Yes, you should be paying at least some attention to your eyebrows. Your brows attract attention whether you like it or not, so you might as well make sure they’re attracting the type of attention you want (you don’t want to be your office’s resident cave man now do you?). If you enjoy projecting an ultra-groomed look, but have never considered your brows before, you should listen up. Here are some helpful tips if your eyebrows have since been considered uncharted territory.
Make a trip to a salon (just this once)
If you’re unsure of where to begin, have a professional take the first stab at your brows. They can determine what shape suits your face best, and can take care of the bushiness you just can’t quite tackle yourself. Now you’ll have a guideline you can maintain at home.
Unless you’re going for a less natural look, tweezing is definitely the way to go. Waxing creates starkly defined lines and a more dramatic squared shape - there’s nothing wrong with this look, but just know that it doesn’t scream “I woke up like this”.
Take care of that unibrow
Any hair growing above your nose has got to go. A good rule of thumb is to have the edge of your brow line up with the inner corner of your eye. Conversely, don’t let the other end of your eyebrow become one with your sideburns.
Never use a razor
This one should be carved in stone. A razor has no business being anywhere near your eyebrow region. It leaves an obvious stubble that’s different from the regrowth you get from tweezing, and it’s anything but attractive. It also leaves way too much room for error, and since the shape of your eyebrows can change your entire face, this isn’t an area where you want to be messing around.
Don’t let yourself over-pluck
Eyebrow maintenance is something than can get out of hand before you even realize it. Every time you tweeze an area, put your hand down and look in the mirror and re-evaluate. Yes, eyebrow hair obviously grows back if you make a mistake, but you don’t want to be left looking permanently surprised for a few weeks during the process.
Don’t worry about your eyebrows matching perfectly
Remember that your eyebrows are brothers, not twins. Chances are you won’t be able to get them to match exactly no matter how hard you try, so don’t bother. It goes without saying that you don’t want two completely mismatched eyebrows, because that would look absolutely insane. But if you focus on taming unruly hairs more than being matchy-matchy, you’ll appreciate the result.
Trim, trim, trim
If your eyebrow hairs are too long as opposed to too bushy, a trimming may be in order. Brush your brows upward and make small trims with moustache or nail scissors. Swipe the hairs back in place, check your progress, and continue if necessary.
Don’t be afraid to use some product
If you feel your brows have potential but remain unruly, there’s nothing wrong with using a bit of gel to tame any stray hairs. A brow brush may be a good idea too, as you’d be amazed how much of a difference a quick brushing can make.
In terms of how often you’ll need to repeat this process, it’s different for everybody. Figure out the brow style you’re going for, and as soon as the hairs begin to stray from that look, pull out the tweezers.
Congrats on your new eyebrows!