Having a strong eyebrow game is almost as necessary in today’s world as bathing and wearing shoes on the tube and you can guarantee that any makeup course worth its salt will involve a lot of time spent working on the perfect arch. Before you sign up though, here are few tips to help you be sure your brows are brilliant:
Get in shape
Have an action plan before you start just pulling hairs. Where will they begin? End? Arch? Peak? Use an eyebrow stencil, or, simply use concealer or eyebrow pencil on hairs you plan to remove. Think ahead about what kind of shape will be flattering to your face – we can’t all pull off sky-high arches like Megan Fox (sadly).
Numb with Caution
Ice is no dice – not when it comes to brow maintenance. Cold tightens the pores and can cause the hair follicle to hold more firmly. Instead, use a warm washcloth on brows, or do your shaping right after showering, which will soften your skin.
Sure, they make ‘handy’ little razors specifically for brow shaving... but just because they make something does not mean you should use it. Kind of like vegetable flavoured vodka or banana boxes. Because you’re not removing the entire hair follicle with a razor, your brows will start to get some serious five o’clock shadow – and not the sexy-David-Beckham-it’s-five-o’clock-somewhere kind.
Ah, the delicate art of tweezing. Be sure to hold your skin taut by gently holding skin firm with your free hand while tweezing – less tugging and less pain for you.
Don’t force it; if the hair is just too short for tweezing, don't push the tweezers into the skin. Scraping, bleeding or even scarring can result. Just give it a day to grow out, and try again.
Be sure not to skimp on a cheap pair of tweezers. The cheaper ones will often slip and break hairs, rather than removing them.
Waxing can be tricky business, so be sure to get a kit and follow the instructions meticulously (yes, sadly, this means you’ll actually have to read them). Always apply some sort of pre-wax cleanser before actually applying the wax – this should come in your kit, but you can also use an astringent, such as witch hazel.
Another important tip: never wax above the eyebrow. Waxing from under the brow will help you to keep the line even, making those beautiful peepers of yours appear wider. You can prune things up above the brow with tweezers, if need be.
In the aftermath of your wax, apply a soothing balm, like tea tree oil, onto the area. Avoid liquid makeup, direct sunlight, and any acid based facial treatments for several hours.
I’ll pencil you in...
Walking out the door with well-shaped brows that haven’t been properly pencilled is like a cupcake without frosting.
Apply pencil starting from the inner corner to the arch. The underside of the brow needs to be a little more defined, so apply more pressure when pencilling there.
Be sure to find a pencil shade that isn’t too dark – the goal is to look natural, with a hint of Beyonce.
If these tips have got you excited about providing punters with beautiful brows, start your career in beauty with a makeup course.
Molly is a student at London College of Fashion, and is our current editorial intern. Her passions lie in writing, running, and eating peanut butter straight from the jar. She loves to learn (almost as much as she loves her dog), so she’s devoted to providing you with the best information on courses to help you become a better you.