Well-shaped eyebrows sharpen your facial features and accentuate your eyes. When expressing yourself, they help you bring your point across by adding more expression to your face. You can have your eyebrows shaped at nail salons, beauty salons or professional eyebrow shaping salons. Whether you choose waxing, threading or tweezing, you risk ending up with the wrong eyebrow shape. You can take control by shaping your own eyebrows. To get the best results, learn how to care for them correctly and which shape will work for your face.
Items you will need
- Rubbing alcohol
- Cotton ball
- Eyebrow brush or mascara wand
- Eyebrow scissors
- Eyebrow pencil
- Eyebrow stencil
- Eyebrow gel
Shaping Your Eyebrows
Take a warm shower to open up your facial pores or apply a warm washcloth to your eyebrows. The warmth will open up facial pores making tweezing less painful.
Apply rubbing alcohol to a cotton ball and rub it over your tweezers and eyebrow scissors to disinfect them. Do this before and after each use.
Trim the length of your eyebrows. Brush your eyebrows upward with a clean mascara wand or eyebrow brush. Trim the tops of the long hairs that are sticking out. Brush your eyebrows downward and trim the tops of the long hairs again.
Find the beginning and ending location of your eyebrow. Hold a pencil vertically against your right nostril so it points upward past your right eyebrow. Mark this beginning spot on your eyebrow with an eyebrow pencil. Turn the pencil diagonally from your nostril past the outer corner of your right eye to the outer edge of your right eyebrow. Mark your eyebrow as this is the spot where your eyebrow should end. Repeat this step on the left side of your face.
Determine the location of your eyebrow arch. Look straight into a mirror and hold a pencil vertically along the outer edge of your right iris. Mark the point where the pencil hits your eyebrow as this is where the highest point of your eyebrow should be. Repeat this on your left eyebrow.
Choose an eyebrow stencil that is appropriate for the shape of your face. Choose a stencil with a flat-shaped eyebrow if your face is long, as it will shorten your face. Go for a soft-angled shape if your face is oval. Add length to your face with a high-arched stencil if your face is round and pick a round-brow stencil to soften curves of a heart-shaped face.
Place the stencil on your eyebrow and use your eyebrow pencil to color it in. Remove the stencil.
Tweeze the hairs underneath the outline of your stencil. Place your tweezers as close as possible to the base of your eyebrow hair and remove one hair at a time. Avoid removing more than two rows of hairs as this may lead to an unnatural shape.
Look in between your eyebrows for any hairs and remove these with your tweezers. The space in between your eyebrows should be equal to the width of your eyes.
Wet a washcloth with cold water and apply it to your eyebrows to cool and soothe them, and to close up your facial pores.
Comb your eyebrows and brush eyebrow gel through them to hold them in place.
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