There’s no going back once you’ve popped your eyebrow-threading cherry. Seriously, it’s a one-way ticket to better brows no matter what you’re starting with. If you’re a first-timer to the ancient Indian hair removal technique, let us enlighten you. The cotton-twisting treatment is not at all scary, but because it’s nice to know what to expect, we’ve broken it down below:

1. Bearable pain. Depending on the therapist/your tolerance/the time of the month threading feels like tweezing multiple hairs at at once. Obviously try not to flinch during it, or you could end up with unwanted bald patches.

2. One at a time. you’ll be asked to pull your eyelids in opposing directions, so the skin is taught and easy for the therapist to work on. If they assume you’ve been before, expecting you to know what to do, ask and they’ll explain!

3. Don’t wear lots of eye makeup (for the above reason) or you’ll probably smudge it everywhere.

4. Uncontrollable side side effects include random sneezing and eye watering – they might literally stream (not from the pain, but the sensitivity).

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5. Be prepared for the therapist to forgo asking what shape you want and to just get to work on instinct. So if you’re growing out your arches, for example, be sure to specify and they should advise you on the best strategy.

7. They might question whether you want your brows “trimmed or not” after the threading; it’s optional but it makes unruly hairs look much neater. If you have especially fine hair or sparse brows you might want to decline.

8. Check the results, carefully. When the shaping is done, they’ll show you the results in a handheld mirror and it’s easy to automatically say “great!” – but look closely and ask for tweaks if you’re not 100% happy.

9. Next comes the option for Aloe Vera gel. Say “yes” to it, it’s rather cooling and soothing plus will help to reduce redness.

10. The redness. You will temporarily experience rosy skin (some suffer worse than others), so you might not want to go straight out on a date afterwards, but it’ll last an hour, max.

11. Massage? Depending on where you have your brows threaded, you may get a little Indian-style head massage of joy afterwards making any pain you felt previously melt away.

12. While the therapist may fill-in your brows with product if you wish, you’ll be told not to apply concealer/foundation afterwards and don’t ignore the advice; makeup could clog the pores left open by the hair removal and cause spots.

13. What you should focus on instead is the fact you’ll have your best brows EVER. Formerly sparse, overgrown, wonky or wild brows will all see amazing transformations from threading.

14. Your freshly threaded brows will be easier to fill in yourself, making the morning makeup routine quicker. Bonus.

15. You’ll also save time on tweezing. There’s no need to pluck between appointments, but when you feel the need to (after 5-6 weeks), save them up for a week and re-book.

Our favourite eyebrow makeup:

Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Anastasia Beverly Hills feelunique.com £19.00

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With a powder, tinted wax, two mini brushes and a pair of tweezers, this kit is a one-stop-shop for brows.

NYX Makeup Micro Brow Pencil NYX Professional Makeup feelunique.com £9.00

Bloggers and editors agree, this is one of the very best brow pencils around.

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How to Pluck Eyebrows for the First Time

Plucking eyebrows may seem like an easy enough task, though there are certain dos and don’ts involved in it. When we meet people, the first thing they notice in us is our face. If we look presentable, we automatically feel confident and comfortable. Every woman loves to have well-shaped eyebrows and it looks good too. And this can be achieved with a simple process – by plucking your eyebrows. Women (and some men) should be aware of how to pluck eyebrows in a correct manner as it can be the difference between looking like glam doll and Oscar from Sesame Street. I’m not trying to scare you or anything, just needed to tell you how important it is. I know that many men and women think that plucking eyebrows is a waste of time; but trust me, it definitely isn’t. You can seriously achieve that perfect look with properly shaped eyebrows. And we are here to tell you how it is done correctly. So sit back, relax, and read the rest of the article for proper steps.
Before You Pluck Eyebrows for the First Time
The first thing you need to do, before plucking your eyebrows, is to be calm and patient through the entire process. If you try to rush through the steps, it could mean disaster as you may or may not match both eyebrows. Now I would normally suggest that you visit a professional if you are doing your eyebrows for the first time, but if you have decided to take this task into your own hands, I won’t stop you. Instead, we will help you. So… where were we? Oh yes, the pre-plucking steps.

  • First and foremost, let your eyebrows grow. I know this may seem a bit uncomfortable at first, but in order to get the right shape, you need something to work with, right?
  • Inspect the direction of the hair growth. It is very important that you understand if your eyebrow hair is growing slightly upward or towards the left.
  • Finally, get a magnifying mirror with light, a pair of good quality tweezers, moisturizing lotion, cleanser, and clean mascara brush. When you have the items, go to the next section.

Pluck Your Eyebrows the Right Way
For getting the right shape, you can research online as to what are the different eyebrow shapes which you can choose from. You can even search through celebrity pictures to get a clear idea. Once you have finalized a shape that will suit your face, follow the steps given below.

  • Wash your face properly with a cleanser. Use warm water to rinse your face. The warm water will help when you are plucking your eyebrows.
  • Pat dry your face with a cotton towel and apply a moisturizing lotion over the eyebrows. This way, your eyebrows will become soft and plucking them would be easy.
  • You can also dip a cotton cloth in hot water and place the damp cloth over your face for about 10 minutes. This will also aid in opening the pores and making the task a little less painful.
  • Use the mascara brush to shape your eyebrows up and outward. At the base of the eyebrow, the bottom part, brush the hair downward. This is the hair that has to be plucked out.
  • Now hold the tweezers in your right or left hand (whichever you are comfortable with), keeping the open end of the tweezers up. We will begin from the innermost part of the eyebrow.
  • The hair that is at the bottom, begin to pluck the eyebrows so that a perfect outline can be created. Make sure your hands are steady and you’re not rushing at it.
  • Once you are finished plucking one side, use the mascara brush again to shape them. If any hair strand is left, you can pluck it one by one.
  • Follow the same steps on the other side and try to shape symmetrically. Although both eyebrows may not be similar, we can at least make them look acceptable.
  • Apply the moisturizing lotion again. Don’t keep touching them.

And there you have it. The correct way to pluck eyebrows and reduce any kind of errors or mishaps. However, since this is your first time, there can be certain mishaps. And in that case, you should be prepared. So go over the tips given below and save yourself from any errors.
Damage Control… Some Helpful Pointers
It can be possible that even after following the above mentioned tips on how to pluck eyebrows, you ended up plucking more than required. Or maybe, one eyebrow is not matching with the other. What is it that can be done about it?

  • Rush to your makeup bag and get the eyebrow pencil out. This pencil color should match the hair color on your eyebrow.
  • Make sure the pencil is sharp and apply thin, sharp lines to cover the uneven brow.
  • You can also use brown eyeshadow and apply it over the brow line with a firm bristled eyebrow brush.

I would like to advice you again that for first timers, let the professionals handle it as they can give you the right shape that suits your face. But if you are insisting on doing this on your own or would like to manage the upkeep at home, use a good quality tweezers and don’t go for that thin eyebrow trend. It’s just not sexy.

As the summer temps start to rise, leaving the house with minimal, light makeup is what dreams are made of. A pop of gloss on the lips, a slight touch of mascara on your lashes, and a swipe of tinted moisturizer, and you’re all set to run the world. But if you really want to go back to the basics, there’s one beauty ritual you should always make sure is top-notch before you head out: your brows.

Let’s be real: Your eyebrows shape your whole face. Whether you pluck on the thin side or let them grow wild, those tiny arches determine how your makeup will look. But just like finding a date on Tinder, it seems like DIY-ing your brows is just simply impossible to do. So how exactly do you get perfectly plucked brows every single time? Well, thankfully you came to the right place! Below are a few ways to really make your eyebrows stand out.

1. Tweeze after you shower.

While we all know that tweezing can be a real pain in the butt, there’s a way to make the whole process a lot less painful. After taking a hot shower, grab your favorite pair of tweezers, and pluck your eyebrows. The warm water helps open up the follicles, which allows the hair to be pulled out much easier.

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2. Align your brows with your face shape.

When it comes to your brows, there are a few set of rules you should be aware of before you pluck away your arches: Use a brow pencil as a guide to help you find the beginning, end, and arch of your eyebrows. The beginning of your brow should start right where your nostril begins. Hold the pencil vertically against the bridge of your nose and on top of your nostril to help you find the starting point. (Essentially you want the inside edges of your brows to match the outer bridge of your nose.) To find your arch, place the pencil on the tip of your nose and angle it straight across your pupil. Ladies and gentlemen, that’s where your natural arch lies should be.

Finally, to find the end of your brow, simply take the pencil, at an angle, and place it against the end of your nose and eye. If the tail end of your brow hits the place where the pencil ends, then your eyebrows are the perfect length. If your brow is too long, then tweeze some of those hairs away.

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3. Tweeze with good lighting.

If there’s one thing you need to make sure to have before you tweeze your eyebrows, it’s really, really good lighting. The worst thing you can do is try to pluck your eyebrows in a dimly lit bathroom, where you’re pretty much asking for a beauty disaster. If you can, take advantage of natural light. Bring a handheld mirror to the most lit area in your home so you can see all those tiny hairs you need to pluck.

4. Tweeze in the direction of your hair growth.

If you see a tiny black hole where you just tweezed, it means you didn’t pluck the whole hair follicle. To prevent this next time, tweeze in the direction of your hair growth so you can capture the whole strand with ease.

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5. Don’t use a magnifying mirror.

While it might seem like a good idea at first, plucking your eyebrows with a magnifying mirror is actually one of the worst things you can do. The mirror can be misleading and make you believe you have more hair follicles than you actually do, which can lead you to accidently over plucking your hairs—and no one wants to play that game. To prevent this, use a normal mirror and between every few plucks, take a step back to reassess your eyebrow game plan.

6. Trim your eyebrows.

Keep your eyebrows looking fresh by trimming the front part of your brows. While a tiny pair of scissors works fine (and they look super cute), I recommend using a nose-trimming tool instead (the round edges will prevent you from cutting yourself and making your brows look like the Red Wedding from Game of Thrones).

To start: Brush the front of your eyebrows straight up and carefully trim the extra uneven hairs. Then, brush the tail end of your eyebrows toward the inner part of your brow and slightly trim those hairs, too. Whatever you do, don’t go scissor crazy—trust me, it’s not worth it.

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7. Fill in the spaces.

If you’re one of the lucky few who naturally wakes up with Cara Delevingne brows, then I praise you. But if not, to get the best brows possible you want to fill those puppies in—but not too much. First, find a color that complements your brows. Use this guide if you’re unsure on how to find the perfect shade.

Instead of filling in eyebrows completely, lightly stroke in the direction of the hair growth. Try to focus on filling in your arches—natural eyebrows are usually darker in that area. The beginning of your brows tend to be lighter and more spread out. If you want, top it with a brow gel to keep those hairs in place and you’re good to go!

8. Get fancy.

To elevate your brows, it’s never a bad idea to add some dimension. Swipe a highlighter right below the arch and run it along till the end of the tail. This will help illuminate your brows and really make them pop!

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How to Tweeze Your Eyebrows Without Making a Disastrous Mistake

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Whenever I’ve asked a makeup artist or esthetician about the right way to tweeze eyebrows at home, they’ve responded with one incredibly frustrating response: “Don’t! Go see a professional.” Honestly, I understand. This answer totally eliminates the chance of you accidentally plucking them all out like you did in 1999, but for those of us unable to regularly drop $25+ for an eyebrow threading, waxing, or shaping appointment, it’s also really unhelpful.

Still, I’m convinced there is a way for you to tweeze and groom your own brows without making a disastrous mistake, so I reached out to two different beauty professionals for their at-home tips.

Cleanse Your Eyebrows

Start with your bare, natural eyebrows. This eliminates the chances of you over-plucking or tweezing your eyebrows in the wrong areas. It’ll also give you a clear view of those pesky stray hairs. “When removing hair, it is essential that the skin is makeup free and cleansed,” Glamsquad Artistic Director Kelli J. Bartlett says. “Use a makeup remover first to ensure the skin has no residual dirt or makeup.” In a time crunch, you can always just use a makeup wipe.

Invest in Quality Tweezers

You want precision for this task, and a slant-tipped tweezer allows you to easily grab hold of individual hairs. Oquendo prefers Tweezerman tweezers ($23; sephora.com), while Bartlett swears by BrowGal Eyebrow Tweezers ($28; anthropologie.com).

VIDEO: 4 Ways to do your Eyebrows

Trace Your Brow’s Natural Shape

When the goal is cleaning up your brows from rando hairs, celebrity makeup artist Vincent Oquendo has a genius trick. “My first recommendation when using tweezers to clean up your brows is to start with a white pencil to outline your shape,” he says. This allows you to see the way your eyebrows naturally grow and calls attention to the stray hairs growing out of place. Then, he recommends coloring in these stray hairs with the white pencil. “By doing this you see your shape before you pluck to stack the deck in your favor and give yourself a better chance of nailing it and scoring an identical set of brows,” he notes.

“The biggest mistake I see people make is trying to eyeball their shape. By not sketching the shape out ahead of time, they tend to quickly lose control and end up with brows that look like distant sisters and not identical twins.”

RELATED: These Editors Have Totally Different Brows—Here’s How They Groom Them

Follow the Two-Hair Rule

After your brows are cleansed and shaped, you can begin tweezing. If you want a natural look, be sure to only grab hold of those tiny stray hairs. However, to avoid a huge mistake, follow Bartlett’s rule of thumb. “Pluck no more than two hairs at a time before stepping back and evaluating the shape,” she says. “It is easy to get pluck-happy and take too much.”

Isolate the hair by slowly lifting it up from the skin and gently pull it in the direction of the growth to avoid breaking it in half or irritating the skin.

While Bartlett agrees you can master this at home, if you need to pluck 10 or more hairs, she recommends going to see a professional. Consider it a compromise.

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Do Not Rush

This isn’t something you should try to tackle 10 minutes before you need to leave for work. “Take it slow….make it something you do on a lazy Sunday night—the more time you allot to getting comfortable shaping your brows, the better,” Oquendo says. “I’ve for sure rushed through grooming myself in the past, and have definitely come out looking lopsided. So, my professional recommendation is to save it for a Sunday night—order some pizza and settle in, honey.”

Cleanse and Soothe

Immediately after tweezing, Bartlett recommends cleaning your tweezers with soap or a facial cleanser to reduce the chances of bacteria from transferring to your skin the next time you use them. Finally, to calm any redness, Oquendo recommends patting on a soothing moisturizer, like the Shiseido Waso Jelly ($30; sephora.com), to the sensitized skin.

If the ’90s have scared you into never picking up a pair of tweezers again, believe me, I get it. If you think you’re unable to block out the flashbacks of eyebrows gone bad, or simply want the security of a trained professional’s skill, research salons or spas in your area that offer brow hair removal and ask to see before-and-after photos of their work.

3 Mistakes You’re Making When You Pluck Your Brows

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Just look back at pictures of yourself from ten years ago and you’ll understand how important good brows are; having none makes you practically unrecognizable. Similarly, having great eyebrows can take your look to a whole new level of slay, which is why it’s worth knowing what you should and shouldn’t be doing to keep your brows in shape. The growth rate of eyebrows is around four months, so if you overdo it, that’s how long you’ll need to live with them for! Here are three common mistakes people make that you need to avoid:

Plucking in broad daylight

Yes, seriously. Have you noticed when you’re doing a quick pluck in the morning how you’ll only ever find a couple of sparse hairs, but if you pluck midday with the light streaming in, you suddenly have the craziest brows ever? The bright daylight makes every hair visible, which means you’re more likely to get carried away and end up over-plucking. Opt for early morning or afternoon daylight, it’s safer!

Not plucking above your brows

This is such a commonly debated topic, some will say to leave the top of your brows alone, but it’s only natural that random hairs will pop up here too. So avoid shaping your brows from the top, but don’t neglect those stray hairs that can easily throw your brows off balance.

Trying to create twins

Okay, okay, maybe we are guilty of this one! We all want our brows to be perfect twins, but realistically that’s not always going to be possible. Yes, you can use a brow ruler (it’s the closest you’ll get to making them twins, check it out), but at the same time, don’t stress if they’re not identical, because you’ll often end up over plucking them in an attempt to make them match. As long as they’re sisters, most people will never notice anyway; it’s only you that spends all day staring at them!

Our top tips for plucking like a pro:

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Pluck after the shower: The warm water opens up the hair follicles so that hairs come out more easily.
Use a magnifying mirror: To get the tiny hairs under your brows that you always miss, a magnifying mirror is essential. BUT, it’s essential you don’t forget to look up to see both brows, or they could end up crazy uneven.
Use the right tweezers: A sharp pair means less tugging and pulling on your skin, and a pair with a slanted edge fits the brow bone most comfortably. We love Tweezerman Slanted Tweezers; they’re without a doubt the best tweezers ever!

Check out our routine for flawless brows:

Plucking eyebrows is nobody’s favorite activity — the pinching, the pain, and the eye watering are all unpleasant enough to make you want to give up halfway through. Fortunately, there are a few techniques that help make this grooming chore a little less unpleasant.

1. Pluck after a shower.

Just as is the case with shaving, it’s best to pluck after you’ve opened up your hair follicles via hot water. If you don’t have to time to jump in the shower before plucking, you can achieve a similar effect by holding a hot, wet washcloth along your brows and letting it sit for a minute or two.

2. Use a new pair of tweezers.

Are your tweezers dull, hard to squeeze, or even a little rusted? Toss ’em and get a new pair. Using an old pair of tweezers can make it difficult to grab hairs, making you more likely to accidentally slip and snag your skin.

3. Grab hairs at the base and pull in the direction they grow.

As unpleasant as it is to pluck your brows, it’s even worse to pull on them multiple times. If you grab the hair towards the end or pull it in the wrong direction, it can break, and you may need to give that same hair another try to get it all the way out. Instead, aim your tweezers for the root and pull in the same direction your hairs grow.

4. When in doubt, less is more.

It’s tempting to go pluck-crazy once you’ve already begun shaping your brows, but it’s better to save yourself some time, pain, and possible unevenness by sticking to a minimal hair removal regimen. If you aren’t sure where to pluck, consult an eyebrow expert on your individual face’s best brow shape.

5. Apply aloe vera after.

If your face feels irritated after you’re done, apply a little aloe vera gel to soothe it. There’s a reason dermatologists swear by this beauty ingredient: It’s a great way to cool down your skin after it’s been stressed out by hair removal.

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How To Tweeze Eyebrows Without It Hurting As Much As You’re Used Too

Whether you always tweeze your own brows, or only touch-up in between professional shaping appointments, you’ve probably found that it can be a little painful. Especially when plucking those hairs closer to the eyes — I’ll admit I’ve teared up on occasion. But there are some ways to tweeze eyebrows without pain. Because you should be able to shape your brows without the cringing or intense blinking.

Before you get to it though, there are some things to keep in mind to prevent over-tweezing. It’s so easy to get caught up in this up-close-and-personal hair-removal process and take things too far. And tweezing too much will only increase the amount, or at least duration, of pain you’re experiencing. So to keep it to a minimum, trace over the hairs you actually want to remove with a highlighting pencil before you get started. This will help you maintain perspective of what hairs you actually wanted to tweeze when you were looking at yourself from a normal distance. Also make sure to measure how long your brows should be so as to not over-tweeze the gap between them or the tail-end of either. Once you know exactly which hairs need to be removed, here are five ways to make tweezing your brows a little less painful.

1. Take A Hot Shower

The hot water from a shower will help open up your follicles so it will be easier and therefore less painful to pluck your brows. If you don’t have time for a shower, or forgot to tweeze right after one, try holding a hot washcloth over your brows for a minute before proceeding. Just make sure that your eyebrows are dry before plucking though, as they may be harder to tweeze while wet.

2. Use Ice

Ice can be used before or after tweezing to help control pain, but don’t use it directly after a hot shower, as it will just make your follicles close back up. Holding ice against your brows for a short amount of time before tweezing will slightly numb the area so that you won’t experience as much pain. Or if you prefer, holding ice against your brows for a short amount of time after tweezing will help reduce some of the pain from the inflammation.

3. Use Sharp Tweezers

Using a new pair of tweezers, or tweezers that are freshly sharpened will help reduce pain. This is because sharp tweezers can more easily grab each hair so that there is no unnecessary slipping, and you won’t have to try to tweeze the same hair twice (which totally hurts worse than just tweezing it out the first time).

4. Hold Skin Taut

Holding the skin taut and plucking quickly will also help reduce the chances of your tweezers slipping, and having to re-tweeze the same hair.

5. Tweeze In The Direction Of Hair Growth

One more thing you can do to prevent re-tweezing (it really is the most painful part of tweezing), is to grab each hair at the base and pull it in the direction it goes. By pinching a hair higher up or pulling in the opposite direction, you run the risk of the hair breaking, and needing to tweeze again to remove the root.

And of course, the more consistently you tweeze your brows, the less painful it will naturally become over time as your skin gets used to the sensation. Happy plucking!

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Michelle Phan

Hi everyone,

I love defined, well-groomed brows. Plucking them? Not so much. Chances are, you’ve experienced the pain of plucking your brows at least once in your life (unless you’re extremely blessed and have naturally perfect brows…lucky you!). Today, I wanted to share a quick tip on how to make plucking your brows a much less painful process. The secret? A warm washcloth. Applying a warm washcloth to your brows will open your pores, causing the hairs to slide out with less resistance when you pluck them. The less tugging, the less pain! Here’s how to do it:

1.) Soak a washcloth in hot water and wring dry

2.) Fold the washcloth in half and lay it over your eyebrows for 1-2 minutes

3.) Remove and pluck away!

Another way to make plucking less painful is to pluck in the shower or right after you shower – the heat and moisture in the air also makes it easier for your eyebrow hairs to slide out. And of course, always make sure you are using tweezers that are sharp and not dull at the edges!

Do you have any brow-plucking tips? Share with me in the comments!

<3 Mish

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7 Ways To Make The Pluck Less Painful

Every girl experiences the day where she wakes up, looks in the mirror, and thinks that her eyebrows are the victims of a werewolf mutation after a full moon. Some girls get waxed, some do threading, and the traditional ones do the elbow-grease-ridden task of tweezing. If you are the latter, attacking the thick brow without guidance can be painful, tiresome and grueling. Here are some common-sense tips to help get your eyebrows selfie-ready, without the drama and pain.

1. Pluck after a rub-a-dub-dub.
Warm showers can help open pores to help the brow hair slip out easier. If you find yourself already squeaky clean, an alternative is to heat up a cup of water for approximately 30 seconds in a microwave and apply with a washcloth, maintaining warm contact for a few minutes.

2. Like every good workout routine, stretch before.
Pinching your eyebrows and stretching them away from your forehead can help stretch the skin and expand the pores, helping the hairs be pulled easier. This is one I wouldn’t recommend doing in public, unless you’re ready for the looks of concern.
3. Use the right tool for the right job.
Using flat-edge tweezers can be great for pulling out stickers under your skin or for tough jobs, but in the case of the brows, break the bank and get yourself a good pair of sharp, slanted tweezers. If you already have a pair and you find it’s still difficult, it could be time to replace them. Oils from your skin and hair, as well as overuse, can cause tweezers to lose their grip on small hairs, which can cause you to lose your grip on sanity.
4. Home base; you’re safe.
Always pull from the base of the hair. Oftentimes, beginners who are more focused on the shaping of the brow, often pull from the tip, causing the tweezers to slip, or create too much pain at the pore. When shaping, find the hair out of place and follow it down to the root and pull from there for a less eye-tearing pull.
5. I’m on my plucking period!
Ladies, once a month, right before the miracle of uterus battles happens, your skin becomes the most sensitive. If possible, try to schedule your regiments of brow trimming away from this time.
6. Go with the flow.
Again, when focusing on the shaping aspect and the overall picture, it’s easy to forget to give each hair the proper attention it deserves. Simply plucking the hair in in the same direction as it grows can help reduce irritation. Failure to do so can cause tearing of skin and splitting of hair, meaning more effort in the long run.
7. Ice, ice, baby.
Heating the skin before plucking can help open the pores for smoother exits, but using an ice cube directly after the pluck can reduce redness and soreness.

Home remedies are definitely good substitute for market products. With these basic tips above, you’ll have eyebrows sharp enough to scare away the amateurs. Erase the pain and raise the talent. Dear readers, get selfie ready.

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Let’s face it: In the world of beauty, perfect eyebrows are one of the hardest things to achieve. If you’re not waxing a bad arch or over-tweezing, you’re letting stragglers grow wild, or worse, developing a unibrow. Ew. So we asked an eyebrow expert, Joey Healy, what we really need to know about grooming brows. Here he clears up four myths about eyebrows, things even we confess to believing.

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Myth 1: Tweezing, waxing, and threading all cause hair to grow back differently.
In all instances, hair follicles are being removed from the root. “While I have a strong preference toward tweezing in terms of creating the best shape, this method will not result in different hair re-growth than waxing or threading,” says Joey, who is New York City-based. Each method rids hair for approximately four weeks, which is the average time it takes for eyebrow hair to reach the surface of the skin.

Myth 2: Your eyebrows should match your hair color.
Could you picture Marilyn Monroe without her signature, chocolate brown eyebrows? Neither can we. Eyebrow color can, and should, vary. “For example, most Asian women fair best with a soft charcoal toned brow, not one that matches their jet black, raven hair,” says Joey.

His key tip here is to assess your hair color’s undertone,–warm, neutral, or cool– then match your brows with an unobtrusive color in that range. The idea is to assess your entire complexion and make sure your brows seem appropriately impactful.

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Myth 3: Never remove hair from above the eyebrow.
“Some will preach that you must never tweeze the hair above the eyebrow, only beneath,” says Joey. But “following this outdated rule will leave the brow shape looking unfinished.” That said, most of the shaping should come from underneath to lift the brow up; if too much is plucked from above, it can flatten it, resulting in a scowling effect. Joey recommends using your best judgment when working above the brow, but sticking to a quick clean up.

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Myth 4: If you’ve over-plucked, your eyebrows won’t grow back.
For a healthy young adult, the average time for tweezed hair to grow back is 56 days. As a licensed esthetician, Joey says that excessive plucking, rubbing eyebrows from habit, or applying aggressive skincare treatments can cause eyebrows to fall out. But that doesn’t mean you’re doomed. In times like these, Joey recommends Joey Healy Brow Renovation Serum ($125, Joeyhealy.com), which regenerates eyebrow growth. Basically, it works by increasing the amount and length of hair that grows during your eyebrow’s growth phase, and slows down their natural shedding process.

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Whether we care to admit it or not, most of us have had at least one brow disaster in our lives. I can’t even begin to describe the many different shapes and sizes my eyebrows have been since the age of 14. After closely reading Bobbi Brown’s Teenage Beauty book or watching YouTube beauty tutorials, I’d consider myself a brow expert and go overboard with the razor, tweezers, or sometimes both. Other times, the brow disaster was completely out of my hands. It only takes a minute for an overzealous technician to lean you back and rip away your beautiful brows (tear).

When your brows get totally f’d up, the only question left is “what now?” We tapped brow experts Umbreen Sheikh of Wink Brow Bar and Sebastian Latiolais of Brows by Sebastian to give us some pro tips on what to do after a total eyebrow catastrophe. Don’t worry, your brows will be ready for their close-up in no time.

1. Let your brows grow back in completely before doing any shaping or grooming.

If you’ve recently experienced a brow disaster, the best thing to do is to leave your brows alone and let them grow as much as possible. It’s important to stay patient and resist the urge to wax, thread, or pluck. According to Lily Talakoub, M.D., of McLean Dermatology and Skincare Center, brows generally grow back within one to two months. However, if you have over plucked or over tweezed for years, hair may never grow back. “Constant pulling out of the hair can damage the hair follicle and lead to complete hair loss in areas,” she tells SELF.

2. Use a fine pencil or powder to fill in sparse areas.

When it comes to filling in bald spots in brows, both Sheikh and Latiolais suggest using a thin pencil or powder. Both tools are precise and natural looking. Powder is a better pick during the summer because skin tends to be moist from humidity. That moisture combined with the dryness of powder seals product together to maintain a lasting brow look. During the winter when skin is drier, a waxy pencil can create the same type of hold. I currently fluctuate between applying Mally Beauty’s Believable Brow Duo ($26) with an angled brush and Anastasia Beverly Hills’ Brow Wiz ($21) depending on the season and temperature.

3. When you’re ready to groom again, go to a pro who will shape your brows without removing too much hair.

Both Sheikh and Latiolais advise going to a professional instead of DIY, especially if you’re in the grow-out phase because a pro will know how to clean up the shape without taking too much hair. “It’s important to find a brow artist and not a hair remover,” Latiolais says. “The easiest way to find out if you’re going to a real brow artist is simply by the way you’re sitting in your chair.” When it comes to professional brow maintenance, sitting upright is better than laying down flat because it’s easier to get a symmetrical brow shape that way.

Although Sheikh and Latiolais use different methods to shape the brows (Sheikh’s practice centers around threading while Latiolais strictly uses tweezing), they both agree that it can be difficult to achieve your precise shape via waxing. Whatever your removal technique, Dr. Talakoub says make sure the hair is at least 2 or 3 millimeters (that’s long enough that the hair shaft is completely visible) before you get it removed because it will be easier to grab with tweezers or shave away.

4. Step back from the mirror!

If you’re going to groom your own brows, Sheikh suggests standing at least 2 feet from a mirror when mapping out the hairs you’d like to remove. “When you start to use your tool, only pick the hairs that you can physically see from that far. Just remember if you get close, you won’t be able to see the true shape of your eyebrows coming out,” she says. “Also, use something to press them down in place (like Vaseline) before you actually start to remove. If your hairs are standing up and you accidently think they need to be cleaned up when they don’t, then you can cause a brow disaster.”

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