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Are you looking to tame those pesky eyebrows, but can’t make a trip to the spa in Windsor? You can do it yourself, but you need to be careful. You don’t want to end up going overboard, or shaping them in a way that detracts from your beauty! What’s a girl to do? Do you risk pulling out the tweezers, or allow them to continue growing unruly and unmanicured? You can do it yourself, as long as you have a basic understanding of how the shape of your brows impacts your appearance. A properly shaped brow can magically lift your eyes, and even change the appearance of your face’s shape (narrower or wider). You should keep your natural brow shape in mind while plucking so you don’t get carried away and end up with eyebrows that just don’t fit on your face.
Here are ten tips to arch perfection, so that you can walk out of your bathroom with results that can hold you over until your next visit to the spa in Windsor.
1. The right tools for the job. You can’t just pick up any old tweezers and expect professional results. Would you expect a professional salon to use child’s scissors while cutting your hair? Would you still get that pedicure in Fort Collins if you saw they weren’t using the equipment you knew was safe and reliable? No way! The same goes for the tweezers you use to pluck your brows. You want to find a pair of tweezers that have sharp, slanted ends. Those tweezers with the fine point on the end might seem like they’ll give you more precise control, but it’s actually the opposite – they’ll pinch your skin, and won’t be able to grab on to those hairs as well as their slanted counterpart.
2. Don’t torture yourself with that magnifying mirror. Every woman’s worst nightmare: the magnifying mirror. While you might think it ensures you don’t miss a hair, you actually run the risk of over-plucking. Think about it – if you can’t see the hair without the help of a magnifying mirror, neither can anyone else. All you need is your tweezers, a well-lit room, and your trusty bathroom mirror. No torture mirror necessary!
3. Choose the optimal time. The best time to pluck your brows is after you get out of the shower. The steam and warm water loosens up hair follicles, allowing you to pull those hairs out with minimal effort.
4. Minimize the pain. So you just can’t stand the pain associated with tweezing (the real reason you head to the spa in Windsor in the first place!). Don’t let that discourage you from doing it yourself. Instead, turn to an unlikely source for a bit of relief – some Orajel will do the trick.
5. Measure it out before you begin. It’s easier than you think to measure the perfect arch for your eyes. Simply grab a pencil and hold it up in a few key spots. The beginning of your brows should be in line with your tear duct. The peak in the arch should line up with the outer side of the iris, and end roughly 45 degrees from the outer corner of your eye. If you measure it all out beforehand, you can avoid shaping your brows unnaturally. Use a brow pencil, or eyeliner in a pinch, to sketch out the line your brows should have, like a stencil of sorts, and remove any hairs that fall outside of this line.
6. Consider your face shape. Do you have a square face? The outer third of your brow should be directed towards the middle of your ear to help balance your face. If you have a round face, this outer third should head towards the top of your ear in order to detract from its roundness. For an oval face, no balancing is necessary, so you’ll want the outer third to be directed towards your ear lobe. For long faces, the brow should be somewhat straight across, directed above your ear.
7. Minimize Redness. When the deed is done, you might see redness around where the hair has been plucked. Simply apply cortisone cream to soothe and heal.
8. Brush your brows. You can rely on an old toothbrush to get the job done, but a specialized brow brush will get it done more professionally. Brush the hairs upwards, and use a brow wax to help lock them in place for the day. Our jane iredale Bitty Brow Kit in brunette or blonde is a fantastic tool to add to your makeup kit.
9. Fill any gaps. No matter how well you’ve groomed those brows, there are likely some gaps that need to be filled in. Invest in a brow pencil or powder to get the job done right (remember that kit!). Just be sure to use light strokes to ensure you don’t end up looking ridiculous! Match the color of your hair as closely as possible.
10. They shouldn’t be perfect. Nobody’s eyebrows are perfect, so try to avoid using store-bought eyebrow stencils. They can lead to a horribly unnatural look! Don’t work too hard at getting them perfectly symmetrical – this could lead to over-plucking, and eyebrows that have been over-plucked can make you actually appear older.
You can take care of unruly brows at home, as long as you take your time and follow these tips. Of course, if this all overwhelms you a bit, head to your favorite spa in Windsor to take care of it professionally. Contact us at Athena today to schedule an appointment!