No matter how well groomed a woman might be otherwise, if her eyebrows are not equally well groomed, she will not have a fully well groomed appearance. Well defined eyebrows give a woman a polished look that shows how much she values her appearance. There are many ways of achieving nicely groomed eyebrows but we will discuss three of the most popular options here. Which you choose depends on your preference, hair type and skin sensitivity. These three methods of eyebrow shaping and grooming are threading, plucking and waxing. (Check out this cool video for Eye Makeup )
Though Western women have fairly recently caught on to eyebrow threading, it is actually a centuries old practice that has its origins in India. It has been very popular among Middle Eastern women for a long time. Eyebrow threading was offered in salons and spas for Middle Eastern women for a long time before Western women developed an interest in it. Now it is becoming a more popular and preferred method of eyebrow grooming.
Eyebrow threading is accomplished by using a double strand of thread (usually cotton), twisting it to catch a line of hair in the selected area. Many women like the fact that it is faster than most other methods and more cleanly removes line of hair, often without causing the redness and irritation that plucking or waxing can cause.
It has also been found to be more precise than the other methods, too, when done by an experienced aesthetician. Be sure you do go to one who is very experienced, though, or you could have problems with hair breakage, uneven eyebrows, pain and ingrown hairs. It works better for fine hair than it does for coarse hair.
This is perhaps the one method that most women have used at one time or another. It involves removing one hair at a time by grasping it with a pair of tweezers. Though it is an easy method, it can be time consuming. You can do it yourself, though and that makes it one of the most preferred methods. You will need good light and a mirror (a magnifying mirror is often preferred) that allows a good view of your eyebrows. I thoroughly recommend and wouldn’t be without it Tweezerman Mirror and Tweezer Kit. If you are bothered too much by the pain of the plucking, you can use ice to numb the area first. Then brush the eyebrow hair straight up with an eyebrow brush.
This makes it easy to see the hairs you want to remove. It is best to start at the point nearest your nose and work toward the temple, taking your time. So there is less pain and the hairs stay smooth, always pluck the hairs in the same direction as their growth.
Stop frequently to check your progress and try not to over pluck. If you do over pluck, you can use a eyebrow pencil that matches your eyebrows until the hair regrows.
Waxing is a fairly quick method of removing unwanted hair from the eyebrows but can be rather painful. If your skin is very sensitive, this may not be a good method for you. Though it is better to have a professional do the waxing, you can do it yourself. If you do want to try it yourself, be sure you buy professional quality supplies to get the best results. You will first want to determine where the wax is to be applied. Brush your eyebrows into the defined shape you want so you can see the hair to be removed.
After warming the wax to the temperature recommended in the instructions, apply the wax in a thin layer to the unwanted hair with the applicator from the waxing kit. Be sure to apply it in the same direction the hair grows. Then place a small piece of muslin on the wax and carefully smooth it.
Use one hand to hold the skin taut and pull the muslin off with your other hand. It is best to work on small areas at a time to avoid taking too much hair off. Which ever method you choose, keeping your eyebrows well groomed is well worth the effort. You will not only look more polished but feel more confident in your appearance.