When  it comes to building a brow when you have trichotillomania, practice makes perfect.

Trial and error and lots of lots of practice.

With trichotillomania, many of us have to build an eyebrow without a eyebrow to start with.


Many of the eyebrow tutorials that are out there are hard to relate to

because these women have eyebrows to begin with.


With trichotillomania, we ideally want to achieve a. having eyebrows! (lol, duh) and

b. creating the most realistic eyebrow we can because the

less self-conscious we are about our eyebrows, the better we feel.


How to Build an Eyebrow in 7 Easy Steps

Tools: Morphe M215 Angled Brow Brush

Products: MAC Veluxe Brow Liner in Deep Brunette,

Anastasia DIPBROW Pomade in Medium Brown,

It! Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores, or NYX HD Finishing Powder.


To begin, start with clean, dry skin. Dry as in not wet. I am not encouraging flaky dry skin here.


Using brow liner, in this case I am using MAC Veluxe Brow Liner, plot out 3 points.

Place the pencil against your widest point of your nose, and plot the first point

where the pencil meets the brow. Second, using your pupil and your nose for direction,

plot the arch point. Last, use the pencil from the widest point of your nose to plot

out point where the imaginary line would meet the outermost of the eye.

building an eyebrow first step
Connect these three points. Use multiple strokes, mimicking fine hair lines.

The arch and the eyebrow tail should be darkest parts of the brow shape.

Once the bottom of the brow has been connected and defined,

gently and lightly outline the rest of your eyebrow.

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Start filling in the area that you have outlined with the pencil,

using strokes that would mimic natural eyebrow hair shape and growth direction.

Then, using the small angled brush, repeat the same stokes to add a more realistic

depth to the eyebrow build.

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Check your work. Asses.


Now, it’s dipbrow time. I find that using these different textures and different

shades leads to a way more realistic looking eyebrow than back in the day

when I would just draw some weird line where my eyebrow would be.

Take the angled brush gently into the Dipbrow. A little goes a long way,

and it’s totally build-able, so start with a light amount of product on the angled brush.

Make sure to redefine the bottom line of your brow, light to dark,

the darkest part being the tail of the brow. Then, have some fun, draw in some texture..

This takes a little extra practice to get used to the right angle, movement, and placement of the brush.

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Cleanup around the shape of the brow with cover up. If you feel you went to heavy on color, spool it out using a small spooly.

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Then. Majorly important, the last step!

Sweep a setting powder over the brow. It makes it not only look more realistic

for some reason but it also sets it for longevity. I’m pretty obsessed with

It! Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores, or you can grab NYX HD Finishing Powder

at more drug stores. It’s a pretty amazing pressed powder.

building a brow before and after

And Boom. A Brow, without having a brow. Now go out and slay the day!

Try building a brow and show me!!! Email me your pics! I would love love love to see!!


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