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If you’re wondering how to do eyebrows, and you’ve never done them before, don’t worry. We’ve all been there before. Doing your eyebrows takes a little bit of time if you’re just getting started, but it’s well worth it in the end.
Benefits Of Learning How To Pluck Eyebrows At Home
After a certain age, I really felt that I should go to a salon and simply get my eyebrows done like everyone else. So I did. Thanks to that experience, I’ve discovered there are several benefits to doing your own eyebrows.
There’s Less Chance That You’ll Mess Them Up
I know, you’re a beginner, but there’s still less chance that you’ll mess them up. That’s because you already have the look that you want pictured in your mind. You’re not going to want to destroy your eyebrows, so you’ll take more time and care when doing your eyebrows. That is not always the case at salons.
I had almost perfect eyebrows until I went to a salon. The main flaw was a line that simply did not grow hair. There was no scar. This one eyebrow had always been this way. Until I went to a salon. The woman that did my eyebrows made them significantly shorter to line up with the line that did not grow hair. She waxed off the end of my eyebrow.
That wasn’t the only mistake. In an effort to give me more of an arch, she took a chunk off the top. She obviously realized her mistake because she only did that with one eyebrow.
Today, almost ten years later, the ends of my eyebrows are still really sparse. My one eyebrow still has a small indent on the top because the hair never grew back. It’s smaller now so you wouldn’t notice it unless you were staring at my eyebrows, but I know it’s there. This is the main reason I do my own eyebrows.
No Allergic Reaction To Wax
When I go to a salon and have my eyebrows waxed, everywhere that the wax touches breaks out. I get hives that look like giant welts. Leaving the salon involved a pair of really large sunglasses and not going anywhere else for the day. That’s not the case if I tweeze them myself.
It’s Cheaper Learning How To Tweeze Eyebrows For Beginners
Eyebrow waxing is not expensive. On the other hand, why spend $20 if you don’t have to? Besides, if you’re down to your last $20 until payday, you don’t want to spend it on getting your brows done when you can make them look perfect at home.
How To Tweeze Eyebrows At Home
When you’re doing your eyebrows at home, you’re going to need a few things. You’ll need:
- Eyebrow Scissors. These are similar to cuticle scissors in size, but they aren’t curved so it’s easier to trim long hairs. If you aren’t comfortable with that, you can skip this step. Instead, you’ll simply brush them down with a spoolie. Eyebrow gel can be used to hold the longer hairs in place throughout the day.
- Spoolie Brush. These come in most brush kits. They look like the spoolie that is used when applying mascara. If you don’t have one, you can also use a standard eyebrow brush.
- Slanted Tweezers. These are to tweeze all those little hairs. Slanted ones are easier to tweeze with, and you can see what you’re doing. I used mine from Billion Dollar Brows (they came in the tool kit.) However, don’t buy them. I love Billion Dollar Brows scissors and some of their products, but their tweezers do not function better than any other slanted tweezers. My dollar store tweezers do the exact same thing. (No picture included because we all know what tweezers are.)
- A makeup pencil that wipes off easily. It’s helpful to draw on the shape of your eyebrow to make sure that you don’t over tweeze. You don’t want one that is designed to last all day because you’re going to wipe it off of your eyebrow after you’re done.
Shape Your Eyebrows First
Before you start tweezing, you want to get an idea of what shape your eyebrows should be. Eyebrows that are not in the proper shape aren’t flattering.
First, take your eyeliner pencil, tweezers, or spoolie brush and hold it so that it is at the end of your nose. Then, make it go in a straight line up, over the corner of your eye, and onto your forehead. This marks where your eyebrow should begin.
Then, holding the brush at the same place at the end of your nose, look forward. Make sure that the brush is then going from your nose up to the forehead. This time, the brush should be going over the center of your eye. This marks where the arch of your eyebrow should be.
Finally, angle the brush so that it lines up with the outer corner of your eye and extends to the forehead. This spot on your eyebrow is where the end of your eyebrow should be.
Shave Or Tweeze Those Pesky Middle Hairs
I get tiny hairs in between my eyebrows. There is not a full unibrow, but those hairs are still there. If they are there when I am tweezing, I tweeze them. You can also use an eyebrow shaper to simply shave them.
It’s a common myth that once you shave them they will grow back quicker. That is not true. I’ve done that plenty of times and they do not grow back quicker.
Trim The Long Hairs In The Center
If you’re comfortable using eyebrow scissors, it’s time to put them to use. Make sure that you’re careful when you do this step. If you cut the hair too short, you can always fill in your eyebrows with an eyebrow pen. However, that’s not ideal.
Take your spoolie brush, and comb the hair on your eyebrows up towards your hairline. Some of the brow hairs won’t stay at that angle. That’s fine. We just want the middle hairs towards the center of the forehead to be combed up. These tend to grow faster and longer in some people. (For example, me.)
Trim a tiny bit off the top and even those longer hairs out. Do one brow, and then the other. After that, take a step back to look in the mirror and make sure that they are even.
Color In The New Shape Of Your Eyebrows
Using your pencil, eyeliner, or whatever you chose to use, you want to color in your eyebrow. As you do this, make sure that you are drawing the shape that you want your eyebrows to be. Ignore any stray hairs that you want to tweeze.
Using a lighter color works best for this. I used an orange colored eyeliner so it’s a bit hard to see in the pictures. Most beginners use a light color like white or nude. The highlighter pencil that comes in a BDB kit works wonderfully if you happen to have one. (Mine rolled under the bed and I couldn’t find it when doing my eyebrows so I had to improvise.)
When you’re done, you should have your eyebrow shape perfectly colored in. Look in the mirror to make sure that both eyebrows are even and have an arch in the same place.
Tweeze Your Eyebrows
Now, you can tweeze the hairs outside of the shape of your eyebrow. If you have a steady hand, you can use an eyebrow shaper. If not, it’s best to stick to tweezers to avoid accidentally shaving off a portion of your eyebrow.
As you tweeze your eyebrows, you want to move from one eyebrow to another. Tweeze a few hairs on the first eyebrow. Then, do the same with the other eyebrow. Move back and forth between the two, stopping every so often to check that they are both even. This can help you make sure that one eyebrow doesn’t somehow wind up thinner than another one.
If you get tired of sitting in front of the mirror, take a break and finish it later. If you’re in a rush or don’t feel like tweezing your eyebrows, you’re more likely to wind up with uneven eyebrows. Don’t forget to subscribe for more beginner makeup tips!