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3 Easy Tips for Getting Perfect Eyebrows

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Perfect eyebrows

Did you know that your eyebrows can change the entire way your face looks? Whether you’re happy, sad, confused or angry, your brows will usually convey your mood first.

In order to keep this major facial feature looking its best, many girls (and well-groomed guys!) opt to use techniques to maintain and shape the brow area. If this seems like a daunting task to you, I promise it’s not. Below, I’ll give you three easy tips for getting perfect eyebrows:

1. Figure out which method works for you.

There are three common methods for eyebrow maintenance. I’ve tried all three, so I thought I’d share my opinion on each in order to help you choose the right method for your own eyebrows. If you want to learn more about each one, as well as some pros and cons, read on:

* Waxing

This is one of the most common methods of hair removal. If you’re going to get your eyebrows waxed, make sure you go to a licensed esthetician or cosmetologist who is specifically trained in waxing or hair removal. This assures that you will be getting the best possible service with someone who knows how to work with your natural brow shape.

Waxing is the fastest method of hair removal and can keep hair from growing back for two to six weeks. I personally don’t find waxing painful, but I know that it can be for some. Another thing to keep in mind with this method is that wax can easily irritate sensitive skin and, if kept too hot, can also potentially burn your skin. Cost is also a factor to consider and can vary depending on where you live.

Pros: Ease, Long-lasting
Cons: Cost, Pain, Skin Irritation

* Threading

Threading is a method of hair removal that originated in India, where– as the name suggests– a thin cotton thread is used to remove hair. The process is similar to tweezing, except multiple hairs can be removed at one time. If you’re curious, you can check out a video about threading here. This is another method where you need to find someone who is a specifically trained practitioner.

This is the most precise method of hair removal and will not irritate your skin. I did find threading to be slightly more painful than waxing, but it was worth it because my brows looked so great! Again, cost is a factor to consider and unlike waxing, threading is not as widely available across the country.

Pros: Precision, Great for sensitive skin, Long-lasting
Cons: Cost, Pain, Unavailability

* Tweezing

Tweezing is a great choice if you’re looking to save money, but it may take some practice to become a pro. Plucking is virtually painless, albeit a bit time consuming, as you have to maintain the brows every few days. If you’re going to tweeze, I recommend investing some money in a great pair of tweezers like Tweezerman. They may seem expensive, but high-quality tweezers are more precise, which will give you a cleaner brow in less time.

Pros: Inexpensive, Painless
Cons: Time consuming, High maintenance

2. Find your eyebrow shape.

After you’ve figured out your preferred method for eyebrow maintenance, now it’s time to find your natural eyebrow shape. This chart shows the five basic eyebrow shapes most people have naturally:

Eyebrow Shape Chart

Once you find your eyebrow shape, use it as a guide for maintaining your eyebrows. The first step to having great brows is to follow your natural shape when you get your eyebrows groomed. Don’t try and change your shape (i.e. flat to angled) because then your eyebrows can look strange and out of place.

The next step is to find your natural arch, with the help of the diagram below:

brow diagram

B corresponds to where your natural arch is, while A and C refer to where your eyebrow should begin and end. Following this diagram is essential for well-maintained and natural brows.

If you decided to use waxing or threading, just tell the practitioner to follow your natural shape and arch– they’ll know what to do. However, if you want to pluck your eyebrows yourself, check out this video by one of our favorite makeup gurus, Michelle Phan, on tweezing to achieve natural-looking brows:

3. Keep it natural!

As I mentioned earlier, the key to having great eyebrows is to work with what you naturally have. That means following your basic shape and natural arch. Of course, accidents do happen, and if your eyebrows get too thin or over-plucked, don’t underestimate the power of a great brow pencil or powder. They are also great products to own if you have naturally sparse or light-colored brows.

Just remember, eyebrow trends may come and go, but looking well-groomed, natural and polished is always in style.

What do you think?

How do you groom your eyebrows? What methods have you tried? Do you have any great tips that you would like to share? Be sure to leave a comment and let me know your thoughts!

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40 Responses to “3 Easy Tips for Getting Perfect Eyebrows”

  1. 1
    August 1st, 2010 at 11:58 am

    I LOVE threading. I just got it done last weekend, and while it was slightly painful (when I opened my eyes, a couple teardrops plopped out), it was fast and precise. It’s pretty cheap too, if you can find a place that does it. My local place in California charges $15 (including tip), but back in NYC, I know of places that do it for only $6 (not including tip).

  2. 2
    August 1st, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    I like threading too. SInce my skin is sensitive and my mum likes threading her brows, I prefer not to try any other method. It did sting the first (and only) time I got it done and I got a bit of a rash, but my eyebrows look great. And it’s been around 9 months since then and all I’ve been doing is tweezing stray hairs, and they look natural.

  3. 3
    August 1st, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    I have never had my eyebrows threaded, but I do alternate between waxing and tweezing. A few weeks after waxing, when the hairs start to come back in, I tweeze them to keep the shape that I received from the waxing. It really helps me save money and shape my brows!
    Also, waxing doesn’t hurt for me- just be sure you use a licensed worker. I once got my brows done while getting my hair done, not thinking that the lady might not know what she is doing, and 1) the wax was too hot, 2) she didn’t know how much to shape, and 3) she OVERwaxed to where my brows bled :(
    Now, I always make sure they know what they’re doing :)

  4. 4
    August 1st, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    I get threaded for $6 at a local indian salon. I HATE waxing, because of burns/pain/cost. threading takes about 5 minutes and in my opinion is less painful than waxing. everyone should try it once! but just a bit of advice, it may be a cultural thing or just typical to the place I go but they tend to make your eyebrows on the thinner side unless you specify how thick you want them
    Everyone should try it once!

  5. 5
    August 1st, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    The last time I went to get my eyebrows waxed I broke out really bad! And I don’t even have sensitive skin.
    My friend suggested I go to the salon and ask them to just use scissors and tweezers. I’m considering it, but I’m worried that this route will be more high maintenance.

  6. 6
    August 1st, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    Thank you so much for posting this article. I have very strong, think, and distinct eyebrows and many of my friends (and even some random women on the street) tell me how they wish they could get their eyebrows to look like mine. I always tell them that the secret to great eyebrows is to leave them as natural as possible. Of course, I keep my brows well-groomed…I never let them look like Frida Kahlo’s (believe me, if I did absolutely NOTHING to them I could easily have brows like hers in a month)!

    My preferred method of eyebrow hair removal is plucking. I think a lot of girls over pluck their brows, which quite frankly looks distracting and ugly. Make sure you step back from the mirror regularly while plucking. In fact, don’t use one of those magnifying mirrors. That can create havoc for your brows! If you’re plucking, make sure you are at a good distance from the mirror so that you don’t feel tempted to pluck every single last hair that you think shouldn’t be there. A few stray hairs here and there can give you a much softer look, believe me! Resist the urge to pluck your brows to death, please!

  7. 7
    August 1st, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    Then there’s eyebrow tinting. Perfect if you’re a natural blonde or have dyed your hair and need your eyebrows to match more. Lasts 6-8weeks and is much more convenient that messing around with a powder or pencil.

  8. 8
    August 1st, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    I’ve had my eyebrows threaded once and I love it! I think it’s the best method, and it doesn’t really hurt it’s just an odd sensation. A lot of local malls are starting to provide threading, I hope soon it will be more available to everyone. Definitely try it at least once! I’ve never seen them make eyebrows too thin, they actually do much better than those girls that have barely visible tweezed eyebrows, ick.

  9. 9
    August 1st, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    Here is a link to my threading before and after: http://lizzypunch.blogspot.com/2010/04/beauty-review-eyebrow-threading.html

  10. 10
    August 1st, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    this is a pretty good article. i have dark, thick unruly eyebrows. it’s very common to overpluck! I went through a phase in jr high…not good. now I try to keep them more natural, nicely shaped, but not skinny. Every now and then I get them waxed, but i maintain them by plucking. I’m always looking for eyebrow tips!

    does anyone trim their longer eyebrow hairs?

  11. 11
    August 1st, 2010 at 2:33 pm

    Great and informative article! I would love to try the threading but i find waxing a bit painful as it is. My mom is an esthetician so I can have my eyebrows waxed for free, which is really convenient :]

  12. 12
    August 1st, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    I found this article very informative – my only thing is that I disagree with the tweezing comment being “virtually painless.” I’m not sure if it is just me but tweezing kills me each time I try to clean up my brows. Waxing doesn’t hurt at all and is SO MUCH quicker than tweezing. I flinch just thinking about tweezing my brows.

  13. 13
    August 1st, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    I hate pain, but my eyebrows can go from 0 to Frida in 3.5! I hate threading the most because it hurts really badly and I always get scolded for not coming in frequently enough (I have super thick eyebrows and according to the ladies I need to come every two weeks and that is NOT in my budget), but they always look perfect afterward.
    My hands are not steady enough to do them myself so I just put up with it and go when I can afford it. I look like a new person every time. Eyebrow shape seriously has a huge impact on the face.
    Great article!

  14. 14
    August 1st, 2010 at 3:37 pm

    Tweezed mine to shape today from tips in the video. :) Looks really good. I’m blessed to the point where I really don’t have to do much of anything, my natural shape is almost perfect, just had to get the strays and stuff. But it really does make a difference!!! :)

  15. 15
    August 1st, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    this is really helpful! i loved the vid!

  16. 16
    August 1st, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    I don’t know about everyone else, but I have short baby-like hairs on my forehead. Not noticeable until I wax my eyebrows. But when I do, it’s extremely, extremely noticeable. Will threading do that, too?

  17. 17
    August 1st, 2010 at 4:32 pm

    this article was great, i just would add one thing. for those people who do find tweezing painful instead of putting ice on you eyebrows try using warm water. ice actually closes the pores which can make hair removal more painful, warm water will open them.

  18. 18
    August 1st, 2010 at 5:13 pm

    Just curious why does waxing las longer than tweezing? Aren’t you still just yanking the hairs out? Thanks for showing all the brow shapes that’s really helpful!

  19. 19
    August 1st, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    I try it and i look much better… thanks!

  20. 20
    August 1st, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    Great article! I’d never heard of threading, I usually use wax or tweezers. The diagrams and the video were also really helpful. Thanks so much!

  21. 21
    August 1st, 2010 at 8:27 pm

    i do the threading tooo. its much cheaper(i do it mself) . just get ur eyebrows professionally done the first time then just do it urself.threading also works with ur upper lips area.there are lot of tutorials on youtube on threading (so u could learn to do it urself)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nrCpP9Y-7wQ

  22. 22
    August 1st, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    I have to disagree about tweezing being painless. >.<
    I find waxing to be the least painful, while tweezing makes me tear up every time. Never tried threading though. :)

  23. 23
    August 2nd, 2010 at 7:15 am

    As a child, I had these thick horrible brows that I hated so much because they looked so different from everyone’s neat brows. So one day, I decided to shape them myself (Gasp! I know right?) with a pair of my mom’s tweezers. Needless to say, I looked around 10 years older, and it took some time before my brows grew back again. I learned that the best way to shape them is through a professional. Oh and yeah, the more natural it looks, the prettier you will be! Thin eyebrows scare the crap outta me.

  24. 24
    August 2nd, 2010 at 10:17 am

    Another thing you could have mentioned is trimming your eyebrows. I have thick, strong eyebrows, like many other girls mentioned. I get them regularly waxed to maintain some order. However, I find that trimming is what really does the trick for me. Keeping hairs shorter helps me keep them in place. Just be careful not to over do the trimming!

    But the information you provided was really great and I’m glad to see people touting natural-looking brows. The overly thin and overly thick and messy look awful in my opinion.

  25. 25
    August 2nd, 2010 at 10:17 am

    Great tips! I’m obsessed with my eyebrow pencil. Most people say they wouldn’t leave the house with applying mascara, but I wouldn’t leave the house with using my eyebrow pencil.

  26. 26
    August 3rd, 2010 at 12:41 am

    Kaleigh – You can thread hairs anywhere on your face (and other parts of your body too, though I imagine it would be more painful and take a longer time). I’ve had threading done a bit on my forehead and chin too, and it looks so much cleaner afterward.

    I’ve tried all three of these methods as well, but threading is by far my favorite. I happen to be Indian, so I knew about threading way before it was a beauty craze. I’ve been getting my eyebrows threaded ever since I first had to start fussing with this stuff (puberty? when do eyebrows start growing?). But I’ve lived in a few places that didn’t have threading available, so I’ve used waxing and plucking before. Plucking/tweezing is by far the most painful for me. I don’t mind waxing for other areas of my body (e.g. upper lip, arms, legs, etc.) but definitely not for eyebrows.

    Threading can be painful if you’re not used to it, or if you wait for a long time in between appointments. My eyes tear up a little bit in the sensitive areas near my eyebrows (one eye area is more sensitive than the other eye) but again, if you get it done regularly, you get used to it and it’s less painful when they’re not pulling out really long hairs. I usually need to get it done every 2.5 weeks or so, but everyone is different.

    If you go to a threading salon, it’s important to tell them what you want. Indian (and Middle Eastern) women who do threading have slightly different ideas of what’s beautiful than American women. For instance, Indian women like full/slightly thick (NOT bushy – clean) eyebrows, whereas in America, it seems like thick versus thin eyebrows are alternatively in vogue. Secondly, as noted in the post, American women typically like their eyebrows to be the same “size” as their eyebrows – so that the ends of the eyebrow end at the edge of the eyes. This is not the case with most Indian women – the eyebrows go a little past the eyes on both ends but especially towards the middle. The end result is NOT a unibrow, but the space is less wide in the middle. This is considered more beautiful than having a wide space in the middle. If you want something different, it’s important to let them know before they begin. They may already know, depending on their clientele, but it’s easy to let them know beforehand.

  27. 27
    August 4th, 2010 at 3:16 am

    A thing about threading; I was talking to my mom, and she said some huge cons to threading is theres no licensing involved(at least not in my state), its passed down by generation on how to, and since they put the threads in their mouth, and you may bleed(or at least have raw, broken skin from tugging) diseases can transfer.

  28. 28
    August 4th, 2010 at 4:28 am

    Hunter is right.

    In the beauty industry, threading is often frowned upon. To my knowledge there are only threading regulations in the state of California. in other states, it’s not exactally “illegal” to provide threading services, but it is not 100% legal either. salons who provide this service can actuall be fined in some states.

    if not done quickly enough, the person threading your brow can actually take out a chunk of skin instead. be very careful where you chose to get this service done.

  29. 29
    August 4th, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    I’ve had my eyebrows threaded my whole life and while they do put the thread in their mouths, the part that touches your skin IS NOT the part that’s held in their mouths, so no, disease transfer is not likely at all. It’s also important to find someone who’s been threading for a while so it’s better to ask around (especially your indian and middle eastern friends) as they’ll probably recommend someone who does an excellent job to you. I’ve never bled or had chunks of skin ripped out so don’t pay attention to people trying to scare you out of trying it. Even waxing has the potential to cause a lot of damage; anything of this sort does, and threading isn’t any less safe than waxing.

    Eyebrow threading isn’t expensive either -it’s easier to find someone at an Indian boutique or jewelry store and it costs me about $5-$7 depending on the place. I get them threaded every other week and clean with tweezers in-between, so I’m only spending about $10-$15 a month.

  30. 30
    August 7th, 2010 at 4:32 am

    Sammy, i’m not “trying to scare anybody” out of trying threading. i went to beauty school. i’ve been working in the industry, and in salons while i’m working on my degree.

    Yes waxing is dangerous if done by someone who does not know what they are doing. The main injuries would be from wax being overheated and burning clients.

    I just wanted to warn people that threading has risks too. If the thread is moved to slowly, it will grab skin instead of hair. I have seen scars from this type of injury.

    Threading, if done correctly does turn out great. The problem is that the beauty industry does not regulate threadding. It is not taught in beauty school. There are not continuing education classes for professionals to learn threadding. However waxing is taught in depth, and there are hundreds of advanced and continuing waxing classes.

    Threadding is risky because there is a lack of knowledge with professionals. Many people who do provide threading services learned from family or friends, and may not even have a backround education in cosmetology.

  31. 31
    June 26th, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    I have had so much trouble with my eyebrows! I’ll explain: They are thick and really bushy. Every time I went to wax them they would either wax them thin or make a new shape out of them; so I decided to thread them. At first I loved it, but later realized that I needed to learn how to do them myself (because they grow out super fast). I tried this method and now I have a more natural and well-suited eyebrow. I can manage them whenever I need to. All I have to do is measure, trim, and tweeze. Now I love how my eyebrows frame my face! I would totally recommend it!

  32. 32
    June 30th, 2012 at 12:58 am

    Thankyou, thankyou, thankyou!! i cant believe i was able to give myself nice eyebrows! i always relied on my sister to help me, but now i dont have to, the video clip was great help and im so proud od myself, thanks again!! Now they a more suited to my face, then the shape my sis was giving me which was suited to her face but for me made everything point towards my nose which is my worst feature, now they are nice and my nose isnt highlighted meaning i can higlight my eyes which are my best feature.
    THANKS AGAIN!!

  33. 33
    March 1st, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    I love getting my eyebrows waxed… I just lay there and someone does the job quickly and well. Never had a bad waxing job done and been to three different stylists.

    I guess it just depends on the person, but I find threading not only uncomfortable, but like a fire on my face, especially on my upper lip. Tweezers are ok, but sometimes I bleed when I pluck the hairs between eye and brow out. Youch!

    Great article though, and I loved that video … using a white pencil? Genius… why did I never think of that?

  34. 34
    January 4th, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    I tried Threading and I couldn’t take it. I want to try waxing, but ultimately I think plucking and tweezing is the best option. Its inexpensive, and there are a lot of kits and different tweezers you can purchase from a lot of different places. (Target, Wal-Mart, Macy’s, etc.)

  35. 35
    January 17th, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    I am 15 and I had these Frida eyebrows before hahaha, but I started tweezing them by myself, watching youtube video tutorials and all of that, I keep following all the steps and the thing is that I always find my eyebrows ugly, and they look even more ugly in photos that are away from my face. I’d really like to try waxing but my biggest fear is that they leave my eyebrows too thin and they never grow up again :/ Also, I have kind of a big face and my cheeks are kind of big(I am not skinny at all) does anyone know if its better to have more thick eyebrows or thin eyebrows when you don’t have a skinny face?

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