As is true with many beauty services in my industry, shaping your brows is a quick, inexpensive way to polish, shape and freshen you face in just a few minutes. There are many ways for this to be accomplished so I am going to break it down for you. Let’s review your options, some (must-have) products, and choosing the right grooming for you.
First and foremost, there are a few tools you should always have in your make-up arsenal to manage your brows. Whether you have full, bushy, unmanageable brows or wispy, skinny, fading brows you should have:
-Clear mascara or brow gel such as Revlon Brow Gel
-Brow pencil such as Define A Brow Eyebrow Pencil from Mabelline
SEPHORA’s ARCH IT BROW KIT or Dior’s Backstage Brow Design Brow Shaping Stencils Kit.
You can also visit www.eyebrowgel.org to compare a few brow gels.
You may attempt to shape your brows at home with all of these fabulous tools, or just use them to help you maintain your professionally shaped brows in between appointments to the salon.
If you decide to have them tackled and waxed by a professional, which I recommend J , find a reputable salon that you are familiar with, has been recommended by a trusted source or has been rated well in your city. Your esthetician should be competent and experienced with lots of different types of brow shaping as well as tinting.
Your professional is going to use shaping points located on your face to find the most apropriate shape for your facial structure. You may use this as a guide if you are attempting to shape your brows at home and to groom your line between appointments.
If you have light, faded brows, definitely consider tinting your brows as well as waxing them to find the best shape for your face. You can fill in your new shape at home with powders and/or pencils to keep up your polished look between appointments.
If you have heavy, dark, unruly brows, definitely have a professional carve out a shape that you feel comfortable with, regularly preschedule your wax appointments and have a nice pair of tweezers at home to catch strays in between those appointments.
Maybe you would like to experiment with Threading. Many women enjoy the age-old tradition of Threading to remove unwanted hair from the face and body. It is a technique where the Threader wraps threads around her fingers and quickly rolls the threads back and forth over the area essentially pulling/tweezing the hairs and removing them quickly. Visit this site for more info about Threading http://makeupandbeauty.com/how-to-thread-your-eyebrows-at-home/ Many salons in larger cities have experienced technicians available for this technique.
Or maybe you have a unibrow? I did once. There is always the option of permanently removing unwanted hair between your brows or even your hairline. Laser hair removal on such small areas is fairly inexpensive these days and is not too painful. I would never recommend laser for the arch of your brow or above your brow line as this is an area you might want to fill in as your face ages in the future, but any unwanted hair between those brows MUST GO.
What about your teenage daughter? When should you start to groom her brows? Although this is only my opinion, I feel about the time they reach puberty, they should have a groomed shaped brow. Considering many girls this age are not wearing much make up at this point, beautiful brows, a little mascara and lip gloss can really improve a young girls vision of her appearance. Just be cautious not to OVER pluck or remove too much hair from the brows. Removing hair at this young age will retard the hair growth forever. On the other hand, if yours sweet beauty has been blessed with more that her fair share of facial hair, now is a perfect time to laser or wax it off and be happy to retard future growth that she will fight all her adult life. Leave these decisions to the professionals. CONSULT with a couple different people until you feel very comfortable turning your impressionable, sensitive young daughter over to a stranger J .
There is, of course the option of permanently filling in your brow shape with cosmetic tattooing. From eyeliners to lips to brows, this is a great way to ‘get your face on’ without applying the same make every single day. Many women prefer this to daily makeup. This may be an option you would like to explore as well. But my recommendation is that you start SUBTLEY and work your way up. Instead of getting a nice, fat brow permanently etched into your face, maybe start with a soft line first and see how you like it. You can always add to the line, but never remove it. Be weary if your esthetician suggests a heavier line that you are comfortable with. Start subtle first.
So whichever direction you decide to go (or experiment with lots of options), just DO IT! It is extremely satisfying to have a glamorous, perfectly shaped brows for your everyday activities as well as your nights on the town.