11 common eyebrow mistakes in your 60s and how to fix them

As we get older, one of the first things we notice is our hair is getting thinner, and it’s appearing

As we get older, one of the first things we notice is our hair is getting thinner, and it’s appearing in places we don’t want it to be. This can be frustrating, especially as we want to maintain our appearance and look attractive into our 60s.

One of the most common changes is our eyebrows and they can go from dark brown to fully grey in a matter of years, or disappear into nothing. This isn’t something we can avoid, but in the desperation to cover the sparseness or colour change up, some women can make some faux pas and end up with some unnatural looking brows.

Luckily, with a bit of tweaking, your eyebrows can look amazing – and you don’t need to spend a fortune.

Here’s 11 common eyebrow mistakes in your 60s and how to fix them:

Mistake #1: Making the gap between your brows too wide

Have you heard that putting a pencil on the side of your nostril until it touches your eyebrows will show you where to remove hair? This and removing too many hairs from a monobrow can make your eyebrows look too small.

Your eyebrows should actually align with the top bridge of the nose.

Mistake #2: Trying to match your brow colour to your hair colour

Whether it’s dye or a brow pencil, picking a shade of brown with a slight tint that goes with your hair colour is the best option. For grey, you can opt to go several shades darker than your hair, say a light brown.

Mistake #3: Not filling them in

Eyebrows with hairs sparse enough to let the skin underneath show could be ageing you. If you’ve noticed your hairs are few and far between, you’re a great candidate to use an eyebrow pencil. Carefully fill in where your natural eyebrows would be and use feathery strokes instead of colouring in.

Mistake #4: Tweezing before a shower

The hot water in your shower sometimes loosens up hair follicles meaning if you’ve just plucked, you could rattle some nearby follicles. Instead, tweeze after a shower so they hurt less when you pluck.

Mistake #5: Trimming with scissors

Very few women actually need to trim their eyebrows but if you must, brush up hairs and just cut the hairs that stick out.

Mistake #6: Overfilling your brows

Everyone wants fuller brows in their 60s but some women can overdo it, whether it’s because the colour is too dark, or because they look too noticeable and unsubtle. Also avoid going too far outside your natural shape with a too-dark shade.

Mistake #7: Using the wrong product for your brows

If you have sparse brows, you should use pencil instead of an eyebrow powder. This is because the powder needs something to cling to and can slide off without hairs. If you have bushy, wiry brows, trim them, then fill in with a natural powder.

Mistake #8: Trying to make them identical

When you try to make your eyebrows look exactly the same, you can over-pluck them. Your eyebrows are supposed to be sisters, not twins!

Mistake #9: Plucking them into a tadpole-like shape

Tadpole-shaped brows  are very unnatural. If you want the perfect shape, visit a professional then mimic how they did it. Before you go, take some time to let your eyebrows grow back without being plucked or waxed.

Mistake #10: Using a magnifying mirror

Magnifying mirrors are great for a precise makeup application, but contrary to popular belief, are not great when it comes to hair removal. By viewing your brows too close up, you lose perspective on how much hair you’ve already taken off.

Mistake #11: Getting them tattooed on with black ink

Older women particularly seem to have a penchant for black tattooed eyebrows but this in not only ageing, but can look very unnatural especially if your skin has lightened and your hair is grey. Instead, there are new ways to get tattooed brows without them being overpowering and permanent.

In the past, tattooed brows were filled in completely making it look solid and unnatural. These days, tiny individual hair strands are drawn in to mimic your own brow hair, resulting in a very natural and enhanced look. They’re also semi-permanent and fade into nothing before they need to be redone! This is different to black eyebrows which fade to purple, blue or green.

Share with us below: what are your eyebrows like?


  1. Michelle Darke  

    I had my very sparse eyebrows supplemented with ‘hair stroke’ tattooing by a very reputable and highly trained beautician here in Auckland. Not cheap…..but I reckon one of the best things I’ve done for my appearance. Really ‘lifted’ my eyes and face significantly. But yes, they do have to be ‘touched up’ every now and again, 12 – 18 months. The ‘brow rehab’ isn’t as expensive as the initial tattooing though.

    • Gail Ellison  

      Please can you tell me where you had this done, Michelle? I would love to have my “missing”eyebrows replaced with hair stroke tattooing but not sure where to gho. I live in Auckland and quite happy to travel anywhere in the region. Thanks

  2. Linda  

    One of the very first and obvious signs of thyroid disease is the “loss of your outer eyebrow”, where you pretty much just end up with HALF an eyebrow is something you may need to take note of. My blood tests always indicated my thyroid levels were fine and I had “half” an eyebrow for many years, it was only when I started to have trouble swallowing that the doctor sent me off for a ultra sound and found I had 8 nodules (goitre) growing on my thyroid gland which was then removed entirely, but it is certainly worth noting as something to look into if you notice you have “half any eyebrow”.

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