Recreating brows and lashes when you've lost them to alopecia ....
False lashes and brows ...
One of the hardest things for me to come to terms with when I developed alopecia was losing my eyebrows and eyelashes.
It felt like the final F@*K YOU of my life at the time!
Over the years I have developed a few tips and tricks that help me along the way. I hope you will find some of them helpful for you today .
1 – Wearing a fringe
Wearing a fringe in your wig or topper can solve a whole heap of problems regarding your eyebrow loss. You can have your fringe cut in and styled so that it sits just below your brown bone effectively covering where your brows would be anyway.
This is not going to be a solution for everyone as we don’t all suit or like to wear a fringe but as a quick solution having a fringe will do the trick.
2 – Brow powders and pencils
The first time I tried to pencil in my brows was a disaster! I’m a bit of a perfectionist so because I didn’t get it right the first time I felt massively discouraged. I persisted though and before long I was pencilling in my brows in under 2 minutes per brow which suited me just fine! Now a days there are so many different ways to do your brows from powders, pens, pencils, stencils and even eyebrow transfers that look amazing!
3 – SPMU
Did you know that you can have your eyebrows and even a lash line tattooed on using semi permanent make up techniques? It’s true – you can!
I have many customers who swear by SPMU (semi permanent make-up) but for me I’m unfortunately one of the rare few who’s skin doesn’t suit this technique. I have had my eyebrows tattooed on 3 times now over the years and been back for the recommended 6 week top up after the scabs have come away but my skin just pushes the pigment out within mere weeks (around 8 weeks!) of having them done.
4 – Eyeliner to re-create your lash line.
When I don’t wear eye make-up I am feeling looking tired and a little unwell. Even though I feel fine people will always make comments such as “oh! You look tired today” or “What’s wrong!? Have you been crying?”. I use an inexpensive liquid eyeliner by Collection (this is one of the cheapest brands out there!) that’s waterproof, lasts all day and doesn’t irritate my eyes in the slightest. It really helps open up my eye area and make me look so much more fresh and awake each day. I also like to line my top water line which can feel very tickly at first but it’s something I quickly got used to doing.
5 – False eyelashes
There are a massive selection of beautifully natural and light weight lashes available in stores and online that you can wear if you miss your eyelashes. Just like with any new technique, applying them can be a little tricky at first but you will get the hang of it.
It seems to take me forever to get used to applying false lashes and when I did I found they irritated my sensitive eyes too much for me to wear them all day everyday but I know ladies who have no issues at all.
We’re all different!