I started my eyebrow tweezing days at the ripe age of 12 years old. Not that my brows were a full-on bush (no Cara Delevigne genetics here) or anything like that. I started young because I was curious, and I wanted to do everything I could to look as old as my glamour shots made me appear to be. Unfortunately though, my mother let me venture into the world of brow plucking on my own, and I ended up shaping them into Nike signs. Even more unfortunate than that sad story is that they stayed that way until after high school because I didn’t know any better.
Now, after 12 years of being in the beauty world as an aesthetician, makeup artist, and beauty blogger, I have learned a few things about brow shaping that I am going to share with you. For starters, you no longer have to spend an hour tweezing every-single-hair (who has time for that anyways). With a little practice, you can learn how to wax your eyebrows at home for maintenance and not leave them looking like a sideways comma.
Before I share with you my tips on brow waxing and shaping at home, let’s have a little chat, shall we? It’s very important that if your brows are uneven and pencil thin with gaps that you grow them out for several months. Yes, you heard me right, we are talking 60 days of letting your brows go so rogue that people will think you might be growing your pit hair out too. After you are done with that step, come back to this post and follow my instructions on brow waxing at home.
Right now, I love that the brow trend is full and more natural, it makes it a whole lot easier for people to DIY their brows at home. Plus, I feel like it looks classier than the Instagram brow that only looks good in macro photography and not in real life. I can say that because I did an entire book of 500 eye makeup designs where I had to do up-close photos of just my eye.
Here is a step-by-step guide on how you can wax your brows into a natural shape and use your tweezers sparingly and only if needed.
Disclaimer: While it’s fun to do things DIY…if you think you may have a terrible brow shape and don’t feel like you know how to create a good one, see a brow design specialist.
1) Pre-Shape: Brows are easy to screw up. With some eyebrows, pulling just one wrong hair can make them look uneven. So if you are a brow shaping/waxing newbie, or even if you aren’t, try pre-shaping before waxing. Use a brow pencil using these tips from my brow shaping post and define the design that you want. If you don’t feel like you can do that, use a brow stencil and follow the instructions.
2) Prep: Apply a dab of olive oil or coconut oil to the eyelid skin you will be waxing with a q-tip. Applying too much can make wax ball up (so just a little please).
3) Wax: Now that you have your pre-shape and prep done, it’s time to wax. I like to use a hard wax because I feel like it’s easier to work with, and you don’t have to mess with a strip. Start by dipping your waxing stick into the hard wax, getting a pea size amount and let it cool for 10 seconds (should still be gooey, not dry and hard). I like to test my wax on my arm first, so I know it’s not scorching hot when I place it on my brow.
Next, apply the hard wax from the inner eyelid to the outer eyelid, leaving room between the wax and your pre-shaping design. Make sure to apply the wax as far down on the eyelid as your hair goes (usually to the eyelid crease). Let it cool for about 10 seconds, or until it feels tacky (try not to let it get too hard). Then pull quickly going parallel to your skin and towards your inner brow.
Once that is complete, place the wax on your uni-brow hair and above your brow where unwanted hair is. When you pull the wax, make sure you are going against the growth of the hair and always parallel to the skin.
4) Tweeze: Since it can be easy to get the wax in your hair if you go too close to the brow design line, I like to leave a little space so I can tweeze instead. If there are any stray hairs below the brow design, go ahead and tweeze them.
5) Clean-Up: After you are done tweezing, apply a dab of coconut oil to the skin that was waxed with a q-tip or clean finger. Massage it lightly in a circular motion to get any left over wax off of the skin.
Those are my waxing tips for at home, if you have any questions, leave them in the comments!
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