How to Reshape Your Brows

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Tweezing is the best way to reshape your eyebrows at home.
Tweezing is the best way to reshape your eyebrows at home. (Image: Jupiterimages/Pixland/Getty Images)

Well-groomed eyebrows can brighten and lift your face, enhancing your features and making you look years younger. Ideal brows are of medium thickness and follow the natural brow line. They should be wider at the inside edge and taper to a point at the outer end, with a soft arch falling over the outside third of the eye. However, the most flattering eyebrow shape for you depends on your individual face shape. Plucking with tweezers is the easiest and most precise way to reshape your brows at home.

Things You'll Need

  • Mirror
  • Make up pencil (or ruler or comb)
  • White eye pencil
  • Eyebrow comb (or toothbrush)
  • Tweezers
  • Eyebrow gel (or hairspray)

Sit directly facing a mirror in a well-lit room. You should have a good view of your whole face and be able to see the individual hairs of your eyebrows.

Hold one end of a make up pencil (or another straight object such as a ruler or a comb) vertically against the outside edge of your right nostril and place the opposite end level with the inside corner of your right eye.

Mark where the pencil meets your brow with a white eye pencil. This indicates where your brows should begin.

Keep the bottom end of the pencil against the outside edge of your right nostril and move the opposite end so that it lines up with the outer edge of the pupil of your right eye.

Mark where the pencil meets your brow to determine where your arch should be.

Keep the bottom end of the pencil against the outside edge of your right nostril and angle the pencil across your face so that it lines up with the outside corner of your right eye.

Mark, once again, where the pencil meets your brow to determine where your brows should end.

Repeat steps 3 through 8 on the left side of your face to determine the correct length and shape of your left eyebrow.

Brush your eyebrows with an eyebrow comb (or toothbrush) to enable you to see more clearly which hairs should be plucked.

Use your pencil markings as a guide to begin removing a row of hair at a time with a pair of tweezers. Start from the inside end nearest your nose and working towards the outer end in a continuous line.

Brush the hairs into place with an eyebrow comb once you are happy with the shape. Pluck any stray hairs.

Set the new shape of your brows with eyebrow gel or a small amount of hairspray on a toothbrush.

Tips & Warnings

  • Pluck above and below your eyebrows, but avoid plucking hairs from the lower, inside edge as these may not grow back if you make a mistake.
  • Do not over-pluck; too thin eyebrows can look harsh and unflattering.
  • Use slanted tweezers to give you more width to grab the hair and to guide you along the eyebrow line.
  • Trim any long hairs with nail scissors.
  • Fill in thin areas or gaps in your eyebrows with powder eye shadow after plucking. For extra definition, use an eyebrow pencil.
  • The best time to pluck your eyebrows is after a shower when the pores are still open. Alternatively, hold a flannel soaked in warm water against your brows before plucking to encourage the pores to open. Close pores after plucking by running a cotton wool pad soaked in cold water across your brows.
  • Apply astringent such as witch hazel to the eyebrow area before plucking and hold your skin taut while tweezing hairs to reduce discomfort and redness.

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