Beauty How-To: Pluck Your Eyebrows

Pencil-thin eyebrows are just as bad as the dreaded unibrow. If you own a tweezer, there is no excuse for either tweezing catastrophe. Start with a wax, then follow our tips about upkeep, and maintain perfectly manicured eyebrows all the time. Start with a Professional Wax:
A professional wax will shape your brows and rid your face of a lot of unwanted hair quickly.

How to Avoid Plucking Too Much:
Take a long eyeliner pencil and hold it parallel to the side of your nose. Where the eyeliner pencil lands is where you should start plucking. Hold one on each side of your nose to see the entire area you’ll be plucking.

Slight Arches Make Hot Eyebrows:
Most eyebrows have slight arches. To find out where your arch should be, take a long eyebrow brush and hold it parallel to the outside of the colored part of your eye. Where the brush meets your eyebrow is where your arch should be.

Exfoliate Your Skin:
Before you start to pluck your eyebrows, gently exfoliate your skin. Make sure you use a very gentle scrub, because the skin on your face is very delicate.

What to do if You’re Concerned About Pain:
If you are scared to pluck your eyebrows because of pain, apply Anbesol, Orajel, or any baby teething ointment to your eyebrows. It will temporarily numb your skin.

Pluck after a Shower:
Your pores are opened during a hot shower, so hair is less resistant to being pulled.

Pluck in the Direction of Growth:
Only pluck a hair in the direction that it grows. And stick to plucking one or two hairs at a time to reduce pain.

Pluck Top and Bottom:
Older women always say that you should never raise a tweezer above your eyebrow, but well manicured brows need to be plucked above and below.

Wrapping it Up:
Don’t over pluck because eyebrow hair takes a long time to grow back. When you’re finished, apply an aloe vera gel to your eyes to minimize redness and swelling