The "Eyes" Have It
We have all seen it, people doing all sorts of things while driving...talking on the phone, texting, reading, applying makeup...you name it, drivers do it! One of my worst fears is to picture a woman driving. It always reminds me of the pair of tweezers hidden in the car’s glove compartment. Tweezing in the car not only puts women at higher risk for an accident, but it also can impact the eyebrows shape negatively for the next six weeks of her life.
I cannot count how many clients show up to my door with one poorly tweezed side of their eyebrows. Apparently, they have no mercy while plucking one, and no time to finish the other. When I face this situation, the only solution I can offer is to shape the eyebrows to a point where they look similar, but not necessarily attractive nor suitable for the client’s facial features. All of this can be avoided by simply allowing a professional to help you with proper brow grooming.
What is Eyebrow Contouring?
Eyebrow contouring doesn’t mean changing their shape. It means identifying their hidden beauty by finding the right arch, length, thickness and color that suits your specific facial features. The purpose of this blog post is not to discuss at-home tweezing tips. This article is designed to help you chose the right method and specialist to contour your eyebrows.
What Are The Best Methods for Brow Contouring?
While we recommend that you stick with tweezing for home use, at the spa, the specialist might choose waxing or threading to achieve the desired look. Threading is an ancient hair removal method where the sepcialist will twist the thread in a triangular shape and move it back and forth to trap the unwanted hair in the corner of the triangle and remove it. I call threading my "plan B" and use it for highly sensitive clients who tend to react poorly to waxing. I also use it if waxing is not an option due to contraindications that include but are not limited to: laser resurfacing, chemical peels and acne prescription drugs. Make sure to always tell the specialist about any changes in your skincare regimen or medications before getting your brows beautified.
To Tint or Not to Tint?
To further enhance the look of your eyebrows, we can also use a tinting agent that gives the brows the right color and helps them to appear more full. It is a particularly effective method if you have lots of white fuzz or gray hair that will improve if the brows thickness is darkened. The tint is semi-permanent and lasts for about 4 weeks. To maintain the tint of your brows at home, you can still use brow enhancers that are available from numerous makeup lines in shadow form, gel and pencil. Make sure to pick a color that matches your original brow hair. After applying it, use a brush to blend it in to achieve a natural look.
The Do's and Dont's Of Brow Contouring
For unknown physiological reasons, not all brow hair grows back. For this reason it is highly advised to get your brows contoured with a professional instead of risking disaster at home. As we have discussed, tweezing, waxing and threading are the best methods to shape the brows. A Master Esthetician, Esthetician or a wax technician (not a nail tech or hair dresser) are the right people to trust with your brows.
After having your initial contouring done by a professional (and ONLY if your trust your abilities) it is ok to use tweezer to maintain the already established shape. That said, you should always follow up with a professional whenever needed. I recommended that you do this every 4-6 weeks.
When grooming facial hair and brows at home, do not use microwavable wax, depilatory creams or shaving tools. These methods tend to irritate the skin and add unpleasant roughness to the hair texture and increase your risks of burns.
Always remember to have realistic expectation. The specialist can reveal your brows beauty within the limits of the amount of hair you have and your facial bone structure.
Saima Shaheen, Master Esthetician at The Women's Club