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The Do’s and Don’ts of Eyebrow Shaping

We’ve all been there. Eyebrow Shaping, Scizzors, Shrewsbury, MAMost women, as teenage girls, just go for it. They learn as they go and simply begin plucking whatever suits their eye without regard to eyebrow shaping. But as we age, eyebrow shaping becomes more important to us in an effort to best portray our facial features and maintain a youthful look.

Unfortunately, some of us have spent so much time plucking that some of the hairs refuse to grow back. As you continually pluck hairs from the same follicles, the follicles begin to decrease in size, preventing new hairs from sprouting. And while this may sound like a blessing, it can be a double-edged sword when it comes to eyebrow shaping.

Because styles of every sort change through the years, when the eyebrow shaping trend rolls back around to fuller, thicker eyebrows (like the current trend), overplucked brows can be a problem. And that is not the only problem we encounter when shaping our eyebrows. Read on for tips to on how to handle the most common eyebrow shaping concerns in this article by Shape.

10 Tricks to Pluck Perfect Eyebrows

By Carly Cardellino

Plucking your eyebrows to achieve that perfect, face-framing arch can be a tedious (and painful!) process. But since fuller, thicker brows are in style, you can (and should) spend much less time with the tweezers. Try these 10 pro beauty tips to score A-list arches at home.

Eyebrow Shaping Tip #1: Choose the Right Tweezers

“Opt for a sharp, slanted style,” says Kristie Streicher, a celebrity brow expert at the Warren Tricomi Salon in NYC and L.A. “Unlike pointy versions, they grab tiny strays quickly and won’t pinch your skin along with the hairs.” One to try: Revlon Slant Tip Ultimate Tweezer ($10; walgreens.com).

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 like Orajel-Baby Teething Pain Medicine before you tweeze ($5; drugstore.com).

Eyebrow Shaping Tip #4: Ditch Your Magnifying Mirror

This tool can make it look like there’s more hair to remove than there really is, says Streicher, which can lead to overplucking. Instead, use a regular mirror in a well-lit room—if you can’t see stray hairs under these conditions, neither can anyone else. “After every few tweezes, take a couple of steps back to see the bigger picture,” she says.

Eyebrow Shaping Tip #5: Know Your Arch Limits

Hold a pencil for guidance, advises Streicher. “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’ll 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, creamy brow pencil, such as Darac Brow Trio ($24; qvc.com). 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 like Cortizone-10 Hydratensive HealingLotion ($20 for 2; amazon.com) 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. Try Sonia Kashuk Deluxe Lash and Brow Groomer ($8; target.com).

Eyebrow Shaping Tip #9: Fill in the Blanks

Color in sparse spots with a pencil like L’Oréal Paris Brow Stylist Professional ($10; shop.wiki.com) or a powder. Brunettes should opt for a shade or two lighter than their hair color. Lighter blondes can go for golden shades, while darker blondes call for a taupe-y tone. Redhead? Reach for a warm, brown hue.

Eyebrow Shaping Tip #10: 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 like RevitaBrow Eyebrow Conditioner ($110 for a 3-month supply; revitalash.com) every night.

BONUS Eyebrow Shaping Tip: Get the Tint

While pencils and powders are great for enhancing your arches day to day, consider brow tinting for a more permanent solution. “It saves time in the morning, since you don’t have to worry about adding definition with the right pencil or powder daily,” says Streicher. “You can just wake up and go.” But don’t try this at home! The safe way to color your arches, says Streicher, is with the help of a pro brow guru or colorist, who will likely use a semi permanent vegetable dye. Results last about three weeks; expect to pay $15 to $50.

While this article focuses on eyebrow shaping with tweezers, there are other methods that also work well. Waxing is one of the most common methods of hair removal and is also a good method of eyebrow shaping. It’s fast and can keep hair from re-growing for two to six weeks. Also, eyebrow shaping using the threading technique that originated in India is quickly gaining popularity in the States. (Caution: Do-it-yourself threading is not recommended for eyebrow shaping. Visiting a trained threader is a must.)

So whether your eyebrow shaping issues are with coloring, growing, shaping, or the actual act of plucking, there are tips, tricks, and solutions available to you. And naturally, you’ll want a gorgeous hair style to show off the results of your new found eyebrow shaping skills.

Are you looking to shape your eyebrows in a way that will complement your face? That’s what the stylists at Scizzors are here for — making you look your best. And the attention-grabbing hair cuts and expert hair color from our rocking stylists will do just that. Contact us for an appointment today.

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