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Eyebrow Grooming

By: Corinna Underwood - Updated: 30 Dec 2012 | comments*Discuss
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Though you may not realise it, your eyebrows are often the most neglected part of your face. But their importance should not be underestimated, after all they help to balance your face, they draw attention to your eyes and if they are not well groomed they can give your whole face an unattractive look, no matter how flawless the rest of your make-up may be. There is a range of grooming techniques you can use on your eyebrows. Here is a run down on some of them:

If you are reshaping your own brows you need to decide before and how much hair to remove. Stand a few feet back from the mirror and work out your natural brow shape and curvature by holding a ruler from parallel to your nose, and level with the inner corner of the eye, to work out where the brow should begin. Mark the line with a dot. If your eyebrows are close together do not remove hairs from the inner edge.


Brush your eyebrows into place before you pluck. Start on the inside of the brow (closest to your nose) and slowly tweeze along the bottom of your brow until the outer corner is about half the width of the inner corner. Always pluck hairs in the direction that they grow. This will keep the hairs smooth and will hurt less. It's also a good idea to tautly hold the skin right above the brow as you begin to tweeze, this will slightly reduce the pain of plucking. After plucking a few hairs, always stop to look at what you have done, so as to avoid over-plucking.


Waxing is used to shape the eyebrow from below, not above the natural line of the brow. In preparation for the wax you should use an eyebrow brush or clean mascara wand to brush your eyebrow into place. Wipe the skin under your brown with witch hazel lotion to clean and anaesthetise the area. You can work out where the highest point of the arch should be by holding a ruler from the edge of the nostril past the outer edge of the iris and up to the eyebrow. Mark the spot with a dot. By linking up the dots in a gentle arch you will have your ideal eyebrow shape. This will give you a guideline to go by when applying the wax. You should aim for a smooth arched brow that tapers slightly at the outer ends. Warm up the wax to optimum temperature and use the small spatula to apply a thin layer of wax to the growth. Make sure that you only use a small amount of wax on the spatula to avoid the wax dripping when it is applied. Apply wax in the same direction that the hair grows in. You don't need to use much, and you should not let the wax dry. It is a good idea to take a little hair off at a time, especially if you have fairly thick growth. Any remaining straggly hairs can be removed with tweezers.


An electrolysis treatment involves the insertion of a sterile probe, the same size as the hair, into the hair follicle opening down to the dermal papilla. The dermal papilla is the electrologist's target. It is the part of the follicle that contains blood and nerves and feeds the growing hair. If the papilla and regenerative cells surrounding it are destroyed, the hair will die. When the probe is in place a low-level electrical current is applied that will destroy the papilla and surrounding cells and loosen the hair in the follicle. The hair is then removed.


Tinting is a semi-permanent, gentle vegetable dye applied to the eyelash and eyebrow. It is completely safe for contact wearers. It can change the appearance of your facial features making your eyes more noticeable. Blue eyes often appear bluer, green eyes appear brighter, and brown eyes appear deeper.

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