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How to do your eyebrows

Some cancer treatments cause hair loss or thinning, including the eyebrows. 

Eyebrows frame your face, so losing them can change how you look and feel about yourself. Learning how to disguise this can boost your confidence and help you to look and feel better.

Watch this 3 minute video on how to define your eyebrows. 

Make up tips

Try to buy products before you start your treatment. You might be tired and not feel like shopping once treatment starts. It will also be easier to find products that match your natural eyebrow colour and give you time to practice before the hair falls out.

Choose a colour that is similar to your hair or wig colour if your hair has already fallen out. You can test the colour on the back of your hand. Grey, browns and soft black colours suit most people. There are different types of products and each has its own pros and cons. You might be able to use the same eyeshadow to replace your eyebrows and define your eyes.

Start by washing the eyebrow area. This removes the skin's natural oils or extra moisturiser and helps the make up to stay in place. Applying eye primer or a light dusting of loose powder can also help make up to last longer.

What products you need

Eyebrow stencil packs

These include different sizes of stencil, a small brush, a shadow and highlighters. They can be hard to use at first but with practice, it is relatively quick and easy.

Some eyebrow stencils have a single shadow and others have several colours that you can mix and blend to get the right colour for you. Most department stores and some high street chemists stock these.

Use the highlighter (a light colour) to raise your brow line. Just use a little, under the arch of your eyebrow.

You can also use the highlighter:

  • to cover any blue tint in the skin at the inner corner of the eye
  • on the top of your cheekbone to emphasise it
  • down the side of your nose to make it look slimmer

Eyebrow wax or gel

You can use eyebrow wax as a base for eyebrow powder. It helps hold the colour in place. It’s good for filling in gaps and keeping them in shape.  

You can put the wax on first and then the shadow. Or you can mix the wax with the shadow and put both on together.

Eyebrow gel helps keep your eyebrows from flaking and drying. It also helps in keeping them in place. You can use the eyebrow gels to add colour. There are different colours available and you can mix them to get your natural eyebrow colour.

Eyebrow pencils

These are good if you have just lost some of your eyebrows or they have partly grown back. You can also use them to add depth to your eyebrows.

First, colour in the brow with your shadow. Then use the pencil to add a few strokes to look like hairs. Use a sharp eyebrow pencil so you can draw fine lines. This can look very natural but takes practice. It may help to practise doing it on your arm.

Some eyebrow pencils have a universal colour. The lighter you apply them, the lighter they look. 

Information and help

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