Don’t Look so Surprised All the Time. Fix Your Eyebrows!

By on 06/18/2015

Seriously… Do you want to have permanent “Surprise Eyes” like this?

Surprised Baby

The answer is NO, no you don’t.

Our eyebrow shapes set the tone for our entire face, and unfortunately there is an epidemic of bad eyebrow trends and tips out there. It’s high time we sit down and really discuss eyebrows. The good. The bad. The ugly.

And also, the HOW! How do you pick a nice, flattering shape for your brows that compliments your face, and not… well… this…

Bad eyebrows meme

 There is no one size fits all when it comes to eyebrows. However, the general rule of thumb is to keep it natural looking!!!!

Eyebrows are not meant to look like they were drawn on with markers. Nor are they meant to look like steamrolled caterpillars:

No, no, no, no!!!!

No, no, no, no!!!!

It’s actually pretty easy to pick the most flattering eyebrow style based simply on the natural shape of your face. See exhibit A below:

Exhibit A

Exhibit A


You’ll notice that while there are subtle differences with each eyebrow shape, overall they are still pretty similar. No Nike checks, no hairline brows, nothing too thick, and nothing squiggly.

You know, it’s hard to describe something like eyebrows with just words. I think we need more pictures. I really want to drive this point home:

bad eyebrows

Get it now? Good.

Lets look at some wonderful celebrity examples, shall we?

Bilson EyebrowsTheron Eyebrows59th Annual Golden Globe Awards


Other than their natural, beautiful shape, did you notice something else about these celebrity brows? Their color! Charlize is sporting some light blonde hair, and you can see her brows have also been lightened; they are not dark and jumping off of her face in extreme contrast. It is very important to be sure your hair color and eyebrow color compliment each other and are not competing.

Finally, what is the best way to achieve your ideal shape? Should you wax, tweeze, or shave and draw?

(If you chose shave and draw, please go back and re-read this post. I do believe you missed the point.)

I think a good rule of thumb is this:

  • If your eyebrows naturally grow in a nice shape, and you just have stray hairs and minimal shaping to do, plucking with tweezers is best.
  • If left untouched, your eyebrows would grow into full blown bushes that would start to attract local wildlife looking for a cozy home, then waxing is best. It will allow you to remove more hairs at a time, and it keeps them away for a longer period than plucking with tweezers.

Here’s a clever hack if you are just starting out on the path to perfect brows: Go to a reputable salon and have your brows shaped by a professional. (Tip: look at the beauticians eyebrows first. Are they natural and flattering, or are they breaking the rules of this post? If the later, please walk out immediately and take your brows elsewhere.) Going to a salon is a nice intro as you will learn what to expect and it will give you a great template to work with. You will have the shape you want and can then just focus on maintaining it at home.

 To shape at home:

  • Wash your face with warm water to open the follicles (which reduces pain and redness).
  • Apply white eyeliner to the hairs you want to remove. This keeps you on target and from falling into the dreaded, “I’ll just remove a few extra hairs” trap that ends up turning your eyebrows into a hot mess.
  • If plucking, pull the skin tight and pluck one hair at at time, going with the grain/direction of the hair.
  • Once complete, apply some ice to the area to help reduce redness and swelling.
  • If waxing, remember less is more. It is better to apply too little wax and then have to do touch ups than to apply too much wax and rip off your entire eyebrow.
  • Apply a thin layer of wax in the direction of the hair growth. Cover with a strip and press down to make sure the wax sticks. Pull strip against hair grain, being sure to pull back and not up.
  • You can use baby oil or petroleum jelly to remove any extra wax that got on hairs you don’t wish to remove.
  • Calm the skin with aloe or a specialty after-wax lotion.

You have now successfully completed your Perfect Eyebrow course. Congratulations and may you be blessed with a life full of perfectly shaped brows that don’t turn you into a walking meme!




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Hi there! This is my little blog project where I am trying to learn more about health, wellness and living a balanced life, while also sharing a bit of my silly side as well. By "silly" I mean sarcastic. And by "a bit" I mean way too much. Sorry about that.♥ - Anna


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