Tips and tricks on how to pluck your eyebrows with less pain and better results. How to keep your features looking even and natural by removing stray hair.
Plucking your eyebrows yourself can be painful and difficult to do. Having it done by a professional is completely pain-free and the results are professional-looking. These professionals know what they are doing, are very fast at removing the hair, and were taught extensively how to pluck and shape eyebrows. Having another person do this is always easier but paying for it and having it done frequently just isn’t worth it.
Although you probably won’t be able to pluck your eyebrows yourself without a small amount of pain, with time, practice, and the following tips, there will be less pain and better results. The number one thing to remember is to not pluck your eyebrows if you are going to immediately apply make-up and leave the house. Pulling hair out of pores leaves a swollen, red spot behind and it’s hard to cover the redness up with make-up. The swelling and redness will leave after one or two hours, so you should allow at least that much time before applying make-up to the area.
To decrease pain, get a washcloth and place it under warm-to-hot water. Place the washcloth over your eyebrows for a few moments to relax the muscles and make the pores larger. You should always extract the hair by pulling it out the same way that it grows. This also lessens the pain you will feel and keeps the swelling down. Don’t forget to pluck the hairs in a swift manner as well. To remove hair slowly just irritates the skin even more and the pain you feel from this will cause your eyes to water. If you are removing the hair, it will also take longer to shape your brows, which is just meaningless torture.
Look in a mirror to get an idea of which hairs you will be extracting so you can pull them out rather quickly. Like taking off a band-aid, the faster you do this, the less it hurts. If you are changing the shape of your brows drastically, use an eyeliner pencil or something equivalent to that to outline the shape you desire so you know what hair needs to be removed and what doesn’t. Never pluck below the brow bone, which is your natural brow shape. Even though this can be done, it creates loss of structure and can result in future unevenness. For the best, natural-looking results, you should only pluck the stray hairs that are not growing over your brow bone. Not everyone likes their natural brow bone shape, but sticking to this “rule” keeps your features symmetric and natural-looking, which is a plus.
A trick to keep your brows even near the nose and corners of the eyes is taking a pencil or pen and holding it close to your nose vertically. The object should touch just at the corner of your mouth and go up along the side of your nose and to the inner edge your brow. Any hair growing past the pencil or pen toward the center of your face should be removed. This follows along the lines of keeping things natural and complimentary to your features. You should do this to both of your brows and then take the pencil down from your face and look at the results.
After all the hair that was to be removed is gone, wipe your brows with the warm cloth to get any hairs off your face and lightly brush your brows with an eyebrow brush or your fingertips. You can apply lotion to your brows to aid in the swelling and redness and to prevent any “razor burn”-like patches. If you happened to have messed up and removed too many hairs, this can be easily fixed with an eyebrow pencil until the hair starts growing back. Eyebrows should be plucked around once a week; although some people need to do it more often and some people need to do it less.