Tweezing perfect eyebrows to achieve that flawless, face-framing arch can be a tedious (and painful) process. But since fuller brows are in style, you can spend much less time with the tweezers. Follow the tips below to score perfect eyebrow arches at home:
Choose the Right Tweezers
Choose sharp, slanted style tweezers. Unlike pointy versions, these grab tiny strays quickly and won’t pinch your skin along with the hairs. I use these tweezers, they are good).
Tweeze After Your Shower
Warm water opens the follicles and softens hairs, helping them slip out more easily.
Ease the Tweezing Pain
If tweezing is too painful try dabbing on an oral numbing gel before you tweeze.
Ditch Your Magnifying Mirror
This tool can make it look like there’s more hair to remove than there really is, which can lead to over tweezing. Instead, use a regular mirror in a well-lit room (if you can’t see stray hairs under these conditions, neither can anyone else). Take a couple of steps back as you are tweezing your brows to see the bigger picture (unless you are a sassy senior like myself. I use a two-way magnifying mirror. When I tweeze my brows, I use the 10X magnification side because I have a problem seeing things up close and I do check my brows periodically in the 1X regular magnification side to make sure that I am not tweezing to many brow hairs).
Know Your Arch Limits
Your brows should begin directly above your tear duct, peak in line with the outer side of your iris, and end at a point that falls 45 degrees from the outer corner of your eye (use a pencil for guidance). Be sure not to arch your brows too high or they will look unnatural.
Create Your Shape
Once you have determined how your brows should curve, outline your ideal arch using a soft, creamy brow pencil, then remove only the hairs that fall above or below your self-made stencil.
Immediately after tweezing, gently pat on an over-the-counter cortisone cream to minimize any resulting inflammation.
I hope you found this week’s installment of Makeup 101: Everything You Need To Know About Eyebrows (Part 1) helpful and informative. Part 2 will be next Monday, so until Wednesday, be happy, healthy, and beautiful!
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