Common Eyebrow Blunders

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A misshapen brow can make even the most cheerful, well-rested person look sad, mad, tired or old. Next time you groom your brows, keep these common eyebrow blunders in mind:
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1 – The Shooting Star

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2 – The Eager Arch

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3 – The Villain

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4 – The Skinny Mini

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5 – Expressionless

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6 – The Sharpie

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7 – The Half Brow

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I’m not saying that everyone needs to have the exact same eyebrows. Every brow is different. Follow basic eyebrow grooming techniques while respecting the natural tendencies of your brows. If your brows are thick, don’t pluck the life out of them. If they tend to tilt downwards, don’t draw in an exaggerated arch. Your brows suit your face, just clean them up a bit.

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  • Leigh

    This is really useful information, however, I’ve been googling and trying to find the perfect shape to make my eyebrows ‘friendlier’. I’ve often had people tell me that I look unfriendly and unapproachable. Some of this is because I have a naturally ‘thoughtful’ expression (a bit frowny) and I think my brows are quite low, especially when I’m tired; I’d like to be able to shape them into a more ‘happy’ expression.

    You’ve given some good advice on what NOT to do, but can you help me decide what I SHOULD do? Please help

    • theuntrendygirl

      Hi Leigh,

      I would need a picture of you in order to give specific advice. Would you be willing to send in a picture that I could post?

  • Liz

    Theres something off about my brows arch, but I cant pin point what it is. Everywhere I get my eyebrows done they do it differently. One time I got them done I loved the shape they made, but when I came back to the same place, they did it differently 🙁

    It would be great if you could point out where is the flaw in design, or what is itthat makes it look so off in real life

    link-> to album

  • tara

    Hi! I have thick brows which I love but genetically one is thinner then the other (mom and grandma have the same). I am in search of a great eyebrow powder to cover up “bald” spots on thee skinny brow to make even. Can you suggest a tried and true product, preferabely waterproof, that can make me match???? Thanks and I love your site!

  • G. A.

    I am an untrendy woman who has barely an eyebrow to work with !. I never did have a a hairy brow. Not much to pluck and I do no not like the look of permanent brows. What do you suggest?

  • Nicole

    I have shooting star brows! I’ve been wanting to grow them out for the longest time, but didn’t know how to go about it without having crazy unplucked brows. My brows are dark and kind of thick (hence why I plucked them so thin many many moons ago). Can you give me any tips?

    • The Untrendy Girl

      Hi Nicole,
      When you’re ready to pluck your brows, draw them in first with a dark eyebrow pencil. Now that you see your perfectly shaped brows – pluck out all of the hairs that don’t fall within your ideal brows 🙂 It will take a while for your sparse areas to grow in fully, but at least you won’t be accidentally plucking out the good hairs that you’ve been trying to grow in.

      I’d love to give you detailed tips… if you prefer, you can email me a picture with a close-up of your face. You can send it to

  • Ashlie

    Hello, I have been going nuts for years trying to get the perfect eyebrows. I have tried everything from stencils, wax, shaving, tweezing, etc. One eyebrow always looks higher and it might be due to a head injury I had when I was five. I have some scar tissue and nerve damage above my left eyebrow which makes that eyebrow go up in a high arch. I just can’t seem to get the other one to match. I was told to pluck the top of them and then told not to pluck the top, just the bottom by others. I’m so lost. I would really appreciate if you could tell me what I can do to make mine the same shape that will look good on my face?

  • Lele

    I think I made the mistake of overplucking my right eyebrow so I have the half eyebrow thong on one side. Any fix to help it grow back except for tine?

  • Chloe

    I’m VERY self concious about my eyebrows, I think they’re completely different from each other. They are also “dirty blonde”, so they are much lighter in some places. They have some natural places where the hair does t grow at all as well, where as the other doesn’t have that. I use make up to fix them, but I am afraid that I have the sharpie look from above. Problem is, I’ve tried plucking and It didn’t really work, they’re still very different. I feel as though makeup is the only way to fix them. I love one eyebrow but hate the other, I usually cover that one up with my hair. Here is some pictures with/without makeup. I don’t think a professional can fix this… They can’t put hair ON your face can they? I’m only 15 so..!/photo.php?fbid=235533986568692&id=100003362765354&set=a.183550638433694.36275.100003362765354&__user=100003362765354

  • Chloe

    I am 15 and very self conscious about my eyebrows. They are patchy looking because some hair is lighter in colour, plus I have natural but annoying bald patches. I fill them in, but am afraid I have the sharpie look. They are much different in shape too, I do the best I can to make them look the same but I am never able to. Help? With/without makeup pictures: (I hate one eyebrow but love the other, I cover one with my side bangs now. Getting full bangs soon just to hide them I hate them so much)!/photo.php?fbid=184809608307797&id=100003362765354&set=a.183550638433694.36275.100003362765354&__user=100003362765354!/photo.php?fbid=396710790451010&id=100003362765354&set=a.183550638433694.36275.100003362765354&__user=100003362765354