Intro to Eyebrows – Tips on Tweezing

Posted by Heidi on Jun 20, 2016

Grooming your eyebrows can be a hair-raising beauty ritual. One too many plucks and your brow can turn pencil thin, one too few and it’s back to the drawing board. Visiting an esthetician is a sure-fire way to give your brows expert attention but it’s not always convenient to make time for an appointment. At-home tweezing is a great option in between visits and grooming on your own doesn’t have to be an intimidating experience. We’ve rounded up a handful of tips on tweezing that will keep your brows beautiful until your next trip to the esthetician.

Tweezing the Bridge

 Use the corner of a comb or flat-sided object to designate a starting point between your brows. Lay the edge of the comb where your right brow will begin and use an eyebrow pencil to mark the area. Repeat the process on the opposite side of your nose to determine where your left brow will begin. Look in the mirror to make sure the lines are aligned equally and tweeze the hairs between the two lines starting in the center and moving outward.

Cleaning Up The Outer Edges

The length of your brows can be managed by cleaning up the outer edges. Once again use a comb to help mark the area. Align your comb with the outer edge of your right eyebrow. Lay the flat side at an angle that best shapes the tip of your brow. Draw a line to mark the area then repeat the process on the left side. Make sure both lines are at an angle that’s complementary and balanced, then tweeze away the hairs on the outside of the line.

Shaping The Underside

The area between the arch of the eyebrow and the top of the eye can be intimidating terrain. While there’s no comb necessary for this area, you’ll need to once again grab an eyebrow pencil to designate where you’ll be plucking. Begin your line at the fullest point of the brow (towards the inner eye) and follow the natural shape of your arch to the end. While you’re drawing the arch be mindful of the curve. Check and recheck your line to ensure you’ve achieved your desired arc. Use the same method on the opposite brow, assess for evenness, and pluck just below the line.

Checking Your Shape

Once you’ve completed marking and plucking, gently wash away the pencil lines and pat your face dry with a towel. Take a close look to cleanup any rouge hairs. Then stand at least a foot away from the mirror to check for evenness between the two. If all looks balanced and even, you’re good to go!

Flat-sided objects and eyebrow pencils are great tools to clean up and shape your brows between visits with your favorite esthetician. Don’t forget that when plucking your eyebrows at home, less is more. Start conservatively and go back to check your work. You can always pull out another stray hair but you can’t put them back. Happy tweezing!

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