Whether Drew Barrymore’s thin brows had you grabbing your tweezers in the 90’s or you’ve been inspired by Cara Delevigne to embrace the bushier look, it’s clear that we have seen many brow fads over the years. Trends come and go, but proper brow maintenance will never go out of style. Here are some tips on how to make sure your brows stand the test of time.
Leave them alone
If you’re working with a blank canvas and wanting your brows to reach their full potential, the best thing you can do is leave them alone for at least four to six weeks. This way they’ll be able to grow into a more natural shape.
Find your natural shape
Before you groom, it’s important to know how to find your brow shape. According to the Salon Success Academy, this is how you do it:
“To find the beginning of your brow, use a pencil to align the beginning of your brow with the middle of your nostril. To find the endpoint, measure from the outer corner of your nose through the outer corner of your eye. Only pluck the hairs that fall outside these two areas.”
Back up from the mirror
Magnification is not your friend when it comes to grooming your brows; it can distort your perspective and make it more difficult to create the shape you want. So take a step back and pluck away, carefully.
One at a time
Plucking your brows may be painful, but doing so quickly can do you more harm than good. It can cause you to pluck the wrong hairs, break them, or even pluck skin.
Snip when needed
If your eyebrow hair starts to grow too long, grab a spoolie brush those hairs up towards the hairline. Then grab a pair of brow scissors to trim them to your desired length.
Calm everything down
According to Kristie Streicher, creator of the “feathered brow”, it’s important to gently massage your brow bone with facial oil after you’ve plucked them. “This will lubricate your skin and hair follicle, prevent hair from breaking, and take the edge off the the skin’s sensitivity from tweezing,” she explains.
Castor oil is the key
You can always use an eyebrow pencil to fill in the sparse areas of the brow, but if you’re aiming for hair growth, grab a bottle of castor oil. It’s filled with large amounts of fatty acids, proteins, and vitamin E, which can trigger natural hair growth.
Know when to stop
Eyebrows are sisters, not twins. Perfect eyebrows, while enviable, are not realistic. Be sure not to over-pluck to get them. Streicher suggests plucking the area between your brows first, then do the same with the strays beneath the arch and beyond the tail of the brow.
Bring in the professionals
When your brows start losing their shape and start looking messy, make an appointment with your brow groomer. SkinSpaMED offers expert eyebrow shaping and tinting, giving you magazine-worthy eyes. Make your eyes pop with an eyebrow arching, lash tint, or expert makeup application.
To schedule an appointment, or to learn more about our brow services, visit the SkinSpaMED website or call our Dallas spa at (972) 392-2895, or Colleyville at (817) 281-8181.
Take a selfie
Before you leave your shaping appointment, take a selfie! Yes, your brows are red and you may not look your best, but it will give you the perfect shape to mirror when grooming them later.