How to Get Your Eyebrows to Lay Flat

by Tabitha Harwell ; Updated September 28, 2017

Taming your eyebrows takes less than 10 minutes.

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When your eyebrows tend to have a mind of their own, consider looking in your beauty supply closet. Basic grooming tools and styling products can solve your unruly problem in a pinch. Eyebrow hair grows just like the other hair on your body, which means that it can get too long or unmanageable without proper grooming. Whether you have one hair or several hairs sticking straight out, tame them or remove them for a flawless appearance. In addition, keep the rest of your eyebrow hairs in place by controlling them with beauty supplies.

Trim your eyebrows to remove hairs that are too long and unruly. To do an accurate trim, comb brow hairs upward toward your hairline. Use your small grooming scissors to trim any brow hairs that extend beyond the upper eyebrow line. Hold the grooming scissors at one end of the brow line and slowly follow along the brow line for a clean cut. Repeat for the opposite side.

Wash the eyebrows with mild facial cleanser. Pat the hair dry. Smooth down the eyebrows with your fingertips.

Apply a half-pea-size amount of styling gel to one index fingertip. Rub your index finger and your thumb together to break up the gel. Smooth the gel over your eyebrows. Comb through the eyebrow to distribute the gel evenly with an eyebrow brush.

Smooth clear mascara over the eyebrow if styling gel does not work. Pull the wand out of the tube and apply it directly to the eyebrow, similar to combing through the eyebrow. Clear mascara is found at beauty supply stores.

Spray a small amount of hairspray onto your fingertips. Run your fingertips over the eyebrows to secure the hair in place.


  • Pluck hairs that stick straight up if there are only one or two per eyebrow. You do not want to over-pluck your eyebrows to make them too thin or blotchy. Rinse eyes immediately if you get soap or styling products in them.

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About the Author

Tabitha Harwell has been writing since 2008, with articles appearing in local publications and various websites. Her background includes a career in the fashion and beauty industry. Harwell holds a Bachelor of Arts in public relations.