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How to perfect eyebrows?

Getty By Virginia Lowman · November 5, 2015

If your brow bone is barren and a good portion of your morning is dedicated to create or filling in your brows, or you’ve considered permanent makeup, then you may be in luck. Brow sculpting is now a thing. Threading salons across the US are increasingly beginning to invest in the newest brow craze that creates and sculpts brows using a 3D sculpting gel that mimics the appearance of hair. Each brow takes thirty minutes and the results are waterproof, smudge-proof—life-proof—brows that won’t require any retouching until your next appointment three weeks later.

The 411 on How Brows Sculpt Your Face

Companies like Sleek Brows take the 3D scullpting process one step further by following up the 3D gel with brow extensions, which are similar to lash extensions, but for your brows. Brows are tailor made and the results last between 2-4 weeks.

Curious about how it works? See the results of brow sculpting in the video below.

Would you consider brow sculpting as an alternative to filling in your brows? Share in the comments below!

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I learned to shape eyebrows the traditional way by drawing imaginary lines from the base of the nose to the inside and outside corners of the eyes with the arch positioned somewhere around the outer edge of the iris. Sound too complicated? Well it is especially if you were not blessed with perfectly symmetrical facial features. But this was considered the basic brow. The only problem with this technique is everyone, regardless of facial dimensions, leaves with the same shape which does not work for every face. When I consult with clients about their brows I have to consider other factors like the person’s hair color. Yes, hair color. For instance, thinner brows actually compliment lighter hair. It’s all about balance. As an artist, I learned to recognize how important the brows really are. In fashion, wearing the wrong shoes with that perfect dress can completely ruin the look. Eyebrows work the same way. A botched brow job can destroy the image you are trying to create.

Your eyebrows also say something about you. They can express your personality and mood whether happy, depressed, tired, confident, sexy; and your style- dramatic, conservative, free-spirited, etc. The eyebrows pull together your hair, make-up, and wardrobe to complete your “look”. Essentially they can make or break the total package. Make sense? Good! So what is eyebrow sculpting? It is a highly individualized process I created many years ago that fully considers all the components I just mentioned as well as facial shapes, eye shapes, personality, hair color, texture, length, and thickness (weight). It incorporates waxing, tweezing, cutting, and precise corrective work to achieve the best shape. Sculpting requires as much artistic ability as technical skill similar to make-up artistry. While no two eyebrow ae alike, the following guidelines will help you expertly sculpt eyebrows to create the illusion of uniformity. Here we go…

There are five main components of an eyebrow’s structure- length, weight (thickness), shape, cut, and color. Length refers to how far the brow extends. Weight refers to the heaviness of the brow. Note that the right brow typically has more hair on the outside of the natural arch and less hair toward the inside corner of the eye. The left brow typically has less hair on the outside of the natural arch and more hair toward the inside corner of the eye. That’s just nature’s way of keeping it interesting. However this may not be the case anymore if you have plucked your hairs within an inch of your life for the last 15 years! Shape refers to the placement and severity of the arch. The two sections of the brow are ascent of the arch and descent of the arch. Both parts should be balanced in terms of weight which means you should not have one half of your eyebrow much thicker or heavier than the other half. Cut refers to how and where the brow hairs lay. Finally, brow color should relate to your hair color and the overall strength of your make-up if you are wearing any. Natural make-up and dark heavy brows do not balance. And that does NOT mean if your hair is green your brows should match. Typically eyebrow color should be one to two shades lighter or darker than your hair color- darker for light hair and lighter for dark hair. If your skin is darker, then the color of your eyebrows should more closely resemble the color of your natural hair.

The shape of your face also plays an important role in determining your most flattering brow shape and an oval shape provides the most versatile canvas because almost anything goes. A round face requires more definition. An angular brow with a defined arch will make your features appear more chiseled. You can also cut the hairs to shorten the length of the brow if it extends too far thus narrowing your face. If your face is square or oblong you need a rounder shape with a softer arch. Avoid angular or sharp arches which can make your face look too boxy. With the oblong face, avoid making the brows too high creating a longer looking face. Removing hair from above the brows will solve this problem. Slightly angular brows are more flattering for a heart-shaped face and the length of the brows should not extend past the outside corners of your eyes. Be aware that eyebrows that are curved or semi-circle in shape will only accentuate the fullness and roundness of your forehead. If you have a triangular or diamond shaped face, you too should avoid angular brow shapes. Also, the peak of your arch should not be too severe as this will make your forehead appear too pointy. Length is most important for these facial shapes. By removing a few hairs from the outside of the arch (below your brow), you will create the illusion of a longer line. Note a thin line appears longer to the eye than a thick line and longer lines create width. If however, the hair is sparse to begin with, you may have to fill in your brows with a brow pencil in the appropriate shade of course. Finally, your eyebrows should balance with the thickness, length, color and texture of the hair on your head. Therefore, long, thick, dark, curly, hair balances best with thicker, fuller eyebrows; and short, thin, light, straight hair balances best with thinner eyebrows. Are you still with me? Good, then let’s move on.

The basics for eyebrow sculpting include finding your natural shape, measuring for proper placement, and identifying which “rules” apply. First brush your hairs to determine the direction of hair growth. (Curly hairs pose a bit of a problem). If your hairs are too long or curly you can cut them with a small pair of facial scissors following the natural shape first. Next determine the desired shape and thickness. Separate the main hairs to be removed. Remember to do all precision work with tweezers as this will help define your shape. Facial scissors may also be used however great skill and probably some training is needed to achieve the desired shape. So let’s leave that to the experts.

To widen a narrow face or to separate closeset eyes, the brows should be “pulled out” (not literally) by removing hair from the inside corners of the eyes. Likewise a wide face can be made to appear thinner by shortening the length of the brows. A prominent brow bone can be disguised and high brows can be “pulled down” by removing hair from above the brows. Now I know some of you have been told that you should never do this but there is no significant reason not to. But again, leave this to the experts so that you don’t end up with lopsided eyebrows. The eyes can appear wider, larger or open by removing hairs from under the brows. Be very careful and remove a few hairs at a time. You run the risk of over exaggerating or creating undesirable effects by removing too much hair. For my male friends, eyebrow sculpting should be part of your routine grooming practices. Men have been getting their brows shaped for some time now and many spas and salons offer the service as part of their regular menu. The benefits include opening up and lifting your eyes, brightening your appearance making you look more youthful and less tired. If you choose to do it yourself, be careful not to get too tweezer happy. Overly dramatic brows do not work well for most men. Keep your brows medium thickness and maintain a soft arch.

Like anything else, it takes time and practice to become really good at eyebrow sculpting. But it is so amazing how dramatically you can change the way you look and feel about yourself with a little precision work. I used to think the eyebrows were the most forgotten feature on the face andthe most easily correctible. Nowadays I think they are the most overdone feature, so much sothey enter the room before you do. And don’t get me started on the endless parade of lashes out there but I’ll save that for another article. For now just remember expertly sculpted eyebrows will let you make a statement without saying a word. You’re welcome.

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1. Add a little conditioner.

Your brows need just as much attention as your scalp and hair. Use a moisturizing skin serum like Vichy Aqualia Thermal Serum ($36, ulta.com) — which the surrounding skin will appreciate — or organic oils like coconut, almond or olive oil, to help keep your brows looking healthy and full.

2. Tweeze away obvious stray hairs.

This instantly cleans your face without re-shaping your entire eyebrow. Trimming really long hairs will also add more polish. Just be sure to use grooming scissors, like Anastasia Beverly Hills Scissors ($22.50, sephora.com) for more control and precision.

3. Brush them.

The same way brushing hair improves its appearance, brushing your brows makes them look instantly groomed. Using a spoolie brush like the Ardell Duo Brown Brush ($5, amazon.com), brush up and across in the direction of hair growth, which can also reveal stray hairs that you can pluck away.

4. Fill them in.

Filling in gaps will strengthen your brow shape and draw attention away from messy stray hairs. Pick a pencil that’s two shades lighter than your hair color, or two shades darker if your hair is silver or blonde — IT Cosmetics’ Brow Power Universal Brow Pencil ($24, sephora.com) is a great option for virtually everyone. Top it off with a clear brow gel, like Rimmel Brow This Way ($4, amazon.com), to hold your hairs in place all day.

5. Add a little concealer.

Applying a dab your under-eye concealer — Sephora Collection Smoothing & Brightening Concealer ($14, sephora.com) is a great choice — along your brow bone helps conceal strays that can ruin your smooth brow line, and will make your eyebrows look more substantial and defined.

Brilliance New York is here to help you do just that with these eyebrow tips.

16 Eyebrow Tips Explained Through GIFs to Help You Achieve the Perfect Shape

Your method is extremely important when it comes to eyebrow tips, but so are the products you use.

High-quality products usually only cost about $10 more than drug store items so it’s not even a huge splurge.

Plus, these products tend to last a long time so you really get your money’s worth.

That’s why under each of these tips, we’ve included the best products.

From start to finish, this entire process should only take about 45 minutes max – as long as you don’t count the first step.

1. Don’t Touch Them

Most people over pluck their brows on a regular basis. Before they know it, they have thin sticks with a strange shape.

Before completing anything on this list – wait.

Give your brows about six weeks to regrow. Sure, you can pluck above your nose and eyes in the meantime, but for the love of all that’s holy, don’t mess with the shape.

Let those babies grow in nice and full before you give them a crisp new shape.

2. Start at the Right Time of Day

Always shape and pluck in natural light since you can see all the hairs a lot better. Otherwise, you’ll end up checking your face out in the car mirror later wondering why you didn’t notice all those tiny hairs around your eye.

Try to find a mirror near a window with lots of natural light shining through. A small standing mirror with a magnified option works great.

This LED vanity mirror from Amazon is only $25 and it lets you view your face from every angle.

3. Identify Your Brow Shape

You need to figure out what you’re working with.

Are your brows naturally round? Do they have a sharp arch? Do the hairs point in several directions?

Once you’ve identified your brows’ natural shape, you can select a shape from the image above that will work best with what you’ve already got.

4. Identify Your Face Shape

If your face is long and oval, a straight eyebrow can help even things out. If your face is round go for a sharp arch to add some angle. Heart shaped faces can get away with curved brows.

You want your brow shape to complement the shape of your face.

5. Cleanse the Area

Time to prep your skin for plucking.

Plucking your eyebrows is somewhat of a surgical process – there might be a bit of blood involved.

Apply some witch hazel or rubbing alcohol to a cotton ball to cleanse the area. You want everything to be nice and clean. You can also rub a fresh cotton ball over your tweezers and tools.

T.N. Dickenson’s Witch Hazel is only about $4 and it’s a gentler alternative to rubbing alcohol.

6. Lubricate

A little-known secret when it comes to eyebrow tips: applying some facial oil prepares the hair follicles for plucking.

This helps ensure you rip the entire hair out at the root rather than just pieces (so annoying).

Treat yourself with this White Diamond Facial Serum for $75.

7. Find Your Starting Point, Arch, and End Point

Now we’re getting to the fun part.

Using a pencil, identify the beginning, arch, and end for your brows.

Your eyebrows should start at the same point as your nostril. Pivot the pencil over to the edge of your iris – that’s your arch point. Pivot again to the corner of your eye and that’s where your brow should end.

8. Fill-in Your Brows with a Pencil or Pigment

By filling in your brows in the right shape before you start plucking, you’ll be able to see exactly where you should remove the hair.

The Anastasia Brow Wiz gets the job done for $21 (and you can also use it for step 13).

Since most of this pigment will wipe away during the grooming process, you can also go with a regular drugstore brand for this step like this $4 pencil from Rimmel.

9. Start Plucking

Don’t cheap out when it comes to tweezers – they are not all created equal.

Higher priced tweezers are of a much higher quality: they have an excellent slant and a sharper point.

This ensures that you’ll be able to grip and remove the entire hair instead of pulling out pieces. You don’t want your brows to look like stubble.

These slant tweezers from TweezerGuru are reasonably priced at about $10 but still work with amazing precision.

10. Time for a Trim

Too many folks skip this part but it’s super important for avoiding bushy brows.

Using a spoolie brush, brush your eyebrows upwards so all the hair stands straight up. Take a pair of scissors and cut each hair individually to avoid giving your brows a straight-line appearance.

If your brows are particularly long, you will need to do this in segments. Don’t forget the ends.

This Sonia Kushuk brush is only $1.99 and these narrow-tip precision scissors clock in at $19.99.

11. The Holy Grail of Eyebrow Tips: Remove Extra Fuzzies with a Shaping Razor

You’re not done yet!

Using a shaping razor, clean up all the peach fuzz hairs that are too small to pluck.

Moving from your forehead downwards with the blade parallel to your brow, clean up all the fuzzy hair on your face just above your brow, in between your brows, as well as between your brow and eye.

This is how you get a super clean and crisp brow without waxing.

These razors are cheap: you can snatch a pack of 9 for $15. (They also work great for above your lips and under your ears.)

12. Apply a Cooling Cream

Now that the hair removal portion of these eyebrow tips is complete, you need to apply a cooling lotion to calm your skin.

Eucerine is a steal at $6.99 or you can splurge with this luxurious $40 Calming Cream from Après.

13. Fill in Your Brows with Your Pigment of Choice

You made it – time to apply your favorite pigment to fill in the gaps.

Even folks with full brows can benefit from using a pigment – it keeps the shape crisp.

Eyebrow tips beauty hack: use a darker pigment for the outer thin line and a lighter pigment for the wider portion near your nose.

This adds a little contour to your brow which makes the color look more natural.

Also, make sure you color-in your brows with quick and small strokes to mimic the shape of hairs and avoid creating a boxy look.

For pencils, Anastasia’s Brow Wiz is great or you can go for their cake powder at $18 and use a $10 angle brush for application.

14. Set into Place with Gel or Clear Mascara

Time to set it in with a coat of clear mascara – just $5.99 from Maybelline.

If your brows are particularly thin, go for a pigmented gel. Anastasia makes a great gel in several colors with a $22 price tag.

15. Add Some Highlight

Now that your brows look great, you need to show them off.

High Beam from Benefit gives your brows a radiant finish and this bottle will last you forever.

16. You Now Have Perfect Brows

You’re all set: sit back and admire your beautiful brows!

Don’t Forget to Maintain Your Shape

Congrats: you’ve made it through all the eyebrow tips!

Now, you just need to maintain your perfect brows. Obviously, that’s a lot easier said than done.

Pick one day to pluck stray hairs, trim, and shape with a razor on a bi-weekly basis – just don’t mess with the overall shape of the brow too much.

If you pluck more than biweekly, you risk messing up the shape you worked so hard to create. Back away from the tweezers.

You’re ready: get out there and show off your beautiful brows.

Because your eyes are the window to your soul, your brows are the v chic curtains that fancily frame your face and give it structure. So, it’s important that you don’t sleep on doing them and actually give them the TLC they deserve. Thankfully: makeup artist and brow wiz Cyndle Komarovski served up 11 easy ways, so you can properly fill-in, feather, create a realistic-looking tail, and more, taking you from brow to br-WOW. Too cheesy? Whatever. These tips are good, keep reading.

1. Use flicking motions to create the most realistic-looking hairs.

Okay, please, please, please do not fill in your brows with one single, heavy-handed strike of any product—albeit a pencil, like Revitalash Hi-Def Brow Pencil, or powder, try Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder Duo. Tiny hair-like strokes are the goal here, so you’ll want to use small flicking motions to apply said pencil (or an angled brush dipped in brow powder—you pick the poison, remember?) in the direction your hair grows.

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2. Keep the tail of your brow in check.

Overextending the tail of your brows can create a droopy effect, drawing your face down, making you look sad. Your eyebrows naturally stop at a place that lifts your face up and out, which is what you want to maintain. To measure where the tail of your brow needs to end, place a brow pencil diagonally at your nostril and line it up with the side of your eye. Where the pencil hits your brow bone is where the end of your eyebrow should end (or can be extended to) without it looking fake.

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You can also use this cool-ass “X” trick to figure out the shape/where your tail needs to be:

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3. Create a believable arch.

Pointy arches = a “Hi, I look surprised and/or mad but I’m not even!” kind of vibe. So, if you weren’t born with a high arch but want to create a subtle one, hold a brow pencil against your nostril and line it up diagonally with the center of your eye. That’s exactly where any arch should go naturally.

Next, take a spoolie brush—this Duo one will do—to help brush your eyebrow hairs downward. Then, with your brow product of choice (a pencil and a light touch is key here!), ever so slightly alter your brow shape, creating a slight peak where your natural arch is. Finally, fluff your brow hairs back into place with your spoolie so they fall into place and so that the arch looks natural.

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4. Buff out any harsh lines.

Mapping out the shape of your brow with a pencil and then not diffusing it can be a total tell-tale sign that they’re, well, drawn on. A fast fix? Create your shape by using tiny, hair-like strokes, regardless of whether you use a pencil, an angled brush topped with brow powder, or a brow mascara, and then use a spoolie to buff out any harsh lines with subtle back and forth motions.

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5. Give your brows some shape.

Unruly, brushed-up brows are in, as you know (thank you, Glossier, for making them a true thing), so I’m not referring to that type of look. What I am talking about are unshaped brows that, with the help of a little grooming slash shaping, can really give more structure to your face. Don’t have time to see a brow expert? Use your natural brow shape (where most of your brow hair is is where your shape lies) and tweeze any strays—these Tweezerman tweezers are cute!—that fall outside of that shape for perfect arches.

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6. Tend to your sparse spots.

If you’ve fallen victim to over-plucking in the past—I have, too, it’s okay—know that you’re not alone. To mask sparseness, fill in any spots with brow powder using an angled brush or you can opt for a pencil. Then, groom your brows into place with a brow mascara—whether clear or tinted, like Glossier Boy Brow.

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7. Use concealer below your brows instead of highlighter.

Outlining your brows with highlighter can put too much of a spotlight on your arches. Instead, opt for a concealer that’s one shade lighter than your skin—Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Concealer has alllll the skin tone options—to brighten up your brow area.

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8. Fill in your brows with a light application and intensify from there.

As a general rule: it’s always easier to add product but taking away is always harder. The same goes for applying too much brow product at first, which can honestly make you look entirely different—and even angry. So build your brow slowly. Another key to making your brows look darker yet natural? Not getting the formula you’re using on your skin. If you have a bald spot you’re trying to fill in, that’s one thing, but if you’re just trying to deepen your brow hair color overall, your best bet is a brow mascara, like L’Oréal Paris Brow Stylist Plumper, that you can lightly swipe on for a more dramatic yet believable effect.

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9. Start at the center of your brow when applying product to avoid putting too much onto the start of your brow.

If you feel like you only need to amp your arches up at the beginning of your brow, start at the arch and work toward the bridge of your nose. That way you’re left with the least amount of product when you reach the start of your brow, making the application look realistic. Then, use that same product at the tail of your brow, so it doesn’t end up looking uneven.

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10. Accentuate your arches with the right brow color.

Choosing the wrong color to fill in your brows is another way you can make your brows look “done.” Having trouble finding the perfect shade? Try using two different tones to fill in your brows. For example, if you’re a redhead, use a taupe pencil and then also use an auburn pencil to give your brows natural dimension. Try Maybelline New York Brow Ultra Slim Defining Eyebrow Pencil, which ranges in shades from “Light Blonde” to “Dark Brown.”

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11. Always blend in your product.

Brow PSA: This is one of the most important steps to creating natural-looking arches. An easy way to fill in your brows (which also gives your brow that sharp yet still soft beginning) is by drawing a line (at an angle) under your eyebrow at its start with a brow pencil, and then using a spoolie brush to diffuse it up into your brow. However, you have to remember to blend it entirely or else it will be noticeable.

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Anyone who’s looked back on high school photos can tell you that eyebrow grooming completely changes your look. Most of us have graduated from the thin, tadpole brows of ’90s past, but even if you’ve achieved Brooke Shields-level perfect eyebrows, you probably don’t get there without a lot of work. No matter your current eyebrow situation, you can get beautiful and perfectly-shaped brows that complement your face — even if you don’t know where to begin.

“A little bit of filling in can make you look more awake,” says brow expert Sarah McQuarrie, Benefit Cosmetics’ National Brow Artist. Tending to your brows “can make you look more alert, a little bit younger, a little fresher, and you can do a little bit less makeup overall,” she says.

Below, you can learn exactly how to get your dream brows at home whether your eyebrows are a bit sparse due to over-plucking, or you need to do some strategic weed-whacking to find your best eyebrow shape again.

But before you even touch those tweezers, let’s dive into some eyebrow shaping FAQs:

Are my brows supposed to be identical?

Definitely not. “Nobody’s brows are perfectly even, and if they were, it would probably look weird,” says McQuarrie, so don’t stress if one brow is a bit unruly or difficult to maintain — it’s totally normal. “Brows are sisters, not twins, but we want them to look pretty closely related.”

Which eyebrow shape is best for me?

Start with brow mapping! “Don’t even try to do your brows without brow mapping, because that’s when we get in the disaster zone,” says McQuarrie. While it sounds intimidating, “mapping” actually just means identifying the three key parts of your brow, and marking them with brow makeup so that you can easily clean them up:

  1. Where your eyebrow should start: Use your brow pencil or finger to draw a straight line from crook of your nose, up to the brow to see where it should start.
  2. Map out the arch in your eyebrow: Angle your brow pencil from the side of the nose through the iris of your eye to your brow to find the midpoint, which should be the peak of your arch.
  3. Where your eyebrow should end: Point your pencil from the side of the nose to the end of your brow, and mark the line where your brow’s tail should end.

Problem: Over-plucked, sparse brows → Solution: Brow make-up

First of all, don’t panic: Just because your brows aren’t as full as you’d like, patience and a good eyebrow pencil will get you through until your eyebrows grow back in fully (which can take anywhere from a few weeks to a year):

  1. Make sure your brow product is the right color. Whether you prefer a brow pencil, powder, or gel, McQuarrie says, “your brows are typically darker than the hair on your head.” Match accordingly for the best results.
  2. Hold the tool lightly to avoid overdrawn brows. (Pro tip: the further back you hold the pencil, the more featherlight and natural-looking your strokes will be!).
  3. Mimic the of direction hair growth with small, light strokes, being especially careful to work with a light hand toward the edges and inner corners: Otherwise, you risk an unnatural, blocky look.
  4. Think outside the box, and remember that you might need to draw in “some extra hairs, even though they outside of the natural brow line,” says McQuarrie.
  5. Keep a Q-Tip or spoolie (aka clean mascara wand) handy to blend lines and clean up mistakes. “Those are your BFFs,” McQuarrie says.
  6. When you’re satisfied with your shape, set with brow conditioner to support growth. Repeat on your other brow.

You’ll Need These for Filling in Your Brows

Benefit Cosmetics ka-BROW! Cream-Gel Eyebrow Color ulta.com $24.00 Benefit Cosmetics Precisely, My Brow Pencil ulta.com $24.00 BTYMS Spoolie Brushes amazon.com $5.99

Problem: Overgrown, shapeless brows → Solution: Tweeze and reshape

Having too much brow is more often better than having too little, and giving your thick brows a little shape is the best way to polish up your look. Without venturing outside of your brow mapping, clean up accordingly:

  1. After mapping your brows, take a spoolie and brush the hairs up, and trim any stray hairs along the top edge of your brows using a small, curved brow scissor with a rounded tip. “Don’t pull or push too much and just trim the ends,” advises McQuarrie.
  2. Using a good pair of tweezers, tackle any stray hairs that fall outside of your brow map, both below and above the brow.
  3. Set with gel or brow powder to set unruly brows in place and keep everything nice and symmetrical.
  4. Note: When reshaping, go slowly and tweeze one hair at a time: you can always take more away, but once you pull it, the hair is gone!

You’ll Need These for Shaping Your Brows

Utopia Care Eyebrow Scissors amazon.com $8.99 Tweezerman Slant Tweezer ulta.com $23.00 Benefit Cosmetics BROWVO! Conditioning Primer sephora.com $28.00

Problem: Long, unkempt brows → Solution: Trim brows with scissors

Love your brows, but feel like they have a mind of their own? In that case, you probably need to give them a good trim. The key, McQuarrie says, is to “just trim the ends” while being careful not to cut into the natural shape of the brow. Here’s how:

  1. Using a clean spoolie, brush the brows up and trim any excess hairs poking up. Then, brush the hairs downward and trim any super-long strays using brow shaping scissors.
  2. After you’ve trimmed up, use tweezers to nix any hairs that fall outside your brow map. Then, fill in with brow pencil or powder for a polished look.
  3. Above all, McQuarrie encourages people to play with their brow shape to see how it impacts their look. Plus, she says remember to “have fun! It’s makeup, it comes off, it’s not permanent.”

You’ll Need These for Long Brows

Tweezerman Slant Tweezer ulta.com $23.00 Tweezerman Stainless Steel Facial Hair Scissors amazon.com $24.95 Benefit Cosmetics Precisely, My Brow Pencil ulta.com $24.00

Eyebrows: Sarah McQuarrie, Benefit Cosmetics. Video: Kate Bennis. Photos: Danielle Ochiogrosso Daly. Design: Betsy Farrell.

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