5 Essentials for the Perfect Brows

Whether you’re going for a glam look or keeping things minimal and fresh-faced, there’s one feature on your face you should always pay some extra attention to your brows. Your eyes are regarded as the windows to your soul, so it’s essential that the things that frame them are suitably groomed. It’s amazing the difference a bit of attention paid to your brows can make to your entire face. So we’ve put together our favourite essential eyebrow products to help you achieve the perfect brows.

1. Mascara Wand:

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This is one of the simplest and most useful tools to use for your brows. It is used to groom as well as tame fly-aways helping you neaten your brows in the long run. You can buy one or simply reuse one from an old mascara. Brush it through your brows angling slightly upwards. If you want to add some hold, spray some hair spray or dab some Vaseline on the wand first. You will be amazed how thicker, tidier and completely revitalized your brows will look.

2. Tweezers:

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Another must-have brow tool is tweezers, for best results opt for a sharp, slanted one because unlike pointy versions, they grab tiny strays quickly and won’t pinch your skin along with the hairs. Make sure you tweeze with a normal mirror, not a magnifying one as it makes it difficult to know your arch limit, and you think you have more hair to tweeze.

3. Brow Scissors:

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Brow scissors are great for sculpting the brows. The sharp blades with ultra-thin edges are designed to lift, isolate and trim each hair. And with calculated accuracy and control, you can achieve a perfect arch.

4. Eyebrow Brush:

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This multi-functional brush is used to outline your eyebrows. It’s stiff, yet really soft on your skin and brow hair. The mini tool also helps shape and define your hair as you trim, the bristles can also be used to gently smudge liner on your eyelids.

5. Brow Razor:

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Finally, if you’ve always depended solely on your pair of tweezers for shaping your eyebrows, then it’s time to try something different. While tweezers can be painful when plucking, razors are great in whisking away small sections of hair painlessly with its thin blade which allow for exact trimming. However, the downside to shaving your eyebrows is that the hair will grow back faster.

Is Waxing or Threading Better for Your Brows?

It’s a battle that rages almost as strong as the Coke vs. Pepsi debate—is waxing or threading better for your brows? Although the two techniques are very different, the end result is more or less the same. “Hair removal is hair removal,” says brow expert and makeup artist Zoey Van Jones. “You can use either technique, it just comes down to the quality of the person shaping them. To settle the issue once and for all, Van Jones outlines which method is right for you. Read on to find out whether you should wax or thread your brows.

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YOU SHOULD THREAD IF…

  • You’re using retinol-based products. Retinoids can cause sensitivity, and although any acne or anti-aging products that exfoliate make your complexion slightly tender, you run less of a risk of having skin removed with threading. Although that doesn’t mean there aren’t any risks whatsoever. Van Jones notes that you can still get a few cuts when threading, so if you’re using retinol-infused products, we recommend swapping them out a week prior to getting either treatment just to be safe.
  • You have thicker hair. “It’s kind of weird, but I’ve found that girls who have thicker hair don’t find threading as painful,” Van Jones tells us. “If the base of the hair is really small, it tends to hurt when it gets pulled out, but when you yank out hair with a larger base, you don’t really seem to notice it.”
  • You don’t want a line of demarcation. On some people, waxing can leave behind an obvious mark, but this isn’t as noticeable with threading since your technician will work one row at a time. Van Jones notes that, for the removal of hair on the upper lip or baby hairs on the perimeter of the face, threading is also a better option.

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YOU SHOULD WAX IF…

  • You have hairs that grow in a downward direction. “Sometimes people have hair that grows in a downward direction at the center of the brow, and those hairs will accidentally get pulled out during threading, resulting in a bald spot,” Van Jones explains.
  • You have a low tolerance for pain. Generally speaking, waxing is much quicker and not as painful as threading can be. You may experience some redness afterward, but that’s to be expected.
  • You want to grow out your brows. That myth about threading stimulating dormant hairs? Not true. “Hair isn’t that smart,” Van Jones says. Because threading cuts so close to the actual shape of your brows, that method is probably best if yours is are already in a place you like. As for the rest of us recovering from the tweezer-heavy trends of the early ’00s, go with wax, as your technician will be able to leave behind the hairs you need, and slowly coax them into a fuller shape within a few months.

 

Thanks for reading.

 

Reblogged from Instyle.com