As this period of social distance persists, many of us have counted ourselves lucky to be gifted with more and more time to invest in those pastimes that likely fell out of favour in our busier periods. We’re taking the time to sit down and allow ourselves to get lost in fictional universes via the novels which have sat on our nightstands for weeks, or the new-release films and television shows that have been sitting unwatched on our go-to streaming platforms. We’re pausing to reassess our eating habits so that they’re a little more focused on immunity and nourishment.
We’ve even found ourselves taking our favourite self-care practices into our own hands, streaming workouts direct to our small screens, and performing beauty rituals, such as body hair removal and hair colouring within our very own four walls—and now, we’ve brought in the big guns to school you on one more self-maintenance front. Looking for eyebrow feathering salon? Look no further,Cosmetic Tattoo by Rach got you covered.
Let me start by saying, if you can afford it, go and see a professional brow stylist for a one-off brow shaping session. These people are experts and will know what brow shape is perfect for your face. Once you’ve got the ideal condition, all you have to do is a little pluck here, and a little tweeze there.
The human race has been plucking out, drawing and waxing off their eyebrows since Ancient Egyptian times, so wanting to learn how to shape your eyebrows isn’t something out of the ordinary. However, grabbing the nearest pair of tweezers and styling your eyebrows at home can have disastrous results. If you don’t want to end up looking permanently surprised, or as though you walked straight out of a 1920s talkie, read on.
But, if you’re determined to save some cash and put it to better use, like in textbooks, for example, then follow my tips and tricks below.
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Hey, just checking in. How are your eyebrows going?
I know – now we’re all working from home and living in isolation to help keep Australians safe from the spread of COVID-19 (you can find out the most up-to-date coronavirus information here) for the near future, how your brows are looking isn’t the most urgent priority.
Due to coronavirus restrictions, beauticians are no longer permitted to remain open in Australia. It means your once-monthly trip to the salon is on indefinite hold, and you’re going to have to do the dreaded task yourself. Here’s some help to get you there.
While many of us have plucked or waxed our eyebrows before, it’s more comfortable (and probably advisable) to let the experts do the job. Given that’s not possible at the moment, it’s best to relearn some crucial facts to avoid accidentally looking like Rachel Weisz in The Mummy.
Whether brows are naturally blessed or need a helping hand to make themselves known, it’s no doubt time apart from brow caretakers amid COVID-19 closures will be a trying time for all.
As this period of social distance persists, many of us have counted ourselves lucky to be gifted with more and more time to invest in those pastimes that likely fell out of favour in our busier periods.
We’re taking the time to sit down and allow ourselves to get lost in fictional universes via the novels which have sat on our nightstands for weeks, or the new-release films and television shows that have been sitting unwatched on our go-to streaming platforms. We’re pausing to reassess our eating habits so that they’re a little more focused on immunity and nourishment.
We’ve even found ourselves taking our favourite self-care practices into our own hands, streaming workouts direct to our small screens, and performing beauty rituals, such as body hair removal and hair colouring within our very own four walls—and now, we’ve brought in the big guns to school you on one more self-maintenance front. See more of our eyebrow feathering services.
Let me start by saying, if you can afford it, go and see a professional brow stylist for a one-off brow shaping session. These people are experts and will know what brow shape is perfect for your face. Once you’ve got the perfect condition, all you have to do is a little pluck here, and a little tweeze there.
As with any new task, you’ll first need to do some research. It’s 2020, so there’s no need to set up a six-hour study at the library — a few simple searches on Google or YouTube should do the trick.
YouTube is filled with informative tutorials on how to shape and pluck your brows right down to nailing the angles and curves. Watching a few of these will start to give you a common thread of what needs to be done — figuring out how your face shape corresponds to your brow line and where you should and shouldn’t pluck.
How do you get the perfect brows?
A professional brow aesthetician can perfect your eyebrows by enhancing your natural shape and working to achieve your style objectives. In my salon, there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach to brow shapes; whether you’re trying to grow brows back in or create a more refined, more contoured shape, I tailor to the individual.
I strongly recommend selecting a specialist brow salon where a therapist has had intensive brow training; this way, you can be confident your aesthetician is capable and has a true passion for brows!
I use unique measuring techniques to determine the ideal shape for each client – I don’t believe in the use of stencils. Sometimes customers will come in requesting celebrity eyebrow trends (e.g. wider brows and on-trend higher arches), but I will not create an unnatural shape for their face. It is so important to consider the client’s facial features and bone structure. Eyebrows frame your face and have the ability to take years off your appearance, so the correct shape, width and colour are essential components to achieving brow perfection.
An initial shape by a professional is essential, and you can maintain this between visits with the correct use of tweezing. But don’t be over-zealous!
How to shape eyebrows.
First up, let’s be realistic about what you can achieve DIY with zero to little eyebrow shaping experience.
Want a general tidy up of your existing shape? Go for it. Feel like shaping your eyebrows for the first time or want to change your body entirely? Wait until you can book an appointment with a professional.
Here’s how to do it (step-by-step images below):
- To find the ideal brow start point (where you want the eyebrow to start in the middle of your face), hold your brow pencil up to your face vertically inline with your nostril. Where the top of your pencil hits your eyebrow is your start point – make a little mark there with your pencil. NOTE: Making your mark just above where the pencil and brow intersect will give you a wider margin a.k.a less chance of stuffing up.
- To find the ideal brow arch point (where the highest point of your eyebrow should be), keep the pencil in line with your nostril and hold it at an angle that matches up with the inner edge of your iris. Where the top of your pencil hits your eyebrow is your arch point – make another mark there.
- To find the ideal brow endpoint (where the brow should finish), move your brow pencil to the edge of your nose and angle it diagonally to the outer corner of the eye. Mark, where the top of your pencil hits your eyebrow – that’s your endpoint.
- Repeat the process on the other side, then connect the marks on top of your brows with straight lines: start point to arch point, arch point to endpoint. Use your natural shape as a guide, and take the lines higher if you’re unsure. NOTE: Keep the lines straight rather than curved.
- Connect the marks under your brow in the same way: start point to arch point, arch point to endpoint.
- Well done, take a break.
How to choose the right eyebrow shape for you
Picking the eyebrow shape for your face is the first step to consider.
This infographic by Friends Beauty Supply shows how the style you choose depends on the shape of your face. For example, if you have a round face, an angular brow shape will supposedly make your eyes look wider. People with long or oval-shaped faces, according to the infographic, should look to choosing flat brows, which shorten the face.
Just remember, hair grows back so even if you do accidentally give yourself the Weisz or wrong eyebrow shape for your face, it’s only going to stay like that for a few weeks tops.
Whilst finding the perfect brow shape is best left to the experts, tidying their existing or natural shape is foolproof. “To ensure you’re removing the right hairs, fill in your brows or trace around them,” advises Hannah Mutze, “the hairs sitting outside of the lines are safe to remove.”
But here’s the tricky part: remember to practice restraint and keep things in perspective. “Always remove hairs one by one and try to use a larger mirror you can see your whole face and absolutely no magnifying mirrors” warns Mutze.Our exclusive range of eyebrow feathering services will help you in eyebrow microblading, feathering or hair stroke eyebrow tattooing procedures.
New to tweezing? For those with sensitive brows, Mutze recommends to “always remove hairs in the direction they grow in and pull the surrounding skin taught using your other hand to minimise the sting”.
As isolation rolls on, tidy brows in line with their natural growth cycle, setting aside time every two to four weeks to for a clean-up. And for pesky outliers, Mutze says to resist the urge; “by tweezing every stray as it comes through, you’re interrupting the growth cycle and making way for constant and inconsistent regrowth.”
Top 3 Eyebrow Shape Designs
These three eyebrow shapes never seem to go out of style.
1. The Brooke Shields
We like our eyebrows thick and fluffy à la Queen Brooke. This look will suit women like Brooke and model Cara Delevingne who have strong jaws. You can achieve it yourself by going to town on your brows with a spoolie brush before using a clear or tinted brow gel to add dimension.
2. The Natalie Portman
Suitable for those of us with heart-shaped faces, Natalie’s eyebrows are rounded with a soft, subtle arch. Although they may look straight, there is a slight bend to Natalie’s brows which means her face looks perfectly balanced.
3. The Megan Fox
Megan Fox’s diamond-shaped face has us all envious. The best brows for this face shape are ones which will shorten and soften the face. You do this by lengthening your brow and giving it an increased curve (within reason of course!)
How to thread or wax your eyebrows
Once you’ve nailed how to shape your eyebrows, cleaning them up with a simple threading technique should be relatively easy. Here’s a simple and to-the-point YouTube video by Carolina Swanson that will take you through the steps.
It’s especially useful if tweezing your brows make your eyes water.
Other Ways to Style your Eyebrows
To achieve a professional brow dye-job at home, protect the skin and peach fuzz around your brows from unwanted staining. Mutze and Jean apply Vaseline to the surrounding area and begin by neatly brushing the tint onto the arch and tails of brows, then working towards the start of the brow for a natural, gradient effect. Depending on the desired effect, Mutze follows with additional layers of tint, whilst Jean adapts the waiting time of two to five minutes to reach the desired colour and depth. To coat each and every hair, Jean recommends using a spoolie to brush the tint into the brows for even coverage. To avoid a mono-brow and tinted skin, be careful to wipe away excess product with a damp cotton pad and use a toner-dipped cotton bud to erase mistakes, suggests Jean (and no silly, she didn’t mean that type of toner. She meant this type).
But if an at-home tint sounds bound to go sideways, Mutze turns to a tinted gel like benefit’s volumising Gimme Brow, or wide-tipped brow pencil to add hair-like strokes for temporary colour and definition.
Prone to wayward, curly and coarse brow hairs? Hannah Mutze tames them with a quick trim; “brush your brow hairs up with the spoolie brush and use your scissors to slowly snip away the excess length that extends above the top line of your brows.” But to keep brows looking soft and natural, take it slow. “Snip hairs one at a time for a natural-looking trim,” says Mutze. To keep eyebrows full and even, “don’t trim without brushing the hair up, as you can create patches or holes in the brows” she continues.
Meanwhile, Amy Jean skips trimming brows, instead opting to “tweeze coarse or long hairs as a solo act” to avoid accidentally plucking more than anticipated and creating holes in brows. Perhaps this is a method best-left to the experts.
People with long eyebrows that stick up towards the heavens, good news! Hannah says, trimming, your brows “is surprisingly easy to DII if you proceed with caution.” Here’s how:
- Use small cosmetic scissors, preferably with a safety tip to avoid any accidents.
- ALWAYS brush your brow hairs up before you trim them.
- After brushing them up, only trim away excess length that sits outside of your brow map.
- Trim hairs one by one to avoid a blunt, block effect.
- Too nervous about trimming? Just use a clear brow gel to brush and set your eyebrows into place. My favourites are the Rimmel Brow This Way Eyebrow Gel in Clear ($12.95) and Benefit 24-Hr Brow Setter Invisible Brow Gel ($45).
To get the perfect eyebrow shape, you’ll need a pair of tweezers. The quality of your tweezers is really important because anything less than the best will not be able to get those tiny hairs and will make your brows look unkempt. Tweezerman makes excellent tweezers, but you have to take good care of them. Tweezerman sharpens your tweezers for free when they become blunt.
How do we safely keep our eyebrows in shape at home?
The key to keeping your brows in shape at home is actually to resist shaping them too often—Mutze recommends setting aside time to sit down and tidy your brows by tweezing (and trimming, if needed) every 2 to 4 weeks. “More frequently and you may interrupt your natural growth cycle resulting in inconsistent regrowth,” she advises.
What are the best, professional-grade tweezers for at-home tweezing?
When it comes to what you should look for in an ideal tweezer for at-home brow shaping, you should be investing in a pair that are of high quality and feature slanted tips as, according to Mutze, they’re “easy to use, the most precise and will last”. The brow expert’s top picks? Tweezerman’s Slant Tweezer, Benefit’s Brow Grooming Tweezer & Brush—” these are great as they have a brush on the other end,” Mutze adds—and Rubis Switzerland’s Pinzette Classic Tweezer, “the crème de la crème with super fine edges”.Check out eyebrow feathering page which has everything you might need near you.
Benefits of going to a salon vs. DIY
Obviously, the only benefit of DIY is cost saving. I am happy for clients to maintain with some plucking at home, but I would strongly suggest they have their initial shape designed by a professional. They can then cut back on costs by visiting every second month, teamed with some at-home maintenance (no, not that type of home maintenance silly!).
A regular beauty therapist who has not undertaken specific brow training may perform an ordinary eyebrow wax. The therapist may take a ‘one size fits all’ approach to eyebrow shaping.
Great eyebrow wax and shape will occur when the therapist has the correct training, experience and passion for brows and takes into consideration the individual face shape of the women she is waxing. Like a good hairdresser, she will be able to explain why a particular style, e.g. a high Megan Fox arch, will not suit the client and suggest an alternate option. They will then use a combination of waxing and tweezing, and at all times, ensure the client is comfortable while maintaining an immaculate work area.
Ask friends for recommendations, trust a professional and make regular appointments to maintain your perfect shape.