I’m not sure about everyone, but when my eyebrows have just been plucked and / or plucked I feel like a whole different person. The shape of your eyebrows can change the look of your entire face. I used to have my eyebrows plucked every month. Over the past year, I’ve decided to grow my brows a bit (that thin straight line that used to be the “look” in high school, luckily isn’t here anymore).
I have now realized that I leave more hairs on my eyebrows, they grow too fast for my monthly waxing to keep them clean. I started needing to epilate them between epilations and once I started following epilation every two to three weeks, I realized that I didn’t need to worry about it at all. waxing (I didn’t have my eyebrows plucked painfully for about two months!) I will probably wax them at some point if I slack off and want to “clean” them, but for the most part follow a good plucking technique works to keep me wax free. I am following these useful tips and tricks to avoid my painful visits with the wax strip and to have a little extra cash for a manicure or pedicure (well worth the little nip in the pain corner)!
The first step: Start by choosing the right tweezers! Experts recommend skipping a pointy pair in favor of the slanted variety, which catches stray hairs more easily (and you’re less likely to pinch your skin!). I personally recommend the Tweezerman branded angled tweezers which can be purchased from Sephora.
Second step : As with a facial treatment, a little steam makes it easier to get everything out! Try waxing after showering or applying a warm, warm compress before you start plucking. The hot heat will loosen the follicles and help the hairs come out much more easily. I use the hot cloth method myself and it really works wonders!
Third step: There is no need to suffer! Did you know that eyebrow waxing is more painful during your period? Avoid unnecessary suffering by planning your plucking for a more painless time. If the picking can’t wait, experts recommend that you try applying Orajel Pain Relief Gel before picking. It is used to help babies with teething pain and should help by numbing the sensitive skin of the eyebrows. I haven’t personally tried Orajel to numb it, but I do apply a thin layer of petroleum jelly to the places where I am going to epilate. Personally, I think it makes them easier to slip on and helps relieve any irritation.
Fourth step: Don’t lose sight of the big picture! Avoid the magnifying mirror and use a standard mirror in a well-lit room. The magnifying mirror often prompts us to pick more than we need and can lead to over-picking. Even when using a standard mirror, you will undoubtedly be focusing on the area around your eyes, so remember to step back every now and then and examine your entire face.
Fifth step: Know where your eyebrows should start, stop and arch! According to experts, your eyebrow should start just above your tear duct and end about 45 degrees from the opposite corner of your eye. The highest point of your eyebrows, the arch, should be above the outer edge of your iris.
Sixth step: Use a guideline! Take an eyebrow pencil and color the area of the eyebrow that you want to keep. Pull out only the hairs that fall below the shaded area. Remember, you can always pluck more, but you can’t put it back!
Seventh step: Know how to reduce redness! Applying a little over-the-counter cortisone cream will help reduce any redness and inflammation left after picking.
Eighth step: Your eyebrows also need to be brushed! Use an eyebrow brush or clear eyebrow gel to enhance the appearance of your brows and keep them in place. Try to brush towards your arc from the start, then downward at the end of the arc.
Ninth step: A little filler goes a long way! If your eyebrows are sparse, try filling them in a bit with a good eyebrow pencil. If you are brunette, try a shade between one and two lighter than your hair color. Golden undertones work best with light blondes, while taupe tones work best with darker blondes. Red heads should try something in the warm brown family.
Tenth step: When all else fails, let them grow! If you’ve plucked your eyebrows too much or want to change their shape, let them grow for a full three weeks before grabbing the tweezers. After three weeks, you should be able to see your eyebrows close to their natural state.