Tools For Shaping Perfect Eyebrows

There are all kinds of techniques for shaping your eyebrows and, accordingly, a wide variety of appropriate tools.

In past decades, the mantra with eyebrows was "the thinner the better." Women across the world were massacring their eyebrows until there was nothing left than a solitary, pencil-thin line arched in permanent surprise over their eyes. Today, however, this is not the case. In fact, the aim now is to shape your eyebrows cleanly but naturally. While unibrows or stray, coarse hairs are still not attractive, overplucking is almost considered a greater sin in the realm of eyebrows.

Using the right tools is the first step to ensuring an perfectly shaped eyebrow. There are a wide range of tools to choose from, and which are best for your personal eyebrows is something you should play a role in determining. How sculpted do you want your eyebrows? If you still gravitate toward the thin, arched look (though you must promise yourself not to overshape), eyebrow waxing might be the best choice for you.

Waxed eyebrows are clean, solid, and fairly easy to maintain. You can visit a professional every four-to-six weeks (unfortunately, you'll have to wait for some embarrassing regrowth before you can have them waxed again), and the process itself only takes about five minutes. You have the additional advantage of having someone shape your eyebrows who is looking at you straight-on, leaning over your face and visually determining the best proportions for your eyebrows. You don't have to even contemplate what sort of arch will look best with your face shape, because this is something that is already being considered by the professional waxing your eyebrow. Of course, the risk is that, if you go to someone who is not a professional, you are placing a considerable amount of faith in their unskilled hands. For this reason, if you are seriously contemplating having your eyebrows waxed, do your research first. Even if the professional you end up settling on charges more than you were initially willing to pay, the cost of a misshapen eyebrow is much greater.

If you consider yourself slightly lower-maintenance and having a perfectly shaped eyebrow is not so much a concern of yours, plucking is the most straightforward way of shaping your eyebrows. I suggest purchasing tweezers with pointed tips rather than the flay-edged ones, which tend to grab and extract hairs that you weren't necessarily aiming for. When preparing to tweeze, fight a source of natural light to ensure that you aren't misled by shadows or tempted to overpluck (as is often the case under florescent lighting or in front of magnification glass). If you have time, place a warm wash cloth over your eyebrows and let it set for five-to-ten minutes. Exfoliating will also help to free up ingrown hairs, so you should do this right before you begin plucking if you have the time and the necessary (i.e. gentle) exfoliant. When reaching in to pluck, pull the skin of your eyebrow taut and extract the hairs in the direct of their growth. The arch should ideally start above the inner corner of your eye, and the eyebrow should come to a clean, sloped closing around the outer corner of your eye. Using an astringent to close your pores after the session will help to alleviate redness (for this reason, you might consider plucking your eyebrows in advance of special events to give the redness time to fade). These tweezing sessions need happen no more frequently than once a week, though keeping a pair of tweezers easily accessible for random, single-hair extraction can't hurt. A final tip? Try not to pluck your eyebrows during menstruation. Your increases sensitivity everywhere will only make it more painful.

A final and relatively new option for shaping your eyebrows is called "weaving." This art gained popularity in Asia (particularly Hong Kong), and is known for being as effective as waxing without the pain. Weaving involves using a piece of floss-like string to extract hairs. Unfortunately, this is relatively difficult and must be done by a professional. The Internet should provide you with a list of professionals who offer it within your area.

One final tool to consider for eyebrow shaping and maintenance is a stencil. Some professionals advice against the use of a stencil, because every face has a different ideal eyebrow shape. However, if you are completely clueless, an eyebrow stencil (found at all beauty stores, such as Sally's Beauty Supply) can provide you with a basis for action.

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