I don't obsess over my brows (as you might have noticed from my lotds), but when I do, I do it too much, which often leads to over-tweezing & trimming. Then I would have wait till they grow out evenly to reshape them again. I have stopped going for threading, mainly because all that stretching freaks me out now. I have kinda droopy lids, and stretching them too much too often, will eventually lead to sagging. I don't want to need a brow lift any time.
This tutorial will show you how I pluck & groom them.
In the following diagram, is the basic guide to shape eyebrows
I use this guide coz it isn't complicated, like some guides with lines everywhere, and it works for me.
I like to use a measuring tape for precision, but here I needed one hand for the camera, so I'm using a makeup brush handle. Mark the points using a white eyeliner/concealer pencil. I'm using Mac Chromagraphic Pencil
|I apply ice cold Brihan's Aloe Vera Gel before tweezing to prevent swelling & redness|
Apply aloe vera gel under the brows, and start tweezing all the stray hairs in the direction of hair growth. Don't, or try not to, pull or stretch your skin, while doing so. I'm using Tweezerman tweezers. Comb brows upwards to tweeze hairs very close to the outline.
When you're done tweezing all the strays, comb your brows upwards. With small scissors, cut the hairs that extends beyond the upper outline of your brows. Comb them downwards too, and cut the ones that extends beyond the outline of the brows. You might have to trim the end/tail too if it extends beyond where you marked, but try to cut it at an angle so it still looks pointy.
Apply aloe vera gel again, but this time on your brows. This will help you shape your brows better. You'll be able to notice the hairs you missed plucking before, and also shape the arch.
Now comes the fun part. Fill your brows with an eyebrow pencil, brow powder or eyeshadow. Avoid black even if you have black hair. Start from the arch to the ends, and then fill in the rest using light strokes. Brush brows to blend the color. Optional: You can use an eyebrow gel or wax to keep them in place. Even hair gel works: take a little on your brow brush and lightly brush your brows without touching the skin under your brows, so as not to smudge the brow color. Apply concealer right under your brow to highlight & make your brows look more defined.
That's it. That's all I do. It doesn't take long at all, especially once you get the hang of it. I can tell you that it's less painful than threading.
The photo on the left shows what my brow would look like if I had tweezed more, making the arch higher. I avoid tweezing them like so, because then my brows would look very thin & baldy when they are not filled in. The point is that they should look good even without makeup. Also, I have sharp features, so a slightly rounded arch will soften them. If you have a rounder face shape, then you can make a more angled arch.
Now, it's time to work on the other brow! I usually tweeze them simultaneously so they would look as identical as possible.
Hope this tutorial was easy to follow. I tried to make it as simple as possible.
Have a great weekend!
♥ Cynthia Z ^.^