Saturday, August 9, 2008

The Art of Eyebrow Plucking

Eyebrow plucking is said to be an art. The is skill, patience and creativity involved to do it well can take considerable time to master. It can make your eyes look larger and give your face a healthier more youthful appearance.  Eyebrow plucking should ideally be timed just before bed as the time before morning will allow any redness or irritation to subside.

One tip is to brush your eyebrows with a toothbrush before plucking them using some hair spray. This will keep all the hair in place and prohibits plucking too much. You should pluck your brows with as much light as possible so that you can see the tiniest hairs.  Evaluate your face and decide what shape of the brows you would like to have.

Use a pair of angled eyebrow tweezers to pluck the hairs below the brow; never shape your brow by plucking above it. Pluck only one hair at a time.

If your brows are thin or sparse, try to make the most of the number of hairs by plucking very deliberately and cautiously. Only get rid of stray hairs under the natural arch of the brow. Then pluck hairs individually to achieve that desired brow shape. Always pluck in the direction from the nose to the ear. The brows are thicker closest to the nose and they should thin out accordingly. If you want an arch for example, gradually pluck hairs so that they peak a bit in the middle of the brow. Then tweeze the hairs so they get increasingly thinner until they end and only a few hairs remain. Fill in the sparse brow with eye shadow or eyeliner. Both will add color and dimension to give the illusion that your brows are fuller and darker than they naturally are.

Final warning: do not pluck brows into a thin line thinking it will make your eyes look larger. It can look dated or give the face a surprised look and this shape is not easy to correct once the damage is done.