Fabulous Eyebrows: How to arch your eyebrows
As I said before in my previous post the eyes are the windows to the soul, The lashes are important but the eyebrows are crucial! It's nothing worse than having eyebrows that are not up to part or just plain messed up. Eyebrows are sometimes too thin, not thin enough, too thick and bushy, the arch is too high or it's not in the correct place. It's crucial that when you arch your eyebrows whether if it's with a razor, wax, threading or even with tweezers that you arch it the correct way. The beginning of the eyebrow (the part closest to the inside of the nose) should start directly at that line/crease, the arch should be on the outer side of the pupil and the tail of the eyebrow should be even with the outside of the eye. There's nothing worse than having the wrong eyebrow shape. You should always follow the natural arch of your eyebrow. YES we all have one, You want your eyebrow to be as natural looking as possible. They have kits out on the market that are available for eyebrow arching just as a guide. Sally's beauty supply even has a set of eyebrow stencils.
The one thing that people automatically think is; ok so my face is symmetrical; I have two eyes, two eyebrows, and if I draw a line down the middle of my face my nose and mouth will be equal on both side. Well...that's true but not true for eyebrows...you may have two but they are not identical at all. Actually if you arch them correctly and even if you don't you can see the difference. One eyebrow may be naturally thicker than the other one or thinner than one. The tail of the eyebrow may even be thinner on one side than the other. I know that my eyebrows are not at all symmetrical. My left eyebrow gives me the most trouble when it comes to arching. I have to make sure that I don't pull too much off because it will look awful.
Here is how I go about doing my eyebrows (I usually go to the nail salon and get them to arch them but I maintain them at home in between, I use wax and tweezers)
Things you will need:
Wax (If you choose too and are comfortable with using it)
Tweezers (Personal Preference)
Razor (Personal Preference)
Waxing Muslin strips
Wooden spatula (for waxing)
Wax and Wooden Spatula
- Make sure the eyes are clean from any makeup
- Before you remove any hair from your eyebrow; for arching virgins and the retouches you want to take the eyebrow brush and brush the hair upward. Using your manicure scissors (the same ones you use for eyelashes) and trim the hairs that are just too long. Your natural arch will show you what to snip and not to snip. Then brush the hairs downward and trims the hairs that hang too long. For clean ups it will be easier to distinguish which hairs need to be trimmed. Trimming the eyebrows will ensure that the hairs are all going in the same direction and are not going all over the place
- Soften the eyebrows with warm water for about 1 to 2 minutes. This will allow the eyebrows to soften and relax. You can also use emollient cream.
- Remove any oils (Before waxing) with an astringent or antiseptic. If you are waxing this will allow the wax to cling to the hairs.
- If you are tweezing the eyebrows hold your skin taunt and pull in the direction of the hair growth. Remember the arching rules that I stated above to form the perfect arch. If you are waxing the eyebrows you want to make sure the wax is hot but not too hot because trust me it will leave a nasty burn mark. Spread the wax with a wooden spatula over the area in the same direction as the hair is growing. Take your waxing strips and place it over the wax. Rub it a little to make sure the wax adheres to the fabric. Hold your skin taunt on the end closest to the ear and pull the strip off in one steady quick motion in the opposite direction of the hair growth (if the hair is growing to the right you will pull the strip towards the left. For clean ups you want to just remove the newly grown hairs and nothing too much. If you are using a razor, I suggest the razors from the hair store and not a straight box razor, I think those are a little bit more sharper than those at the hair store. Take Vaseline and rub it on to the eyebrow (you will skip step 3) you want to have the razor slanted it a low 45 degree angle and in small steady slow strokes just shave away the hair making sure that you don't shave too much.
- Clean up the center of the eyebrows to make sure that you don't have uni-brow and that the eyebrow starts in the correct place. Shaping up the top of the eyebrow is personal preference this depends on the eyebrow itself.
- For those who used wax or a razor you may have to go back in with the tweezers and do some fine tuning to make sure that the arch is clean and precise.
- Use the astringent or antiseptic and wipe the eyebrows clean to make sure you don't get any type of "hair bumps" of irritation. Use Vaseline to remove any excess wax if there is any left.
Note: Waxing the eyebrows and/or threading the eyebrows will last longer. Tweezing will last long as well. Using a razor will require you to touch up the eyebrows often.
For at home use you can use a wax system that comes with the heater or you can just the roll on wax tubes (which I think will be better for home waxing) which come in small medium and large sizes for better control.
If you mess up it's okay there is a way to fill in your eyebrows to make sure they still look great. In the next blog. How to fill in your eyebrows!
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