How to Remove Eyebrow Hair

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How different would she look with scraggly brows?
How different would she look with scraggly brows? (Image: Leprechaun Art & Photography)

Beautifully shaped eyebrows are a must if you are fastidious about looking good. Not only do gorgeous brows give your eyes a more wide-open look, they frame the rest of your face as well. Removing stray hairs from your brow line is a worthwhile investment of time and energy if you are intent on looking fine, even with no makeup!

Things You'll Need

  • Ruler
  • Brow pencil or powder
  • Tweezers
  • Eyebrow razor
  • Eyebrow stencils
  • Home waxing kit

Determine where your eyebrows should ideally begin and end. Hold a ruler against the side of your nose, lined up with the inner corner of your eye. You can see where any excess hairs are present past the ruler towards your nose. Mark off this section clearly with a brow pencil for removal later. Next, line the edge of the ruler up with the outside of your nose and the outer corner of your eye. You can establish where it is attractive for your brow to end based on where the ruler falls by or on your brow. Mark any hairs past this point with a brow pencil.

Tweeze excess hairs, as well as those below and on top of your brow line and above the bridge of your nose. This is the most basic method of eyebrow hair removal.

Use an eyebrow razor instead if you are adept at handling one and prefer it to plucking. The advantage to this is that it is a much quicker process. The disadvantage is that more hairs may come back ingrown and even more difficult to remove.

Avail of eyebrow stencils. These enable you to target any hairs that fall outside the stencil of your choice, making strays easy to identify and pluck. Simply fill in the hairs that you intend to keep with a brow pencil or powder, and remove the rest.

Try waxing with a home kit if you are brave, or you can go to a salon instead where this service is offered. Waxing is known to be painful, so you can forego this method if it does not sound appealing. Waxing is best for those with a lot of hair they wish to remove; multiple ones can be pulled out at a time. Those with very few stray hairs can stick to tweezing.

Go to a professional who is skilled at threading eyebrows. This is another option popular for those who avail of beauty services, although you can certainly learn how to do it at home, too, with a little research.

Keep your new eyebrow shape by plucking every few days, depending on how quickly your hairs grow back. This is a low-maintenance way to make sure your brows stay pretty with little fuss.

Tips & Warnings

  • Dab witch hazel on the areas to tweeze if you are very sensitive to pain. Witch hazel is a natural anesthetic.
  • Sometimes brows don't need plucking so much as trimming. For this purpose, keep a small pair of scissors and a disposable mascara wand for grooming eyebrows in your makeup kit.
  • Catch yourself before you overpluck! Eyebrows don't always grow all the way back in and too-thin brows can make you look older.
  • When shopping for an eyebrow razor, select one that is sharp at hair removal, but dull when it comes to cutting skin in case of a possible slip-up. The safer ones have a serrated, instead of smooth, blade. It also helps to have a very steady hand. In any case, turn to other methods of brow hair removal if you are uncertain.

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