A Simple Guide to Shaping Eyebrows


Shaping eyebrows can be a challenging thing for a novice to do. However, once you know the tricks of the trade, it becomes much easier to get the brow shape that will perfectly frame your eyes and flatter your features. This guide will take you through the steps needed to achieve a flattering eyebrow shape.

Tools Needed

You will need a good set of tweezers, preferably ones with slanted tips. You will also need a ruler, tongue depressor or other straight edge object, a magnifying mirror, a regular mirror and an eyebrow brush. If you want to fill in your brows, you will also need an eyebrow pencil or powder and a slanted brush.

Assess Your Features

Stand in front of your regular mirror and take an objective look at your face. Determine if you have large or small features. For eyebrows to look flattering they have to be in balance with the rest of your facial features. If your features are large a full brow works best. If they are small you can go a little thinner. Keep in mind that styles change and eyebrows that have been repeatedly tweezed may not fully grow back, so it’s best to be a little conservative and not go super thin.

Begin and End

Take a tongue depressor or ruler and hold it so the edge sits along the side of your nose up to your eyebrow. For most people this is where the brows should begin. If your nose is especially narrow or wide you may need to adjust for this.

Next, hold the straight edge from the side of your nose and angle it past the outer corner of your eye. This is where your eyebrows should end.

Now look at the outer edge of your iris. The area of eyebrow above this is where the highest part of the arch should be.

Remove the Excess Hair

Now that you know how your brows should be shaped, you can carefully tweeze the excess hair by using your tweezers and magnifying mirror. Hold the skin taunt and tweeze in the direction of hair growth. If you are uncertain about which hairs to remove, cover over the excess hair with concealer first to get an idea of the finished look. It’s important to step away from the magnifying mirror and look in the regular mirror periodically. If you don’t you could end up over tweezing. Most people will be looking at you from a distance of about 3 feet, so keep this in mind when you’re tweezing.

Fill in Your Eyebrows

If your eyebrows are sparse or do not extend out far enough, fill them in with an eyebrow pencil or powder. When using eyebrow powder it’s best to apply it with a stiff angle brush. Finish by using a brow brush to brush the eyebrows up to the arch.

Alternative Methods

If you don’t like tweezing you can use techniques like waxing or threading to remove the excess brow hair. It’s best to have these techniques done by a professional esthetician a few times before attempting them yourself at home.


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