We recently heard of an even better alternative, suggested to us by our incredibly fantastic eyebrow groomer, Laurie Barri at Wax (see little black book). She advises clients to use Nioxin's Follicle Booster on their thin brow spots. She suggests doing this at night because the formula can cause a little skin redness. "It's a growth serum, not an overnight miracle," Barri says. "It's not like you're going to wake up looking like Brooke Shields, but my clients do notice a difference with regular use."
If you just were smart and didn't remove 75 percent of your brows like some of us, or you just want to accentuate what you have, Barri recommends going for brow powder or eye shadow (in the same tone as your brows) over pencil. Pencils contain wax, which sits on your skin-looking fakey-while powder blends into your skin. The other tools she recommends are clear eyebrow gel for volume and control (M.A.C. makes one of Barri's favorite, Brow Set, $13), an angled brush for applying brow powder, and a spooly brush to soften color (Damone Roberts makes our favorite, a dual-sided angle/spooly brush, $30). A clean mascara brush/applicator works as a great substitution in a pinch.
To get a version of the spring trend eyebrows, use the above image of Ashley Olsen as an inspiration. The idea is to be subtly groomed, so trim only the longest, craziest stray hairs-you don't want controlled precision. Using your angle brush and brow powder (which doesn't have to be as dark as your brows), fill in any bald or thin spots. Using your spooly, brush through your brows to soften and blend the color. Brush brows up to get the lightly feathered and natural look as seen on the catwalks and set with a light swipe of clear brow gel to set them in place. Voila! Bountiful brows, beautifully.