Maintaining well-groomed eyebrows can give your face an attractive, well-kept look with regular salon visits and the use of styling products at home you can have beautiful eyebrows every day and not just on brow day. Thanks to the array of eyebrow products on the market you can now maintain your professional-looking brows at home with the right tools and knowledge. This guide will show you the basics of how to shape and style your eyebrows like a pro, even if you’re a beginner. We’ll go over the products you’ll need, as well as tips and techniques for achieving the ideal shape.
The history of eyebrow shaping from the 1920s until now
For centuries, shaping eyebrows has been around. The styles, trends, and shapes of brows have dramatically changed from decade to decade.
- 1920s Eyebrows were defined, thin and dark in color
- 1930s Eyebrows were like the 1920s where they were thin and dark but had a more rounded appearance.
- 1940s Eyebrows were natural, thick, and rounded.
- 1950s Eyebrows were defined, thick, and with a high arch.
- 1960s Eyebrows were thicker at the front and thinner toward the end.
- 1970s Eyebrows were very thin and overly plucked.
- 1980s Eyebrows were natural and fluffy.
- 1990s and 2000s Eyebrows were precisely plucked and thin.
The game changer of brow styling was the introduction of HD brow treatments in 2008. With the view that brows are as unique as fingerprints and each client deserves a bespoke brow tailored to them. HD brow treatments began a whole new era of brow styling and shaping. From this, we have seen an upsurge in brow-shaping treatments being offered in salons and by brow professionals and brow artists around the world. The brow game has well and truly changed for the better.
Eyebrow shaping methods combined today to create bespoke brows: tweezing, waxing, threading, trimming, tinting, and semi-permanent brows
Pros of Tweezing
- Tweezing is a quick and easy way to tidy your eyebrows.
- It is relatively inexpensive and can be done at home.
Cons of Tweezing
- It can be painful and can cause redness and irritation.
- It can lead to over-plucking and cause permanent damage to your eyebrows.
- It can be time-consuming.
Pros of Waxing
- Waxing is a fast and efficient way to shape your eyebrows.
- It removes large amounts of hair in one go, making it great for creating a dramatic shape.
- It can be done at home or at a salon. Although we always recommend leaving it to the professionals.
Cons of Waxing
- It can be painful and can cause redness and irritation.
- It can cause skin lifting if the wax is not at the correct temperature.
- It can ruin the shape of the brow if too much hair is removed.
Pros of Threading
- No risk of burns or swelling.
- Less painful than waxing.
- May be a good option if you have sensitive skin.
Cons of Threading
- There is a risk of having a skin reaction or developing an infection.
- It can be tedious to keep up with regular threading if your hair grows back quickly.
- The process can be uncomfortable for some.
Tools and materials needed before starting your eyebrows
- Angled Eyebrow brush
- Tweezers (only for the strays)
- Brow carving brush
- Brow gel or brow soap
- Eyebrow pencil: we’ve some great options
- Brow pomade for a bolder brow look
- Eyebrow scissors
- Brow spoolie brush
Simple expert tips for finding your natural brow shape
Brow mapping is a method to figure out the perfect form for your brows. It involves recognizing your brows’ natural shape and then utilizing that as a template for sculpting and grooming. The mapping is completed by measuring the gap between certain points on your face, such as the corner of the eye, the middle of the iris, and the corner of the mouth. The intention is to create a shape that coordinates with your face and brings out your natural features.
1. Look into a mirror and determine the start and end points of your eyebrows using your face shape as a guide. Use a brow pencil to mark these points. It can be easily wiped away.
2. Determine the arch of your brows.
3. Now you have a guide you need to decide which type of brow you want to create. Bold, soft, natural, defined, fluffy, or hair stroke. This will reflect your personal style but can be influenced by the latest brow trend.
4. If necessary, tweeze the hairs that are outside of your brow shape, so just the random hairs below the brow or between the brows. I never recommend tweezing the main brow shape, leave that to the brow professionals.
Let’s start shaping and styling your eyebrows
Step-by-step instructions for filling in your brows with a pencil
- Start by brushing your eyebrows up and out to reveal their natural shape.
- Mark the highest points of your arch with a brow pencil.
- Mark the beginning and end points of your brow with a pencil.
- Outline the desired shape of your brows with a pencil.
- Fill in the desired shape with the pencil, using short, light strokes.
- Blend the pencil strokes with a spoolie brush.
- Set your brows with a brow gel or cream.
Different looks and Trends
1. Natural Look: Use a brow pencil to lightly fill in sparse areas and brush your brows into place with a spoolie brush.
2. Defined Look: Use a brow pencil or pomade to fill in your brows and create a sharp, defined shape.
3. Ombre Look: Use a brow pencil to lightly fill in the front of your brows, and a darker shade of pencil or pomade to fill in the tail.
4. Use a brow carving brush and some concealer to carve out the brows and clean up any mistakes. This will also define and highlight the brow.
5. Fluffy Look: Use a brow pencil to lightly fill in sparse areas and use a brow gel, cream or brow soap to brush your brows up and out for a fluffy, full look.
The final decision on your look should be based on your individual tastes and facial structure. Take a moment to examine the results before you’re done. If you need it, don’t be afraid to ask for expert advice. But remember practice makes perfect.
How often should we shape our eyebrows?
It is recommended to have your eyebrows groomed every 4-6 weeks professionally, depending on how quickly your hair grows. This will help to keep your brows looking neat and tidy. You should also use a brow pencil or powder to fill in any sparse areas and keep your brows looking full and shapely. Additionally, it’s important to keep your brows conditioned and hydrated to prevent breakage and split ends. We recommend using a brow balm.
Tips for keeping your eyebrows healthy and strong
Apply a conditioning brow product we have a great brow balm, full of plant oils, plant butter, and waxes that really condition the brow hairs and skin to promote healthy strong eyebrows. Apply daily or every evening for the best results.
Avoid excessive plucking: Plucking too much could cause permanent harm to the hair follicles, leading to sparse or patchy eyebrows. It is advisable to err on the side of leaving a few stray hairs rather than over-plucking.
Gently buffing the skin around your eyebrows can help get rid of dead cells and ward off ingrown hairs. Use a mild exfoliating scrub or a soft-bristled brush for this purpose.
Limit makeup use: Too much makeup on your brows can lead to inflammation and hurt the hair follicles. Cleanse your face before bedtime.
Key tips to takeaway
Shaping your eyebrows is an important part of grooming that can enhance your features and boost self-confidence.
There are several methods for shaping eyebrows such as tweezing, waxing, threading, and trimming, each with its own pros and cons. Decide with your brow professional which is the best combination for you.
To shape your eyebrows at home, you will need a mirror, tweezers, scissors, a brush, a brow spoolie, and a pencil, powder, or pomade that matches your hair color.
To find your natural brow shape, brush your brows upward and follow the natural arch.
To shape your brows with a pencil or powder, fill in sparse areas with light strokes and blend well.
To set and shape your brows, use a brow gel or brow soap.
There are different looks and trends that you can try such as natural, defined, ombre, structured, hair stroke, or fluffy look.
Regularly shaping your eyebrows can help to keep them looking neat and tidy. This means it’s much easier to style them at home and keep them looking beautiful and on point.