Tutorial: How To Groom Your Eyebrows

by Gio

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Eyebrows are one of the most important features of your face. Not only they frame it, but can also make you look younger. But not everyone is born with perfectly arched brows. Luckily, with the right tools and techniques, those of us who don’t have ’em can always fake ’em. Here’s how:

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Step 1: grab a spoolie brush, or in alternative, an old but clean mascara wand, and brush the hair upwards.

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Step 2: if you notice any hair that’s too long and goes past your eyebrow shape, trim it with a small pair of scissors. If none do, you can skip this step. I only have a couple of too long hair on my left eyebrow so I only trim those.

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Step 3: now it’s time to determine your shape. Grab a pencil or a makeup brush and place it along one side of your nose. Follow the line from it to the inner corner of your eye. That’s where your eyebrow should start. To determine where the arch should begin, angle the pencil across the iris. Then, angle it again, this time to the outer corner of your eye; that’s where it should end.

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Step 4: now that you have determined the shape, you can start plucking with a pair of tweezers all the stray hairs around it.

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Step 5: it’s now time to fill in your brows. Grab either a powder or a pencil that’s exactly the same colour as that of your eyebrows, and start applying it using light and feathery strokes. This will make your eyebrows look more natural. If, once you’re done, you notice any more stray hairs, pluck them.

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Step 6: if needed, clean up the edges by applying a small amount of concealer and blending it out. And voilà. You’re done!

Further Tips

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1. Tweezing hurts too much?: if, like me, you have a low pain tolerance, take some ice and rub it all over the eyebrow area. This will numb it so that plucking stray hairs will be less painful.

2. Need help to determine the right shape?: use a stencil. Although we all have a different brow shape, which makes it hard to find a stencil that will suit ours perfectly, using one as a guide, adjusting it as needed, will greatly help to create a nice shape. This is particularly useful for beginners. When you’ve given them the right shape once, maintaining it, even without the help of stencils, will be much easier. If you decide to use a stencil, place it on the area, fill the brow in, and then pluck any stray hair.

3. Is your powder fading throughout the day?: to make it last longer, use an eyebrow shaping wax. They can be clear or tinted and can also be found in some eyebrow kits, such as the Sleek Brow Kit.

4: Want more intensity?: if you want to add both intensity and texture, why not try Senna Brow Definer? Just mix it with a bit of powder and it will improve its colour payoff and add definition to the brows.

I hope you’ve found this tutorial useful.

How do you groom your eyebrows?

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Regn February 15, 2013 - 9:22 am

Thanks for the tips! 🙂 Nevertheless, I have to say that I don’t really agree with the step 3. You have a nice thin nose, but people with wider noses can look funny with their brows starting according to this line. Also, I think it’s better to follow my natural arch than concentrating on the iris of the eye. Sometimes people tend to end up with weirdly shaped eyebrows since they probably don’t follow their natural shape. And I totally agree with eyebrows ending where the outer corner of the eye is – it looks great on everyone in my opinion. 🙂

The most useful tip for me is the trimming! I used to overpluck my eyebrows, but ever since I started to get rid off unnecessary long hairs I realised that my brows got a much nicer shape without plucking so much.

Janessa February 15, 2013 - 7:14 pm

I naturally have very arched brows and I have to follow my own natural brow, too, groom it. These tips are great for people who have no clue where to start. My tip for you is to make changes very slowly. It took me over half a year to find the shape I like and a whole year to finally have it as best as I can have my brows look even without filling them in. 🙂 I just wanted to share my story.

beautifulwithbrains February 15, 2013 - 9:38 pm

Janessa, thank you for sharing it. 🙂 In writing this tutorial, I wanted to share the most basic technique available for sharing and grooming your brows to give newbies an idea of where to start. But of course no technique is every universal as we all have different shapes, and it’s only with practice and experimenting that we can find what works best for us. Still, I believe it’s important to know the “rules” cos, once you’ve mastered them, you’ll have a better idea of how to tweak them to suit your particular needs. 🙂

beautifulwithbrains February 15, 2013 - 9:27 pm

Regn, this is, I believe, the most basic and used technique to determine your eyebrow shape. But I do agree that, in some cases, following them precisely can result in some weird-looking eyebrows. Imo, it’s important to familiarize yourself with the “rules”, so that you know when you can break them. I should probably have mentioned this in the post, and that these lines are more of a guide and can be tweaked on occasion, so thank you for the remainder. 🙂

Janessa February 15, 2013 - 7:15 pm

I like your eye look! Im into simple but pretty looks at the moment. I thought this was a makeup look before I read the title. 😀

beautifulwithbrains February 15, 2013 - 9:18 pm

Janessa, thanks. When I’m feeling lazy, I just apply either a bright cream eyeshadow or a colourful eyeliner for a nice and simple pop of colour. As much as I like complicated looks, simple ones can be beautiful too.

eight February 16, 2013 - 10:47 pm

Great tutorial! Brow grooming is so important — filled-in and groomed brows really add so much to a look, even if you’re wearing minimal makeup. I have a natural slight arch so I basically pluck stray hairs and fill in my brows with a pencil, though I want to add a brow wax to my routine.

beautifulwithbrains February 17, 2013 - 6:55 am

Eight, I agree with you. Nice-looking brows can really make a great difference in how we look. 🙂

Ani February 17, 2013 - 3:07 pm

Hey, love this tutorial, can you recommend a good pair of not too expensive eyebrow scissors, I always have hairs that are too long! Also i love the eyeshadow you are wearing, it looks similar to one I have which is the LA Jumbo eye pencil in desert sun 🙂 x

beautifulwithbrains February 17, 2013 - 5:05 pm

Ani, unfortunately eyebrow scissors can be quite expensive. I was looking for a pair too but the best ones where $18.00+. The best pair seems to be from Tweezerman though. To save money, you can use a pair of cuticle scissors. That’s what I usually use. 🙂

It’s a beautiful colour, isn’t it? It’s Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Liner pencil in Eldorado. Yours sounds like a good dupe for it. 🙂


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