{Day 6} EyeBrows: Fashion & Beauty For Women Over 40

Day 6-Now that we have the right eye shadow color and we have some trendy glasses, we need to make sure our eyebrows looks good. Our eyebrows do thin as we get older. Ugh!

Eyebrows can give our face a lift without having plastic surgery. On the other hand if the eyebrows are bad they seem to stick out like a sore thumb.

Robert Sweet William, known as the “brow man” says, What I always tell my clients is, change your haircut, your color, your makeup, but the shape of your brow always stays the same.”

Quick story: When I was in my 20s I decided that an electric beard razor (it wasn’t my beard razor it was my husbands, in case you’re wondering) would be a great way to trim my bangs. I combed my bangs straight down in front of my face and proceeded to trim. When I brushed my bangs back I realized I HAD NO EYEBROWS!! True story.

I could write a book about some of the crazy things I’ve done but needless to say it took a while for them to grow back and they’ve never really been the same. Lesson learned.

Don’ts of eyebrows:

Don’t have drawn-on brows, they make you look hard and old.

Don’t OVER pluck!

Do’s of eyebrows:

Do invest in good tweezers (I did not know this). Your tweezers need to be sharp.

Do tweeze after a shower. The warmth of the water softens skin and relaxes pores.

Do always pull in the direction of hair growth. This makes them easier to extract.

Do use short feathery strokes when filling in your brows with a pencil or brow powder. I use a brown eye shadow to fill in my brows.

To help shape your brows purchase an eyebrow stencil kit. They are goof-proof. Also remember it’s also better to go too light vs. too dark.

Having your eyebrows waxed is a good way to get rid of stray eyebrow hairs but they will still need a little plucking.

Do you struggle with your eyebrows? Have you noticed them thinning as you age?

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  1. Heather N says

    This may be strange, but I have never plucked or shaped my eyebrows. Yep, never. Not even for my wedding (a loooong time ago). So far, they have not thinned or changed; I will be 41 later this month.

  2. says

    Oh, I am so glad to find your blog! I enjoy fashion and I’m definitely over 40. When you add in the all -important fact that we are both Christians, this is a win-win to me. I’m following and adding you to my sidebar right now!

  3. says

    Every time I get my hair done I get my brows waxed. It’s so much easier. But sometimes, if I am late getting to the hair appointment my brows can go crazy!

  4. Wendy says

    Too funny about your eyebrows. When my mom was young it was the thing to do.
    I get my hair stylist to color mine when she does my hair. It doesn’t last the whole time but it helps. Mine don’t seem to be thinning but the gray ones are course and wiry. I am enjoying this series and love to get inspiration from you. Thanks.

  5. says

    Thank you for writing this. You see my eyebrows are starting to thin a bit but it is rather asymmetrical and yes I was one of those girls with Brooke Shields type eyebrows for virtually all of my life. It is interesting as my eyebrows are actually darker than my hair color and have been for some time. I guess its time to invest in new tweezers. Do you have any suggestions as far as brand or style? Thank you so very much for doing this series!!!

  6. judy h. says

    Hi Cyndi…I can’t imagine how shocked you were when your brows were GONE! It’s a great story, but I’m sure it wasn’t too entertaining for you at the time. : ) You touched on something that I’m realling having a problem with now. Thinning brows and losing brows have become my makeup battle. I have a place near the front of my right brow that is virtually bald! The rest of my brows are really thinning. I checked with my derm about the brow loss and she said there wasn’t a problem, only a-g-e…goodie! I have tried using pencils, but have a hard time keeping the color looking the same throughout the brow. I’ve tried using brown eye shadow, but it’s really hard to keep it looking neat and natural especially on the bald parts. Maybe I’m using the wrong type of brush. Do you use a brow powder? What kind of brush do you use for application? Fortunately, I wear glasses so some of my brows are hidden. I was washing my face and my 5 year old grandson was “keeping me company”. After I dried my face, he looked at me with an astonished expression and said, “Oh no, Grammy, you washed off your eyebrow!” Kids are painfully honest!

  7. Bobbi says

    Oh Cyndi that story was too funny, thank you for a great laugh to start my day. And, yes my eyebrows have definitely thinned, just another fun sign I’m aging.

  8. CoGirl says

    As an esthetician in her 40’s I speak from experience.
    If you are plucking your brows, pull the skin tight before plucking, (It will take the sting away).
    Not only do brows thin as we get older, they get lighter. So, brow tinting will help bring back some of the color and make them pop a little more.
    Another option is a vitamin. I personally use Obagi ELASTILASH. on both my lashes and my brows. It helps make them longer, filling in the gaps.
    Last but not least, some brows are better than no brows. So, if you get to a point where you just don’t have much left at all, you might consider finding a good permanent makeup artist. I have seen very natural looking brows done with permanent makeup. Just make sure you do your homework if you choose this route and don’t go for the first cheap deal you can get. Take the time to see what the artist has in her portfolio, set up a consult and look at a few different artists before committing to certain one. There are different techniques and the hair strokes vs the “filling” really make a difference in if the brows look natural when finished.

  9. Gillian says

    A bit of brow wax (or even a bit of hairspray on my finger) helps keep those brows in place.

    Looking forward to your eyeliner tips, too. As I age (46 this month!) I find it’s harder to get a good line.

  10. Diana says

    I tried threading for my eyebrow maintenance and loved it! Wish the tech was nearby for regular visits. They come out so tidy and seem to stay awhile. Hoping you address eyeliner specifically. I am a mascara/blush girl and need to probably do more. I never learned how to apply eyeliner and just can’t get it right. Thanks for all the info!

  11. Heather B. says

    When I was a teenager it was the 70s and I over plucked my eyebrows to a thin line. Then in the 80s Brooke Shields and her thick eyebrows came into style! My eyebrows did fill in a bit, but they stayed thin.

    No one ever told me your eyebrows would thin out as you get older, and they do! I now carefully fill them in using a brow brush and powder. It really helps to frame my face.

    Great series Cyndi!!
    Heather B.


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