Ah, eyebrows. The seemingly innocuous face feature that, at first glance, serves no initial purpose. They’re just hair above your eyes, aren’t they? And then, when you shape them differently (or use one of those unsettling eyebrow-removal filters), suddenly, you look like an entirely different person.
If you’ve explored the world of makeup at some point, you likely understand the essential role brows play in your appearance. A low arch makes you appear soft and demure, whereas a peaked brow can indicate a sense of confidence and high self-esteem. For just hair above your eyes, eyebrows sure do make a statement.
To ensure yours make the right impression, you need a proper brow routine. Continue reading to learn more about how to shape your brows from home.
Step 1: Gather Your Tools
Having the correct tools is crucial to achieving your perfect brow shape. You’ll want a pair of tweezers, preferably a pair with a slanted tip, which will catch the root of the hair and avoid breakage (ouch!). You may also need trimming scissors (not to be confused with your kitchen or craft scissors). Opt for a pair with a long, straight blade to prevent choppy, uneven hairs. For touch-ups, grab a brow pencil and brow gel.
Pro tip: Make sure you’re in good lighting. The last thing you want is to squint while you’re performing such a delicate operation! Nothing beats good ol’ natural lighting, so grab your supplies and a mirror and set yourself up near a window for the best results.
Step 2: Examine Your Natural Brows
Once you’ve gathered your materials, the next step to determining your perfect eyebrow shape is to assess the current situation. To avoid making an irreconcilable mistake, you’ll want to stick to the natural shape of your brows.
To identify your brows’ starting point, take your brow pencil and, using it as a guide, line it up vertically against the inner corners of your brows until the bottom end grazes the side of your nose. Use your pencil to mark the starting point with a small dot. If you have any stray eyebrow hairs closer to the center of your face, go ahead and pluck them.
Next is the arch. Like driving over a bridge, the brow’s arch is often the most daunting. Fortunately, there is a simple solution. Simply take your brow pencil and measure from the edge of your nostril to the highest point of your eyebrow at a roughly 45-degree angle. Then, lightly mark the spot with your pencil. (A common point of reference for finding your arch is two-thirds from the start of the brow.)
Lastly, we have the tail of your brow. Following the same method, measure from the edge of your nostril towards the outer corner of your eye to determine where your brow should end. Mark the spot with your pencil and pluck any hairs that fall under.
Step 3: Connect the Dots
At this point, you should have three brow pencil marks indicating the start, arch, and end of your brow. Take your brow pencil (you can also use a pomade and brush) and begin filling in your brows between each dot. You’ll want to lightly trace the top and bottom of your brow for further definition.
For a more natural effect, use a looser hand towards the tail of your brow to taper off the color. In sparse areas, add a little more pressure - but not too much! Remember, it’s a lot easier to add product than it is to remove it.
Step 4: Tweeze the Strays
Now that you’ve filled in the meat of your brows, you may find you missed some stray hairs below or above your drawn shape. When tweezing, be sure to hold your skin taut and remove hair in the direction it’s growing to avoid damaging the hair follicle. A good rule of thumb to follow is to pluck darker hairs first and save the finer hairs for last.
Additionally, if a hair is too close to the line, save it from the chopping block. Getting too tweezer-happy will leave you with much thinner brows than you intended.
For a more in-depth session, feel free to opt for trimming scissors. If you’re going this route, simply brush your hairs into a standing position and snip hairs that extend past your drawn shape.
Pro tip: As you’re plucking your brows, it helps to stand back from the mirror and observe your reflection from a distance. Doing so will help you determine if they appear balanced and natural.
Step 5: Seal Them With Product
Like the hair on your head, your eyebrow hairs are subject to moving throughout the day. To ensure they stay in place, seal them with a brow gel for a natural finish that locks them in the same position all day.
Step 6: Give Yourself a Brow Boost
If you find yourself wanting thicker, fuller-looking brows, you don’t have to spend hours in front of the mirror with a pomade to achieve them. In fact, you can use eyebrow serum to help your eyebrows grow in your sleep.
Our Forever Brow serum features a potent formula that delivers an abundance of nutrients, including castor oil, biotin, and pro-vitamin B5, to stimulate healthy hair growth at the root.
To use, simply remove your makeup and cleanser your face. Then, take your Forever Brow serum and swipe through each brow, ensuring you distribute the product evenly from root to tip. Apply consistently for at least sixty days for the best results. In just a few weeks, you'll find that your brows are visibly more voluminous, making your brow routine a breeze.
Now that you have a set of well-groomed eyebrows, their purpose is evident; they bring balance and proportion to your eyes and face. Next time you feel tempted to skip your brow routine, remember how confident you felt once you finally mastered your perfect shape.