While your eyes are the window to your soul, your eyebrows frame your face. The easiest way to look younger, more put together and on top of your game is to make sure your eyebrow game is on fleek. But there are so many techniques, which one is right for you? Here’s a low down to help you achieve and maintain that perfect shape.
How it works: Threading is an ancient Persian technique that removes individual hairs or rows of hair by twisting a loop of thread around them. This is the most precise technique as threading can pick up individual hairs (or rows of hairs) to help you get that exact angle.
Best for: Those sensitive types. Threading doesn’t pull or stretch the skin, and is safe for user of skin-thinning products such as Retin-A. If you are pedantic about your shape threading is your best bet as it is the most precise technique and can be done every 10 days.
Need to know: Don’t try this yourself! It’s a difficult technique, so ask for references and choose your therapist carefully.
How it works: A thin layer of hot or cold wax is spread over the area of unwanted hair and covered with a strip of cloth. The cloth is pulled off in rapid motions removing the wax and hair.
Best for: Arches baby! Most therapists will use a spatula to apply the wax, which helps to sculpt a curved, polished look around the brow bones. It’s also a convenient technique as most salons offer some form of waxing.
Need to know: Waxing can be tough on the skin around the eyes and you can’t use it if you also use any skin-thinning products. As waxing can only be done every 4 weeks you will see some regrowth between sessions.
How it works: Use a pair of tweezers to remove individual hairs from the root.
Best for: Shaping or maintaining brows at home. Tweezing any strays daily can keep your brows looking clean all the time.
Need to know: Invest in a quality pair of tweezers and don’t try to remove more than one or two hairs at a time. For best results tweeze where there is lots of natural light and work slowly – you don’t want to end up with one super thin brow!
How it works: A row of needles is used to hand-draw in each brow hair, then a dye is applied on top and allowed to absorb into the small incisions. This process can be done three to five times until it is perfect.
Best for: Girls with naturally sparse brows. Also, it is a commitment, the results will last for at least a year (sometimes longer), without any touch ups.
Need to know: It is expensive. Prices start from $995, not including touch ups. Not everyone is a suitable candidate, and the results will vary based on how your skin takes to the pigment.
How it works: Ruby Rose and Cara Delevigne make a strong case for not touching your brows. All they use is a little brow wax and powder to define the shape.
Best for: Any lazy girls. This is something you can do daily, or just for special events.
Need to know: Talk to a make up artist about the best shape and products for your skin and brow type and find out how the professionals do it to avoid looking like you sharpied your eyebrows on.