Although it is generally best to get eyebrows waxed professionally
it can be expensive - up to around $15 as a general rule, although
salons do differ. If you have a tighter budget, or if you are feeling
fairly brave, here are some simple steps for you to try at home...
1) Preparing the Eyebrow
Brush the eyebrow into place with a
baby toothbrush or clean mascara wand, so that their natural shape is
neatly defined. Next, apply an astringent such as witch hazel to
anesthetize the sensitive skin under the brow. Work out your natural
brow shape by standing several feet away from a mirror, and following
these simple steps
Working out the length of the eyebrow
Hold a ruler parallel
to your nose, and level with the inner corner of the eye, to work out
where the brow should begin. If your eyes are close together, make the
gap between the brows wider. If your eyes are far apart, don't wax the
start line of the brow too much so that they are closer together. Mark
the correct point with a dot.
Working out the curve of the eyebrow
You can work out where
the highest point of the curve/ arch should be by holding a ruler from
the edge of the nostril past the outer edge of the iris (the colored
part of the eye) and up to the eyebrow. Mark the spot with a dot.
Now link up the dots in a gentle arch to draw
on the ideal shape of the eyebrow that you want to achieve. This will
give you a guideline to go by when applying the wax. You should aim for
a smooth arched brow that tapers slightly at the outer ends.
2) Applying the Wax
Buy a professional waxing kit - basically
a jar or tub of wax which can be warmed up in boiling water and applied
with a small applicator or spatula, and (usually muslin) removal
strips. Each product varies slightly, so be sure to read the
manufacturers directions carefully.
Warm up the wax to optimum temperature and use the small spatula
to apply a thin layer of wax to the growth. Make sure that you only use
a small amount of wax on the spatula to avoid the wax dripping when it
is applied. Apply wax with the hair growth under the eyebrow, (i.e. in
the same direction that the hair grows in). You don't need to use much,
and you should not let the wax dry.
3) Removing the Hair
This is the painful bit! Ouch!!
wax above the eyebrow, only ever shape from below. Waxing from under
the brow will widen your eyes and help to get the line even. This will
make you look younger and much more glamorous if done correctly! As
soon as it is applied remove the wax against the hair growth, (i.e. in
the opposite direction that the hair grows in). This is done by gently
smoothing a piece of cotton muslin over the waxed area, pulling the
skin taut with one hand, and pulling the muslin off with the other.
It is a good idea to take a little hair off at a time,
especially if you have fairly this growth. You will be surprised how
much difference a little hair removal will make to your appearance.
4) The Aftermath
Any straggly hairs left over after waxing
can be easily plucked out using a set of good tweezers. Apply a
soothing balm like tea tree oil onto the area afterwards. You should
avoid direct sunlight, acid based facial treatments, and liquid makeup
for several hours.
To give the gorgeous new eyebrow shape emphasis, use an eyebrow
pencil or tinted brow shadow to subtly fill in any gaps, and even out
the natural color tone. Don't worry if you make mistakes, even if you
have bald patches or empty spaces. Practice makes perfect, and anyway,
the hair will have grown back before you know it!!