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How To Shape Your Eyebrows At Home
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With the lockdown extended to May 3 since the coronavirus outbreak is still not under control, we’re sure that many of you are worried about the state of your brows and what will become of them by the end of all this. We’re approaching week 6 of quarantine and by now, your brows have probably reached their full potential and it’s giving you horrible flashbacks to your pre-waxing/threading days. But here’s the thing, perfectly shaped and groomed eyebrows are easy to achieve even from the comfort of your own home. If you have bushy brows you don’t need to make them thinner, just shape it a bit and fully embrace the Lily Collin’s eyebrow trend. All you need to do is just learn the correct methods and techniques to clean up your brows.

If you have been desperately searching for tutorials on how to shape eyebrows for beginners you’re in luck 'cause we’re here to help and guide you through this process so that you’ll end up with eyebrows that will surely have you wondering why you ever went to the salon.


It’s All In The Shape

The first step to achieving perfect brows is finding the right shape but if you’re a beginner, it’s ideal to work with the natural shape of your brows and focus on only cleaning.

If you are feeling a bit confident, you can take into consideration your face shape and the shape of your brows. If you have an oval face, then consider yourself lucky since most eyebrow shapes suit this face type. If you have a square face, try to ensure that your brows have a smooth and strong arch. If your face is round, make sure that your eyebrows have a sharp arch and aren’t too thin and finally, those with a long face, fuller elongated brows without an arch is what you should be going for.


Brow Mapping

Whether you’re just cleaning out excess hair or shaping your brows to suit your face, it’s important to identify the three key parts of your brow and mark them with your brow pencil. This will make the process so much easier.

Start: Begin by placing your brow pencil vertically at the middle of each nostril and then mark the starting spot of your eyebrows.

Middle: Pivot the pencil from the side of your nose, to find the midpoint or arch of your eyebrow.

End: Finally angle the pencil from the side of your nose to the outer corner of your eye to find the tail of your eyebrows.


How to Shape Thick Eyebrows

Those with thick messy eyebrows might have a lot of grooming and tweezing to do to keep them looking neat. Begin by removing the hair from the start of your eyebrow, once you're done carefully move to the top of your brow keeping in mind the arch and once you're done with the top, move under the arch and finally remove the stray strands at the end of your eyebrow. Repeat this process on the other side as well making sure that both eyebrows are even. This will help give your brows a more defined shape.

How To Shape Thin Eyebrows

For those with thin eyebrows, this might be a quick but tricky process. You need to be sure to only remove the excess strands of hair in order to not make your eyebrows thinner than they already are. All you have to do is apply some brow gel to lay the hair flat and then remove any stray strands on the bottom and at the edge of your eyebrows.

Different ways to shape your eyebrows

Eyebrow Threading

This is the most common way of shaping eyebrows which can also be done at home. If this is your first time threading your brows at home, take it slow and don’t rush.

1. To start, you will need a piece of sewing thread about 11 inches long and tied at the ends to make a loop.

2. Insert your index finger and thumb from both hands in the loop and twist the loop with the fingers on one hand 4 to 5 times. You should end up with a bow-tie shape.


3. Place your index finger and thumb inside the loop while making sure that the knot is on your fingers and not in the middle.

4. Now comes the tricky part. Keeping the fingers of one hand pinched together, move the fingers on your other hand. The loop's centre twist will slide up and down when you increase and decrease the distance between your index finger and thumb. This motion will help pull out the hair. But remember to NOT pull it in the same direction as your hair growth. 

5. Place one hand above your brow and the other below. The hand below will be used to move the thread. Next, place the hair you want to remove in the 'V' part of the loop and move your fingers on the hand that's below the brow. This will move the twist over the hair and thus pull it out.


6. Remember to only keep the excess hair you want to remove in the twist to avoid accidentally pulling out the other hair.

This method takes a lot of time and precision so be sure to not rush the process. 


Eyebrow Plucking

If you’re shaping your eyebrows with tweezers, first, create a clear outline using your brow pencil. Then, tweeze any strands outside the desired shape from the root to avoid breakage. Be sure to do this carefully to avoid over-plucking. 

Whichever method you choose, once you're done, make sure to use an aloe gel or an ice pack to soothe the skin and avoid any irritation. Voila! Perfectly tamed brows without going to the salon. Now you no longer need to hide your face during those video calls.  
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