Are you worried about plucking your eyebrows? You’ll feel a little pinch, but using the right technique will minimize the pain. Learn how to pluck and shape your brows like a professional.
Soften the skin around your brows. When the skin there is soft and supple, the hairs slide out much more easily. Plucking skin that is dry and stiff will make the experience more painful.
Plan to pluck your brows right after you take a shower. The warm water and steam will have left your skin moist and supple.
Hold a pair of tweezers in your hand like you would a pencil. The open end should be up. Give it a few squeezes so you’re comfortable with the motion you will need to use to pluck your brows.
Continue this until you have finished plucking one brow, then repeat on the other brow.
If you need to stop and take some breaks, that’s ok. Resume plucking when you’re ready.
Sometimes plucking eyebrows causes the eyes to tear up and the nose to itch. That’s perfectly normal; just keep going until you’re finished.
Feel free to move the dot a little forward or backward. This technique shows you the general spot where your eyebrows should begin, but your personal preferences can also come into play
Make sure the instrument you use to find your brow’s starting place is very thin. If you use something thick, it will slightly throw off where you place the dot.
Figure out where your brows should peak. Nicely groomed eyebrows arch around the eye, and the place where they peak can make a big difference in your final look. Take the same instrument, and this time line it up from the outer edge of your nostril to the outer edge of your iris. Mark the spot where it crosses your brow, and repeat on the other side.
Mark where your brow should end. This time line up the instrument from the edge of your nostril to the outer corner of your eye. Mark the spot where it falls across your brow. This is where your brow should naturally end; repeat on the other side.
The size of your eyes. If you have large eyes, you might want to balance them with thicker brows. If you have small eyes, balance them with thinner brows.
The space between your brows and your eyes. If your brows are set high on your forehead, you may want to go with heavier brows to help frame your eyes. If you have a low-set browbone that slightly juts over your eyes, go with thinner brows so they don’t look too heavy over your eyes.
Pluck the hairs that are closer to your nose than the dots you drew over your inner brows.
Shape the arch areas by plucking a few hairs around the peaks to give them a more defined shape.
Pluck the hairs that fall closer to your temples than the dots you drew on the outside of your brows.
Pluck more hairs from the bottom of your brows to make them as thin or thick as you’d like.
Do not over pluck. When you’re shaping your brows, take it slow. Step back and look in the mirror every few minutes to check your progress. Make sure you don’t pluck too much; eyebrow hairs can take 6 weeks to grow back, and sometimes they don’t grow back at all.