Eyebrow Mistakes That Are Making You Look Older

First of all, put the tweezers down.

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We know our necks can give us away, but we haven't given much thought to what our eyebrows are saying about our age. Turns out, they're quite the chatty Cathy. Celine Russell, a makeup artist who's worked on her share of Southern Living photo shoots, agrees.

"The biggest giveaway of aging and brows is thinness," Russell said. "We lose brows over time as we age, and thinning brows can also be an indicator of underlying health problems," like thyroid issues specifically.

If you think your brows are doing your age a disservice, rest assured, you don't have to go to extreme measures for the fix (no microblading or tattooing needed, thankfully). All you need is a light hand, a good shape, and maybe a hint of tint to start turning back the clock. Here, we're breaking down the three ways your brows are making you look older—and how to fix them.

You Went Too Thin

Remember those ultra-thin brows that defined the 90s? We can probably all agree they didn't look great. Thank goodness the beauty industry has come a long way in the range of products we can now use to camouflage the repercussions of that sparsely browed decade. Now that we've reached a certain age, the thin brows of yesteryear might actually be making you look older than you are.

"As we age, the brows do not grow in as well. So if we over-pluck, that can become a problem," Russell said. She recommends looking at photos of yourself in your youth and aiming to mimic those full, natural brows.

Instead of surrendering to a life of bad brows, go ahead and fill 'em in, ladies, and watch the clock turn back—seriously, you won't believe the impact a fuller brow can have. Here's how Russell gets the job done:

"I prefer to use a brow powder with light strokes as if I'm growing in the hair," she said, noting not to press down hard with pencils. "Light-tinted brow gels are also an option. Anything that feels like you're naturally growing the brow back in is going to be a good technique."

You've Got Some Grays

You've embraced your silver strands with a sleek bob that's the envy of your sister-in-law, but brows are one thing you might not want to leave up to nature. A good brow tint will do wonders for brightening and youth-ifying your look. Just be sure you don't go too dark, which leads us to our final point…

You Got a Little Heavy Handed

Super dark eyebrows that don't work with your skin tone or hair hue? That's not going to help you get that youthful look. "That's a giveaway that it's artificial," Russell said. "Overly sculpted brows can be on trend, but they are not flattering and can be harsh on the face."

Take it down a notch by going a shade or two lighter on your brow pencil or powder, and make sure to use your spoolie as it is intended: as a blender for your brow color (alongside to brushing them of course.) Stick to short strokes as you apply for the most natural look.

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