When it comes to eyebrow tips, sometimes knowing what not to do is just as important as knowing the basics of how to pluck your eyebrows in the first place. These all-too-common mistakes you may make when plucking can accidentally pave the path to an eyebrow disaster. Don’t let them happen to you!
These simple tips and tricks will help you get the perfect eyebrows the next time you decide to bust out the tweezers. You’ll discover the best times to tweeze, the ideal brow shapes for your face, and how to fix your eyebrows in the event that things go slightly awry.
Know The Best Brow For Your Face Shape
Ever wonder why your identical brows don’t look as awesome on you as they do on your BFF? You may be plucking the wrong pattern for your unique bone structure. As it turns out, face shape plays a big part in determining your perfect brow.
Have a more oval face? Try tweezing a softer arch. Rocking a heart-shaped countenance? Go for a more rounded look. The results will surprise you (and look super flattering).
Don’t Panic If Your Brows Aren’t Identical
If your eyebrows aren’t perfectly matched, don’t worry – but don’t keep plucking. The last thing you want is to eliminate your brows entirely! As the saying goes, “brows should be sisters, not twins.” Instead, concentrate on making them start and end at roughly the same points on your face.
Even if your brows turn out looking more like distant cousins, you can even them out with some carefully applied brow pencil. And if you’re really into being exact, consider trying one of these eyebrow rulers to keep everything symmetrical.
A Little Math Can Create The Perfect Arch
If you’re not really the wing it type, then bust out your favorite measuring tool and behold: the Brow Quad Ratio. It uses a series of simple measurements to determine where your brow should start, end, and arch, all based on your unique facial structure. If you’ve got the patience and number smarts for it, this little chart promises to help you calculate your way to eyebrow greatness every time.
Know Where To Start And End Your Brows
If you’re not quite sure where to start and end your brows, then just follow this simple, age-old trick: shape them to make your eyes appear ideally spaced. Typically, that means drawing a line up from the corner of your nose to the inside of your eye – that’s where your brow should start. To determine where it should end, draw a line from the corner of your nose to the outer edge of your eye.
These measurements can be adjusted to make your eyes look closer set or further apart. And don’t worry about remembering all of them, either – you can mark your measurements with your eyebrow pencil as you go.
Don’t Pluck In Overly Bright Light
Cosmetics junkies know there’s nothing worse than overly bright florescent lights. Not only do they make your makeup look wonky, but they can bring out each and every little hair that lurks on your face. So they are not to be trusted when it comes to brow plucking, as they may induce a tweezing frenzy.
Instead, try to do your plucking under warm or natural lighting; it will give you a much more realistic idea of the work that needs to be done.
Ditch The Magnifying Mirror
While your trusty magnifying mirror can be a great asset when applying the finer accents of your made-up look, kick it to the curb when it comes to your tweezing routine. What looks like okay plucking close-up may actually be a tweezing disaster when you view it from a normal distance. Stick to your bathroom mirror whenever you bust out the tweezers so you can keep an eye on the big picture.
Upgrade Your Old Tweezers
When it comes to tweezers, old does not always equal trustworthy. Keep in mind that your tweezers are going to be getting up close and personal with tons of open pores while they’re doing their thing – as will any bacteria they carry. While keeping them sanitized is an important consideration, so is how well they’re able to grip the hair you’re attempting to pluck. If it’s getting harder for them to grip with age, it may be time to replace them with a pair that will do a better job with less effort.
Avoid A Strong Center Arch
While a strong arch is undoubtedly important to the perfect brow, make sure you place it at the two-thirds mark rather than right in the center of your brow. Strong center arches have a way of making your look perpetually surprised, or even angry.
Apply Brow Pencil As A Plucking Guide
If you have a history of getting a little tweeze happy, try filling in your eyebrows with your brow pencil or a powder before you start plucking. This tends to make outlying hairs all the more obvious and can help cut down on over-plucking. It will also make sure you get the shape you’re going for.
Don’t Pluck Multiple Hairs At A Time
It may be tempting to kill two hairs with one tweeze, so to speak, in order to speed up the grooming process, but this doesn’t guarantee the best results. By focusing on one hair at a time, you’re much less likely to accidentally go overboard and remove patches you needed to round out your look.
While plucking your brows is never going to be 100% painless, it will hurt a lot less if you do it right after you get out of a hot shower or bath. The steam will open up your pores, making your hair less resistant to pulling.
Avoid Plucking During That Time Of The Month
If you’ve ever found that plucking during your period feels extra excruciating, then rest assured it’s not just your imagination. Due to the drop in estrogen levels during menstruation, your skin is actually drier, more sensitive, and more prone to irritation. Wait until after the worst cramping has run its course before subjecting yourself to even more discomfort for the sake of your brows.