How To Enhance Your Eyebrows And Eyelashes

Eyelashes

As we grow older, our eyebrows and eyelashes become thinner and less alluring. Your eyes are the focal point of your face and are one of the features that others find most attractive in you. Your eyebrows and eyelashes form a natural frame for your eyes, so it’s important that they look great.

Here are a few ideas you might like to try if your eye ‘frame’ is in need of a pick-me-up.

Eyebrow enhancing serum

RapidBrow Eyebrow Enhancing Serum® is a serum that is designed to restore and repair your eyebrows within the space of just a couple of months. The product works to condition the eyebrows too, resulting in a ‘clinically-proven’ 108 per cent improvement in their density and appearance, according to the manufacturer.

Reviews of the product vary from, ‘fabulous’, to ‘doesn’t work’, but at around just $27 a shot, it’s certainly worth a try.

If you’ve tried eyebrow serum already, do let other Thriving Cougar members know how it worked for you.

Eyebrow threading

Eyebrow threading is an alternative hair-removal option to waxing or tweezing.

Although effective, waxing removes a layer of skin along with the hair. This leaves skin red and sore for a day or two following treatment, and can leave your eyebrow area susceptible to sun damage and even minor scarring.

Threading is the least invasive method of eyebrow hair removal there is, leaving a clean, sculpted arch to the brow-line. Unlike waxing, it’s a painless procedure. The threading expert uses a fine cotton thread twisted into a double strand. This strand is then passed along the skin in a sweeping motion, catching the unwanted hairs and lifting them from the hair follicle. It’s a precise procedure, removing individual hairs one at a time until the desired look is achieved.

The whole procedure takes just 10 minutes and is a snip at around $8.

Eyebrow tattoos

Eyebrow tattoos are often used in conjunction with electrolysis hair removal. This means that you won’t have to have your eyebrows repeatedly plucked, waxed or threaded to keep them looking good. However, as the results are permanent, it’s important that you’re completely comfortable with the procedure before you take the plunge.

Your beautician will first select an eyebrow tattoo colour that compliments your skin tone. Your skin will first be thoroughly cleansed, before the outline for the tattoo is drawn on. The tattoo ink is applied using a special electric pen that distributes the colour evenly into your skin. The colour is rather intense at first, but quickly fades to the desired shade. The whole procedure usually takes around half an hour.

The procedure is described as mildly uncomfortable, but you can ask to have a numbing agent used if you’re worried about the pain. Over the next four years or so, the tattoos will fade as the dead skin cells wear away, so you’ll need to get them done again. Costs can vary widely depending on where you have the tattoo done, but start at around $250.

Eyelash growth serum

Sometimes, aging can cause your eyelashes to thin out markedly, or sometimes to drop out altogether and not regrow. LATISSE® is a prescription treatment for this condition that makes eyelashes grow longer, darker and fuller. If you’re really self-conscious about your eyelashes, have a chat with your doctor about this option.

Eyelash extensions

Many of us have tried false eyelashes, but how about eyelash extensions?

Individual false lashes are coated with medical-grade adhesive and applied to your own natural eyelashes, one at a time. The lashes usually last for up to six weeks, provided you’re careful not to rub your eyes too much. You can choose the colour of the lashes you want, their length and thickness. This is great as it means you can go extra-glam for a special occasion if you want to.

Although the procedure is considered to be safe, one thing to be aware of is the possibility of an allergic reaction to the adhesive used. It’s sensible to have a skin sensitivity test carried out before the whole procedure is undertaken.

The one downside of eyelash extensions is the cost. Costs begin at around $120 but can go all the way to $700 if you want silk ones! Much like false nails, you can have your eyelashes ‘filled’ in or touched-up in between re-applications to make them last a bit longer. This typically costs around $50.

Eyelash enhancement

Another effective way of highlighting your eyes and eyelashes is through eyelash enhancement. The technique entails using tiny dots of permanent ‘make-up’ in between the eyelashes. This has the effect of making them look thicker and denser. Used in combination with mascara, the overall effect is quite dramatic. The pigments used are similar to tattoo inks, but are not introduced as deeply into the skin, so they do fade gradually over a few years.

The beautician will first carefully match your skin tone and hair colour to the pigment she uses to ensure a natural final look. The two hour procedure can be a little uncomfortable, so an anaesthetic cream is applied to your skin before the make-up is applied. The skin around your eyes is very sensitive and as the procedure is mildly invasive, you should expect a week’s recovery time.

The cost of the treatment varies but you can expect to pay around $200 for the initial make-up application, a little less for touch ups.

Fiber lashes

If you’re familiar with the trauma of applying false eyelashes, there’s good news in the form the newest lash-enhancing kid on the block; fiber lashes. They’re relatively inexpensive and be easily and quickly applied and removed on a daily basis.

Extending fiber lashes come in a tube complete with a wand for easy application – there’s no tricky glue to struggle with! You apply fibers in the same way that you would apply ordinary mascara. The synthetic fibers attach directly to your eyelash tips, making the lashes look longer and thickening them up too. They’re much easier to apply than false lashes, and there’s no danger of them falling off at awkward moments either. Some luxury brands come complete with mascara ‘built-in’.

On the downside, the fibers do tend to flake off easily, and can feel a little sticky until you get used to them.

In conclusion

In addition to clever make-up techniques, there are many different ways in which you can keep your eyebrows and eyelashes looking great as you get older. Perhaps you’ve tried some of these options already? If so, do share your experiences with other readers in the comments box below.

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