Your eyebrows need a shape-up every now and then. They frame your eyes! Even if you don’t have any makeup on, you can still achieve a well-groomed look if your eyebrows are beautifully shaped. There are so many options available nowadays to take care of your brows like eyebrow plucking, eyebrow threading and eyebrow waxing. But if you’re on a budget- with money or time- and you want to have more control over it, you can always try eyebrow plucking for a more precise and polished look.
- To find where your brow should start, you must first place a pencil against your nose and line it up straight with the inner corner of your eye. (Helpful tip: you can use a white eyeliner pencil to mark where it hits so you won’t get confused!) To find your eyebrow’s natural endpoint, angle the pencil from your nose to your outmost lashes and then you can mark the spot!
- What about your arch? To find where your brow should arch, you must angle the pencil from your nose across your pupil (that’s the dark round center in your eye).
- If you’re not sure on how thick or thin to go: You must always work with the natural shape of your eyebrows. If your eyebrows are thick, a thin line on you will look unnatural and fake. If you’re eyebrows are naturally thin, filling them in to make them look thicker will overpower your facial features. Aim for balance!
- Invest in a good pair of tweezers. (You must look for one with a slanted edge!) There are so many options in the market. It all depends on your devotion to the eyebrow cause.
- Prep your skin: Tweezing can hurt a bit (it feels like continuously pinching your skin). You must try to tweeze after a shower since warm water will soften the skin and the hairs will come out easily, making the plucking less painful. (Helpful tip: If you’re sensitive to pain, take two painkillers one hour beforehand. Store your tweezers in the freezer- the cold will numb your skin so plucking will hurt even less).
- Map out the area: Take your white eyeliner pencil and shade over the eyebrow hairs you want to remove so you know which hairs to pluck. Then you must pull them out in the direction they grow! Going in the opposite direction can cause your hair to break and it will leave you with a tiny black dot that’s impossible to get rid of.
- Don’t tweeze too much: You must avoid over-plucking! It will take months before you grow them back.
- Soothe redness: Use an ice cube to calm the swelling then follow with a calming moisturizer. The discoloration should fade in about an hour. Going out right away? Use a brow-soothing cream which will instantly take the red out.
- Brush brows: For a daily maintenance look, brush on a little eyebrow gel or hair gel to keep them perfectly neat!
What if you got carried away while plucking the eyebrows? For over-plucked eyebrows, you must remember that it doesn’t grow overnight. It takes time to grow them back so a little patience is required! If you see some little hairs growing back, don’t give in to the temptation of plucking them. You must give it at least three weeks to recover before you can try to shape them again. To remedy the situation, you can purchase a good eyebrow pencil that you can use to fill in the bare spots. Application requires short gentle strokes to fill in the areas that require it. Always apply with a light hand since we don’t want people to think you painted your eyebrows on!