The right eyebrow shape not only visually lifts and opens your eyes, it also polishes your entire look. The best method for DIY brow shaping is tweezing because it's precise and more goof-proof than waxing — especially if you're a first-timer. Celebrity makeup artist Vincent Longo agrees. "With waxing, a detailed contour is more difficult to pull off on your own," he says.
Before you get started, you'll need a few tools: A magnifying mirror or any mirror placed near a window (natural light will help you see every stray hair); grooming scissors; a good pair of tweezers (Tweezerman's Slant Tweezer is great for beginners); and a brow brush (try the Dior Brow Brush). (or a cheaper option, try a toothbrush)
The best time to pluck is right after a steamy shower, which will open up your pores and make it easier to remove hairs. (pores do not open and close. They harden and soften so I'm sure they meant to say they will be soft at that point) Make sure you have time on your hands — tweezing can't be rushed! After you're done plucking, use an antibacterial wipe to clean your tools. Soothe any redness and swelling on your brow area with arnica gel, an herbal remedy that reduces inflammation, says Longo. And wait several minutes before applying lotions, creams, or makeup.
Step 1: Determine your basic shape. Figure out where your eyebrow begins by placing a pencil vertically against the side of your nose and the inner corner of the eye. Any hair that goes beyond this line should be tweezed. Next, place the pencil diagonally from the side of your nostril to the center of the pupil — this is where the highest point of the arch needs to be. A straight line from the side of the nostril to the outside corner of the eye determines the end point. Hair extending into the temple area should be plucked. (go to my perfect brow tutorial for the "pencil test").
Step 3: Tweeze one row of hair beneath the brow, between the points you identified in Step 1. To lessen the pain factor, pluck in the direction of hair growth. Open up the arch by removing a second row of hair from directly underneath it. Lastly, pluck random hairs below the brow line and between the eyes.
Remember: Less is more! Over plucking looks unnatural and requires a six-month "no tweezing" period to correct. Plus it adds more age to your face! Stick to these rules, and you'll have enviable brows in no time.