Plucking perfect eyebrows to achieve that flawless, face-framing arch can be a tedious (and painful!) process. But since fuller, thicker brows are in style, you can (and should) spend much less time with the tweezers. Try these 10 pro beauty tips to score perfect eyebrow arches at home.
Eyebrow Shaping Tip #1: Choose the Right Tweezers
"Opt for a sharp, slanted style," says Kristie Streicher, a celebrity brow expert at the Warren Tricomi Salon in NYC and L.A. "Unlike pointy versions, they grab tiny strays quickly and won't pinch your skin along with the hairs." One to try: Revlon Slant Tip Ultimate Tweezer ($10; walgreens.com).
Eyebrow Shaping Tip #2: Tweeze After Your Shower
Warm water opens the follicles and softens hairs, helping them slip out more easily.
Eyebrow Shaping Tip #3: Ease the Plucking Pain
If plucking is too painful or it's right before your period (when skin is most sensitive), dab on a numbing gel like Orajel-Baby Teething Pain Medicine before you tweeze ($5; drugstore.com).
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Eyebrow Shaping Tip #4: Ditch Your Magnifying Mirror
This tool can make it look like there's more hair to remove than there really is, says Streicher, which can lead to overplucking. Instead, use a regular mirror in a well-lit room—if you can't see stray hairs under these conditions, neither can anyone else. "After every few tweezes, take a couple of steps back to see the bigger picture," she says.
Eyebrow Shaping Tip #5: Know Your Arch Limits Hold a pencil for guidance, advises Streicher. "Your brows should begin directly above your tear duct, peak in line with the outer side of your iris, and end at a point that falls 45 degrees from the outer corner of your eye." Be sure not to arch your brows too high or they'll look unnatural.
Eyebrow Shaping Tip #6: Create Your Shape
Once you've determined how your brows should curve, outline your ideal arch using a soft, creamy brow pencil, such as Darac Brow Trio ($24; qvc.com). Then remove only the hairs that fall above or below your self-made stencil.