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Eyebrow Grooming 101

The eyebrow is finally getting the attention it deserves this season.

With celebrities like Emma Watson and Lily Collins and model Cara Delevigne making full brows a coveted look, it’s time to evaluate the nearly miraculous effect the right brow shape can have on your face, opening up your eyes and balancing your features. Whether you want to do a strong shape or a softer line, here are some tips to guide you towards perfectly arched and define eyebrows.

Prep your brows. Following the hair’s direction of growth, brush your brows with a brow comb to lie cleanly. Don’t try to brush and sweep your brows into your desired shape, doing so will lead to plucking the wrong hairs or forcing your brow line into an unnatural shape.

Mark your brows’ starting and ending points. The brow should begin roughly one inch above the inner corner of your eye and end at the outer corner of your eye but, because each face is different, there are variances within that range based upon your facial features. Find your brow’s starting point by resting your tweezers (tips down) vertically down the side of your nose so the flat tips fall alongside the outer edge of your nose. For the end point, lay your tweezers across your cheek from the bottom of your nose angled towards the outer corner of your eye. Mark these two key points with an eyebrow pencil and pluck any stray hairs that fall in between the brows or past the end point.

Determine your arch. Look straight ahead into the mirror and place a straight edge (like a makeup brush or pencil) from the outermost edge of your nose to the outermost edge of your iris, the colored part of your eye surrounding the black pupil. Where your straight edge cross your brow is the apex of your eyebrow’s arch. With the three points (start, end and arch) now plotted, connect the dots to trace your natural brow shape with an eyebrow pencil.

Remove stray hairs. Your eyebrows should be between ¼- and ½-inch thick at their thickest point. Using your penciled brow shape as a guide and working one hair at a time, pluck away hairs that fall outside of those parameters. To best enhance your face’s dimensions, tweeze from the bottom up and never pluck above the brow.

Define the brow with eyebrow pencil. Once you’ve cleaned your eyebrows, you can define the or give them a fuller look by filling them in with an eyebrow pencil. Find an eyebrow pencil that matches your brow color and not your actual hair color. Working in short lines, fill in your brow beginning at the inner corners, moving up the arches. If you want a really dramatic eyebrow look, extend the line just beyond the end point of your brows. Fair-headed blondes should consider swiping on a tinted gel to thicken and add weight to fine hairs.