Shape Your Eyebrows and Give Your Face an Instant Makeover
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How are your eyebrows? Are they bushy, scant or unruly? Do they grow wild (quite like the unkempt patch of grass) or are they too lean and mean? Beauty experts will tell you that eyebrows can make or break your face. A poorly shaped eyebrow can convey a number of things—you may look tired, angry, confused, sad or frightened. It may be one feature of the face, but that one feature can create a huge impact on the overall look of your face. Just like a picture pop when framed with the right kind of frame, tastefully shaped eyebrows can lift your face and brighten your face. It can complement and bring balance to your facial features.
Is that an overstatement, that shaping the eyebrow can greatly enhance the look of your face? See for yourself.
If you’re less than happy with your naturally endowed eyebrows, there are ways to coax them into shape. Here are three simple steps to shape your eyebrow:
1. To begin the process, stand in front of the mirror. Imagine a line from the outer base of your nose to the eyebrow line. You can also use a pencil/ruler/long brush handle to help you determine the spot where your eyebrow should begin. Let’s call it A.
2. Look in the mirror again and use your pupil of your eye as a guide. Imagine another imaginary line going from the base of the nose slanting across the center section of the eye, just slightly to the right of the pupil. This is where the highest arch of the eyebrow should be. Let’s call it B.
3. To determine where the eyebrow should end, imagine another line starting from the base of the nose to the outer corner of the eye. The ideal eyebrow should end here. Let’s call it C.
These are general guidelines. What if you have an extra wide nose? Won't your eyebrows be far apart using this method to gauge the beginning of eyebrows? If that's the case, bring your eyebrows closer to the center of the face and that give your nose the illusion of being smaller.
Joining the three dots will give you a general idea of the shape of your eyebrow. In general, the thickest part of the eyebrow is at A and it tappers towards C. An eyebrow expert will tell you that the ultimate shape will also take into your consideration the shape of your face and the overall effect. Use a pair of clean and sharp tweezers to remove any hair that falls outside of this shape(see video for a better understanding). If you’re not sure, you may want to use an eyebrow pencil to shade in before you remove any hair. It is best to remove no more than two rows of hairs to begin with. A fuller eyebrow with a gentle arch will give the face a more natural look.
That’s one way—you do it yourself—it’s free and the results vary. You may have a knack for it and it turns out the way you want it or it may be less than satisfactory. If you don’t have a steady hand or you’re afraid to mess up, it may be advisable to have an experienced aesthetician help you shaped the eyebrow the very first time.
Other Ways to Shape Your Eyebrow:
- Eyebrow Threading
If you walk through the mall, the chances are you’ll see a salon that offers eyebrow threading. For as little as $10, they offer to shape your eyebrows—clean, well-defined and sleek. You can also find this form of eyebrow shaping at spa and beauty treatment places. An ancient form of hair removal, it originated in parts of India, Middle and Far East and is now gaining popularity in the West. This technique uses 100 percent cotton thread. The cotton thread is stretched taunt and rolled along the surface of the skin to entwine hairs in the thread. The hairs are then quickly lifted out of the follicle. Because it’s precise, the lines are cleaner and more well-defined than if you use tweezers.
What can you expect from eyebrow threading?
- It adds shape and define brow.
- Raise the arch of the eyebrow
- Not very expensive
- No costly chemicals used in the process.
- Top layer of skin is not peeled as in waxing, hair is pulled out quickly.
- May be used to remove hair from other areas of the body, unibrows included.
Caution: Although eyebrow threading is a quick and easy way to shape eyebrows, some have complained of pain during the threading process. Others have reported red bumps on skin after. In general, an experienced aesthetician may make the process less painful and the result can be stunning.
- Eyebrow Waxing
Some people prefer waxing as it removes hair all at once as opposed to tweezing (one hair at a time—ouch!). It is less complicated than eyebrow threading and if you can tolerate a little pain, the results may last as long as 6 to 8 weeks.
The technique involves the application of hot wax to the skin and the use of muslin strips to pull it off. Soft or hard wax may be used. The hair comes off in one pull. Home-waxing kits are available, though this method is not for the faint of heart or the novice. Salon offers eyebrow waxing and using an experienced aesthetician is the best way to avoid eyebrow blunders such as misshapenly-shaped eyebrow or undue pain.
Caution: In some cases, you may experience skin irritation, redness and swelling. If you’re using a product containing Accutane or Retin-A, eyebrow waxing may remove the outer layer of skin. Some eyebrow experts advise using a skin-soothing gel after waxing. Again, always consult a licensed aesthetician.