Ideas for Short Eye Brows

Perfectly shaped brows provide a frame for the face
Perfectly shaped brows provide a frame for the face (Image: make up eyebrow image by Julia Britvich from

Ideal eyebrows are long and carefully shaped in order to create an aesthetic framing effect on the face. Short eyebrows, whether they are natural or simply over plucked, often detract from the face's beauty rather than adding to it. Thankfully, there are several solutions to correct or improve the problem in order to give your face the most pleasing and symmetrical appearance.


Using eyebrow makeup is the easiest way to instantly correct eyebrows that are too short. Eyebrow makeup usually comes in a powder or pencil form to make application quick and easy. Use a pencil (or apply powder with a small brush) to gently outline and fill in the brows, starting at the inner corner. The inner corner of the brow should form an imaginary vertical line directly above the farthest inner corner of the eye itself. The outer end of the brow should, in turn, form an invisible line over the eye's outer corner. The pencil is used to extend brows to this length but it's important to take it slow and keep the color light until you get the desired length and shape. Eyebrows with too much makeup tend to look too thick and even fake.


If your eyebrows are too short due to over plucking, the solution could be as easy as a trip to the beauty shop. Allow your eyebrows to grow out as much as possible. It shouldn't take longer than a month for most women. Then set an appointment with an experienced esthetician. Expect to pay between $20 and $30 for a quality eyebrow waxing. The esthetician will assist you in shaping your brows into a manageable, attractive shape that can be easily maintained by tweezing. Monthly or bi-monthly appointments with the esthetician will help keep your brows both beautifully shaped and easier to keep up with on your own.

Grooming & Shaping

Whether employing the use of an esthetician or caring for the brows on their own, women with short eyebrows should stick to a daily regiment of care. Keep a few basics in mind to get beautiful brows every day. Use tweezers as little as possible; it's important to keep as much eyebrow as possible to work with. Also, make only small changes with the tweezers, such as creating or enhancing an arch to the brows. This gives even short brows a more sculpted look and draws the attention to the shape of the brow rather than the length. Purchase an eyebrow brush or use a toothbrush to groom the brows before and after makeup application. To keep the shape, spray a little hairspray on your finger and apply to the hairs; this will keep your eyebrows looking sleek, giving the illusion of a longer length.

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