Quick, easy go-to makeup looks for hiding trichotillomania

Tasneem Abrahams
May 25th, 2016

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The physical effects of Trichotillomania are relatively easy to detect. Sufferers of the disorder are usually left with the tell-tale bald patches on their heads and sparse eyebrows or eyelashes. Stress and your genes might play a part in your propensity towards compulsive behaviors. People who have other obsessive compulsive disorders may be more likely to develop a behavior like Trichotillomania. The experts think the urge to pull happens because the brain’s chemical signals (neurotransmitters) don’t function optimally. Negative emotions associated with the disorder can wreak havoc on the sufferers wellbeing and self esteem. Since the emotional effects are hidden and internalized, unlike the physical effects, they are significantly more difficult to cope with.

The emotional impact associated with Trich affects more than the sufferer’s physical appearance because the physical effect of hair pulling plays a significant role in some of the emotional issues that in turn drive the disorder. Someone with Trich may suffer from anxiety, which coupled with stress can become worse when they have to deal with being seen with the physical signs of the disorder thus making the severity of the pulling worse.

Trich sufferers tend to avoid social situations because they are ashamed of their actions and of what people might say about them. The disorder has a significant impact on the person’s self-esteem. Low self-esteem is the basis of anxiety, depression and other negative feelings that a person with Trich might feel. Make-up is a helpful tool for female sufferers to camouflage their facial hair pulling and can be used as a barrier during the day to control further pulling.

Trich Tricks

Trich Tricks is a YouTube channel for sufferers of Trichotillomania, Alopecia, Cancer or any other conditions that result in hair loss particularly on brows or lashes. The YouTuber suffers from Trich and shares the make-up tricks that she has learned over the years to hopefully help others. Due to her pulling, she has sparse eyebrows and absolutely no lashes. She was frustrated when she started wearing make-up to try to camouflage the physical effects of her Trich but soon became a pro. Here are her tips for creating a smokey eye with make-up and false eyelash application: 

  1. Prime lids with a make-up primer to help eyeshadow stay in place
  2. Apply nude colour all over lids
  3. Blend
  4. Use a darker shade for the outer corner of the eye and sweep over the crease ad to give crease more depth
  5. Apply a shimmery white colour for under the brow bone and inner corner of eye
  6. Use eyeliner close to the top lash line and tight line the lower lash line
  7. Follow with liquid liner over the top lash line to intensify colour
  8. Make a wing to distract attention from lashes (or lack thereof)
  9. Trim false lashes to make them look more natural
  10. Gently squeeze a bead of lash glue onto lashes and spread
  11. Once glue is tacky (but not completely dry) place false lashes onto lash line
  12. If it is skew, remove immediately and reposition

And there you have a pretty make-u look AND eyelashes!


Tasneem Abrahams


Tasneem is an Occupational Therapist, and a graduate of the TLC foundation for BFRBs professional training institute. Her experience in mental health includes working at Lentegeur Psychiatric hospital forensic unit (South Africa), Kingston Community Adult Learning Disability team (UK), Clinical Specialist for the Oasis Project Spelthorne Community Mental Health team (UK). Tasneem is a member of both the editorial team and the clinical staff on TrichStop, providing online therapy for people who suffer from Trichotillomania and other BFRBs.

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