There is such a fuss about eyebrows and many people don’t know how to maintain their own, because they are scared of stuffing them up. But it’s really not that hard, or expensive, to have good eyebrows. With a bit of know-how (and a little balls of course!). There are a few things to remember if you are going to tame those brows yourself:
Firstly, grab a texta. Not a permanent one… a child’s one. Or a lip or brow pencil, (something with a different tone to your natural brow tone, just make sure it will wash off)
Grab a ruler or pencil. Place it from the outside of your nose, straight up and over the middle corner of your eye (over the tear duct) and mark the point where it meets the brows (on the inside, esp if using a pencil) draw a line that cuts it off, and the same on the other side.
Then, from the same point on the outside edge of the nose, change the position of the top of the ruler to the outside of the eye (keeping the base, near the nose, at the same position) …so, from the outside edge of the nose, over the outside corner of the eye, and up through the brow. Place a dot in the middle of the point where the ruler crosses the brow.
Then, looking straight forward into the mirror, place the ruler on the very outside edge of the coloured part of your eye (the iris), going straight up. Pop another dot on the outside of the ruler in the bottom row of hair in the brow, and one dot in the top row of hair at that point.
Then, lightly colour the shape in, thicker in the middle, and peaking at the dots in the centre of each side. Look at the shape in the mirror, making sure to keep your head straight ahead. Don’t look up or down. Check the shape yourself, don’t go too far from your natural brow, and don’t bother going anywhere outside your hair – you can’t magically create it (that’s for the professionals!)
Grab a warm/hot face washer and pop it over the skin you are about to tweeze. Let it relax your skin.
Using the opposite hand to what you hold the tweezers with, use two fingers to pull the skin as taught as you can, going in the same direction as the hair growth. You’ll thank me when you realise how pain-free your tweezing is. Tweeze hairs from the bottom of the natural hair line, under your drawn on shape. Grab the hair close to the root, and firmly pull directly downwards. Be careful to keep your head facing straight ahead. If you are hesitant in any way, just take the hairs that are obviously growing out of the natural shape, to just neaten.
It’s best not to tweeze from the top when you aren’t qualified. The hair direction is strange, one hair too many can make an obvious hole in the brows. Also, there is a much higher concentration of oil glands above the brows, which can lead to small lumps of breakout if not immediately treated with anti-bacterial.
I don’t usually tweeze the middle, because I breakout. But if you do, be very careful to not go into the natural shape and cause lopsided brows. Stick to taming the dark hairs (creating the nice mono-look) in the middle.
If you doubt yourself, leave it! Leave it to a professional that you trust. If you don’t know where to go, ask around. People will tell you, and most people have a horror story of a place to avoid. Take their advice. Sometimes they can be one-off disasters, but best to be safe than lose half a brow!