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Shape Your Eyebrows and Give Your Face an Instant Makeover

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Beautifully shaped eyebrow can give your face an instant lift.

Beautifully shaped eyebrow can give your face an instant lift.

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How are your eyebrows? Are they bushy, scant or unruly? Do they grow wild (quite like the unkempt patch of grass) or are they too lean and mean? Beauty experts will tell you that eyebrows can make or break your face. A poorly shaped eyebrow can convey a number of things—you may look tired, angry, confused, sad or frightened. It may be one feature of the face, but that one feature can create a huge impact on the overall look of your face. Just like a picture pop when framed with the right kind of frame, tastefully shaped eyebrows can lift your face and brighten your face. It can complement and bring balance to your facial features.

Is that an overstatement, that shaping the eyebrow can greatly enhance the look of your face? See for yourself.

See the transformation?

See the transformation?


If you’re less than happy with your naturally endowed eyebrows, there are ways to coax them into shape. Here are three simple steps to shape your eyebrow:

1. To begin the process, stand in front of the mirror. Imagine a line from the outer base of your nose to the eyebrow line. You can also use a pencil/ruler/long brush handle to help you determine the spot where your eyebrow should begin. Let’s call it A.

2. Look in the mirror again and use your pupil of your eye as a guide. Imagine another imaginary line going from the base of the nose slanting across the center section of the eye, just slightly to the right of the pupil. This is where the highest arch of the eyebrow should be. Let’s call it B.

3. To determine where the eyebrow should end, imagine another line starting from the base of the nose to the outer corner of the eye. The ideal eyebrow should end here. Let’s call it C.

These are general guidelines. What if you have an extra wide nose? Won't your eyebrows be far apart using this method to gauge the beginning of eyebrows? If that's the case, bring your eyebrows closer to the center of the face and that give your nose the illusion of being smaller.

Joining the three dots will give you a general idea of the shape of your eyebrow. In general, the thickest part of the eyebrow is at A and it tappers towards C. An eyebrow expert will tell you that the ultimate shape will also take into your consideration the shape of your face and the overall effect. Use a pair of clean and sharp tweezers to remove any hair that falls outside of this shape(see video for a better understanding). If you’re not sure, you may want to use an eyebrow pencil to shade in before you remove any hair. It is best to remove no more than two rows of hairs to begin with. A fuller eyebrow with a gentle arch will give the face a more natural look.

Look what  Icame across outside a salon in Singapore--customized eyebrows.

Look what Icame across outside a salon in Singapore--customized eyebrows.

Eyebrow Essentials

That’s one way—you do it yourself—it’s free and the results vary. You may have a knack for it and it turns out the way you want it or it may be less than satisfactory. If you don’t have a steady hand or you’re afraid to mess up, it may be advisable to have an experienced aesthetician help you shaped the eyebrow the very first time.

Other Ways to Shape Your Eyebrow:

  • Eyebrow Threading

If you walk through the mall, the chances are you’ll see a salon that offers eyebrow threading. For as little as $10, they offer to shape your eyebrows—clean, well-defined and sleek. You can also find this form of eyebrow shaping at spa and beauty treatment places. An ancient form of hair removal, it originated in parts of India, Middle and Far East and is now gaining popularity in the West. This technique uses 100 percent cotton thread. The cotton thread is stretched taunt and rolled along the surface of the skin to entwine hairs in the thread. The hairs are then quickly lifted out of the follicle. Because it’s precise, the lines are cleaner and more well-defined than if you use tweezers.

What can you expect from eyebrow threading?

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  • It adds shape and define brow.
  • Raise the arch of the eyebrow
  • Not very expensive
  • No costly chemicals used in the process.
  • Top layer of skin is not peeled as in waxing, hair is pulled out quickly.
  • May be used to remove hair from other areas of the body, unibrows included.

Caution: Although eyebrow threading is a quick and easy way to shape eyebrows, some have complained of pain during the threading process. Others have reported red bumps on skin after. In general, an experienced aesthetician may make the process less painful and the result can be stunning.

Eyebrow Waxing

  • Eyebrow Waxing

Some people prefer waxing as it removes hair all at once as opposed to tweezing (one hair at a time—ouch!). It is less complicated than eyebrow threading and if you can tolerate a little pain, the results may last as long as 6 to 8 weeks.

The technique involves the application of hot wax to the skin and the use of muslin strips to pull it off. Soft or hard wax may be used. The hair comes off in one pull. Home-waxing kits are available, though this method is not for the faint of heart or the novice. Salon offers eyebrow waxing and using an experienced aesthetician is the best way to avoid eyebrow blunders such as misshapenly-shaped eyebrow or undue pain.

Caution: In some cases, you may experience skin irritation, redness and swelling. If you’re using a product containing Accutane or Retin-A, eyebrow waxing may remove the outer layer of skin. Some eyebrow experts advise using a skin-soothing gel after waxing. Again, always consult a licensed aesthetician.

Slideshow on how to get the perfect eyebrows or lashes.


anglnwu (author) on May 30, 2013:

HI vespawoolf, always good to hear from you. You've a friend who can do eyebrow threading? Definitely take her up on it. Thanks again for sharing.

vertualift, thanks for reading.

Quescout, haha, let me know how you like it...after the fact, of course.

Steve from Fiji on May 27, 2013:

Hopefully the guys are going to try this method too. I am going to give it a try. Never plucked my brows before.

Abdus Salam from Bangladesh on May 27, 2013:

Interesting hub about Eyebrows. thanks for sharing..

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on May 27, 2013:

I learned a long time ago the importance of shaping the eyebrows. A friend took a class on threading and she's offered to do it for me--after reading your Hub, I'm going to take her up on the offer! It sounds like a precise and natural way to clean up the eyebrows. Thank you for the guide on how to shape the brows and tips on making a wide nose look thinner. Voted up and shared!

anglnwu (author) on November 23, 2012:

mizjo, haha--I love the way you describe it. Anything can be fixed. Since yours is rather unique, you may want to consult a professional to help you shape the eyebrows and then you can simply follow the outline they've done for you. However, you look just fine to me. Thanks for reading and commenting.

mizjo from New York City, NY on November 21, 2012:

If you could only see mine! They look like they belong to two different faces. One is roundly curved, and its partner curves at a ninety degree angle. Any solution, anybody?

anglnwu (author) on November 05, 2012:

Thanks, Christine, for reading and commenting. Glad you find this useful. The happy thing is that you can actually do your own eyebrow the traditional way--with a pair of tweezers and it won't hurt as much.

Christine Miranda from My office. on November 03, 2012:

Very informative, lots of detail. I will confess, in over 40 years I had never even touched my eyebrows afraid I would do irreparable damage. Last year I had them threaded and almost left after the first one. It was so freaking painful I was in tears. I went to a movie right after and spent the first half of it pressing my ice cold soda on one brow then the other, repeatedly! My tattoo was less painful than that! I gave birth with no drugs....TWICE! =) Voted up & more!

anglnwu (author) on June 25, 2012:

beingwell, I do mine myself too. Let's say we're both thrft-ers. Thanks for reading and commenting.

beingwell from Bangkok on June 24, 2012:

Voted up and shared! I shape my own eyebrows. It's costly to have it done on salons. hihihi... I can be a thrift-er if I want to. LOL!

anglnwu (author) on June 11, 2012:

Ruchira, I always envy the Indian movie stars with their very beautifully defined eyebrows. You too have very nice ones. Thanks for sharing and voting it up. I totally appreciate your support.

Ruchira from United States on June 11, 2012:

I agree Angi. Shaping the eyebrow definitely helps bring out one's features at it's best.

I make sure I get it done by a professional each month. thanks for such an informative hub. many votes and useful and sharing it across

anglnwu (author) on June 05, 2012:

ishwaryya, I agree, fuller eyebrows are more pleasant. Thnaks for reading and leaving such sweet comments.

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani from Chennai, India on June 05, 2012:

A helpful hub! I use tweezers. I prefer fuller eyebrows with defined arch. Your tips are very detailed. The video is very helpful. Well-done! Overally, a well written hub! Rated it Useful and Interesting. Thanks for SHARING.

anglnwu (author) on June 02, 2012:

Om, I don't have thick eyebrows too. Thanks for commenting.

Movie master, talk about telepathy. With practice, you can actually get nice looking eyebrows. Glad you stopped by to comment.

Movie Master from United Kingdom on June 01, 2012:

Hi anginwu, it's as if this was written for me and my wild eyebrows!

I have never known quite what to do with them!

Thank you for the tips and voted up.

Best wishes Lesley

Om Paramapoonya on June 01, 2012:

Wonderful advice! I've never tried eyebrow threading or waxing. My eyebrows are naturally thin, so there's not much to trim anyway. lol I'm sure women with thicker eyebrows will find these tips super helpful, though. Rated up and awesome!

anglnwu (author) on June 01, 2012:

Gypsy Willow, haha, no problem, you can also tame them--taming of the eyebrows is not that difficult. Good to see you here.

anglnwu (author) on June 01, 2012:

joyfulmommy, thanks for addint to this hub with your personal experience. I've heard it hurts but in the hands of a skilled aesthetician, it won't hurt as bad. Thanks for commenting.

anglnwu (author) on June 01, 2012:

teaches, you actually can with some expert help. What I find useful, from my experience (I don't havt thick eyenbrows either) is to use castor oil to help your eyebrows grow thicker. It works om me. It takes patience, just faithfully apply some castor oil on eyebrows each night before you go to sleep. They say it grow eyelashes too (yet to try that one). Thanks again for commenting.

Gypsy Willow from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand on June 01, 2012:

Maybe I should try this. Mine are messy! Good hub.

joyfulmommy on May 31, 2012:

I have tried threading and it was really painful but I always love the result afterwards. I usually apply a moisturizing cream right after threading to ease the redness as advised by my aesthetician. Interesting hub Angln!

Dianna Mendez on May 31, 2012:

I would love to have eyebrows like the first woman pictured. Mine are much too thin. Thanks for the tips on how to make them look really good. I may opt to have a professional help me with mine. Great hub topic!

anglnwu (author) on May 31, 2012:

Haha, Mhatter, I believe you do. Care to model your eyebrow here? Thanks for dropping by to comment.

I'm with you, Michelle. Thanks for checking back.

anglnwu (author) on May 31, 2012:

In general, it's advisable to remove hair from under but there's really no hard and fast rules. There are some who have reported good results by removing hair from the top. Caution is always a good thing--try shading in the shape you want first. Also, getting an expert to shape your brows first before maintaining it yourself is a good way to go. Eyebrow threading starts from $10. Always ask around to make sure you'll seeing an experienced "eyebrow shaper." Show some before and after pictures? Maybe, I can post them here. Thanks again.

anglnwu (author) on May 31, 2012:

Good to hear from you, Angela. Thanks for pointing that out--defintely something to remember.

Michele Travis from U.S.A. Ohio on May 30, 2012:

@Mhatter99 life goes on :)

Martin Kloess from San Francisco on May 30, 2012:

i had great eyebrows

Michele Travis from U.S.A. Ohio on May 30, 2012:

My eyebrows are thick on top, but thin out when they start to go down. Is there any way to change that? I can't afford new eyebrows.

Angela Brummer from Lincoln, Nebraska on May 30, 2012:

Great article.... You can part your hair above the peak point of your brow and this will also help ad a focal point to your eyes and brow line.

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