With most of the country providing shelter, we need to figure out how to do home care. Things like a haircut, doing our nails and grooming our overgrown eyebrows in the salon are currently not possible. But trying to do these tasks at home is a bit scary. You don't want to make a mistake and look worse in the end. Well, we can help you – at least when it comes to taking care of your brows at home.
The tools of the trade
Full disclosure: we're as nervous as you are about taming our unruly brows. That is why we turned to the experts. The first tip? Make sure you have the right tools. Anastasia Soare, founder and managing director of Anastasia Beverly Hills, recommends high quality scissors and slanted tweezers. And both should be thinner.
"If the tip of the blade is too thick, you risk pulling the hair too high and too far away from the skin, possibly breaking the hair and causing unnecessary discomfort," explains Soare. “As with the tweezers, the blades of your scissors should be incredibly thin. If you brush your brows and hold your hair, you can use the thin blade to cut exactly what you need. "
The best time to tackle your eyebrows
Audrianna Mora, licensed beautician and global education manager at RevitaLash Cosmetics, recommends waiting until you step out of a steaming shower. "The warm water softens the hair and makes the process a little less painful." However, do not use a magnifying mirror. "Magnifying mirrors are the gateway to plucking!"
Do you know your type
In the 90s there were thin, almost pencil-thin brows. Now bushy, Cara Delevingne-like brows are all the rage. But fuller brows also need a little care. "If you have coarse, bushy eyebrows, you should be careful never to cut them too short. You need the extra length to weigh them down, ”says Soare. If your brows are rather thin, she advises not to shorten them at all.
When it comes to creating arches, Soare suggests "shortening the upper inner part of your eyebrows deeper and leaving the highest point of the arch with the tail in peace". If your forehead hair is growing down, first fill it out with an eyebrow pencil and then brush it off before cutting off the outliers.
And what about these dreaded brow cowlicks? Fill your forehead and just cut off the remnants outside of this line.
Keep plucking and trimming to a minimum
Our two experts recommend the less-is-more approach. Mora recommends shortening your eyebrows approximately every three months, depending on the growth cycle. "Use a spoolie brush to brush the brows up and very easily wipe or cut off the excess hair with a pair of scissors," she explains. (Feel free to pinch strays weekly or biweekly.)
And your brows don't have to be perfectly symmetrical. "Remember that eyebrows are sisters, not twins!" says Mora. You can also skip trimming entirely and just use a clear gel like RevitaLash's Hi-Def Brow Gel to keep your eyebrows at bay.
Since we all stay inside, it's a great time to let your brows grow. But that doesn't mean you should leave them alone. “With a good forehead product, you can disguise areas with sparseness. I suggest using our brow wiz or dipbrow pomade to achieve natural-looking, hair-like strokes, ”says Soare.
Don't skip the trip to the salon or spa
Now that we know how to take care of our brows at home, we never have to make an appointment with a beautician again, do we? Not correct. “I recommend going back to your trusted beautician. Nobody should grow on their own, and often you really need an outer eye to get the shape of your forehead that gives your face balance and harmony, ”says Soare.
Mora agrees. “I always think it's best to let the experts do the actual maintenance. Simple home cleaning is fine between professional services. "
Do you still feel nervous? Check out Soare's easy-to-follow tutorial.