There's literally nothing more unbearable for a compulsive tweezer than waiting for those over-plucked eyebrows to grow back in.
However, these days - where a contained bush is infinitely more preferable to a precise thin line - the only thing you can do is get with the programme and grow out your brow.
Fear not, there are a few tricks that can help speed up the process and make it less painful (and we're not just talking about sitting on your hands or looking at pictures of Cara Delevingne. Although, the latter will help).
Creative director of Blink Brow Bar, Jaimineey Patel, is continually meeting women who find it difficult to put down the tweezers. "They'll ask me, 'are they ready yet?' because they can't stand the untidiness but I always say give it another couple of weeks," she says.
"So many people are growing out their brows because it makes such a difference to your face. You're much more likely to get the shape that's perfect for your face if there is a full brow to work with.
"Also, a bushier brow makes you look so much more youthful," she adds.
So, how do you get through the growing out stage? Patel shared her top four tips.
1. Give those follicles a helping hand. "I always advise customers to use a nourishing rosemary oil on the brow in the evening to stimulate growth," she says.
2. Keep it tidy. Growing out the brow doesn't mean letting it get completely out of control. Patel says: "If you're tempted to tweeze, go to your brow bar and ask for help. You can take away the very unruly hairs during the growing out process to keep the brow as tidy as possible.
3. Experiment with powders and pencils. "It makes such a difference and will stop you giving in to your tweezers," says Patel. "When you find a pencil or powder that works for you, use it to fill in gaps in the brow where hair is still growing."
4. Accept it will take time. "It's like growing out a hairstyle - everyone is different," Patel says. "It may take much longer to notice a difference with fairer girls and it really depends how long you've been tweezing for. I never put a timeline on it, you have to have patience."
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