These serums gave me full, fuzzy brows and luxuriously long lashes, and they’re both a bargain now on Amazon
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To my dismay I have always had very short, light eyelashes and thin eyebrows. A few years ago, I made it my mission to defy nature: I tried growing serums, paints, castor oil, and everything else under the sun to help them grow. Nothing worked, and eventually I accepted that those things were for people who had plucked mean in the ’90s and 2000s, not for those of us who were never blessed with bold brows and lashes.
I adopted an elaborate makeup routine to compensate for my measly eyebrows. I started picking up pomades, powders, tinted and clear gels – this got old fast. I then resorted to microblading and turned to Shaughnessy Otsuji, one of the practice’s pioneers, to give me realistic, fuzzy-looking tattooed eyebrows. You can see my before and after photos on her Instagram below.
Microblading was great for me, and I would never trust anyone but Shaughnessy to tattoo my face. It knocked precious time out of my morning routine and made me feel like I could confidently leave the house without makeup. Unfortunately for me, Shaughnessy is based in Vancouver, which makes the recommended annual touch-up difficult for someone who lives in New York.
A few years later, my microblading had largely faded, and while I hadn’t returned to my exhausting makeup routine from pre-microblading times, I was filling in my brows every day. Below is a picture of my eyebrows and lashes at this point (after applying an eyebrow growth serum which gave me some irritation).
Then last summer, one of my friends with enviably bushy eyebrows and long eyelashes visited New York – her eyelashes looked even longer than usual. She credited big flash serum with the new growth, which at first glance I thought must be extensions. I ordered a tube that day.
I was diligent about applying the product along my upper lash line every night, and about two months later people started noticing it. After three months, everyone thought I had gotten extensions too.
I apply Big Brown under the front of my brows by my nose, above the tail of my brows by my outer eye, using what’s left in the brush all over my forehead, dipping once between each brow. My methodical application is to create a straighter brow effect, which I think gives my eyes a lifted look. It’s been two months since I started using Big Brown, and I see a lot of new growth in the areas where I use it the most. Below you can see my lashes after using GrandeLash regularly, and my eyebrows after two months of using GrandeBrow.
The only disadvantage? I find it hard to tell when you’re almost done with either product, but I ordered it again when I noticed that my lashes didn’t look quite as greasy. I now paint both my eyebrows and my eyelashes with Intensive eyelash and eyebrow tint in dark brown ($17, was $20) with Intensive Cream Developer ($18, was $23) which I leave on my brows for about two minutes and 15 on my lashes. This way I hardly have to wear makeup, and most days I just brush my eyebrow hairs with Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel ($22), which I find, keeps them in place without the flaky effect that many clear gels have. And when the dye starts to fade, I use Advantage Gimme Brow ($17) tinted gel to keep a bold look before I paint them next time.
While I’m still very happy with my microblading experience, it’s nice to have more control over how full my brows are, add some depth and boldness on days I want it, and make my brows a little more sparse and natural. stick with clear gel most days . I’ve practically become a Grande spokesperson now — I’ve hooked my mom, my sister, and several of my friends, and they’ve all seen similar growth.
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