How To Tweeze Your Brows… Without Messing Them Up
Plucky you! Thanks to these tips you’ll be able to DIY your brows like a pro.
If you’re desperately in need of a major brow overhaul, then seek out a pro. But for tidying up between appointments, get your hands on your tweezers and follow these nifty steps.
Locate your starting point. Flip your tweezer upside down so the open end is pointing downward and point it vertically alongside the outer edge of the bottom of your nose. The point where the vertex lands marks the begging of your brow (which should also be about 2.5cm above the inner corner of your eye). Using an eye pencil, draw a vertical line to demarcate the start of each brow, then check that the space above the bridge of your nose is centred between them. Remove the strays that fall in between. “I recommend using a magnifying mirror and having a normal mirror nearby so you can check from a distance as well,” says Gillian Lentin, owner of browXpress in Joburg.
Mark your end points. Lay the tweezer at an angle against your cheek so that the open end is at the bottom of your nose and the other end reaches the outer corner of your eye. The spot where the tweezer intersects your brow is where the hairs should end. Mark it with the eye pencil, then pluck the hairs beyond the line.
Determine the thickness of your brows. Starting just below the fullest part of your brow, use an eye pencil to draw a line along the bottom edge of your brow; it should be above any stray hairs and should follow the natural shape of your brow’s top line, which may be angled, slightly curved, or even straight. Pluck the strays below the line. Ultimately, your brows should be between a half and full centimetre at their thickest.
Shape your arch. Look straight into a mirror. The arch should peak above the outer rim of your iris and lie right on your brow bone: mark the point with your eye pencil, then remove a row of hairs along the bottom, from your inner brow point to the peak point. After the peak, shape the tail. “Your arch should always have a natural curve – never a sharp angle,” says Unaiza Moideen, owner of The Brow Bar in Joburg.
Yup, plucking even one too many hairs can leave a gap (gasp!) And it takes up to 50 days for a hair to grow in again, so patchiness means you’ll have to fill in those bad boys with a powder or pencil.
Want to up your brow game? Follow these thin brow tips if you’re trying to fill them in and then check our September issue for the latest brow products your makeup bag need right now.