Perfectly groomed brows instantly frame your face and add definition. Here’s everything you need to know about getting perfect arches...
Plucking, Waxing or Threading
This is ideal if you have sensitive skin, if you’re allergic to wax or if you find threading too painful. To keep your brows looking groomed but natural, follow the natural shape of your brow, only plucking stray hairs that fall above or below, and pulling in the direction
of the hair growth. Take care not to over-pluck, so work slowly and assess the look regularly. To reduce the pain, pluck brows after a shower, when the warm steam has opened the follicles and softened the hair. Results will last up to three weeks.
Pros: It’s cheap and can be done at home.
Cons: It’s easy to get carried away and over-pluck. Results won’t last as long as waxing or threading.
This is both a quick way to achieve neat brows and arguably less painful than threading. It can be done at home using wax or eyebrow shapers, but it’s best done professionally. Waxed brows look super-defined, with sharp, clean lines.
Pros: Waxing lasts longer than plucking or threading and encourages thinner, softer regrowth – so it’s best for those who have thick, coarse hair.
Cons: Not recommended for sensitive skin types as it tugs at the skin and leaves a temporary red ring around the brows.
This is the answer if you want a super-sharp arch.
The technique uses a piece of thread and removes hairs in lines, including all the super-fine ones that tend to be missed when using other methods. The results are better than waxing and last longer.
Pros: You’ll get a more detailed, defined brow, and a more natural finish because your therapist will be working closely with individual hairs.
Cons: The treatment is more expensive than waxing and takes longer.
There are three different types recommended for eyebrows: choose the ones you feel most comfortable using.
These are the traditional shape and the ones most widely used. They have an angled edge, so you can use them point-up directly against the brow bone
to remove longer hairs or use them the other way round to
get rid of shorter or lighter hairs.
These are good for removing
extra-fine or ingrown hairs. Steer
clear of them, however, If you’re a beginner: with the sharp points you may nip your skin instead of the hair.
As the name suggests, these are a combination of slant tips and point tips. You use them like the classic slant-tip tweezers, but the fine tip means you get more control and precision; they’re not as sharp as point-tip tweezers, though.
Defining Your Brows
With pencil Choose a shade lighter than your natural colour and draw fine, hair-like strokes in the gaps rather than block-colouring them. Remember, you’re not trying to reshape your brows, you’re just giving them a more uniform, neater finish.
With gel An eyebrow gel is great for taming unruly or curly brows – and a quick option. Gels are tinted or clear and come with a grooming brush called a spoolie, which you comb through brows for instant definition.
With powder Make pencil-like strokes using an angled brush and a powder that’s lighter than your natural colour. Once you’re happy with the shape, comb through brows with a spoolie, and spread the powder evenly. You can finish with a clear eyebrow gel to keep them under control all day.
Matching Your Brows With Your Hair
If you’ve got dark hair, the key to keeping your eyebrows looking natural is to go one or two shades lighter than the hair on your head, whether it’s dyed or natural. For light hair, you do the opposite, going one or two shades darker than your dyed or natural hair colour.
Best Eyebrow Shape for Your Face
It’s not a case of one size fits all when it comes to eyebrows, so we’ve listed the five most common face shapes and the shape you should be opting for.
Avoid eyebrows that are too angular. Choose a shape that’s groomed but quite soft.
Round face shapes need brows that are arched at the outer corners to balance out the face. A statement arch can help add definition to bone structure.
Avoid arched brows or brows that extend downwards. Instead, add balance and a natural look by having brows that are flat and straight.
Heart-shaped faces tend to have more delicate features, so brows need to strike the right balance between thick and thin and be kept groomed but controlled.
This face shape needs classic, balanced brows. They should start at the bridge of the nose and finish slightly further than the outer corner of your eye, with the arch about two-thirds of the way across.