Eyebrows: A DIY Danger (Getting Good Brows isn’t Tweezy)

November 25, 2009

Photo credit: vmiramontes via Flickr

This girl is in for a DIY disaster!

To get the perfect pair of eyebrows, I’ll offer you this advice: don’t do them yourself! The shape of your brows has a dramatic affect on your facial appearance, so it’s important to get them right. Achieving symmetrical eyebrows is a difficult task that should only be done by a skilled professional. Don’t believe me? Read on, and I’ll explain what’s wrong with shaping your own brows.

  1. You’re using a mirror. What you’re seeing is the reflection of your face, not your face itself, so what you’re seeing is different than what other people see. Why would alter your appearance if you don’t have a good vantage point?
  2. Your dominant hand always goes for the brow on the opposite side of the face. If you’re right-handed, then you begin with your left brow. I know whether someone is left or right-handed by looking at their eyebrows because they fixate on the opposite brow, and it’s always over-tweezed!
  3. It takes a certain level of skill to create symmetrical eyebrows. I spent years perfecting my technique, because it’s not easy to shape one eyebrow evenly to the other. If you keep plucking in hopes that they’ll even out, you might end up with unnaturally thin eyebrows.
  4. Know where you arch is. I often see women who shape in their arches way too close to the nose, which isn’t where an arch naturally rests. I call this a comma brow, because the brow looks like a comma.
  5. Don’t use a magnifying mirror. No one sees you that close. When you remove little hairs that don’t look like they should be there, it may change the rest of the brow’s appearance. Those little hairs are necessary to the bigger picture.