Here at MDC, we would love to think that we have all the answers for you. However, there are certain issues that require the insight of a pro. Today we asked skincare guru Stacy Cox gives us the rundown on how to tweeze the right way!
Brow shaping is a tremendously subjective subject. Beauty, as they say, is in the eye of the beholder. Also, what works for some may not work for others, so it’s important to have a sense of what's right for you and your brows. Before you dare grab your tweezers and prepare to go to town, you should first do a little homework. Check out my tips on how to approach the art of the tweeze.
One of the biggest stumbling blocks my clients encounter is working with tweezers that are so old and dull, they couldn't tweeze a hair off a polar bear. I encourage everyone to invest in a brand new pair of tweezers. I recommend opting for one with a slant-edge as opposed to a needle-nosed tip. I also encourage you tweezer-challenged ladies to consider brow stencils. Stencils will give you a template to work from so you aren't tempted to over- or under-tweeze your brows. And, you can find them at any drugstore or beauty supply shop!
Step 1: Locate your starting point. Do this by flipping your tweezer upside-down so the open-end is pointing downward, and place it vertically alongside the outer edge of the bottom of your nose. The point where the vertex lands marks the beginning of your brow (which should also be about one-inch above the inner corner of your eye). Using an eye pencil, draw a vertical line to mark the start of each brow, then check that the space above the bridge of your nose is centered between them. Tweeze any strays that fall in-between.
Step 2: Mark your end points. Lay the tweezer on an angle against your cheek so that the open end is at the bottom of your nose and the closed end hits the outer corner of your eye. The spot where the tweezer intersects with your brow is where the hairs should end. Mark it with an eye pencil, then tweeze the hairs beyond this point.
Step 3: Determine the thickness you desire for your brows. Starting just below the fullest part of your brow, use an eye pencil to draw a line along the bottom edge of your brow. The line should be above any stray hairs and it should follow the natural shape of your brow's top line, which may be angled, slightly curved or even straight. Tweeze the strays below the line. Aim for a brow thickness of ¼-inch to ½-inch.
Step 4: Shape and clean the arch. The arch of your brow should peak above the outer rim of your iris and hit right at the brow bone. Mark the point with your eye pencil, then remove a row of hairs along the bottom, starting at the inner brow point to the peak of the arch. After hitting the peak, shape the tail.
Now that your brows are perfection, it’s time to move on to more makeup tips and tricks!
About the Author:Stacy Cox is a Los Angeles-based esthetician and owner of day spa Pampered People in Studio City, California.