How to Shape Your Eyebrows Like a Pro!

by Apoorva Malhotra
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The way you shape your eyebrows can completely change your overall look and appearance. So knowing how to shape your eyebrows can help you achieve the picture-perfect look! Given that due to the lockdown, we may have never have gotten the chance to book a salon appointment, it is time to take matters in your own hands.

You can try out a few beauty treatments at home, and learning how to shape your eyebrows is one of them. On an unrelated note, have you noticed how certain eras are defined by a typical eyebrow shape? For example, we had the dramatically thick and bushy eyebrows in the 60s and the 80s but thin and pencilled bare-brows in the 20s!

That being said, let’s get back on track to learn how to shape your eyebrows. Before you whip out your tweezers, let’s first quickly address a couple of FAQs on how to shape your tweezers.

Is it normal to have unidentical eyebrows?

Yes! There is no problem with having unidentical or asymmetric eyebrows! Your eyebrows are sisters but they don’t have to be twins.

What eyebrow shape would best suit me?

Typically, your eyebrow shape should complement the shape of your face and the type of eyes. 

Here is a quick guide on the common face shapes and the corresponding eyebrow shape that goes well with it:

  • Oval: Soft brow with lower arch to accentuate your face shape.
  • Diamond: Soft and rounded eyebrows to cut through the sharp edges.
  • Round: High-angled or medium arch to lengthen your face.
  • Square: Full and hard-angled eyebrows to draw attention to your eyes.
  • Hear-Shaped Face: Soft brows along with medium or low arch and curved shape to complement your delicate facial structure.
  • Oblong Face: Long and trailing eyebrows with shallow arch to add width to your dace.

What tools do I need to shape my eyebrows?

Fortunately, you don’t need a lot of equipment while learning how to shape your eyebrows. Just keep the following items at hand:

  • Spoolie and brow brush
  • Eyebrow razor (dermaplaner)
  • A small pair of scissors
  • Eyebrow pencil
  • A pair of slant tweezers

How to Shape Your Eyebrows Like a Professional

Now, here is a step-by-step guide on how to shape your eyebrows:

Brush Up Your Eyebrows

Start by washing your face and patting it dry. Ensure that your eyebrows are absolutely dry.

Run the spoolie through your eyebrows to brush your brow hair. Now, brush them in the upward direction. In doing so, you can identify the longer eyebrow hair and any bald patches or holes that may get covered due to the surrounding hair.

Start With a Little Trim

Now comes the tricky part of how to shape your eyebrows – the dreaded trim.

Here is a foolproof way to get the perfect trim – hold the spoolie and brush your brows upwards. Then trim the tips of the hair that are sticking out longer than others. Follow a downward angle to avoid over-trimming.

If you are too scared (which is totally understandable) then you can apply some hair gel to shape your eyebrows in the perfect desirable shape. Locate the parts that are in excess and trim it. Then wipe off the hair gel.

Fix Your Alignment

At this stage, you will have to put together your creativity with your understanding of anatomy. Divide your eyebrows into three prominent sections: The start, the arch, and the end. 

Luckily, you can figure these parts out using a pair of tweezers!

Pinch your tweezers together to form a straight line. 

  • Start: Hold your tweezers against the bridge of your nose. The straight, vertical line marks the spot where the head of your brow starts. So, use your scissors to remove all the extra bits that may be on the other side of the line. Do the same for the other side.
  • Arch: The highest point of your eyebrow arch should correspond to the outer edge of your irises. Find the spot using a mirror and mark it. Depending on how hard or soft you want the arch, tweeze out the hair.
  • End: Finally, place one end of your tweezers against the tip of your nose and angle the other end so that it is in line with your eye. The spot where the tweezers touch your eyebrow is where it should end. Remove the excess eyebrows but practice caution because it’s easy to over-tweeze.
  • Alignment: Position the tweezer against the highest point of your eyebrows and compare the arch height. Do the same for the start and the bottom of the front of your eyebrows and for the end of your eyebrows. They should all fall in line with each other. Remove any stragglers.

Fill in the Gaps

You can use your dermaplaner to get rid of all the peach fuzz around your eyebrows. Shaving your forehead also makes your eyebrows pop out. Get your trusted eyebrow pencil to draw the outline for your eyebrows.

Finally, fill in your eyebrows to make them look whole and complete. Use tiny strokes and follow the natural grain of your hair. Once you have perfected the look, seal the deal with some eyebrow gel and some concealer!

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Tips on How to Shape Your Eyebrows

Now that you have a firm grasp on how to shape your eyebrows, keep the following tips in mind:

  • Avoid overplucking your eyebrows as bare-brows can make you look older. A golden rule states that you should only remove the smallest possible amount.
  • Hold your skin taut while tweezing your eyebrows, it will make the area hurt less.
  • You could also wax your eyebrows to give them the desired shape. Ideally, it is best to use hard wax or sugar wax.
  • If you have messed up (and that’s okay), apply some castor oil regularly to your eyebrows and they will sprout right back up in no time!
  • Apply some soothing balm or gel (think aloe vera gel) to calm your irritated skin.

That’s it, now you know how to shape your eyebrows like a pro! Do keep in mind that you may have to go through a couple of failed tries to nail the perfect technique. However, don’t be afraid and have fun!

Until then, keep chirping.

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