I Accidentally Shaved Off Part Of My Eyebrows… Here’s What I Learned

I say *accidentally* because I actually did it on purpose (oops)

Here’s What I Learned After Going to Town On My Eyebrows

It was midnight and I was looking at the bushy caterpillars sitting atop my eyes, and decided I wanted a change. Just a heads up, the following decision is one I ended up regretting.

I grabbed my eyebrow razor, grabbed my Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wizdrew a vertical line going in a little at the front of my brow to mark off where I wanted my new brows to start, grabbed my Rubis Progrip tweezers*and went to town. It is a town I regret visiting. Although my new eyebrows don’t start too far in– they’re still aligned with my inner tear duct– and on their own they’re a nice set of brows. But, it looks weird to me because I know I’m missing about a quarter inch of hair from the front of each.

Why did I do this?

Because the grass is always greener, I guess. I didn’t like how the front of my brows weren’t straight. They curved down a little and I wanted a straight front so I thought I’d hack off some from the front to solve my problem. The problem is that I have a wider face so my old, longer eyebrows actually complemented my face shape more. The shorter brow makes my face look bigger, and who wants that?

So, this debacle taught me a few things:

  • Eyebrow filling is an art, and I am not an artist. I applaud all of you who are able to mimic brow hairs that actually look like brow hairs and not like a kid just grabbed a crayon and started scribbling all over the place. It’s freaking hard trying to make your bare skin look like real tiny hairs.
  • The right tools definitely matter when it comes to brows. Eyebrow pencils are a lot easier to use when you want to mimic brow hairs, and the smaller the pencil tip, the better. The Anastasia Brow Wiz is my favorite brow product to fill in the front, and Glossier Boy Brow to set my hairs since the brow wand is teeny tiny, and grabs onto all the hairs, tinting them very naturally.
  • Don’t go in and hack things off all at once. Do it slowly. I went in raging, and sadly came out raging because I lost too much. The tweezers and razors won this round.
  • As Told By Ginger once again relates to my life. “Someone once told me the grass is much greener on the other side…. my grass is green.” Guess what, my grass was green. And your grass is green too. I’d like the front of  my eyebrows back now.
  • I used to despise how quickly my eyebrows grew back because that meant more time and pain would be spent to tame them. Now, I’m glad they grow back faster than you can say, “caterpillar brow” because before I knew it, the hairs were back in full force. You’re not going anywhere now, brow.

Have you ever tried changing up your appearance and regretted it? Tell me your story!

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  • Oh yikes! That is so brave of you to take that risk with your brows. I’d be terrified. I just go to the Benefit Brow Bar once a month and have them do it for me. Yeah it does get expensive but I trust what they are doing with my brows and they always do a great job following my natural brow!

    Hannah
    Floraful

    • I need to try the benefit brow bar! I normally get mine threaded, but now I like to just use an eyebrow razor to get rid of the excess hairs!

  • I can definitely relate to this post! I only use tweezers in my brows, but it happened to me once, I just removed one hair and it completely changed my left brow, I don’t know how but it did! And no matter what I was using, I could never make my brow look natural anymore, it is such a fine art indeed! I just waited and it all came back to normal!

    http://fannyanddailybeauty.com

    • Yes! Even removing one hair can make all the difference. I’m glad it went back to normal for you!

  • I’ve honestly done this before and ruined my eyebrow shape for a good year – it took incredibly long to grow back and honestly, it wasn’t worth it but at least it taught me a few things!

    Also I’ve given up on drawing my eyebrows to perfection and I now just let them grow. Loved this post!

    Imogen, http://www.faux-silk.com

  • I actually did take off half my eyebrow during early high school and I had never used a brow product before so I used a pencil to color it in haha! Bit ashamed at that but you gotta go through some bad beauty times to get to better ones. I just ordered the Boy Brow so I’m excited to see how it does.

    xoxo
    http://www.hellohimawari.com

    • Haha we definitely do have to go through some bad beauty times ;p. I hope you like the BB! I love it.

  • I quit touching my eyebrows after a disastrous threading incident right before I migrated to Canada. These days I only tweeze a couple of hair but other than that, nothing.

    Shireen⎜Reflection of Sanity

    • Eyebrow accidents are the worst! I wish I could leave them alone, but mine are so hairy lol

  • Haha aww sorry to hear that your brow experiment didn’t go as planned! But like you said, luckily they grow back pretty quickly and you’ve got them back where you want them now. I’m pretty lucky that my brows have a strong natural arch so it’s always been fairly easy for me to figure out the shape of them and pluck away without it ever being too drastic, but god plucking them is such a pain and takes so long to do just right! I’m sure if I did it more often then it would only take a minute or two but I tend to have a good 10-15 minute session of it and then think “great I’m sorted” and leave it for too long and then they get super overgrown to the point where I’m like “oh god I need to address this” and then I have to sit there plucking away at them for 10-15mins again! It’s never ending, haha.

    littlehenrylee.net

    • Haha I’m the same way! I do them, and then put off grooming them so then it can take a hot minute. But, I’ve been using the eyebrow razor now and it is so much easier and not painful!

  • Luckily your brow hairs grow fast! When I was in high school I really abused the tweezer and almost left myself with no brow hairs at all. What’s worse than that is my brow hairs take AGES to grow in, so I didn’t have decent brows until I was nearing the end of HS. So sad! Anyways, I think changes are always a good thing to go through. You live and ya learn! :)

    Nicole | The Glam Surge

    • Ahh you should try applying castor oil if you’re ever trying to have your brows (or any hair) grow in faster. It helps a ton!