How to Shape Your Eyebrows
I recommend you have a professional do your brows first to set a
'blueprint', then all you have to do is pluck where the hairs grow in.
(A pro waxing should set you back about $20 depending on where you
live). Here's some tips on how to tweeze your own brows.
Time Required: 10 minutes
1. The biggest mistake people make is to tweeze too much. You
don't want to do this as it can take months for brows to grow back.
Here's a simple trick to remember: The space between your brows should
be equal to, or a little wider than, your eyes. To find where your brow
should go, take a long eyeshadow brush or pencil & hold it parallel
to the side of your nose. Where the brush meets your brow is where your
brow should start.
2. To find out the end of your brow, extend
the brush diagonally from your nostril, following the outside edge of
your eye toward the brow. Where the inside edge of the brush hits is
where your brow should end.
3. The best brows have a slight arch.
To find yours, hold the brush parallel to the outside edge of the
colored part of your eye (the iris). Where the brush meets the brow is
where the highest part of your brow should be.
4. Cleanse your
skin. Exfoliating with a gentle scrub (I like Biore) helps prep the
area as well. Worried about pain? Expert aesthicians suggest applying
Anbesol, Orajel or any teething gel for babies to the brow. Brush brows
up & out.
5. You also want to make sure you're near a bright
light with a good mirror (magnifying mirrors are best, but be sure
& flip it over to see your overall effect in the regular mirror) or
even better, in a window with the light pouring in.
6. Make sure
to pluck hairs in the direction they grow & don't grab too many
hairs at a time. To make it easier, hold skin taut as you pluck.
7. It's a myth that brows should never be tweezed from above. You want
both the bottoms & tops to be smooth. So be careful, but tweeze the
top AND the bottom.
8. Stop every few hairs to step back and look
at the job you're doing. If you overpluck, you're stuck. Unlike most
hairs on your body, your brows won't always grow back once they're
9. Once you're done plucking, you can apply aloe vera gel, which will calm the redness right away.
1. To ensure your tweezers maintain their firm grip, regularly
wipe the tips with alcohol to remove any oily buildup. Also, keep in
mind that Tweezerman will sharpen your tweezers when they dull.
2. If your brows are sparse or spotty, you can fill them in by pressing
a brown shadow into your brow. Chanel's Perfect Brow Compact is the
ultimate brow shadow. It's expensive, but worth the price. Plucked too
much? Ji Baek, owner of Rescue Beauty Lounge in Manhattan suggests in
Elle Magazine that you stimulate hair growth by massaging brows with a
3. If you use a pencil to fill in sparse brows, apply
with short, feathered strokes from the inside of the brow out. Then
carefully rub brows with a brush or your fingertips to soften the
4. Brow gel helps keep your brows in place all day. Or if
you don't have gel, apply a dab of hairspray to your finger & use
it to keep unruly hairs in place.
5. I've saved the best tip for last. The ideal time for brow-shaping is the week after your period begins.
What You Need:
* A great pair of tweezers. My recommended choice: Tweezerman
* A mirror, preferably magnifying
* Anbesol or children's teething gel if you're afraid of pain