One of the most overlooked facial features, the eyebrows are often left as they are. However, if they are neatly trimmed, they can enhance the face and improve the appearance. But how do you go about trimming your eyebrow hair? Here is a helpful guide to get you started.
Trimming vs. Plucking
Plucking eyebrows decreases their odds of regrowth, so says dermatologist Dr. Lindsey Bordone of Columbia University Medical Center in NYC. She added“plucking is for only the hairs you may never want back.” So, trimming is the option you should take.
Before trimming your eyebrows, the first step that you should take is to prepare your skin. You can soften your skin ready for trimming as this makes hair removal much simpler and more painless by soaking in the shower for a few minutes first. Alternatively, you could apply a washcloth dipped in warm water to the eyebrow area. Afterwards, exfoliate the skin around your eyebrows by using a skin scrub made from either salt or sugar. This helps to remove any stray hairs while preparing the skin for trimming.
Combing the Eyebrow Hair:
After your eyebrow area has been prepared, you should brush all of your eyebrow hair upwards using a small brush. You can buy an eyebrow brush or alternatively, simply use a regular fine-toothed comb. Start at the bridge of your nose and brush all of the eyebrow hair upwards towards your forehead, ending at the outer edge.
Choose an Eyebrow Shape:
It is important to know which shape you would like your eyebrows to be and to create a guideline so that both of your eyes match. You can use a straight edged implement such as a ruler or even a regular pencil to find the lines for the 4 basic measurements to which eyebrow hair should be trimmed.
- Vertical lines upwards from each nostril to determine hair to be removed over the nose.
- The arch of the eyebrow should be in a horizontal line as drawn from the the nostril to the outer edge of the pupil of the eye.
- Any hair that extends beyond the line joined between the outer edge of the eye and the nostril should be removed.
- Eyebrow hair should not be lower than the line created by joining the eyebrow’s beginning point to the top point of where the ear connects to the head.
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Using Body Hair Trimmers to Trim Eyebrow Hair:
You will need to use a personal hair trimmer to do the best job of trimming your eyebrow hair. A personal hair trimmer is much smaller than a standard body hair trimmer and will have the small blades necessary to get the required precision in this area. You can either purchase a specific personal hair trimmer which only has a mini blade or alternatively, you may want a larger multipurpose body hair trimmer that has interchangeable heads. Using these small electric trimmers, you can carefully run the trimmer across the length of the eyebrow, cutting off excess and long hairs. Although this is a quick way to trim eyebrow hair, it is important to take care to keep your hand steady as it is quite easy to get carried away and trim off too much hair.
After using trimmers to remove the majority of the excess hair, you can use a pair of tweezers to remove excess strands from between the eyebrows and under the arches to create a neat, professional look.