Heather, I've drawn on my eyebrows forever, and I have to admit there is a bit of a learning curve until you get the knack of it. For me the challenging part is getting them symmetrical, but with practice it can easily be done. Once I've drawn them on I usually use a little bit of translucent powder to "set" them in place, especially in the hot humid summers!
In addition to drawing them on I've tried the temporary eyebrow tattoos, however I never found them very natural looking, and I tried about 12 styles. One last thing I wear occasionally are these faux eyebrows that are real hair set in a clear flexible membrane, very realistic looking. A little tricky to work with, but again when you get the hang of it, its easy. I will try to did up a picture of them for you to see.
As far as lashes go, that is very frustrating, I'm always getting stuff in my eyes and long for the protection of lashes. Sometimes I fumble around with fake lashes (either the strip kind or individual lashes), but I'm still learning the best way to make them stick and stay. I pretty much just use a dark brown liquid liner and do my top lid to give the "illusion" of lashes. That's what I think of myself sometimes, A Master Illusionist! :-D
I should mention that the temp tattoos I tried, mainly it was just the colour that wasn't right, I was looking for something in the auburn/red range and they all looked orange on my see through pale skin. I've read about some other ladies that have had great success with them, so please don't let my review deter you in any way, I'm sure the darker tones must look better.
I use Blinkies lashes with the permanent eyeliner on them. They are wonderful! The base is wider so it glues on easier and stays on! No more drooping down over my eyes. I have A. Univeresalis so I know exactly what you all are talking about. NO hair anywhere so when I find a product that works for me, I think it will work for you, too. Give them a try. They also have beautiful tattoo eyebrows you can put on with water and they stay on for days. I feel like I've found heaven with my look now! www.blinkiesonline.com
My daughter who is AU also uses blinkies. She loves them. She is only 14 but they are much easier to use then other lashes so it's takes her very little time to get them on and no one really notices that she uses fake lashes. She gets the short brown.
Well, I'm actually going for a permanent cosmetics (brow tattoo) consultation tomorrow, but for the past few months I've been using the following routine: (1) start with Savvy Brow Powder in Blond (Sally Beauty Supply, really cheap). This come in a little pot with a stencil and a brush. This brushes on and off really easy in case you make a mistake drawing it on. Once I get my brows the way I like them, I (2) go over the powder with my Indelible Eye Liner Pencil in Brunette. I got this off of the Headcovers Unltd website which I found in the NAAF website marketplace. The pencil has a brush on one end (kind of like a mascara brush). I use this to lightly brush over my lines so they're not completely solid and fake looking. Finally, I (3) finish them off with She-Laq by Benefit cosmetics which I got at Sephora.com. I heard about the She-Laq at a Bald Girls Do Lunch get-together and I am SO GLAD I did. The stuff is amazing. I use it on my brows and my eyeliner. It's a clear liquid, comes in a little bottle with a whole set of make-up brushes, and you just brush it on wherever you don't want your make-up to smudge or wipe off. Your make-up will not come off until you wash it off.
As for the lashes, I usually just do like Orbit does and go heavy on the upper lid eyeliner. I usually use a dark chocolate brown. When the eyes are lined, you dont' notice the lashes so much. If I've got something special to do, then I use false eyelashes (strip kind, not individual ones) from Sally Beauty Supply. They cost less than $5 and are surprisingly easy to use and comfortable to wear.
I have to admit, losing the lashes and brows has been the worst part of alopecia for me. I always tell my firends that I would LOVE it if I lost all the hair from the neck down....but I wish I could keep from neck up!!! LOL Take care!
It's not easy losing your eyebrows and eyelashes. It really changed my appearance quite a bit. The first time my eyebrows and eyelashes fell out I didn't attempt to draw them in. I thought it would be too complicated and time consuming. They eventually grew back and fell out again. The second time they fell out I decided to take matters into my own hands and figure out a way to draw them on. I had a really hard time getting the eyebrows to look the same on each side, but found it helpful to use stencils. I bought them online at www.eyebrowz.com. Four eyebrow stencil shapes cost $14.95 and the powder/brush cost $4.95. I used the stencils for a couple of months and then decided to get my eyebrows and eyeliner tattooed. I just didn't like drawing them on each day or going through the day wondering if my eyebrows were still in place. Good luck!
I guess I've been fortunate enough to have only lost my eyebrows once, and they grew back in so quickly that I never really paid it any attention. My eyelashes are a different story. I tried wearing the false eyelashes, but after a while they get so itchy and irritating that I just had to pull them off. Now I mostly don't have any eyelashes and I just line my eyes and keep going, but for formal occasions and Halloween (as part of my costume of course) I just put on a pair of fakes and keep on going. I've heard of too many allergic reactions to the ink in permanent cosmetics, plus they fade over time, so that is not an option for me.
My daughter (12 yo) draws hers in or uses the silicone based fakes. At 12 appearance really starts to matter. With bangs, the fakes look amazingly real. Even without bangs, I think they'd look pretty good even though you'd have to work harder to cover the edges. We get the eyebrows at headcovers.com. Also, she sometimes wears fake lashes, they don't seem to bother her. I just have to put them on for her. Other times it's brown eyeliner. With a 12 year old, the challange is making her look as if she is not made up. We are getting there, but it''s taken some time. Also, with drawing in eyebrows, I think having some bangs helps. That way you just need some color to have depth in your face, and the bangs take attention away from the fakiness.
For me losing my eyebrows and eye lashes was in some ways a lot harder than losing all of the hair on my head. It was just so shocking to me because I "assumed" the hair loss process was over. At first, I used a stencil to sort of color them in with eye shadow, then I went to the temporary tattoos (which I thought looked pretty natural when I could line them up well) but I have been happiest with getting my eyebrows done in permanent make up. By far, it is the easiest solution--now I always have eyebrows. I am also in the process of getting permanent eyeliner--one application done, one to go. I agree with Orbit that you don't notice the lashes (or lack thereof) with a well defined eye. And I do use false eyelashes (professionally applied) for black tie events. Hope this helps!
I have tattoed eyebrows and I would really recommend them - I love not having to draw them in every day only to have them wear off by lunchtime. I won't lie, it did hurt getting them done but I think it was worth it.
I am not brave enough to get my eyeliner tattoed, not sure I could handle it being so close to my eyes. I use eyeliner to give the illusion of a lash line and have tried false eyelashes but find them too fiddly for day-to-day use. The thing is though, people really don't notice that i don't have eyelashes unless i point it out - it seems people are really very unobservant!
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