The Basics; Do’s and Don’ts
DO invest in a good set of tweezers.
There are some great tweezers on the market and many different shapes to choose from. I personally favour the standard slanted shape and the ones from Tweezerman are my absolute favourite, there’s even a free sharpening service when they start to get blunt which is a big bonus. They come in several different colours and patterns and even come in mini size in a handy little tube!
DON’T pluck more hairs than necessary.
Very thin eyebrows look unnatural and affect the whole look of your face. They are also difficult to grow back so be very careful when shaping them for the first time.
DO go with the natural shape of your brows.
This is the shape that your brows appear overall. The natural shape your brows will most likely suit your face the best. The idea of grooming your brows is to enhance the shape in order to flatter and frame your face. A great example of this is to look at Anne Hathaway, she has a fairly rounded shape as opposed to a high arch.
DON’T use a magnifying mirror.
This is a bit of weird one and probably partly down to personal preference but I would suggest that unless you really struggle to see, that you don’t use a magnifying mirror, especially the ones that you can get now that show up EVERYTHING. A standard mirror in a well lit room should be enough. The risk with using a magnifying mirror is that you can overpluck your brows easily. Chances are, if you need a magnifying mirror to see the hairs, you won’t see them with the naked eye.
Shaping your Brows
The overall natural shape of your eyebrows is most likely to suit your face so use the natural shape as a guide.
As a general rule the diagram at the start of this post is also a good guide to finding a nice shape.
Take a pencil in line with outside of your nose straight up, this shows roughly where your brows should start (line A). Line B is again lined up with the outside of your nose but this time runs in line with the outer edge of your pupil, this is where most people should have the highest point of the brow – the arch. Finally line C takes the line from the outside of your nose to the outer corner of your eye where it is a good place for your eyebrows to finish.
Your individual shape
Generally your brows should start in line with the outside of your nose, if your eyebrows start too far apart it makes your nose look wider, on the other hand, too close together and you can look very odd and a bit cross!
Now, as I said at the start, the diagram shown is a rough GUIDE. If you have a natural rounded brow shape then go with it, if you have fairly straight brows then go for a slightly straighter shape.
The same one brow shape that we see most often is the standard fairly high arch, however, this shape won’t necessarily suite everyone.
Anne Hathaway as seen here is a great example of going with her natural curve. She has a slight arch that curves upwards and outwards as this is what her natural brow wants to do. Her brows are not the typical highly defined arch we see a lot but all the same, enhance her features and suit her face.
Jennifer Conolly is another celebrity that has gone with her natural brow shape. Her brows are thicker and more straight but do still have a slight arch and finish in line with the outer corner of her eye so as not to have a brow that’s too short.
Both of these celebrities are brilliant examples of how to define and enhance your individual shape. The start and end points of their brows are pretty much the same but the curve and thickness of their brows are taylored to their own natural overall shape. This is the key to perfectly groomed brows, you’ve got to work with what you’ve got!
If you’re shaping your brows for the first time then I suggest plucking a couple of hairs at a time and viewing the overall efffect on your face after each little session. Plucking just a couple each time and reviewing the progress from a little further back in the mirror will ensure you don’t overpluck.
Remember! You want your eyebrows to be even on both sides so I would pluck a couple of hairs from one side and then do the same on the other, making them the same as you go along until you find your perfect shape.
If you’re nervous then you could always go to a salon to get your initial shape.
If you do decide to do this, make sure you go to a reputable one or get recommendations, it’s also handy to have a look at the brows of the technician who will be doing the shape for you as this may show their personal preference for thickness and shape. Chances are, if they have thicker brows or a very high arch, this is what they think looks good on most people.
Just to be safe, I would steer clear if they have very thin, short brows!
Always be very clear with the shape and thickness you are looking for, explaining that you want something that goes with your natural shape and suits your face. I would also ask for a mirror so you can keep an eye on their progress. This may sound a bit OTT but once you’ve overplucked it is unlikely your brows will grow back as they naturally are so it’s best to be cautious!
I hope this was helpful for you, if you’d like to see a brow tutorial via video, products and tools for shaping and filling in then please like this post and comment below with anything else you’d like to see or questions you may have. Happy shaping!!