How many of us have seen our perfectly manicured brows grow into furry caterpillars over the last five weeks? Who misses their fresh-faced appearance after getting their brows done?
At the end of lockdown, we’re going to have two types of brows…bushy and big or overplucked and bald. And let’s face it, neither option sounds great!
My name is Sapna Christi, I am a Microblading Specialist and trainer, so eyebrows are my bread and butter, business and passion!
Eyebrows shape your whole face. Whether you pluck them on the thin side or let them grow wild, those tiny arches determine how your makeup will look. So how exactly do you get perfectly plucked brows every single time? Well, thankfully you came to the right place! Here are my 5 tips to keep your brows in check whilst at home.
- Tweeze after you shower: While we all know that tweezing can be a real pain, there’s a way to make the whole process a lot less painful. After taking a hot shower, grab your favourite pair of tweezers, and pluck your eyebrows. The warm water helps open up the follicles, which allows the hair to be pulled out much easier.
- Align your brows with your face shape: When it comes to your brows, there are a few rules you should be aware of before you pluck away your arches:
- Use a brow pencil as a guide to help you find the beginning, end, and arch of your eyebrows. The beginning of your brow should start right where your nostril begins. Hold the pencil vertically against the bridge of your nose and on top of your nostril to help you find the starting point. (Essentially you want the inside edges of your brows to match the outer bridge of your nose.)
- To find your arch, place the pencil on the tip of your nose and angle it straight across your pupil. That’s where your natural arch lies should be.
- Finally, to find the end of your brow, simply take the pencil, at an angle, and place it against the end of your nose and eye. If the tail end of your brow hits the place where the pencil ends, then your eyebrows are the perfect length. If your brow is too long, then tweeze some of those hairs away. Check out this eyebrow shape guide.
- Make sure you have good lighting : If there’s one thing you need before tweezing your eyebrows, it’s really, really good lighting. The worst thing you can do is try to pluck your eyebrows in a dimly lit bathroom; that’s pretty much asking for a beauty disaster. If you can, take advantage of natural light. Take a handheld mirror to the most well-lit area in your home so you can see all those tiny hairs you need to pluck.
- Tweeze in the direction of hair growth: If you see a tiny black hole where you just tweezed, it means you didn’t pluck the whole hair follicle. To prevent this next time, tweeze in the direction of your hair growth so you can capture the whole strand with ease.
- Fill in the gaps: If you’re one of the lucky few who naturally wakes up with Cara Delevingne brows, then I praise you. But if not, to have the best brows possible, you need to fill them in…but not too much. Less is more. Find a colour that complements your brows. Instead of filling in eyebrows completely, lightly stroke in the direction of the hair growth. Try to focus on filling in your arches, natural eyebrows are usually darker in that area. The beginning of your brows tend to be lighter and more spread out. If you want, once you’ve filled your brow, use a brow gel to keep those hairs in place.
I hope this short guide has given you some guidance on how to maintain your brows at home.
Remember, it doesn’t need to be perfect, but just getting out of the shower, applying your skincare and sorting out your brows will make a world of difference and help you to feel better for the rest of the day.