with a tweezer. Alternatively, you can use a ruler to the inner corner of your eye to determine this.

Explore Your Options

Consider keeping your bushy eyebrows. Trends come and go with the season, but bushy eyebrows have made a comeback.  Actresses like Cara Delevingne and models like Sophia Hadjipanteli and ​Natalia Castellar Calvani proudly show off their fierce and natural brow look. Shaping them can be tedious, especially if you have to do it yourself. If you're going to go down that path, it's important to relax and set the mood so you can do your eyebrows without stressing out.

If you have really bushy brows, and can't handle the maintenance, you may want to consider getting professional help. An eyebrow specialist can wax, thread, and/or pluck your eyebrows for you, saving you time, energy, and possible screams.

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