Ladies, shaving your legs and underarms is pretty easy once you get into a routine, right? What about your eyebrows? Eyebrow grooming can be a tricky thing to figure out.
Even when you do figure them out, they can be difficult and time-consuming to maintain, depending on your eyebrow type.
That’s why we’ve put together this great “cheat sheet” for your brows! We know that they can be annoying, but there are so many tips that can help grooming your brows less annoying.
Finding Out Your Eyebrow Shape or Type
The first, and maybe most, important step to eyebrow grooming is to find out what your eyebrow shape or type is. There are MANY different brow shapes, but here are 5 of the most popular ones.
- Steep Arch
Knowing the shape of your brows can help you (or the person doing your brows for you) know exactly what to do when you’re grooming them.
There are also different “types” of brows. Here are what those are, and how to spot them.
- Patchy eyebrows: These will have a thick density in some spots, stray hairs in some spots, and sprouts in other spots. These can be some of the most difficult brow types to maintain.
- Eyebrows on a small forehead: These have stray temple hairs and hairs above the arch.
- Over-tweezed eyebrows: These will have a very thin tail, the shape of your brow will majorly change, and they’ll have a curved head.
- Thick eyebrows: These usually have stray temple hairs, stray hairs above the arch, and coarse hair.
- Eyebrows with no arch: This is exactly what it sounds like — simply eyebrows in a straight line.
- Unruly eyebrows: These will generally have stray temple hairs, very long hairs, and sprouts at the end of your brow.
- Thick eyebrows with sprouts: There will be sprouts at the head, but also coarse hair and strays in the rest of the brow.
- Round eyebrows: The head and tail line will be up, and there will be a crescent moon type of curve, rather than an arch.
These will all also help you to have an idea of how to fix your brows when grooming them!
Shaping Your Eyebrows
There are so many different ways of getting rid of eyebrow hair these days. You can thread, tweeze, wax, shave… there’s endless possibilities!
Shaving your eyebrows is quick and easy and great for someone that’s always on the go. You can do it yourself, which is the best part! However, shaving obviously only removes the hair above the skin, so you’ll probably have to shave it again in 2-3 days. This is great for simply trimming eyebrows… people that have straight eyebrows can get rid of a few unwanted stray hairs!
Eyebrow Threading is also quick and easy, but you have to get it done by a professional. It also can be pretty painful, but lasts up to 3 weeks! Eyebrow threading uses a small twisted thread that pulls hairs out in a smooth and straight line.
Waxing your brows has some pain to it, but isn’t anything too bad, especially if you have a high pain tolerance. Waxing is very accurate and gives you a reliable shape. It also is one of the methods that lasts the longest — generally about 3-4 weeks, but could last as long as a couple of months.
You actually can buy at-home waxing kits, but it’s probably a better idea to leave it to the professionals. Similar to plucking your hairs, waxing pulls out your hair whole and unbroken. However, waxing your eyebrows pulls many hairs out at once very quickly.
Waxing is great if you haven’t done any eyebrow grooming for a while, and need to get rid of a decent amount of hair.
Eyebrow plucking is another method that you can do yourself. However, this is much more time consuming, as you can imagine. It’s also pretty difficult to get a good balance and symmetry between the two brows. The hair will grow back after about a week. This is a good choice if you don’t have too many stray hairs (i.e., thick brows) or just for touch-ups in between threading or waxing. Check out our previous article all about the best tweezers.
Filling Your Eyebrows In
There are also so many methods for filling your eyebrows in. You probably won’t want to fill them in if you have thick and coarse eyebrows, but for just about everyone else, this is essential to a daily makeup routine.
Brow extensions are an option to look into if you have VERY thin eyebrows and don’t want to have to draw on your eyebrows everyday!
A brow pomade is amazing for thin or sparse eyebrows. It can be sort of tricky to figure out how to work with it at first, but once you do, your brows will look better than they ever have!
A brow pencil or brow powder is great for everyday use of filling in your brows, and really is great for everyone that wants to fill in their brows.
Finally, use a brow wax to hold everything in place all day!
Eyebrow Grooming 101: How to Pluck Eyebrows
- Hold a pencil along the sides of your nose — the inner part of your eyebrow should align with the inner part of your eye. Tweeze any hair that’s outside of those lines.
- Angle your pencil from the tip of your nose to the middle of your eye. That is where the highest point of your eyebrow arch should be.
- Angle the pencil one more time from the outer edge of your nose to the outer corner of your eye. That’s where your eyebrow should end — tweeze anything that’s past it.
- If you have any sparse areas of your eyebrow, fill them in with an eyebrow pencil or pomade.