Learn about the tools and tricks you need to make your arches look their best—with less time and effort than ever!
Step 1: Do a Quick Trim
Tidy up any extra-long hairs to make tweezing or waxing a lot easier. Start by combing brow hair up using a small spoolie (mascara-like) brush or comb. Then snip long hairs that stick out above your natural brow line with a pair of grooming scissors. Repeat that step, but this time brush hairs downward and cut accordingly. Be conservative—you’re just snipping hairs that stick way outside the edges of your brow shape.
Step 2: Plot Out Your Lines
To find your best arch, start by placing a pencil vertically along the side of your nose. Brows should begin where the pencil hits. Next, line the pencil up with your pupil. Wherever it intersects with your brow marks the high point of your arch. Finally, tilt the pencil from your nose to the outer corner of your eye to determine where your brow should end. As you’re mapping out how your brows should curve, use a brow pencil or eyeliner to draw on a stencil.
Step 3: Select Your Method: Tweezing vs Waxing
Tweezing is best for fine hairs and lightly reshapping an arch.
• Pros and cons: Tweezing provides more control for those with fewer hairs, but plucking each individual hair can hurt.
• What to do: Grab hair at the root with the sharp edge of a pair of slant-tip tweezers and, in one quick motion, remove the follicle in the direction of growth. This technique is the least painful way to tweeze, and it prevents ingrown hairs.
• Tip: Back away from the mirror. A mirror that magnifies can lead to over-plucking. For the most ideal reflection, use a regular mirror in a well-lit room and step back every so often to get the bigger picture, ensuring your arches work well as a pair.
Waxing is best for thick brows that grow back fast (within about two weeks).
• Pros and cons: Waxing results in a clean shape and removes more hair at one time—meaning less pain—but overdoing it can lead to irritation.
• What to do: Dab on a bit of baby powder to protect skin and help wax grip better. Place the wax directly over hairs, draw skin taut and pull strips off in the opposite direction of hair growth, using one fast movement.
Step 4: Fill in the Blanks
Whether you’re looking to hide bare spots or even things out, stick to a shade close to your natural brow hue. For dark hair, go one to two shades lighter; for light hair, go a shade darker. That ensure your brows have definition, without making them look too washed-out or dark. To find the right filler for you, check out our breakdown of the best options on the next page.