Eyebrows are funny little things. When they’re perfect, no one really notices they’re there. But mess them up and watch the comments roll in. It can be hard to keep those little critters in shape all the time, so we’ve gathered the biggest mistakes you need to stop right now (thank you very much) to keep your look on fleek.
1. Trying to make them identical
Your eyebrows are like sisters, not twins; trying to make them look identical is only going to lead to over-plucking and other dramas. Which leads us to...
2. Over-plucking in general
Don’t go plucking mad trying to get your beauties to be perfect. Obsessive-compulsive plucking can lead to brows being way too thin, which leads to over-penciling. And being too zealous with tweezing can also lead to a “Spock” effect – brows that stop in the middle and have no tail. In case you were wondering, the sci-fi look is NOT on fleek this season.
3. Going too pointed
No beating around the bush here, ladies: we call this the b**ch brow. Maleficent sported these babies during her reign of terror and people were scared of her for a reason. Sure, it can make you look more powerful but do you also want to look super unapproachable? Stick with a more neutral shape and leave the pointy brows in the ’90s where they belong.
4. Not seeing a professional for maintenance
Sure, we all like to think we can DIY but in reality it pays to get a pro to shape your brows. They’re a major defining area of your face. Seriously, have you ever seen how weird people look without eyebrows? It’s not pretty. Book in with a brow stylist to shape your look every six to 12 weeks, and then you can maintain it between sessions. It’s a small price to pay for perfection.
5. Tweezing before a shower or bath
Hot water and steam can potentially loosen hairs and you might lose a few in the showering process. There’s no guarantee it will damage your newly-plucked brows, but do you really want to take that chance? Shower first, then work with what you have later.
6. Going too dark with your eyebrow filler
You need to drop the goth look, stat! Your real eyebrows aren’t a solid colour so why on earth do we colour them within an inch of their lives with a pencil? Doing this means people will hone in on your brows instead of your face. NOBODY wants their eyebrows wearing them as an accessory; it should be the other way around! The trick to fixing this is to fill them, then use a spoolie brush to blend and lightly brush the colour into your natural brow. Remember, the most colour-dense part of your eyebrows should be from the middle arch to the outer end.
7. Over-widening the gap
We all know that the second we see the beginnings of a monstrous monobrow popping up we want to nip it in the bud faster than you can say Frida Kahlo (sorry, Frida!). But being overenthusiastic in banishing the beast can lead to a gap wider than Bass Strait. So how do you figure where you need to stop? Line up a thin makeup brush from the corner of your nose, through the inner corner of your eye and up to the brow. Where the brush skims is where your brows should begin.
8. Using brow stencils
These are great in theory but, as any beauty therapist will tell you, one size does not fit all. It can be difficult to figure out which stencil matches your natural face shape, so we always recommend getting any shaping done by the pros.
9. Getting your brows done (waxed, threaded, tweezed) during your period
Because ouch! Your skin and follicles are hyper-sensitive during these times so put it off until afterwards… unless you enjoy pain, in which case go right ahead!
10. Skipping brow gel
Why go to all the effort of shaping your brows to perfection if you’re just going to let them run wild? You wouldn’t put your hair in an updo and then just skip the hairspray and leave it to chance, so why do that to your eyebrows?
11. Skimping on quality tweezers
Just like a chef needs good knives to create a masterpiece, so too do brow queens need good tweezers. You want to look for slanted tweezers rather than those with a pointed edge as they’re much easier to work with. And spring for the stainless steel ones; inferior metals can irritate sensitive skin.
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