You may not think about them very often, but no matter your style, eyebrows are a key defining feature. That’s why eyebrow maintenance should be a regular part of your beauty regimen. But you can go too far and end up with an over plucked disaster. If you’re not sure what you’re doing, read this so you don’t make any amateur mistakes.
The Most Common Eyebrow Maintenance Mistakes
Thin, drawn in eyebrows are obviously a thing of the past, but that’s not the only faux pas when it comes to your brows.
1. Attacking your unibrow
Stray hairs tend to pop up between your eyes and plucking them can get addictive. While unibrows can make you look unkept to say the least, you can over pluck. Plucking between your eyebrows can get out of hand and before you know it there’s a gapping hole between your eyes. The start of your eyebrow should be even with your inner eye duct. Once you get to that point, stop plucking.
2. Up close and personal
Don’t get an inch away from the mirror and begin plucking your eyebrows. This can cause you to over pluck because it makes your eyebrows appear larger than they are. Stay close enough to the mirror that you can see what you’re doing but don’t overdo it.
3. Not minding the arch
Some eyebrows have more of an arch than others. But just because your’s isn’t pronounced doesn’t mean that it doesn’t exist. Make sure you work to maintain the arch in your eyes because this helps to define your face.
4. Over tweezing
Don’t end up like one of those ladies that has to draw in their entire eyebrow. As you get older over plucked eyebrows begin to look much worse. If you don’t know what you’re doing, have a professional wax or thread your brows and then stick to maintenance. It’s best to avoid tweezing on top of your brow which is much more likely to become overdone. Stick to underneath your eyebrows at home.
How to Maintain Your Brows
Now that you know what you’re doing wrong, let’s fix it. If you get your brows waxed or threaded, this can be done between treatments. If you want to do it yourself, these steps are key:
1. Get a brow brush.
It’s important to get a brow brush to ensure you know the direction that your brows are growing before you start trimming. This is a tool that really changes your brow maintenance game because eyebrow hairs can grow in all sorts of directions making a uniform brow hard to come by.
2. Use scissors.
While you can pluck the pesky hairs that get out of reach, you should trim your entire brow with special scissors. Be conservative and avoid over snipping. Start small and if you need to go back over them, you can. Brush to the very end of your brow and trim the ends as well.
3. Pluck the strays.
If a few stray hairs appear in your brow arch or between your eyes, carefully get rid of them. But again, avoid plucking too much on top of the eye. Less is always more in this arena.
4. Match your color.
For a quick tip, you want your eyebrow color to match your root hair color. Choose a brow pencil that’s the same color as your roots for a more natural look. When you’re done shaping your brows, highlight them with a bit of your brow color.
5. Gel to keep in place.
For some of you this might be a step too far, but it can be helpful. Use an eyebrow gel to hold your brow in the perfect shape once you’ve got everything in place. Eyebrow hairs can have cowlicks which causes them to fall in different directions.
Which is Better: Eyebrow Waxing or Threading?
Waxing and threading are the most common professional tools for eyebrow maintenance. Threading is likely the lesser known of the two, although it’s undoubtedly catching on. It uses very thin threads crossed and knotted to gently and precisely extract hairs from the brow line or anywhere on the face. The practitioner wraps the thread into sort of a bow tie and then controls the extractions with both hands.
Threading is great for those with sensitive skin and it’s done so close to the skin that the hair doesn’t grow back thicker. It’s also fast, usually taking around ten minutes and it’s inexpensive ($10 to $15) depending on where you live. You can learn to thread your own eyebrows, too, if you’re interested.
While many people still wax their eyebrows or have them waxed professionally, there are drawbacks. If you’re on some medications that cause you to have sensitive skin, it can inflame the problem. If you have generally sensitive skin or dry skin, that too can cause problems for waxers. Not to mention that it can be painful.
The Best Brow Tools on the Market
When it comes to brow maintenance, you don’t need much, but there are a few tools that can make your trim fest easier. BrowGal tools are the best. The brow brush is $14 and the brow scissors are $20. The tweezers are a pricey $28, but to be honest, can you think of anything better than having super precise tweezers to remove those pesky hairs?
Do you maintain your own eyebrows? Have you tried threading or do you wax your brows? Have you ever had an eyebrow disaster? We want to know! Drop us a line via Twitter @EcoSalon.