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The right way to tweeze brows
October 18, 2015, 1:20 pm

Brow shaping is a not an exact science, and what works for some may not work for others, so it is important to have a sense of what is right for you and your brows. Before you dare grab your tweezers and prepare to go to town, you should first do a little homework. Check out some tips on how to approach the art of the tweeze.

Everyone should invest in a brand new pair of tweezers; the best product has a slant-edge as opposed to a needle-nosed tip. Also, tweezer-challenged ladies should consider brow stencils to help them with the process. Stencils will give you a template to work from so you aren't tempted to over- or under-tweeze your brows.

Tweezing 101

Step 1: Locate your starting point. Do this by flipping your tweezer upside-down so the open-end is pointing downward, and place it vertically alongside the outer edge of the bottom of your nose. The point where the vertex lands marks the beginning of your brow (which should also be about one-inch above the inner corner of your eye). Using an eye pencil, draw a vertical line to mark the start of each brow, then check that the space above the bridge of your nose is centered between them. Tweeze any strays that fall in-between.

Step 2: Mark your end points. Lay the tweezer on an angle against your cheek so that the open end is at the bottom of your nose and the closed end hits the outer corner of your eye. The spot where the tweezer intersects with your brow is where the hairs should end. Mark it with an eye pencil, then tweeze the hairs beyond this point.

Step 3: Determine the thickness you desire for your brows. Starting just below the fullest part of your brow, use an eye pencil to draw a line along the bottom edge of your brow. The line should be above any stray hairs and it should follow the natural shape of your brow's top line, which may be angled, slightly curved or even straight. Tweeze the strays below the line. Aim for a brow thickness of ¼-inch to ½-inch.

Step 4: Shape and clean the arch. The arch of your brow should peak above the outer rim of your iris and hit right at the brow bone. Mark the point with your eye pencil, then remove a row of hairs along the bottom, starting at the inner brow point to the peak of the arch. After hitting the peak, shape the tail.

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