3 Good Reasons To Bleach And Shave Off Half Your Eyebrows

My ex-boyfriend convinced me to try Spock brows, and I've found that they're quite versatile.
Publish date:
October 24, 2013
eyeliners, nars, lipsticks, mac, bleach, eyebrows, Urban Decay, hair, Stila, Lime Crime, sephora, spock

I’ve always had fun experimenting with different eye looks and recently took a semi-permanent plunge into full makeup weirdo-dom. I bleached my brows to the palest blonde color from a dirty blonde so I could fill them in with blue, brown, pink--whatever I had on hand.

One night, while getting ready to go out, the dude I was dating at the time suggested the “Vulcan” as my makeup look for the night. I was confused.

He started pulling up images of new and old Spock. This meant shaving off my brows starting at the arch and leaving behind small white patches affectionately coined “nubs” in the drag-queen world.

I grabbed my pink disposable razor and shaved off half my brow, losing all ability to show expression, which made my face look alien sans makeup.

The dude was overjoyed, and as I Vulcanized my brows, he coaxed me to make them more and more angular.

So, if this idea appeals to you, here's how to achieve a Vulcan brow!

Mix up some high-powered bleach. Clairol 7th Stage Lightener with L'Oreal 40 Volume Developer works well. For those scared of professional products, Jolen Cream Lightener (that stuff moms and grandmas use to bleach facial hair) works just fine.

Apply bleach with a brow brush, q-tip, finger, whatever, as long as it's done carefully, avoiding the actual eye area. I left mine on a little bit too long and practically forgot about it due to multitasking and red wine consumption. Figure 15 minutes or so.

Wash the bleach off with a little shampoo and a washcloth once it is the palest possible color.

Now onto the shaving. Naturally, I have a nice arch most people would kill for, but for the sake of fashion brows, shave that bitch. Through trial and error, I've figured out that shaving post-bleach was the safest way to go.

I used Sephora Eyeshadow No. 85, a nice “natural brown” and a stiff angled brow brush. I started filling in my brows, making them very thick towards the eyes, jutting straight up, and then thinning out towards the end.

Go more extreme for the really mean look if you want. Hell! Go crazy and use a black eyeliner pencil!

I paired this look with Sephora Cream Lip Stain in No. 01 Always Red.

Now that I have a blank brow canvas, I can do whatever the hell I want with my brows based on my mood and outfit.

I call this next one my sperm brow. I used Urban Decay Eyeshadow and the same stiff angle brush. This shape is a little rounder toward the inside and has a flagellum-like tail that squiggles out. The blue just makes them look even more spermy.

The look is completed with matching blue lips using MAC Lipmix in Blue.

Here's another favorite of mine. I used NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in the lightest color to completely cover my small blonde nubs. Using Stila liquid eyeliner in Black, I etched a thin frown shape in place of my former normal brow.

I topped it off with a pale neutral lip; this one is Lime Crime in Coquette.

Next, I’ll probably just start gluing sparkles or paper or feathers to my brows and see how far I can stretch it.

What's the most extreme thing you've done to your eyebrows?