Full eyebrows have been back in full force for a couple of years now, and I’m in luck, since I’ve been blessed with bold brows since birth. (This was also the trend in my childhood days, and my mom was always told that I looked like Brooke Shields…which was an odd sort of compliment for a toddler, I suppose.)
But just because thicker eyebrows are in, doesn’t mean it’s a license to let your eyebrows go un-groomed. It’s just as important to groom your eyebrows when they are full so that you can maintain a polished look (and avoid the fuzzy caterpillar look).
Personally, I’ve always tweezed my way to groomed brow perfection. Tweezing your eyebrows is a great option, because you can grab individual hairs for precise grooming, and you don’t damage your delicate eye-area skin in the process, like you can with waxing.
Here’s a step by step guide on how I groom my eyebrows:
Tools of the Trade
I’ve always been a Tweezerman girl, so I use a variety of the brand’s products to create my groomed eyebrow look.
- Tweezers: For a fun twist on tired tweezers, check out the new, colorful prints on Tweezerman’s Cynthia Rowley Slant Tweezers sold exclusively at Sephora ($25)
- Scissors: Brow Shaping Scissors & Brush ($18)
- Pencil: Eyenhance Brow Definer and Highlighter Duo ($20)
- Gel: Browmousse ($10)
4 Steps to Get Groomed Eyebrows
1. Tweeze, please! First, I tweeze all stray hairs that fall below the natural line of my eyebrows and enhance the arch. Then, I pluck any extra hairs that are threatening to grow into a unibrow. As a general rule, make sure the inside of the brow begins just past the edge of your eye. Hold a pencil vertically alongside your nose, and it should rest where your brow should begin.
Note: The key here is to know when to stop. You aren’t looking to thin out your brows here — just clean them up and enhance their natural shape.
2. Snip it in the bud. Thick brows can look unwieldy if the individual hairs are long. Simply brush your brows straight up and snip hairs that extend past the natural line of your eyebrows. Depending on the shape and length of your individual eyebrow hairs, you may want to avoid snipping too much toward the tail of your eyebrows, because you don’t want to end up with spiky, short sideways brows (been there, done that).
3. Fill it in. Even if your brows are larger, they may be sparse with noticeable spaces in between the individual hairs (like mine). To thicken and define your brows, use a pencil to draw in tiny strokes all along the thinner areas. Powder works really well too, and it might not look as harsh if you have a heavier hand.
4. Get set. To make sure your brows stay in place all day, apply eyebrow mousse, which comes in a mascara tube. But this mousse is no mascara! It keeps your brows in place but doesn’t make them crunchy or sticky.
Voila! Groomed and gorgeous.
Photos: Tweezerman; Anne Houseman/BeautyXpose Disclosure BeautyXpose is proud to be a Tweezerman Brand Ambassador.