How To Tweeze Your Eyebrows At Home Without Pain

Tweezing eyebrows at home is now easy-breezy and painless with these pro tips.

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Are you worried about tweezing your eyebrows at home? We all know that an eyebrow can make or break your look. Eyebrows can frame your face and provide a proper structure. But their maintenance is not easy and running to the salon every time to get your brows done might not be a feasible option. This post will teach about how to tweeze your eyebrows at home. To achieve face-flattering and flawless eyebrows, all the tools you need is a good pair of tweezers. Keep reading to learn the skill of getting well-groomed eyebrows at home.

protip_icon Keep In Mind
  • Sterilize: Sterilize To prevent infection, wipe your tweezers with alcohol or hydrogen peroxide before using them.
  • Time Out: Sterilize While tweezing, sometimes pause to assess your results. It’s easy to get carried away and over-pluck.
  • Caution: Sterilize Keep your tweezers away from the brow. Before you begin tweezing, leave a gap between your eyebrows.

How To Tweeze Your Eyebrows At Home

Before you pull out your tweezers, you need to understand a few things about your beloved brows. These are a few pointers that you absolutely must keep in mind for perfectly shaped eyebrows.

  • Know What You’re Plucking Out

Understanding which hair you should tweeze and which strands you shouldn’t touch makes all the difference when you want to get the perfect brow shape and enhance the appearance of your eyebrows.

  • Create Your Shape

Use a creamy brow pencil and outline an ideal arch with care once you’ve determined how your brows should curve. This way, you’ve created a stencil, and it’s easier to remove only the hairs that fall above or below it. Also, you won’t get carried away and over-pluck. Knowing your arch limits is also essential. An arch that’s too high will look unnatural.

  • Choose The Right Tweezers

Choosing the right tweezers makes a tremendous difference in plucking and also in the amount of pain you experience. It’s best to go for sharp, slanted style tweezers because they grab strays quickly and won’t pinch your skin along with the hairs.

In her beauty blog post, Mayuri, beauty enthusiast and blogger, shares a comprehensive DIY routine for achieving “brows on fleek” at home, covering steps such as plucking, trimming, shaping, filling in, and optional concealing for a well-defined and natural look. She advises to not skip the upper part of the brow and reiterates, “invest in good tweezers. Blunt tweezers can be a major pain when trying to tweeze the finer and smaller hairs (i).”

  • Say Goodbye To Your Magnifying Mirror

Use a regular mirror in proper lighting and ditch your magnifying mirror. It can make it look like there’s more hair to pluck than there really is. This will inevitably lead to over-plucking.

  • Tweeze AFTER Your Shower

If you want to cut down the pain of plucking your brow hairs by half or more, the ideal time to tweeze would be after a shower as warm water opens the follicles and softens hairs. This helps them slip out far more easily. Remember that it’s important to tweeze your brows when your face is clean to avoid bacteria in the open pores, which might lead to pimples.

  • Less Is More

Repeat this mantra. Don’t be over enthusiastic while plucking your eyebrows and don’t do it too often. It takes about six to eight weeks for your brows to reach their full growth potential.

protip_icon Quick Tip
Do not neglect the top of your brow, where stray hair can grow randomly.

What You Will Need

  • Sharp, slanted style tweezers
  • A creamy eyebrow pencil
  • Spoolie
  • Brow shaping scissors
  • A small piece of wax
  • Facial trimmer
protip_icon Quick Tip
The beginning of your eyebrows should line up with your nose bridge, not the outer edge of your nostril.

Step By Step Tutorial – How To Tweeze Your Eyebrows At Home

Now that you’re acquainted with how to start with the procedure and what you need, let’s take a look at the steps.

Step 1: Wax Your Unibrow

Step 1 to tweeze your eyebrows at home
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Place a small wax strip in the middle of your brows to get rid of most of the hair from the center. Pluck out any remaining strays using your tweezer.

Step 2: Tweeze Under The Brows

Step 2 to tweeze your eyebrows at home
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Using your tweezers, pluck out any of the thick strays under your brows.

Step 3: Draw Your Preferred Shape With A Dark Brow Pencil

Step 3 to tweeze your eyebrows at home
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Take a brow pencil, preferably a really dark one, and draw the shape you want your brows to be in right under them.

Step 4: Tweeze Under The Line

Step 4 to tweeze your eyebrows at home
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Patience is key! Carefully tweeze all the hairs under the line with precision.

Step 5: Time To Trim

Step 5 to tweeze your eyebrows at home
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Using a spoolie, brush your hair up and cut off any extra long hair.

Step 6: Clean Up The Surrounding Areas

Step 6 to tweeze your eyebrows at home
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Use a hair trimmer for all the surrounding areas. Get them all clean and straight. You can use an electric one or a regular one as per your preference. Be extremely careful to not shave off your brows!

How To Achieve Perfectly Arched Eyebrows?

No matter the current eyebrow fashion or trend, determining the natural arch of your eyebrows for your face is essential. How do you do it?

  1. Hold a makeup brush or pencil parallel to the side of your nose, where the pencil meets the brow. This is where your brow should begin.
  2. Now hold the pencil parallel to the outside ridge of your iris. Where the pencil meets the brow is where the highest part of your arch should be.
  3. Finally, extend the pencil diagonally from your nostril, following the outer edge of the eye toward the brow. Where the inside edge of the pencil hits is where your brow should end.

Tweezing Your Eyebrows: Tips And Precautions

Eyebrows are tricky, so tricky! They can take a substantial amount of time to tweeze. However, just one or two wrong plucks can leave you with a weird shape. Here’s a bunch of tips and tricks to help you get the perfect arch and mistakes to avoid when tweezing your brows. So proceed with caution.

1. Using A Razor Or Blade

Using a razor for grooming your eyebrows can be quite dangerous due to potential nicks. It will also cause the hair to appear coarser when it grows back in, since you’re not fully removing the strands from the hair follicles. Besides, it could also be very imprecise, which will result in uneven hair lengths, an irregular shape, and gaps. It’s best to trade the blade for tweezers or a pro technique such as waxing or threading at the salon.

2. Using Dull Tweezers

Did you know that over time, metal tweezers wear down, and the surface of your tweezers that grabs the hair loses both flexibility and accuracy, resulting in undesirable results? If your tweezers have worn down, you can rub the edges using a nail file or sandpaper.

3. Choosing Pointed Tweezers

Like I said before, always pick sharp, slanted tweezers. Pointed ones can break off hairs instead of pulling them out of the follicle, giving you patchy results, or painful ingrowns.

4. Over-Plucking

Don’t tweeze too often. Just don’t do it! You should be aware of your brows’ thickness, so you know how much is too much. It’s obvious, isn’t it?

5. Don’t Finish One Brow Before You Start The Other

You will thank me for this! Shaping an entire brow at a time can result in asymmetry because it’s super easy to lose track of which hairs you’re taking from which part of the brow. Pluck a few hairs from one brow, step back and look into your mirror. Repeat the process while you keep alternating between them for the perfect balance.

6. Don’t Cut Hairs Too Short

Super short hairs can stand up at attention rather than lie flat – and that, my friends, looks awful. Lightly brush your brow hairs up with a spoolie or an eyebrow brush, before using a pair of scissors to snip any hair that sticks out.

7. Reduce Redness

Immediately after tweezing, gently pat some aloe vera gel or cortisone cream to minimize any sort of redness or inflammation.

8. Reduce Pain With An Ice Cube

If you’re in pain after plucking your brow hairs, run an ice cube over the eyebrow for relief before and after the tweezing process. Numbing the skin with an ice cube helps eliminate any pain caused by tweezing.

9. Fill Those Gaps In

If you have sparse areas, you can still have flattering eyebrows if you use an eyebrow pencil that is two shades lighter than your brow color. This gives them a naturally full effect. Reach for warm hues! You can also use a clear eyebrow gel to keep them in place all day.

Overtweezing can leave you with misshapen and unflattering eyebrows. But fret not. Check out the next section for simple tips to grow out your eyebrows.

How Do I Grow Out My Eyebrows?

Growing out eyebrows can take several weeks to months. Therefore, patience is key to growing them back fully. Here are some tips to to help speed up the process:

  • You can use over-the-counter eyebrow growth serums containing castor oil or peptides to promote hair growth (2).
  • Consume a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin E to encourage healthy hair growth (3), (4).
  • Brush your eyebrows regularly with a spoolie brush to maintain their neat appearance.

If you are into perfectly-shaped eyebrows and cannot bear those gradually growing hair around your brows that messes up the brow shape now and then, tweezing is a DIY that always saves the day. Especially during the pandemic, when going to the salon for threading by professionals was not an option, tweezing came to the rescue. So, now that you have the confidence to tweeze your eyebrows at home, go ahead and give it a try. Include it in your weekly self-care and hygiene routine and make sure to sterilize and sanitize your tweezers for your safety and health. Also, if your resistance to pain is less, you should be glad to know that tweezing after a shower works wonders. Just be gentle and remember, do not over-pluck your eyebrows.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does plucking eyebrows make them thicker?

Plucking eyebrows may make them thicker as the body may respond to the act of plucking multiple hairs over a small region as a sign of injury and therefore initiate hair regrowth and the growth of new hair (1).

What can I use instead of tweezers?

You may use a wet paper towel to tweeze a few stray hairs, but for tweezing eyebrows it is recommended to use an appropriate pair of tweezers.

What age should you pluck your eyebrows?

There is no fixed age for getting the eyebrows plucked. You can pluck them whenever you want, depending on your hair growth, thickness, and preference.

Key Takeaways

  • Tweezing your eyebrows is a convenient alternative to threading in the salon.
  • Drawing your preferred shape with a dark brow pencil can help identify stray hair for tweezing.
  • Warm water helps open the follicles and soften hair. So tweezing after a shower with lukewarm water can reduce the pain of plucking your brow hair.
  • Sharp, slanted tweezers can help pull unwanted eyebrow hair out of the follicle for better-groomed eyebrows.
  • Aloe vera gel or cortisone cream applied to the area after tweezing can reduce redness and inflammation.
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References

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  1. Organ-level quorum sensing directs regeneration in hair stem cell populations
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4393531/
  2. Hair Oils: Indigenous Knowledge Revisited
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC9231528/
  3. Effects of Tocotrienol Supplementation on Hair Growth in Human Volunteers
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3819075/
  4. Efficacy of a Nutritional Supplement, Standardized in Fatty Acids and Phytosterols, on Hair Loss and Hair Health in both Women and Men
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