Plucking perfect eyebrows to achieve that flawless, face-framing arch can be a tedious process. But since fuller, thicker brows are in style, you can and should spend much less time with the tweezers. Try these 9 pro beauty tips to score perfect eyebrow arches at home.
Eyebrow Shaping Tip #1: Choose the Right Tweezers
Opt for sharp and slanted style tweezers. Unlike pointy versions, they grab tiny strays quickly and will not pinch your skin along with the hairs.
Eyebrow Shaping Tip #2: Tweeze After Your Shower
Warm water opens the follicles and softens hairs, helping them slip out more easily.
Eyebrow Shaping Tip #3: Ease the Plucking Pain
If plucking is too painful or it’s right before your period (when skin is most sensitive), dab on a numbing gel before you tweeze.
Eyebrow Shaping Tip #4: Ditch Your Magnifying Mirror
This tool can make it look like there’s more hair to remove than there really which can lead to overplucking. Instead, use a regular mirror in a well-lit room—if you cannot see stray hairs under these conditions, neither can anyone else.
Eyebrow Shaping Tip #5: Know Your Arch Limits
Hold a pencil for guidance. Your brows should begin directly above your tear duct, peak in line with the outer side of your iris, and end at a point that falls 45 degrees from the outer corner of your eye. Be sure not to arch your brows too high or they will look unnatural.
Eyebrow Shaping Tip #6: Create Your Shape
Once you’ve determined how your brows should curve, outline your ideal arch using a soft and creamy brow pencil. Then remove only the hairs that fall above or below your self-made stencil.
Eyebrow Shaping Tip #7: Reduce Redness
Immediately after tweezing, gently pat on an over-the-counter cortisone cream to minimize any resulting inflammation.
Eyebrow Shaping Tip #8: Brush Up
Style your arches with a brow brush or a clear, brow-gel wand, coaxing hairs upward at the start of your arch and brushing the rest toward the end of your eye.
Eyebrow Shaping Tip #9: Grow Them In
Overplucked? Refrain from tweezing for at least three weeks so you can see the natural growth pattern and shape. If your brows need a little extra encouragement, brush on a growth serum every night.