Well-plucked and shaped eyebrows are a routine part of healthy grooming. Today, as more women prefer to get their eyebrows done professionally, eyebrow boutiques are opening up in all the large metros. Even if you want to shape your eyebrows yourself, it is better to get professional help the first time, as a beautician can advise you on the length, thickness and the arch of the eyebrows that can best suit the shape of your face. One way to determine where the arch of your brow should be is to hold a pencil parallel to the outside edge of the iris of your eyes. Where the pencil touches the brow is where the arch should be. The space between your eyebrows must be as wide as, or a little wider, than your eyes. By holding either a pen/pencil in correlation to the bridge of your nose, you will be able to find out where exactly the inner edge of your brows should start. Where the pencil meets the brow, is the right spot. Hold the pencil diagonally from your nostril to the outer end of your eye to determine the spot where the eyebrow should end. The most common methods used for shaping eyebrows are tweezing, threading and trimming.
Tips For Plucking Eyebrows
How To Tweeze Eyebrows
You can tweeze your eyebrows at home, once you have received professional advice on shaping them. This can be done by following a few simple steps.
- First, keep a few things handy. A good pair of tweezers, preferably one with a slanted edge, a magnifying mirror (if you have one) or a regular mirror, a pair of brow scissors and a bit of alcohol to clean the edges of the tweezers.
- If you are worried about the pain, feel free to use some baby teething gel.
- Clean your face well with a facial scrub to remove any superficial grime or dirt. Sit near a window or under a bright light before you begin tweezing.
Tips On Tweezing
- Using your fingers or a small brush, comb the eyebrows upwards. Use the scissors to cut the ends of long hair, if any. Trimming the hair reduces the thickness and helps you shape the eyebrows better.
- The hair has to be tweezed in the direction of its growth while you hold the skin taut. Be careful to not pull out too much hair at a time.
- You can start by tweezing under the arch. Follow this by tweezing the area above the brows. Finally, move to the area between the brows and tweeze any stray hair growing in between.
- Stop every now and then, and study your face. Unlike the hair on the rest of your body, eyebrows sometimes don’t grow back as fast, so be careful that you don’t over-pluck your eyebrows.
- Once you have finished, you can apply some aloe vera gel on the eyebrows, which helps in preventing itching or rashes where the hair has been plucked.
- If your eyebrows are sparse, you can use an eyebrow pencil to fill in the gaps. Use short feathered strokes and work from the inside out.
- Take a little brow gel or hairspray on your fingers and apply the gel to keep your brows in place.
How To Thread Eyebrows
Threading is an ancient art of removing unwanted hair from the face. This process was a common ritual in parts of Asia and the Middle East. Threading involves twisting a cotton thread along the hair that needs to be removed. The hair is trapped between the thread and is pulled out from the roots. Since the twisted thread is placed in a straight line along the skin, several hairs are pulled out at a time. This method is considered less painful than tweezing. You can thread your own eyebrows, but it is easier to get someone else to do it for you—preferably a professional—to avoid unwanted cuts or abrasions on the skin. Threading gives a clean and defined shape to your eyebrows and is ideal for women who have delicate skin that could be harmed with chemical depilatory products.
Tips On Threading
- The first step is to determine the shape of your eyebrows, whether they are round, angled, soft-angled or straight. It is advised not to change the natural shape of your eyebrows or else they would appear unnatural.
- Before starting, rub a little talcum powder on the skin. This helps remove natural oil from the dermis and expedites the threading process.
- The area under the brow is threaded first as this helps define the line under the brow, creating an arch and enhancing the shape of the eyebrows.
- The area above the brow is threaded for added definition, especially if the hairline at the sides merges with the eyebrows.
- The space between the brows is threaded in the end, ensuring that the eyebrows are shaped properly and are in line with the corner of the eyes.
Shaping the eyebrows is an essential part of facial fashion and healthy grooming. Eyebrows that are not groomed regularly grow haphazardly and look unhygienic. In the modern world, eyebrows that are not shaped or groomed could even be smirked at, and are often considered unfashionable. So, go ahead and find a good beautician who can pluck/thread your eyebrows and give it a proper shape. This will only help in enhancing your facial features, and will also make you look more desirable.