You’ve come to the right place if you want to know how to pluck your eyebrows. This article will go over everything you need to know, from the materials you’ll need to the precautions you’ll need to take. If you’re a first-timer, this article is exactly what you’ll need. So, enough of us blowing our own horn; let’s get to the article!
Gather All of the Supplies You’ll Need
You must have a few items on hand before plucking your brows. All of these items are easily accessible in your home.
A set of tweezers
Always go for a sharp, slanted look. They can easily grasp smaller hairs that their pointy counterparts cannot.
Alternatively, a pair of small scissors will suffice. You can trim your hair before or after plucking your brows, whichever works best for you.
A brow pencil
Alternatively, brow pomade or eyeshadow can be used. This will come in handy once you’ve finished plucking and need to shape your hair. Make it the same color as your brow hair, if not a shade lighter. Anything darker will draw attention to your brow filling.
Comb your hair to keep it in shape, and make any excessively long hair stand out so you can trim it later.
Ice or aloe vera?
After you’ve finished plucking, use them to reduce any puffiness or redness on your skin.
Moisturizer or cold cream
Use it 5 minutes before plucking. This softens your skin and makes it easier to pull your hairs out from the roots with less pain.
How to Shape Your Eyebrows
Now that we’ve covered the items you’ll need to prepare ahead of time, it’s time to get down to business with plucking your brows.
1. Prepare your eyebrows.
Position yourself comfortably in front of the mirror. You are free to sit or stand as you see fit. Brush your hair upwards with the spoolie. Using your scissors, cut away any extra hair that is protruding. Brush the hair downwards, then trim any excess hair from there.
2. Put on some cream.
Apply it to your skin and allow it to absorb completely for 5-10 minutes, depending on your skin type and the type of cream you’re using.
3. Make use of the pencil
After you’ve plucked the shape you want, draw it out (using very light gestures). This will prevent you from plucking out too little or too much from your brows, which is a common mistake among first-timers.
4. Calculate your thickness
Don’t spread yourself too thin. Remember that fuller hair can always be plucked out later, but thinner brows cannot be made fuller – you must grow your hair for that. Follow the natural shape of your brows with the pencil as closely as possible. Begin below the widest part of your brows and work your way up to the tip of your brow. Remember to keep at least a quarter-inch of space between your brows.
5. Figure out your shape.
The shape of your brows can make or break your appearance, so do some research before settling on a shape that you like. For example, if you have a long face, brows with no arches will make your face appear smaller and shorter. If you have a round face, thicker brows will draw attention away from the round shape of your face. Mature women, regardless of face shape, should always opt for thicker brows because thinner brows instantly make them look a decade older.
6. Take note of your arch.
There are several types of arches to choose from, and it’s always best to go with an arch that complements your face shape. Once you’ve decided, use your brow pencil to mark the points on both of your brows. Remember to make sure they’re both symmetrical.
7. Trim the tips of your eyebrows
If you’re unsure about where your brows should end, place your pencil on the tip of your nose, tilt it at a 45-degree angle, and mark that spot on your skin. This is where your brow should ideally end. Repeat the process on the opposite side.
8. Start tweezing
Just make sure you’re not tweezing outside of the line you’ve drawn with your brow pencil. Plucked, plucked, plucked!
More Tips and Tricks to Pluck Your Eyebrows
Now that you’ve learned how to pluck your brows with tweezers, it’s time to learn some useful tips and tricks. If you’ve been plucking your brows for a while, you’re probably already aware of them, but if you’re a first-timer, these will make your plucking time a lot easier.
Refrain from using magnifying mirrors.
The problem is that magnifying mirrors provide such a close-up view of your brows that it appears as if you have more hair to pluck than you actually do. Remember to always use a regular mirror.
Back up a few steps.
Step back and examine your brows every 4-5 tweezes. This will give you a better idea of how they would appear in normal circumstances, i.e. from the perspective of other people.
Have adequate lighting.
Always tweeze in bright light whenever possible. This allows you to see hair that you would have missed otherwise.
After showering, tweeze
This is the final tip for plucking your brows. If applying a cream isn’t your thing, or if you’re too lazy, tweeze your brows after stepping out of a hot shower. Because your hair follicles are soft during this time, you will be able to pluck them with little to no pain.
A version of this article originally appeared on enkivillage.org