Eyebrow Shaping Tips

Top 10 Do's and Don'ts for Perfectly Shaped Brows

Simple eyebrow shaping tips that will make a world of difference when putting your best face forward. We cover how to design your brows, the tools you need and how to reduce the ouch factor in our top ten do's and don'ts.

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Do Decide On the Eyebrow Shape First

woman's eyebrows

You need a plan of action to decide where they're going to start, end, and where to place the peak of the arch. Use a white eyeliner or concealer on the hair that you want to remove, so you don't stray off course.

If you're looking for tips for men (different rules apply), check out: How To Groom Men's Eyebrows.

If you think using eyebrow stencils means you can't go wrong, you can. They don't take into account how your brows currently look and your other facial features.

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Do Use a Quality Pair of Tweezers

Most people opt for tweezers. You'll be frustrated and end up taking twice as long if your tweezers slide off or break the hair instead of pulling them out, or can't grab onto short hairs. A good pair of tweezers costs about $20 and is worth the small investment. My pick: Tweezerman Slant Tweezers (available on Amazon).

A big mistake people make is taking out more hair when trimming the excess length is really what needs to go. For men this helps make the brows look more neat and groomed and for women it helps them achieve that perfectly defined look. More »

I remember reading in my teen magazines growing up never to touch the top of the brow. How things have changed. While I'm not suggesting going into the main shape, most experts agree cleaning up the stray hairs above the shape creates a more defined, clean look and can help trouble brows look more even with one another. More »

If you over tweezed, have sparse brows or are growing them out to a fuller shape, filling them in will give you the look you want. Keep in mind that if you use the wrong products or technique they will look painted on, instead of natural.

For fool-proof results choose a shade that blends with any brow color, like Billion Dollar Brows Universal Brow Pencil (available on Amazon). More »

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Don't Stand Too Close to the Mirror

With some distance from the mirror you will be able to better to balance your brows and see the 'whole picture', and have less chance of making them uneven. After you have your shape in, you can then get close up to better reach the finer, lighter hairs.

Keep in mind that arching your brows doesn't mean two perfect half circles or arches, which doesn't complement anyone's facial features (the 70's are long gone!) It does mean to clean up the excess hair to better frame your eyes. More »

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Don't Use Ice to Numb Skin

Cold tightens the pores and can make a firmer hold on the hair follicle. You want to soften skin and hair by using a warm washcloth on brows, or do your shaping after you come out of the shower. If you're really concerned about the 'ouch factor' use a numbing spray applied to a cotton swab first and then to skin.

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I know there are little razors sold out there specifically for your brows. Read why shaving your legs is okay, shaving your eyebrows is not. More »

Hold skin taut by gently holding skin firm with your free hand while tweezing. This will result in less tugging and pain on the skin.

If the hair is just too short for tweezing, don't push the tweezers into the skin. Scraping, bleeding or even scarring can result if you get a little too forceful with your tweezers. Having some hair is a better option than broken skin. Instead, just wait until the hair is a bit longer and can be easily grabbed. More »