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Properly Shape Your Eyebrows

Few things make you appear more groomed than well-plucked brows . Many women have their brows done professionally & the trend is so hot eyebrow boutiques are popping up in big cities across the country. I recommend you get your brows done professionally first to set a ‘blueprint’ for your brows, 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.

Difficulty: Average

Time Required: 10 minutes

Here’s How:

1.   The biggest mistake people make is to tweeze too much. You don’t want to tweeze your brows too short. A simple trick is 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, tweezer 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 iris (this is the colored part of your eye). Where the brush meets the brow is where the highest part of your brow should be.

4.   Cleanse your skin. Some women prefer to moisturize before they pluck. Others find a dry brow makes it easier to see individual hairs. If you’re worried about pain, you can apply Anbesol, Orajel or any teething gel for babies, to the brow or press a cold washcloth to your brow before you start. Brush brows upwards & outwards.

5.   You’ll want to invest in a good pair of tweezers with a slanted edge (the best are Tweezerman). 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.   When you pluck, make sure you pluck hairs out toward the ears in the direction they grow in. Make sure you don’t pluck many hairs at a time. To make it easier, hold skin taut when 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 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 yanked.

9.   Once you’re done plucking, you can apply aloe vera gel, which will calm the redness right away.

Tips:

  • To ensure your tweezers maintain their firm grip, regularly wipe the tips with alcohol to remove any oily buildup. Also, keep in mind that tweezers will sharpen your tweezers when they dull.
  • 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.
  • 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 effect.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • A mirror, preferably magnifying.
  • Anbesol or children’s teething gel if you’re afraid of pain.

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