Medium
Takes:

10 minutes

Makes:

consistently better brows

Costs:

free after initial investment in the right tools

The Shape of Things to Come: Better Brows

Four failproof steps lead the way to perfect arches.

Trimming Brows

Bold, beautiful, feathery brows are very au courant, so you don’t want to trim your brows unless you absolutely have to — plus, the more you trim, the harsher your hairs will grow in. That said, sometimes a little trimming is okay, especially if any hairs are noticeably longer.

In order to tell if your brows can use a trim, comb hairs upward at an angle with the direction of hair growth using a spoolie brush, snipping away at any hairs that hang over the edge of the brow.


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Lesson Plan


Find Your Starting Points
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  • Place your tweezers vertically alongside the outer edge of the bottom of your nose, opening side down. Your brow should start where the closed end of the tweezers lands, about one inch above the inner corner of your eye.
  • Using an eye pencil, draw a vertical line to mark the start of each brow, then check that the space above the bridge of your nose is centered between them.
  • Remove the strays that fall in between by grabbing the strands at the root with your tweezers and slowly pulling each hair out so you get it from the root.

Locate Your End Points
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  • With the open end of the tweezers at the bottom of your left nostril, lay the tweezers against your cheek so that the closed end reaches the outer corner of your left eye. The line where the tweezers intersects your brow is where the hairs should end.
  • Mark it with the eye pencil above and below the line, then pluck the hairs beyond the line. Repeat with the right side.

Tame the Thickness.
  • Locate the fullest part of your brow and use an eye pencil to draw a line along the bottom edge of your brow, above any stray hairs, following the natural shape of the top line of your brow.
  • Pluck any strays below the line.

Shape the Arch
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  • Ultimately, the arch of the brow should peak just above the outer rim of your iris (colored center) and lie directly on your brow bone. Mark the point with your eye pencil, then remove a row of hairs along the bottom, from your inner brow point to the peak point.
  • After the peak, shape the tail, tapering it thinner than the main part of your brow.