Now that masks are required in most states our brows have become a focus point for the face and are more important than ever. With many salons and spas in the area still closed your brows may have become over-grown and unwieldy. The good news is no matter if your brows are currently overgrown or have been victims of over-plucking in the past, perfectly shaped and groomed eyebrows are still possible to achieve.
Below we have included some tips from our spa professionals on how to create perfect eyebrows by filling, shaping and defining. We will go through all the steps including how to brow map, the tools you need and best practises on how to adjust your brows. Before starting your eyebrow make-over it is important to have the right tools, you will need good quality tweezers, an eyebrow pencil, a spoolie or clean mascara wand and eyebrow scissors.
According to our lead esthetician, Michelle, there are three points that you will need to focus on when shaping your eyebrows: where it starts, where it ends, and where it arches. According to Michelle, eyebrows should be shaped according to an individual’s bones structure with proportion, symmetry and balance.
1. Starting Point:
Eyebrows should begin at the center of your nostril. Using a pencil or eyebrow brush create a vertical line from the center of your left nostril to the inside of your left brow – this is where your eyebrow should begin. You will want to tweeze any hairs that go beyond this point. The starting point of the brow is the most important point when creating the perfect brows. The distance between the eyebrows can change the whole contour of the nose, when they start too far apart it can make the nose appear wider.
2. End Point:
To find the point where your brow should end, draw an imaginary line (again we suggest using a brow brush or pencil) from the outer corner of your left nostril, connecting with the outer corner of your left eye and up to the brow. This determines the end point of your brow and any hairs beyond this point should be plucked.
The highlight of your brows is the arch but often this point is the hardest part to define. To find where your arch should begin draw an imaginary line starting at the center tip of your nose, through the iris of the eye and up through the brow. This point defines where you should have the most ‘lift’ in your eyebrow, regardless of what shape of brow you wish to achieve you’ll want to create ‘lift’ in the brow to help open up your eyes.
Once you have determined these three points you can begin to connect these points with a precise brow pencil (preferably something close to your natural hair color) and you can fill the brows between the connected points. Make sure to taper the brows at the end to make them look as natural as possible.
Expert tip: When filling brows with a pencil or powder always start light and build up to the desired color and boldness to achieve a more natural look.
The next step is to carefully remove any hairs that are outside of the drawn lines. Tweezing is the easiest method to perform at home and can give a very precise and professional finish to your brows. Make sure not to over-tweeze, if you are unsure whether or not a hair should go – leave it – over-tweezing can cause gaps in your brows and also can prevent hairs from growing back naturally.
If you have particularly long eyebrow hairs, you may need to give them a slight trim to finish off. Using a clean mascara wand or spoolie, brush the brow hair vertically and carefully trim the hair outside of your penciled area.
Once you have mastered your ideal brow shape at home it’s easy to maintain by plucking and trimming once per week. Michelle instructs that your eyebrows should be sisters and not twins, meaning that although we are trying to create symmetry between your eyebrows, they do not have to be exact. Eyebrow mastery is not as easy as it seems but with the correct tools and by following some guidelines with a bit of practice you can achieve tidy, professional looking brows at home.
Unfortunately, The Woodhouse Day Spa of North Bethesda remains temporarily closed due to Covid-19. We are preparing for our reopening and waiting patiently for Montgomery County to reopen for spa services. To read what we're doing in preparation of our reopening click here.