If you were stranded on a desert island and could only take one beauty product, what would it be?
Many women would probably say their favorite eyebrow product.
Crisp and clean eyebrows make it easy to look put-together even with minimal effort in the morning.
At the same time, achieving the perfect brow isn’t exactly easy. You pluck, shape, and trim, but something just isn’t right.
Why can’t you achieve the perfect brow?
And we’re here to help you do just that with these eyebrow tips.
16 Eyebrow Tips Explained Through GIFs to Help You Achieve the Perfect Shape
Your method is extremely important when it comes to eyebrow tips, but so are the products you use.
High-quality products usually only cost about $10 more than drug store items so it’s not even a huge splurge.
Plus, these products tend to last a long time so you really get your money’s worth.
That’s why under each of these tips, we’ve included the best products.
From start to finish, this entire process should only take about 45 minutes max – as long as you don’t count the first step.
1. Don’t Touch Them
Most people over pluck their brows on a regular basis. Before they know it, they have thin sticks with a strange shape.
Before completing anything on this list – wait.
Give your brows about six weeks to regrow. Sure, you can pluck above your nose and eyes in the meantime, but for the love of all that’s holy, don’t mess with the shape.
Let those babies grow in nice and full before you give them a crisp new shape.
2. Start at the Right Time of Day
Always shape and pluck in natural light since you can see all the hairs a lot better. Otherwise, you’ll end up checking your face out in the car mirror later wondering why you didn’t notice all those tiny hairs around your eye.
Try to find a mirror near a window with lots of natural light shining through. A small standing mirror with a magnified option works great.
This LED vanity mirror from Amazon is only $25 and it lets you view your face from every angle.
3. Identify Your Brow Shape
You need to figure out what you’re working with.
Are your brows naturally round? Do they have a sharp arch? Do the hairs point in several directions?
Once you’ve identified your brows’ natural shape, you can select a shape from the image above that will work best with what you’ve already got.
4. Identify Your Face Shape
If your face is long and oval, a straight eyebrow can help even things out. If your face is round go for a sharp arch to add some angle. Heart shaped faces can get away with curved brows.
You want your brow shape to complement the shape of your face.
5. Cleanse the Area
Time to prep your skin for plucking.
Plucking your eyebrows is somewhat of a surgical process – there might be a bit of blood involved.
Apply some witch hazel or rubbing alcohol to a cotton ball to cleanse the area. You want everything to be nice and clean. You can also rub a fresh cotton ball over your tweezers and tools.
T.N. Dickenson’s Witch Hazel is only about $4 and it’s a gentler alternative to rubbing alcohol.
A little-known secret when it comes to eyebrow tips: applying some facial oil prepares the hair follicles for plucking.
This helps ensure you rip the entire hair out at the root rather than just pieces (so annoying).
Derma E. Radiant is only $19.99 at Ulta or you can treat yourself with this White Diamond Facial Serum for $75.
7. Find Your Starting Point, Arch, and End Point
Now we’re getting to the fun part.
Using a pencil, identify the beginning, arch, and end for your brows.
Your eyebrows should start at the same point as your nostril. Pivot the pencil over to the edge of your iris – that’s your arch point. Pivot again to the corner of your eye and that’s where your brow should end.
8. Fill-in Your Brows with a Pencil or Pigment
By filling in your brows in the right shape before you start plucking, you’ll be able to see exactly where you should remove the hair.
The Anastasia Brow Wiz gets the job done for $21 (and you can also use it for step 13).
Since most of this pigment will wipe away during the grooming process, you can also go with a regular drugstore brand for this step like this $4 pencil from Rimmel.
9. Start Plucking
Don’t cheap out when it comes to tweezers – they are not all created equal.
Higher priced tweezers are of a much higher quality: they have an excellent slant and a sharper point.
This ensures that you’ll be able to grip and remove the entire hair instead of pulling out pieces. You don’t want your brows to look like stubble.
These slant tweezers from TweezerGuru are reasonably priced at about $10 but still work with amazing precision.
10. Time for a Trim
Too many folks skip this part but it’s super important for avoiding bushy brows.
Using a spoolie brush, brush your eyebrows upwards so all the hair stands straight up. Take a pair of scissors and cut each hair individually to avoid giving your brows a straight-line appearance.
If your brows are particularly long, you will need to do this in segments. Don’t forget the ends.
This Sonia Kushuk brush is only $1.99 and these narrow-tip precision scissors clock in at $19.99.
11. The Holy Grail of Eyebrow Tips: Remove Extra Fuzzies with a Shaping Razor
You’re not done yet!
Using a shaping razor, clean up all the peach fuzz hairs that are too small to pluck.
Moving from your forehead downwards with the blade parallel to your brow, clean up all the fuzzy hair on your face just above your brow, in between your brows, as well as between your brow and eye.
This is how you get a super clean and crisp brow without waxing.
These razors are cheap: you can snatch a pack of 9 for $15. (They also work great for above your lips and under your ears.)
12. Apply a Cooling Cream
Now that the hair removal portion of these eyebrow tips is complete, you need to apply a cooling lotion to calm your skin.
Eucerine is a steal at $6.99 or you can splurge with this luxurious $40 Calming Cream from Après.
13. Fill in Your Brows with Your Pigment of Choice
You made it – time to apply your favorite pigment to fill in the gaps.
Even folks with full brows can benefit from using a pigment – it keeps the shape crisp.
Eyebrow tips beauty hack: use a darker pigment for the outer thin line and a lighter pigment for the wider portion near your nose.
This adds a little contour to your brow which makes the color look more natural.
Also, make sure you color-in your brows with quick and small strokes to mimic the shape of hairs and avoid creating a boxy look.
For pencils, Anastasia’s Brow Wiz is great or you can go for their cake powder at $18 and use a $10 angle brush for application.
14. Set into Place with Gel or Clear Mascara
Time to set it in with a coat of clear mascara – just $5.99 from Maybelline.
If your brows are particularly thin, go for a pigmented gel. Anastasia makes a great gel in several colors with a $22 price tag.
15. Add Some Highlight
Now that your brows look great, you need to show them off.
High Beam from Benefit gives your brows a radiant finish and this bottle will last you forever.
16. You Now Have Perfect Brows
You’re all set: sit back and admire your beautiful brows!
Don’t Forget to Maintain Your Shape
Congrats: you’ve made it through all the eyebrow tips!
Now, you just need to maintain your perfect brows. Obviously, that’s a lot easier said than done.
Pick one day to pluck stray hairs, trim, and shape with a razor on a bi-weekly basis – just don’t mess with the overall shape of the brow too much.
If you pluck more than biweekly, you risk messing up the shape you worked so hard to create. Back away from the tweezers.
You’re ready: get out there and show off your beautiful brows.