How to Wax Your Eyebrows at Home

Follow these directions and save a trip to the salon

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Waxing your eyebrows is a popular option to tweezing 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. This process takes about a half an hour.

Use 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 the hair much more than pre-made cold wax strips and give smoother results.

What You Need

Gather all the items you'll need before you begin waxing. If you don't own all these, use this as a shopping list.

  • 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

Get Ready

The first thing you need to do is buy an eyebrow waxing kit that contains cream wax. Check the length of the hair on your brows; it needs to be about one-fourth inch long. If it's not, wait a week or so and check again. 

Before you begin, you need to decide what shape you're going for. Women can take a look at these eyebrow shape photos, and men can visit this eyebrow grooming guide for help deciding which hairs to take and leave. Fill in your brows to the shape you like so it is easy to follow with the wax.

You want to remove only the hairs that are outside the shape you have filled in.

When you've decided on your look, pin or pull back your hair so you can see your eyebrows clearly and not get any wax in your hair.

If it's necessary, trim your brows. Brush your eyebrows straight up with a fine-tooth comb or brow brush.

If there are any long hairs coming out of your natural shape on top just trim what is outside the shape with small scissors (preferably eyebrow scissors). If you have long or very bushy eyebrows, they might need more bulk removed.

Use pre-wax cleanser on your 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 overdo it on the powder; more isn’t better.

Wax Your Brows

When all that prep is done and you've warmed the wax to the proper temperature (warm but not too hot), you are ready for the main attraction. Apply the cream wax evenly in the direction of hair growth using a wooden stick to shape the underneath portion of your brow. This takes precision. You want enough wax to thoroughly cover the hair but not so thick that the wax seeps onto hair that you don’t want to remove.

Apply an eyebrow strip in the direction of hair growth, leaving some leftover strip at the end not attached to hair like a tab. For example, if the hair grows from left to right, leave the leftover strip on the right side. Press and firmly smooth your hand over the strip in the direction of the hair growth a couple of times to ensure that wax is attaching to the brow and has slightly cooled.

When you are satisfied that the strip has attached and the wax has cooled off a bit, grasp the end of the strip that isn't attached to your eyebrow. Hold your 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 the strip up. Press your eyebrow with your hand a bit to relieve some of the pain. If there is still a little wax in your eyebrow, put the strip back on and then remove it again.

Once you are finished with the underneath side of one brow, do the same for the other brow, then the middle and tops of both brows.  On top, only do a minimal cleanup to remove stray hairs outside the shape you want.  Check to make sure the brows match as you work. Use tweezers to remove any hairs that were missed by the wax and fine-tune the shape.

After Waxing

After you've finished and you love the shape of your eyebrows, remove any remaining residue with wax remover or a natural oil that is safe to use on your face. Then apply an after-wax lotion or an aloe-based lotion or gel to soothe the area and tamp down redness. If you develop more serious redness, dab on a bit of cortisone cream.

Tips

Because the skin around the eyes is tender and you are working close to your eyes, special care needs to be taken when you wax your eyebrows.

  • Do not wax eyebrows if you are taking Accutane and follow other waxing precautions and warnings before you begin.
  • Wax your brows in front of a large mirror (not hand-held) so you can see clearly.
  • 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 your wrist to make sure it’s warm, not hot.
  • If you're worried about pain, apply a numbing spray to a cotton swab and then to the eyebrow area. Be very careful to not get this into your eyes.
  • Be extremely careful when applying the wax near your eyes with an applicator. If you prefer, use a wax-on roller, which is safer to use for eyebrows because the wax is less likely to drip into the eyes.