How to Wax Eyebrows At Home

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Waxing your eyebrows is a very popular option because it's fairly quick and can last weeks, but salon and spa prices can really add up. If you're looking to save some money, we'll walk you through the necessary steps to wax eyebrows at home.

I recommend using a cream wax heated up in a wax pot. Cream waxes are the most gentle types of wax, so they work well in the delicate, sensitive eye area. Heated wax is going to grab onto the hair much more than pre-made cold wax strips, and give smoother results.

Difficulty: Average

Time Required: 25 minutes for waxing eyebrows

Here's How:

  1. Buy waxing kit.
  2. Have enough hair. Eyebrow hair needs to be at least 1/4" long.
  3. Decide on the shape of your brows. Women can look over these eyebrow shape photos and men can visit our eyebrow grooming guide for help deciding which hairs to take and leave.
  4. Pull or pin-back hair. You want to see your eyebrows clearly and not get any wax in your hair.
  5. Trim eyebrows if necessary. Brush your eyebrows straight up with a fine tooth comb or brow brush. If there are any hairs longer coming out of your natural shape on top then just trim what is outside the shape with small scissors (preferably eyebrow scissors). If you have long or very bushy eyebrows, they may need more bulk removed, see Help! I Have Bushy Eyebrows.
  6. Cleanse and powder. Use pre-wax cleanser on eyebrows and surrounding skin and remove any residue with a cotton round or swab. Then apply a light dusting of baby or wax powder with a cotton swab. Don’t over do it on the powder, more isn’t better.
  1. Wax on. Apply wax evenly in the direction of hair growth using applicator (wooden stick) to the hair shaping the underneath of your brow. Be careful! You want enough wax to thoroughly cover hair, but not so thick that the wax seeps onto hair that you don’t want to remove.
  2. Cover with strip. Apply strip in the direction of hair growth, leaving some leftover strip at the end not attached to hair like a tab (say hair grows from left to right — leave leftover strip on right side). Press and firmly smooth hand over strip in the direction of hair growth a couple of times, to ensure that wax is attaching to hair and has slightly cooled.
  1. Wax off. Grasp onto the end of strip that isn't attached to hair. Hold skin taut with one hand, and remove strip in opposite direction of hair growth in one quick pull, all the way to the other side. Don't pull up, which might be your natural inclination. Press hand down on skin to help relieve some of the pain after strip is removed (sounds weird, but it works!) If a little bit of wax with hair remains, simply put strip back on hair and pull off.
  2. Repeat. Continue with steps 7-9 for the underneath of your other brow, the middle of your brows and on top of your brows (only to clean up stray hairs outside the shape).
  3. Clean up missed hairs. Use tweezers to remove any hairs missed by the wax, and fine-tune the shape.
  4. Clean wax off skin. Remove any remaining residue with wax remover or natural oil safe for the face.
  5. Soothe skin. Apply after-wax lotion or an aloe-based lotion or gel.

     

Tips:

  1. Do not wax eyebrows if you are taking Accutane. Read Waxing Precautions & Warnings for the full list.
  2. Wax your brows in front of a large mirror (not hand-held) so you can see clearly.
  3. Practice using the wax on a small part of your body, like your arm, so you get the feel of it. Always test a small amount of wax on hand first, to make sure it’s warm, not hot.
  1. If you're worried about pain, apply a numbing spray to a cotton swab and then to eyebrow area. Make sure not to get directly in eyes!
  2. Be extremely careful when applying the wax near your eyes with an applicator. Though not my favorite, wax-on rollers are safer to use for eyebrows because the wax is less likely to drip into the eyes.

What You Need:

  • Wax warmer
  • Cream wax
  • Pre-wax cleanser
  • Baby powder
  • Muslin or pellon strips
  • Wooden applicators
  • Wax remover for the skin (you can use baby oil or petroleum jelly)
  • After-wax lotion or aloe based gel
  • Tweezers