Eyebrows, Make-Up 101 Series

The Worst Eyebrow Shapes…

After many requests, I am putting together a post on brow shaping. I learned a little about brow shaping at a  Make Up For Ever make-up course about 8 years ago (how times flies). Before this I was very confused about eyebrow shape and was guilty of over-plucking and god knows how many weird brow shapes. I’m no expert but will share what I now know.

In the meantime, a little look at some widely accepted ‘do nots’…

1. Avoid over-plucking or making your eyebrows very thin, unless that is the look you’re going for. I found this picture in google images to demonstrate how over-plucking can completely change the face (I searched and searched but could not find the original source of the image to credit it, I linked the google page above).

I think this comparison says it all!


2. The ‘tadpole brow’ –  I don’t know about the rest of the world but this is a common one in Ireland. It happens when you leave the thickness at the beginning of the brow but then pluck an arc right after it instead of waiting until you get to the arch.


There are thousands of women in this country alone with this eyebrow shape, the above image is quite mild. It always looks ageing. I don’t think it has ever been a fashionable eyebrow shape, it just happens after years of over plucking and confusion over where the arch should be. If you’re trying to correct a tadpole brow, grow the hair from the beginning of the brow to the arch. In the meantime fill it in with some matte shadow. I guarantee you will look 10 years younger. The tadpole shape is a clowns secret weapon, best left to them.


3. Shaved and drawn on – Unless you’re a make-up artist this is a humongous no no. Think Jodie Marsh!


I have seen a few girls from the local secondary school donning this look. Just don’t.

My post on eyebrow shaping will be up tomorrow. I hope it helps. Man I missed blogging!

Have you battled with your eyebrows over the years?

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  • Rachel

    I used to be a victim of the over plucking and waxing, I have to say it was mostly beauticians fault because when i went in at the tender age of 14 they waxed them into a thin strip and i just kept them like that for years. Being more “mature” now at 21I realised they looked ridiculous and did some research. Found an Indian girl who threads hair in Limerick and I have to say I will never look back!! She is fantastic (and totally anti my beautician), she has developed a shape now that I love, although my eyebrows have no yet fully grown back to that shape they are definitely on their way and in the meantime I just fill them in myself. I would strongly strongly recommend that everyone turn to the ancient Indian art of threading, it is painless and so quick!! Also waxing is so bad as it pulls at your skin and can lead to droopy eyelids in the future.

  • http://clickandmake-up.blogspot.com/ Kat

    My brows are naturally thin so I can’t do much with shaping them – I wish they’d fill out like the rest of me haha!

  • Lyndsey

    I have really thin eyebrows naturally, which although they are medium brown, can sometimes look quite harsh on my face. However, there is absolutely nothing I can do about it as no new hairs ever grow to make them thicker! On the plus side though, I never have to worry about waxing, threading etc as I only need to pluck them every few weeks when the 3 hairs grow back!!!

  • http://charmingangel julie

    I have mine threaded and its the best way for me its quicker & less painful than plucking and its better than waxing cause its easier to keep the shape since I tried it I will never go back to the old methods :)

  • http://tesni.tumblr.com Tesni

    Now I feel better about not plucking my eyebrows apart from the end near the nose to stop monobrowing..not that i’d get that as my eyebrow hair isn’t continuous across my face, its more just a neatening of the edges.

    Happy with the natural shape of my eyebrows, and seen so many disaster stories with my friends. that I’m happy to leave them to do their own thing, and just brush and set them in place.

  • caitriona

    I over plucked my eyebrows when I was younger, tryin to make them look thinner, resulting in a tadpole effect. I’ve tried so many times to grow them out, putting on vaseline religiously every night. They’ve only grown back in parts and one eyebrow more so than the other. Oh how I wish I could turn back time.

  • Lieenie

    My last year’s resolution was to get “Natural” Brows after “Treating” myself to a disastrous salon brow shaping . I pretty much only allowed myself to tidy anything that gave me the one brow or crazy thick ones that were off on their own. I have blonde brows and you can’t really see them. It took a while and they don’t match but look somewhat related and are less unruly with a bit of essence clear mascara woo hoo!

  • http://www.trulymadlybeauty.blogspot.com Aysha

    Gosh I’m soo OCD about my eyebrows! I think this is because they were…umm lets say extremely thick & bushy! :/ I know a lot of women would kill for that, but I have a very small face so they looked awful on me! Thankfully discovered threading though & think I’m pretty happy with how they are now :) However am having mini seizures at the mo because I recently had some irritated skin on my forehead & some of the hair from my brows completely went away! So now I have a patch in each of my brows where there’s no hair! :( I can disguise it easily with a pencil but do you know of any tips to possibly help the hair grow back hun? thanks for the fab post :)

    Aysh xoxo


  • Carissa

    I always thought of tadpole brows as a brow with a knob on it. I’ve been growing my brows out for a while, so I can sympathize with the awkward stages. Just keep in mind that they grow back gradually. I’ve been growing mine for six months, and little stubbly baby hairs are still sprouting from bare spots. Brow tinting really helped me because I actually could see how much hair I had and in what shape.

  • http://missbrittanyboo.blogspot.com Brittany

    I couldn’t agree more! Being a victim of nail salon waxing, I know from experience what hell it is to try to ‘repair’ your eyebrows. In most cases, such as my own, the damage cannot be reversed.

    When I was a teen, I would get my brows waxed every two weeks like clock work. Well, one week my regular waxer was not there, and I was so desperate to get them waxed I let another lady wax them (I know, young and impatient!) Well, I left the salon with pencil thin eyebrows. It was awful. Needless to say, I’ve tried to grow them out many times to no avail. Now I use shadows or pencil to fill them in…

    • http://www.makeupandbeauty.ie Amy

      I had pretty much the same experience. I can’t count the amount of times I left a salon in tears. I have to use shadow on them everyday, very annoying!

  • Ash

    Im only 13 and i pluck my eyebrows and the “tadpole” shape is naturally forming i have had my brows waxed but the shape was never changed how do i fix this ,i also have fair brows so does this matter ??

    • http://www.makeupandbeauty.ie Amy

      I’ll be posting info on how to shape them yourself tomorrow morning to show you how to correct it. Once you have plucked the shape when you go to a salon they will just wax that shape again.I did the same with mine and then had to fill in the dodgy looking part for months while it grew back. It looks a bit weird while your regrowing so some fair shadow or a light brow pencil (feathered rather than drawn) will sort you out. You basically want to fill in the tadpole arc. I will show you tomorrow. Might be a good idea to grow that patch over a few months and then go the salon for a shape rather than a wax – showing them a picture of the shape you want.xxx

  • http://deedee.blogspot.com Dee

    I spent the 90s plucking my eyebrows into oblivion, and now they’re a mess. I’ve tried a ton of times to regrow them, with various serums, castor oil, etc. I just get bits and pieces growing back and they don’t get thicker, just messier.

    In short, DON’T OVER PLUCK YOUR EYEBROWS, PEOPLE. You will definitely regret it eventually.

    • http://www.makeupandbeauty.ie Amy

      Listen to Dee!!

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