How Eyebrows Can Age Older Women
When it comes to eyebrows, older women often don’t realize the correlation between eyebrow care and a youthful appearance…it’s easy to overlook. We have pinpointed 9 common eyebrow mistakes that may be aging you; paying attention to these can definitely freshen up and revamp your look!
Maybe you remember the first time you were pulled into the world of makeup—that childlike wonder and excitement manifesting from early adolescent memories of days spent playing dress-up and pretending to be fairies and princesses and the most mystical being of all: the Grown Up. Makeup may have come early in the form of roll-on lip glosses and your mother’s tube of red lipstick and drugstore eyeshadow pots that were smeared on the lids with no regard for blending. Maybe makeup came later in life as a byproduct of that first job interview in a corporate setting, or a once-in-a-lifetime event.
When we think of makeup, what usually comes to mind are foundations, lipsticks and blushes. It is only in recent years that the popularity of things like facial contour kits and other tools have taken precedence over these timeless classics. In terms of longevity, there is another well-known makeup ritual that has withstood the test of time: the eyebrows. Mature women who have a lifetime of experience reflect that in their eyes. Mastering the ‘art of eyebrows has since become nearly as important to our daily beauty routines as drinking eight glasses of water a day or getting enough sleep. There is no end to the variety of ways in which brows can be done, whether they are feathered and brushed, thinned and arched, thick and dark, or embraced in their wild, natural state!
There are tons of makeup tutorials, how-to guides, and product comparisons online to teach even the youngest of makeup novices all the best tips and tricks. While the roots of the beauty industry are built on preventing the signs of aging, only recently has there been a focused effort to reach a mature audience of women with specific guidance on how to apply eyeliner, what type of concealer to use as we age, and of course, how to do their eyebrows.
Eyebrows can make or break any look. For mature women, there are specific considerations when it comes to eyebrow styling. So for all the older women out there, this article lists down ten mistakes you might be committing when it comes to doing your eyebrows that will inadvertently age you.
9 Common Eyebrow Mistakes That Are Aging You
1. Not filling in your brows
As we get older, it’s common to experience natural fallout that results in sparser and thinner brows – few women have the advantage of no longer needing to pluck their brows. Thinning eyebrows are aging, so filling in those gaps is a great way to add some life and more youthful definition to your face. Consider investing in an eyebrow pencil or colored brow gel with a wand, both of which are simple, surefire, and effective methods of filling in those brows.
2. Brows that are too dark
You know what they say about too much of a good thing. The latest rage for women is the heavy, thick brow. While it is true that you should fill in your brows, definitely work with the tried-and-tested “less is more” strategy. For older women, eyebrows that are overly heavy is NOT a beauty trend they should even consider. Eyebrows that are completely filled in with solid blocks of an unnaturally dark color will appear garish. Learn how to choose the right color, and use light, gentle strokes to ensure that the shade is distributed evenly across.
3. Brows that are too light
There are usually two sides to every story, and this is no exception; you should be just as wary of leaving your eyebrows too light. While really packing on the color will make your eyebrows stand out too much, not adding enough color will run the risk of washing out your eyebrows, and losing the definition you hoped to gain from them in the first place. It goes without saying that you should strive for that happy medium when it comes to filling in your brows.
4. Letting your eyebrows grow out
It’s normal to expect that our hair will thin as we get older, but it actually may get more manageable and easier to style as we begin to lose pigment. Our eyebrow hair actually grows longer and coarser as we age, and when left untamed, can become unruly. Not keeping them trimmed can give you the appearance of having droopy or sunken eyes, something you obviously want to avoid! If you fall into this category, make sure to regularly pay your local salon a visit for some eyebrow waxing, threading, or trimming.
5. Failing to define your eyebrow arch
A nice, defined arch to the eyebrows is one method of enhancing them, giving the face a more youthful touch. A well-defined arch will open your eyes and brighten the face. As we get older, the importance of defining that arch intensifies. Consider doing this with a brow pencil, as this will enable you to exercise more control over the shape.
Tadpole-shaped eyebrows are eyebrows that are chunky and then taper at the ends – like a tadpole. This is a common occurrence, where too much tweezing can cause damage to the hair follicles and prevent the hair from growing back. This look can give you the impression of appearing permanently surprised and are unnatural-looking in ways that can distract from the eyes. While it’s definitely worthwhile being a little show-stopping every now and then, you want to do that in a good way, not a bad one!
7. Using the wrong products
Despite what other beauty gurus and makeup artists might proclaim, at the end of the day, you should remember to do what’s best for you. There are a ton of great products for eyebrow care and design that can offer options for creating and maintaining brows that are youthful and attractive. Those with thinner brows would benefit more from a brow pencil, as this will really give you the power to navigate your strokes as you shade in your eyebrows. If your brows are fuller and all you’re searching for is a little something to help close those gaps, use a brow gel or powder.
8. Over-plucking your eyebrows or leaving stray hairs
Just like how the eyebrow arch is the basis for doing your brows and adding that youthful definition, over-plucking your brows may lead to you cutting into this arch and losing it. Sculpted eyebrows are definitely the way to go, but don’t go overboard and risk accidentally getting rid of that natural shape!
Even the most perfectly done eyebrows will grow out over time, but one mistake women of all ages frequently commit is forgetting to get rid of those stray hairs that pop up once they appear. Brush your brows into its natural shape and then pluck or trim any excess hair that falls beyond the lines. Doing so will help keep your eyebrows polished and defined for a longer period.
9. Leaving out the highlighter
This may seem like a surprise, but highlighter isn’t just a tool for young girls heading out to bars with a pop of shimmer on their cheekbones. For more mature women, adding a dab of cream or powder highlighter underneath the brow bone can do wonders in making your eyebrows appear more lifted, as well as providing you with that amazing youthful glow.
Makeup tricks may change with the wind, but there’s never any reason not to fall back on the basics in order to give yourself a younger-looking appearance. These handy eyebrow tips are packed with all you need for everyday outings and special occasions, designed to last for years to come. At the end of it all, everyone is beautiful as they are and there is nothing more compelling than aging with grace—through a little eyebrow pencil never hurt!
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