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2/25/11

Eyebrow Shaping & Grooming Tutorial


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.



BEFORE

A,B,C
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

Tweezing
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.


Trimming
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. 


Final Check
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.


Grooming
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. 


Finished !
See how the groomed brow made that eye look fresher & younger than the other eye?

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 ^.^

42 comments:

  1. Nice detailed tute....looks like u put in a lot of effort into it...i always go for threading though...way too much eyebrows to get em plucked :p
    Btw , whenever i see yr snaps i get annoyed because you have the perfect oval/ heart shaped face...i have a face thats as round as the moon!!!!! Its just not fair :p :p :p..

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  2. Very useful, I hate my eyebrows. I am going to try to follow your tutorial.
    Thank you very much you make things simple.
    Ish

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  3. really nice n easy tutorial.very helpful at times of emergency!!!!

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  4. loved the tutorial...really very helpful...especially the grooming part...

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  5. Very nice tutorial!! I really do find this helpful :D

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  6. wow ... I am trying this out coz I hate hate and hate threading my brows. Can you suggest some branded tools for doing these.

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  7. heyy nice....awsum..

    but pluckin makes my skin dark on the under side coz i have thick brow hair..
    can u help it out.

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  8. you are awesome girl, i so wish to pluck my eyebrows right now

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  9. awesome awesome post C! Keep it up :) You make the best tutorial and explaining posts!

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  10. Great post.
    Very nice and helpful tutorial ;)

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  11. CZ ... i feel like hugging you honey :)
    YOU ARE THE BEST .... awesome girl .. i so wish I could watch you doing this ...
    love u honey for doing this and i find it more useful for our girls outside india as its so expensive to get ur brows done in salon ...
    love u honey and i have no words to express how much i loved this post :D :D

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  12. Very similar to how I do it :)

    Thanks for posting!

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  13. misspukku- great :)

    Rashmi- aww...ur so sweet...thank u. Love u for liking it & for the awesome comment :D

    Silverstargirl,Srish- glad u like it girls

    aoyv- THANK U girl...means a lot to me :)

    Rentu- go ahead :)


    ♥xx♥

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  14. Sakshi- Really?! Usually the area there is lighter. Maybe you have to use a concealer then

    Chennaiponnu- Check out Essentials. They have tweezers, scissors n stuff like that

    Marta- thanks :)

    pnb- thanks...my face used to be rounder too, which i now prefer. The grass is always greener...:)

    ♥xx♥

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  15. ritzii, melsa, fifi- glad u like it girls

    ♥xx♥

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  16. ish- Pleasure..once you shape them they'll look great

    ♥xx♥

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  17. You have the prettiest brows Cynthia! They are perfectly arched and groomed. I get mine waxed about every two months, but I am trying to thicken them up a bit!

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  18. this is such a great tutorial, thanks so much for posting this. I find eyebrows so hard to perfect

    reeskies

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  19. Awesome tutorial! Love the shape of your eyebrows xoxo

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  20. great eye brow post.
    What I do these days is wax my eye brows. Maybe i'll post of how to wax it urself tutorial one day ^_^.

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  21. I have super thick and bushy eyebrows.
    I'm not sure how much time will it take me to tweeze those eyebrows..

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  22. I'm gonna bookmark this - I'm very lazy when it comes to going to the saloon just for threading, wld rather do this at home myself... gr8 yaar - will go get myself a nifty pair of tweezers today itself - any suggestions?

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  23. Tanveer- U can check out Essentials, which is sold in supermarket

    akshima- U can get them threaded once and then it'll be easier for you to shape after that

    aarthi- thanks

    crazypoplock- thanls girl. Ya u should do that

    beautygirl24, reeskie, sonali- thanks girls

    ♥xx♥

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  24. I live in Norway and nobody does threading here as far as I know. I am ashamed to admit I have no pain tolerance for threading (did it twice back home) ... so in a way I'm glad they don't thread here. Most people go for brow waxing but I have nightmares about that. What if I come out with no brows left?

    So, I use a technique like the one you have demonstrated. It works wonderfully well on my bushy brows. Panasonic has a face trimmer that I use together with the brow attachment to trim the length of the hair.

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  25. I just did that to my eyebrows last night : D thank you for the tutorial!!

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  26. LCF - Glad to hear that... great! Ur welcome

    ♥xx♥

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  27. Fieran- hehe...ya that's a fear I have too sometimes.

    ♥xx♥

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  28. I finally tried this out this weekend. I had a girls get-together to attend this Saturday & had ghastly eyebrows. I pulled out my Vega tweezers & opened this page - 20 mins later my eyebrows were looking pretty decent :D :D

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  29. Oh that's great T. Glad it helped :D

    ♥xx♥

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  30. why not use black eyebrow pencil for filling brows?

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  31. Anonymous- Coz black pencil looks too harsh even for those with black hair.

    ♥xx♥

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  32. nice tutorial, I too pluck eyebrows, dont like going to parlour as threading hurts. will try ur techniques

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  33. loved this tutorial...i really fret over my eyebrows and the local beauty parlour ladies never get it right!! Wanted to ask you, will it be okay to use a brown eye brow pencil even for wheatish skin....i have used only black pencils till now!

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  34. hi!
    loved the tutorial! you made eyebrow plucking look extremely easy!
    i really want to work on my eyebrows but i have really really scanty eyebrow hair and even though i do my upper lip, i've never gotten down to doing my eyebrows and i dont know what sort of shaping or plucking will make it look good. please help me!

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  35. Great Tutorial....Where do you get the alovera Gel?

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  36. Thankyou mrs. genius, shall try it out :)

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  37. Is Brihan's Aloe Vera Gel available in India?

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