No two brows are created equal, and achieving equally shaped perfect brows can be daunting. Whether you prefer straight eyebrows, arched eyebrows, thin eyebrows, or thick, full eyebrows, your eyebrows’ shape plays such a significant role in the way your face looks. This means shaping them on your own can be stressful, but it doesn’t need to be! Here’s a simple step-by-step guide on how to shape your eyebrows for a flawless look.
How to Do Eyebrows
1) Brush Your Brows
Clean and dry your brows, then use an eyebrow brush or spoolie to brush out your hairs up. You’ll be able to identify any stray hairs, any hairs that are too long, and any gaps in your brow.
2) Trim Your Hairs
Using eyebrow scissors, trim any hairs that are too long or out of place. To keep from accidentally creating gaps in your brow, only trim the brow’s front area (closest to your nose). Additionally, only trim one hair at a time to ensure precise trims.
When you trim, angle the scissors downward. This will keep your brow shape looking wispy and natural, versus a harsh straight line that can occur when you cut your brows straight across.
For accuracy, hold a spoolie in one hand, and guide it through your brows to drag the hairs up. Once the long hairs that need to be trimmed are identified, you can carefully trim them without overcutting them. You’ll likely only need to cut one or two hairs. about
If you’re nervous about trimming your brows, adding an eyebrow gel can help. It’ll hold your brows in place so that you can identify any that are too long, and then wipe the gel off once it’s trimmed.
3) Remove the Strays
Brush through your hairs to identify any strays that are far outside of your desired shape. Slant the tweezers at a 25-degree angle, grab the unwanted hair, and then quickly pull it out. You can also use an eyebrow razor for this step. Try to avoid using a magnifying mirror for this step. While you’ll be able to see more hairs, you’ll be unable to see the “bigger picture” and more likely to make mistakes.
4) Shape Your Brows
First, identify your desired shape – do you want a high arch or more of a straight line? Thich or then? For the most natural look, stick to a shape that’s similar to the natural flow of your brows (Over exaggerating your arch can give you a permanently “shocked” look, and removing your arch all together can also look unnatural).
Next, determine where your brows should start, end, and where your arch should be for each brow. You can use a brow pencil to mark and outline each measurement:
- Start of your brows: Hold the stick end of your spoolie against the bridge of your nose. This line is where your brow should start. The front of your brow is important for how the overall shape will look, so take care to make them even.
- End of your brows: To identify where your brows should end, place the stick end of your spoolie at the tip of your nose and slant diagonally to meet the corner of your eye. This line is where the brow should end. Avoid brows that extend to your temple, as it will make your brows appear lower and too close to your eyes.
- The arch: You’ll have to eyeball this one. Everyone’s arch will be different but aim for having your arch about ⅔ of the way through your brow (avoid an arch in the very middle of your brow).
5) Don’t Overdo It!
Take a step back and look at your entire brow. Remove any additional hairs that seem out of place and give them one last brush. When considering how to pluck your eyebrows, be cautious of over plucking as this could make your eyebrows look sparse and uneven.
6) Fill in the Gaps
Using a brow powder or gel, fill in your brows to define the shape. Start at the front of your brow and draw a line underneath your brow up to the arch. Then switch to the top of your brow and draw a line to the end. Use a brush or spoolie to blend the powder or gel upward into the front half of your brow and downward into the back half of your brow.
Voila! You’ve achieved a wow-worthy brow look.
Best Eyebrow Shaping Tools
The tools you use to shape your eyebrows are important. The quality tools can make trimming, plucking, and filling in your brows a breeze. Equally, lack-luster tools can make removing unwanted hairs a pain – literally. Here are a few of the best tools for achieving your perfect eyebrow shape.
Dorco Tinkle Eyebrow Razor
This razor is perfect for eyebrow-shaping newbies. It features a stainless steel safety cover on each blade to protect your skin while removing fine eyebrow hairs. Its handle helps you make precise movements only to remove unwanted hairs.
Tweezerman Brow Shaping Scissors and Brush
Excellent for trimming and shaping, this set offers both scissors and a brush designed specifically for perfecting eyebrow shape. It’s precision tips and small finger loop offer optimal control to ensure you’re only trimming unwanted hairs.
Tweezerman Slant Tweezer
This is an excellent tweezer for removing strays and crafting the perfect shape. Its professional quality, 25-degree slanted tip helps you work against the brow bone to pull out hairs with ease. The hand-filed tips close evenly and firmly to pull out hair with minimal discomfort every time.
Glossier Boy Brow
After your hairs are perfectly plucked, this gel will give your eyebrows a groomed shape that looks natural. The brushable, creamy wax makes your brow hairs appear fuller while shaping them and holding them in place. It doesn’t stiffen or flake throughout the day, so your eyebrows will remain flawless all day long. Great for any brow color, it’s subtly tinted in a variety of shades to fill in any gaps, including blonde, brown, black, and auburn. If your brows are already thick and full, use the clear, untinted version to hold your perfectly shaped in place.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer
Once you’ve plucked and trimmed your brows to your liking, this is the perfect tool for filling in your brows for a flawless and natural look. It’s versatile, retractable, and thick triangular tip offers three angles for application. You can outline and fill in your brows in one motion, then use the spoolie to even out the application and brush out your brow hairs. The sharp end allows you to create thin, hair-like lines to fill in any gaps and look natural.
Creating the perfect eyebrow look at home can be daunting, but it is doable! With the right tools and the proper technique, you can transform uneven, overgrown eyebrows to photo-ready, flawless brows.