Last updated on May 30th, 2021
Whether your eyebrows are naturally bushy or have been victims of over-plucking, it is possible to have them perfectly shaped and groomed even at home. So, if you’re interested to know how to shape your eyebrows, it may be time to seek assistance. By learning the correct methods and techniques for shaping your eyebrows, you’ll be able to create the most flattering appearance for your face.
So, before you attack your stray eyebrow hairs with your tweezers, take the time to learn the skills to perfect your technique with this handy guide. From finding the perfect shape for your face to identifying the best tools for the job, you will learn how to get the perfect eyebrow shape naturally!
Start by learning eyebrow shapes
Before you start thinking about removing errant eyebrow hairs, you need to work out which shape that your eyebrows should be. Having this image in your mind before beginning will help you to create the best results.
Everyone’s natural eyebrows are slightly different, most fall into one of six main styles. They can either be S-shaped, hard-angled, soft-angled, straight or rounded. You will need to pick based upon your preference, and also, the shape of your face. You can read our article on which brows for which face shape.
Summary of which eyebrow shape to match my face shape:
While it’s always easier to work with the natural shape of your eyebrows, to achieve the most flattering appearance, you do need to consider your face shape as well. For example, if you have an oval face shape, most eyebrow shapes will suit you, although it’s good to avoid those that are overly arched or overly straight.
If you have a square shaped face, try to balance your look by ensuring that your brows appear soft with a smooth arch. For those with a round face, making sure that your eyebrows aren’t too thin or too thick is essential. Also, ensure that the beginning and tail of your brows are in line with an arch in between for the best look. If your face is long, on the other hand, aim for slightly thick eyebrows that aren’t too long or arched.
How can I shape my eyebrows at home for beginners?
Right, now let’s talk about how to shape eyebrows, for all styles and face shapes.
How to shape thick eyebrows
If you have naturally thick eyebrows, you have likely grown up wishing you didn’t – but found it to be a blessing in more recent years! Although it may take a bit of work to shape your brows and keep them looking neat, you will have a naturally full and thick appearance. If your brows are messy and don’t have a defined shape, start grooming them by marking out and removing hairs where your brows begin.
After that, tidy up the excess hairs on the top layer of your brow, ensuring that your arch is in the correct place. Next, remove extra hairs under the arch. Repeat this process on the other eyebrow, working to make them uniform and even. Finally, trim any strands that are longer than the rest to achieve a neatly groomed appearance.
How to shape thin eyebrows
If you have naturally thinner eyebrows or have previously over-plucked, it can be challenging but not impossible to achieve beautiful and full looking brows. While it may be tempting just to leave your thin eyebrows to their own devices to grow out and make the most of every strand, this will only lead to a messy appearance. Instead, carefully groom and fill in your brows for a vibrant look.
First, apply some eyebrow gel to lay your hair flat and make shaping them easier. Then, use tweezers to tidy up stray hairs below your brow and carefully trim any long strands. If you need to tidy the top layers of your eyebrows, very carefully use an eyebrow razor to do so. Finally, you can also fill in your brows using a pencil to make them appear thicker and fuller.
Waxing your eyebrows
In the realms of hair removal, brow waxing has typically been a favored technique. The method, which rips out multiple hairs at a time, can provide a clean, neatly defined shape and long-lasting results. It is especially ideal for anyone who has naturally thick brows. But just remember, when you’re working with such a small area, it can be easy to make mistakes with wax.
So you may want to practice with your at-home wax kit before actually attempting this method of hair removal. Otherwise, if you need to get your eyebrows waxed and you’re worried, leave it to the professionals.
Threading your eyebrows
Although many ladies have felt intimidated by the thought of threading, it is a surprisingly simple way to remove unwanted hair from around your brows and other sensitive areas. Eyebrow threading – which uses thin, twisted cotton threads to catch and pull out strands in a smooth, straight line – is more precise than waxing and usually less painful.
It’s much faster than both waxing and plucking and will cost you less than at-home wax kits. However, if it is your first time threading your brows, make sure to take things slow so you get it right. While the process is pretty straightforward, getting your hand movements right and targeting the right hairs can take time to master.
Plucking your eyebrows
Whilst most of us have had experience with tweezers, we can still find it challenging to pluck your eyebrows into the perfect shape. After all, getting your brows into a beautifully curved arch is so much more difficult than just pulling out stray hairs. Not only this, but if you’re inexperienced, plucking those hairs can cause some short sharp pains!
To truly have mastered the skill of plucking and shaping, you need a process to follow. First, select your brow shape plan. Then, pull out any hairs outside of your desired shape from the root to avoid breakage. Make sure you go slowly and be careful not to over-pluck. Because this method can take a while, it’s best for those who only have a few small hairs to pluck.
Using an eyebrow pencil
It’s been tried and tested, but one of the best DIY methods for getting your eyebrows in tip top shape, is the use of a pencil. You can draw on, supplement and curve your eyebrows in the ways you want. You don’t want to overdo it, as it can be easy for these to not be as natural looking as some other methods.
So, there you have it, how to shape eyebrows for beginners. If you’re confident and with a little practice, you can have your brows looking acceptable in no time.
Not a brow expert? Fancy Lash is here to help
However, if you’re still feeling a little unsure, you can trust the professionals at Fancy Lash. Our technicians are experienced, knowledgeable, and brow artists and will help you find the right shape for your face and have your brows looking on point in no time at all.