How To Shape Your Eyebrows

How To Shape Your Eyebrows

How To Shape Your Eyebrows

OK, lets see if you can relate with me on this one…there is nothing better than having clean, well manicured, freshly shaped eyebrows. Not only does your eye makeup last longer, it also brightens and dramatically improves the over all look of your face and perfectly groomed eyebrows balance your features and frame your eyes. Also it is important to find a brow style that’s flattering for your face shape.

With that said, I was leaving the state for two weeks, and I knew I needed to get my eyebrow’s waxed.  I headed to the salon, got them shaped and they looked perfect.  Once I was on vacation, I  laid out in the sun, relaxed and had the time of my life!  After I was there for about a week, I look in the mirror and whoa…I could not believe, all the new eyebrow hairs that have grown in, they were everywhere!  The sun and salt water must be making them grow, because they were out of control.  Not to mention they were those blonde, fine and hard to get ones!

Well, here was my saving grace, before I left for my trip I packed Surgi-Wax Brow Shapers for Brows just in case.  The Surgi Shapers are wax strips that are pre-cut & designed to fit almost all eyebrow shapes, they remove any unwanted eyebrow hairs, that otherwise, would be impossible to tweeze. They are extremely easy to use; Step 1 – simply place the strip in position, Step 2 – press gently a few times, hold the skin taught and peel off!. Can it get any more simple than that? Below are other brown shaping options.

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Tweezing Eyebrows


1.Determine Your Eyebrows Starting Point

Hold a straight edge, such as a pair of tweezers or a eyebrow pencil, vertically along the side of the bottom of your nose (along the nostril). Make sure that the line touches the outermost edge your nose and the inside of your eye. The point where line and your eyebrow meets should be the starting pint of your eyebrow. Mark this spot with a eyebrow pencil and repeat for the other eye, making sure space above the bridge of your nose is centered between both starting points. Remove the stray hairs that fall in between.

Determain Eyebrow Starting Point


2.Determine Your Eyebrows Arch Point

Looking straight ahead at the mirror, hold the straight edge at an angle so that it lines up with the outermost edge of your nose and the outermost edge of your iris. The spot that the line intersects your eyebrow’s top border is where the peak of your arch should begin. Mark the point with your eye pencil, then remove a row of hairs along the bottom, to enhance your arch. After the peak, shape the tail. Repeat with the other eye.

Determine Eyebrow Arch Point


3.Determine Your Eyebrows End Point

Again, holding the line at an angle from the outermost edge of your nose to the outermost edge of your eye. This is where the eyebrow should end, mark this spot with your pencil, remove the strays beyond this line and repeat with the other eye.

Determine Eyebrow End Point


4.Determine Your Brow Thickness

Use your pencil to draw a line just below the fullest part of your eyebrow. I recommend following the natural curvature of your eyebrows. You should end up with a 1/4″ – 1/2″ brow at it’s thickest point. Pluck all the strays below the line and all strays above your eyebrow.

Determine Eyebrow Thickness


Waxing Eyebrows


The best type of wax for eyebrows is a cream wax heated up in a wax pot. These waxes are the most gentle and are great for the delicate, sensitive eye areas. Also, I recommend purchasing pre-cut strips for eyebrows.

Before you start, you will need you need to decide on the shape of your brows and pull or pin-back hair (so you can see your eyebrows clearly). Pre-heat your wax and make sure you have access to a large mirror (not a hand-held). Your should wax you eyebrows in 4 stages as highlighted to the right.

Eyebrow Waxing Stages



Use a facial cleanser or a pre-wax and gently clean the area to be waxed. Then then apply a dusting of powder with a cotton swab.


2.Brush & Trim

Brush your brows straight up and trim any long hair that stick out of your natural brow shape. I recommend using an eyebrow brush and eyebrow scissors, but you can use small scissors and a fine-toothed comb if it’s all you have.

Comb & Trim Your Eyebrows


3.Apply Petroleum Jelly

This is an optional step but I like to do it just to be safe. The petroleum jelly helps keep the hairs you do not want removed in place.


4.Apply The Wax

Use a wooden spatula to apply an evenly layer of wax underneath of your brow. Spread in the direction of hair growth, and make sure use enough wax to cover the hair and no more.

Applying Wax to Eyebrows


5.Cover With Strip

Apply the strip to the waxed area in in the direction of hair growth. Make sure to leave a excess strip at the end (so you can pull the strip off). Firmly press and smooth the strip with your hand a couple times, to ensure complete attachment to the wax. Allow to cool for a few seconds.

Apply Strip To Wax


6.Remove The Strip

Firmly grip the strip, hold skin taut with one hand, and remove strip, all the way in opposite direction of hair growth in one quick pull. If a little bit of wax with hair remains, simply put strip back on hair and pull off again. Make sure no to pull up, but back.


7.Repeat To Other Areas

Repeat the last steps 4, 5 and 6 for the other 3 stages as well as between your eyebrows. You can use tweezers to remove any hairs missed by the wax, and fine-tune the shape. Lastly, remove any remaining wax residue with a wax remover, baby oil or petroleum jelly and apply cooling, after-wax lotion, or an aloe based products.


Eyebrow Shapes for Face Shapes

  • Round Faces: To help minimize the roundness, direct the outer third of the brow towards the top of the ear.
  • Square Faces: Try to balance your face by directing the outer third of the brow the towards the middle of the ear.
  • Long Faces: Aim for a more straight eyebrow that is directed above the your ear.
  • Oval Faces: Oval faces are balanced so enhance this by directing the outer third towards the ear lobe.
  • Regardless of the shape your choose the most important thing is to make sure your eyebrows are symmetrical, both horizontally and vertically.

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