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Beauty’s most-asked questions: how to get thicker, fuller brows

To answer your most burning beauty questions, we ask the experts to share their insights and advice – and, when it comes to brows, there are few insiders more qualified than brow influencer JESS HUNT and Blink Brow Bar founder VANITA PARTI. Here, they share their fail-safe tricks for healthier-looking brows with DANIELLE FOX

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What’s the quickest way to grow my sparse and overplucked brows?

“Condition, condition, condition! I’m religious about applying castor oil every evening,” explains brow influencer Jess Hunt. “Not only does it work to nourish brows, it conditions and strengthens, allowing for healthy and fast regrowth. I also avoid plucking or touching my brows until it’s really needed, to give them time to grow.”

How can I thicken my brows instantly?

“Make sure you shape – but don’t thin – the brows,” says Blink Brow Bar founder Vanita Parti. “It may seem obvious, but try to avoid being heavy-handed with tweezers. Follow strict guidelines when shaping at home and avoid removing hair from the core shape. Then use products that give your brows lift and volume, such as a brow-enhancer gel or volumizing pomade. These contain microfibers that mimic individual brow hairs, creating the illusion of thicker, fuller-looking brows.”

Hunt adds: “Without fail, I always brush up my brow hairs – this instantly creates a much fuller brow. I also use Refy’s Brow Pomade to shade any gaps in, then I use the brand’s Brow Pencil to draw on fine hair strokes and add definition where needed.”

What are the insider tricks to shaping contemporary brows?

“It is very important to create the right shape for your face. Find where the brows should begin by holding a brow pencil vertically at the side of the nose, up to where the brow should start. Keeping the end of the pencil at your nose, pivot to where it hits your iris – the pencil will now point to your arch. To find the tail end of your arch, swing the pencil until it grazes the outer corner of your eye, and now the pencil will point to where your brow should finish. I like to use a pencil concealer to make the points that will create your perfect brow, so I stick to the shape and don’t go beyond it,” says Parti.

How can I mimic hairs that I don’t have?

“Draw in small, gentle strokes, starting from where the ‘root’ of the hair would be, and [continue to] draw upwards and outwards [to fill] in any sparse areas,” advises Parti. “[Start with] the ‘tail’ first, assess, and then you can add a finishing few strokes at the inner corner until you achieve the desired thickness.”

Hunt reveals she prefers to use a super-slim pencil for this: “It’s easy to control and will mimic the hairs perfectly, creating precise 3D hair-like strokes,” she says.

What brow pencil best suits my skin type?

“If you struggle with dry skin, avoid dry products, such as powders, and instead focus on something with a wet base, such as a pomade – which works really well for a defined, powerful brow – or a gel if you prefer a more natural look,” advises Parti. Oilier skin types might prefer the staying power of pencils with a waxy base; look for products that emphasize their staying power and are designed with waxes and emollients to be long-lasting, weightless and sweat- and humidity-proof.

Is there a specific brow tool I should always use?

“A setting gel is a makeup-bag essential – I cannot go a day without this product,” says Hunt. “It’s also one of the easiest and most versatile brow products out there. Not only can it be used on its own to tame brows and lock them in place for a no-makeup, natural look, it can also be used as the finishing step in any brow routine, adding gloss and staying power to other makeup.”

How do I keep my brows in the best condition?

“It is important to remember to treat brows with the same care as you would your hair, especially if you regularly use product and makeup removers – they go through a lot! Always be gentle with them when removing your makeup, too,” says Hunt.

Similarly, if you struggle with sparse or over-plucked brows, using an oil can help to nourish them, allowing brows to grow back thicker and healthier. Both Parti and Hunt recommend castor oil, which is known for its nourishing properties and naturally encourages healthy growth without nasties.

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