The Journey to a Perfect Eyebrow Arch
As far as facial features go, eyebrows are very important. Some people have natural and perfectly shaped eyebrows, while others take matters into their own hands and pluck it themselves. But knowing how to tweeze eyebrows into the perfect arch is a hard task! Some choose the more permanent route and choose to get them microbladed into a perfect shape. For those who aren’t ready to take the plunge into microblading, the best option is to tweeze your eyebrows into your desired shape.
One of the greatest fears in plucking your eyebrows is the pain, which for those that have experienced it, is not bad at all. In fact, for several people, it seems to help relieve stress. It is as if each hair plucked releases tension, or anger built up inside.
Born with a unibrow and forced to start plucking at an early age, I know that creating and maintaining the perfect eyebrow arch for your face is as easy as one-two-three and four. It only takes four steps to tame unruly hair growth, get an instant facelift, and create a frame for sexy eye makeup. Plus it’s cheap and easy – here’s how to get the perfect eyebrow arch with tweezers.
If you are new to tweezing… Read out introduction to tweezing first.
An Introduction to Tweezing
Tweezing is easy, but it’s also easy to over-pluck or mess up the tweezing. (Makes you wonder why they don’t teach us how to tweeze eyebrows at school!)
There are tips and ways to avoid and fix mistakes. For starters, make sure your tweezers are very thin, that way you can slide them under each hair effortlessly. It is also recommended to have a small handheld mirror, as they help you spot each tiny hair with ease. You can usually find those in stores like Wal-Mart or Target for around $5-10. As for the shape, it’s all up to preference.
If you just want a tidier look you can simply remove the unwanted hair from around your brows and also in between your brows, this will give them a much neater appearance, and then you can apply some eyebrow pencil to give them more volume.
When it comes to shaping the brow though, you have to prepare by plucking stray hair from in between and far below them. For long slender eyebrows, it is most advisable to start from the bottom and pluck horizontally before doing it vertically in order to lessen the amount you pluck in the first go. To get “surprised eyebrows”, start plucking from the middle, then work your way down on each side, plucking the most in the middle. Every now and then, you should take a look at the mirror to view your overall progress.
What You Need To Tweeze Eyebrows
A good pair of tweezers
Here’s step-by-step on how to tweeze eyebrows:
Purchase a good pair of tweezers. On the off chance that your tweezers are sliding off or breaking hair, it will take you much additional time and give you not exactly alluring results. One suggestion is using a Tweezerman Slant Tweezer, which costs ($18).
Make sure to decide what exact shape you want for your eyebrows. If you need help figuring out which hairs to take and leave, you can always check and read a step-by-step guide on how-to.
Pull or pin-back hair. You need to see your eyebrows plainly, so you can get the best results you desire.
Trim eyebrows if it’s needed. Brush your eyebrows straight up, and if there are any hairs longer emerging from your natural shape on top, at that point, you need to trim. Utilize a fine-tooth regular brush or an eyebrow brush to push eyebrow hair up, and afterward trim what is outside the shape with the usage of small scissors (ideally eyebrow scissors). On the off chance that you have long or shaggy eyebrows, they may require more bulk to be removed.
Wash your face with warm water. Of course, you want skin clean, and warm water loosens up skin and hair follicle for simpler removal. Wipe off and pat dry to eliminate dampness.
Begin tweezing the arches in. Hold the skin tight and start removing hairs making the arches by getting a handle on clean tweezers close to the base of the hair, pulling toward the direction it develops removing the enormous, dark hairs first (you’ll get fine hairs somewhat later).
Work on top. In case you’re removing any hair from the top of your brow, be wary. Just take what fine hairs are outside the shape, on the first brow and afterward the second.
Work in the middle. Here, you need to remove the hair from the middle of the two brows that are necessary to go.
Remain back. Keep in mind that you need to take a look, remaining a ways off from the mirror to check whether the eyebrows are looking visually adjusted up until this point.
Fine-tune. Take out whatever hairs that are needed to make brows even.
Remove fine hairs. When the shape is in, draw near to the mirror and then remove any fine, light hairs. Residue any hairs off the face with a towel.
Soothe your skin. If ever that skin is red or irritated, you can apply a soothing facial cream with a q-tip. Be certain not to get the product directly in front of your eyes.
Another way to figure out which hairs to pluck when getting the shape you want is by cutting out the shape of the eyebrow you want from a piece of paper and taping it onto your eyebrow. It is important to match the top of the model to the top of your eyebrow so that you do not need to pluck any more from the top. Also, make sure to tape them on from the top, otherwise, there could be tape in the way of an area needed to be plucked.
Any mistakes made can easily be fixed by the use of an eyebrow pencil, gently brush the pencil along and/or around the eyebrow to make it look thicker/longer. Doing so would only be temporary though, it will be effective just until new hairs grow back. They tend to grow back within a week or so, depending on the person as well as how many times you have plucked them before.
Before tweezing a single hair, grab an eyebrow pencil so you can line up a perfect arch, then use a white or blue eyebrow pencil so that you’ll be able to see your arch marks easily. Place the eyebrow pencil (an eyeliner pen will work too) vertically against one side of your nose, with one end of the pencil reaching up into the eyebrow. Mark the spot where the eyebrow pencil hits the eyebrow- this is where your perfect brow should start.
Everything has high and low points, including a perfect eyebrow. Find your brow’s natural high point by continuing to hold one end of the eyebrow pencil against the side of your nose and slowly move the top of the pencil across your eye until the pencil forms a line that runs through the outside of the pupil. Mark the spot on the eyebrow, this will become the location of the high point of the arch.
Keep one end of the pencil against the nose and slowly move the other pencil end towards the outside of the eye until it reaches the eye corner. Stop moving the pencil and place a mark on your brow so you will know this is the finish line, the spot where your perfectly arched brow will end.
Tweezy Does It
Use the eyebrow pencil to draw a curved line that connects the three dots on your brow. Gradually build up the line until it reaches the thickness you want for your eyebrows, use slanted tweezers, and slowly begin to pluck away all stray hairs which are outside of the line. Start on the underside of the brow and alternate brows every few plucks to keep the brows symmetrical. Remove only a couple of hairs at a time from each brow to avoid over-plucking.
If you should become pluck-happy or create a gap, fill in the bare spot with the same shade eyebrow pencil until the brows grow back. Remember to pluck any stray hairs as they grow back for easy maintenance and to maintain the look of your perfect eyebrow arch.
Once you are done shaping your eyebrows, use an eyebrow gel to keep the hairs in place. Otherwise, over time, your brow hairs may get out of place or out of shape after spending all that time to pluck and color.