Hello my name is Erika and I'm a recovering overplucker. Luckily, I think I've caught the problem before it's gotten too bad. I'm not forced to draw them in with pencil or powder..yet. This is an extra touchy issue in my house too, because for whatever reason, my husband does not like eyebrow makeup, he says it freaks him out to see drawn/powdered in eyebrows?? Sooo... I try not to put anything on them and I've started the process of trying re grow them to a more natural thickness. I thought it'd be a nice welcome break from the tedious task of plucking every other day. I had NO IDEA it would be this hard NOT to pluck my eyebrows! I have light olive skin and DARK BROWN hair so it's noticeable and when I'm in public I just KNOW everyone is staring at them. I did some research and found a few things that might make this process a little easier for me, so I'll share them here:
Grow out a row at a time: instead of just letting them run wild, only pluck the hairs that are not closest to your current brow. Once that row has grown in, start with the next until desired thickness is required. Whew! Now I don't have to walk around looking prehistoric.
Brow lightner: I think part of the reason I overplucked in the first place is because I have thick, dark hair and light skin. I feel like with darker AND thicker eyebrows, they just look too.. masculine? Especially since I dye my hair and it's usually a shade or two lighter than my brows, but I know better than to actually dye my eyebrows to match the hair on my head. Then, I was led to an amazing website through a YouTube beauty blogger (her name is escaping me at the moment) The website is Eyebrowz.com. They have a natural product that will GRADUALLY lighten your brows. Lifesaver, can't wait to get some. Which leads me to my next point..
Stencils: The website also has eyebrow stencils to help you acheive and keep the shape you want, the stencil will keep you from overplucking in the future. It's foolproof! I haven't placed my order, but once I do I will definitely share my experience and results.
Exfoliate: I also read that exfoliating helps to stimulate the growth of your brows. Since I have extremely dry skin and it's the middle of winter, I exfoliate often already so it was good hear that this will help.
If anyone else has had "eyebrow episodes", I'd love to hear about your experience and any other tips you may have. Just leave them in the comments section on my homepage :)