:: Cosmetics - Face Care
How to Have Perfect Eyebrows
:: Which Tweezer?
Thin Tip: Good for grasping small,
fine hairs, and plucking ingrown hair.
Slanted Tip: Gives maximum control.
Square Tip: Best used for removing coarse
hairs or several hairs at a time.
1. Tweeze immediately after showering
or apply a hot washcloth to loosen hair follicles.
2. Hold a pencil vertically along the side
of the nose. Eyebrow should start at outside edge
Hint: Leaving a bit more space will widen close-set
3. Hold pencil to outside of eye. This is
where the eyebrow should end.
4. Smooth brows with a little moisturizer
to help hairs slide out.
5. Brush brows up to find a natural arch.
6. Draw in the desired shape beforehand with a
soft eye shadow pencil.
Hint: Don't use an eyeliner pencil. It will cause
you to pluck too much.
7. Tweeze under the brow first, plucking
in the direction of the growth.
Hint: If your plucking becomes too painful, apply
a little anbesol (yes, that pain reliever for
teeth also numbs the brows)
8. Using an eyelash comb, comb brows upwards
and trim any hairs that extend beyond the natural
top or brow bone.
9. After tweezing, soothe the area with
cool, wet tea bags.
10. See: Emjoi Optima Electric Tweezer & Shaver System
:: Beauty Tips For Eyebrows
Your eyebrows add strength and definition
to your face. Well groomed eyebrows enhance your
You should pluck eyebrows before bedtime so any
redness will disappear overnight. In shaping your
eyebrows use your facial features.
Use a pair of slant edge tweezers which grip hairs
easily. Comb hairs one way and then the other
to remove loose hairs.
You should pluck hairs between the brows and any
stragglers. Never remove the hairs from above
Pluck each hair individually close to the root.
Work in the direction of the growth.
Always avoid over plucking. In defining your eyebrows
choose a shade similar to your natural hair colour.
When using a pencil you should apply in small,
feathered strokes. Starting at the inner corner
Blend the colour with a brush. To tame stray hairs
just use hair gel and comb through to neaten.
:: Filling In Your Eyebrows
The trick to full brows is to come clean,
then fill in the blanks. Waxing director Eliza
Petrescu of Avon Salon & Spa explains it for
* Choose a pencil and powder in the correct
shade. Women with fair complexions should use
a blonde shade, those with olive tones should
go tawny or brown, and those with with African-American
skin should use gray.
* Brush brows downward with a dry, mascara-like
wand. To define the arch, use the pencil to draw
a line along the upper edge of the brow. Comb
the brows upward and outward.
* For added fullness, dust eye shadow into
the hairs of the brow with a stiff, slanted brush.
Dip the brush into a tiny amount of powder and
use short, gentle strokes while applying.
* If brows have been severely overtweezed,
brush the hairs in the direction of the growth,
and fill in any visible patches with powder. Avoid
adding to the top or bottom of the brows.
* Comb a clear brow gel up through the
brows to set hairs in place.
:: Control Your Brows
Snipping instead of tweezing the brows might
be all that is needed to control your brows. Here
is how it is done.
- Brush brows straight up and then check for
hairs that are too long.
- Snip any offending hair one at a time with
a small pair of scissors.
- Brush brows downward and check again.
- Repeat the previous step, snipping any hair
that seems to be too long.
- Brush brows into place and check for any
hairs that still might need attention.
- Continue brushing and snipping until your
brows can be brushed into place naturally.
NOTE: Maintaining your brows is something
that should be done on a weekly basis instead
of all in one day. Mistakes can be made that sometimes
cannot be fixed.
Also, instead of pencil, use eye shadow to color
your brows for a more natural look.
:: Six Steps To Perfect Eyebrows
1. Brush brows upward. Carefully trim
any excess hair above the top of your natural
arch. Be careful not to take off too much at the
ends or you'll have brow "bald" spots.
2. Look closely at the shape. Your brow
should begin at your tear duct, peak at the outer
edge of your iris and end at the outer corner
of your eye. "Many women make the mistake
of taking off too much at the outer corners,"
says Weston. "This slants the brows upward
and makes the person look perpetually angry."
3. Prep your skin: Soak a cotton ball
in astringent and wipe the brow area.
4. Hold a pencil in line with the outer
side of your iris and note where the peak of your
arch naturally occurs. From the arch to the outer
corner of the eye, your brow should fall in a
straight or slightly curved line, depending on
the look you're trying to achieve.
5. Hold the tweezers at a 45 degree angle
and pluck the stray hairs below the brow line.
"Pull in the direction of the hair growth,
or you may end up breaking the hair mid-shaft,"
says Engle. Follow your natural brow shape, not
the trends. "It's very difficult to let your
brows grow back into their natural shape after
you've plucked them to death trying to achieve
a particular look," she says.
6. Fill in sparse areas with a freshly
sharpened brow pencil; use light, quick strokes
to draw in hair. Brow powder will give thin brows
overall definition, and is great for a more natural
look. Using the brow brush, sweep powder up and
outward over brows. If you're a brow novice, a
tinted brow gel is a foolproof way to keep brows
in place. Lightly coat brows using upward and
outward strokes. Wipe off any excess and allow
it to set.
:: Brow Color
Did you know that brows should be a little
lighter than your hair color? Yes, it's true...about
However, if you are blond or gray, the opposite
:: Eyebrow Shape
Did you know that your eyebrow is supposed
to start directly above the inner corner of your
The highest point should be just a little beyond
the outer corner of the iris and should taper
off to the end!
OK, so now you know...
:: Keep them in place...
If you are having trouble taming your brows,
here is a little trick:
Take a toothbrush and spray with a little hair
spray and then brush on brows. The stickiness
of the hair spray will help keep them in place.
:: A nice contour
This is an alternative to tweezing. Brush
them up so that the really long hairs will be
Instead of tweezing and creating a hole, snip
it with a pair of tiny scissors. Works wonderfully