Brow Shaping 101

Nios clients come in seeking permanent hair removal treatments that range from the tiny to the transformative.  There’s one beauty treatment in particular that falls into both categories, making it easy for many to overlook until they give it a try and never look back: eyebrow shaping!  Eyebrows frame the face, and taming unruly brows can have a dramatic effect on the overall picture.  If you’re curious to see what we mean and try some temporary shaping at home, read on for a few brow-shaping guidelines to follow.

Don’t overdo it!!

Done correctly, brow shaping works with your natural brows, not against them.  There’s no need to reinvent the wheel here, and doing so will only make it harder to maintain your brows once the hair starts to grow out.  Before removing any hair, let your hair grow so that you can best determine the natural shape of your brows.  This will give you a good foundation from which to start crafting them into the shape that’s right for you.

Map your brows

Before removing any hair, it’s important to map out the shape that works best for your face.  Doing this is easy; all you really need is a brow pencil.  There are three main points to map on your brows – the start, the arch, and the end.  To find the ideal starting point for your brows, align the pencil with the outside of your nostrils and follow the straight line up to your brow area.  Mark the spot where the pencil intersects your brow line; this will be your starting point.  To find your ideal arch, keep the bottom of the pencil next to your nose, but tilt the pencil so that the top aligns with the outside of your iris.  Just as before, place a mark where the pencil crosses your brow to indicate the highest point of your arch.  To find the end of your brow, continue tilting the pencil until you reach the outer corner of your eye.  Follow the pencil to your brow and mark the spot that will serve as the end (or “tail”) of your brow.

Prep your brows

Since the goal is to create brows that appear naturally sophisticated and groomed, you’ll want to prep your brows so that it’s easy to spot the hairs you should snip or remove and those you should leave alone.  Use a small makeup brush to sweep the hair upwards, and using tiny facial grooming scissors trim any super long hairs so that hair is all more or less the same length.

Get grooming!

Avoid removal methods like waxing that remove more than one hair at once, as precision is key here, and removing too much hair in one fell swoop will make your brows look too unnatural. Instead, grab a pair of tweezers and position yourself in front of a normal (NOT magnifying!) mirror in a place with plenty of natural light.  Using the guide you drew with your brow pencil, pluck hairs that fall outside of the areas you mapped out, leaving the light, fine baby hairs alone to maintain a natural look.

Soothe and smooth

As soon as you’re done removing hairs, apply a calming agent like aloe to calm redness and decrease your chances of developing ingrown hairs.

Once you’re done, you’ll notice the big impact that this seemingly small alteration makes.  If, like many of our clients, you want to cut down on the maintenance necessary to keep your brows looking perfectly coiffed, schedule a consultation with us to see how electrolysis can give you the brows of your dreams – permanently!

Brow Shaping 101

Nios clients come in seeking permanent hair removal treatments that range from the tiny to the transformative.  There’s one beauty treatment in particular that falls into both categories, making it easy for many to overlook until they give it a try and never look back: eyebrow shaping!  Eyebrows frame the face, and taming unruly brows can have a dramatic effect on the overall picture.  If you’re curious to see what we mean and try some temporary shaping at home, read on for a few brow-shaping guidelines to follow.

Don’t overdo it!!

Done correctly, brow shaping works with your natural brows, not against them.  There’s no need to reinvent the wheel here, and doing so will only make it harder to maintain your brows once the hair starts to grow out.  Before removing any hair, let your hair grow so that you can best determine the natural shape of your brows.  This will give you a good foundation from which to start crafting them into the shape that’s right for you.

Map your brows

Before removing any hair, it’s important to map out the shape that works best for your face.  Doing this is easy; all you really need is a brow pencil.  There are three main points to map on your brows – the start, the arch, and the end.  To find the ideal starting point for your brows, align the pencil with the outside of your nostrils and follow the straight line up to your brow area.  Mark the spot where the pencil intersects your brow line; this will be your starting point.  To find your ideal arch, keep the bottom of the pencil next to your nose, but tilt the pencil so that the top aligns with the outside of your iris.  Just as before, place a mark where the pencil crosses your brow to indicate the highest point of your arch.  To find the end of your brow, continue tilting the pencil until you reach the outer corner of your eye.  Follow the pencil to your brow and mark the spot that will serve as the end (or “tail”) of your brow.

Prep your brows

Since the goal is to create brows that appear naturally sophisticated and groomed, you’ll want to prep your brows so that it’s easy to spot the hairs you should snip or remove and those you should leave alone.  Use a small makeup brush to sweep the hair upwards, and using tiny facial grooming scissors trim any super long hairs so that hair is all more or less the same length.

Get grooming!

Avoid removal methods like waxing that remove more than one hair at once, as precision is key here, and removing too much hair in one fell swoop will make your brows look too unnatural. Instead, grab a pair of tweezers and position yourself in front of a normal (NOT magnifying!) mirror in a place with plenty of natural light.  Using the guide you drew with your brow pencil, pluck hairs that fall outside of the areas you mapped out, leaving the light, fine baby hairs alone to maintain a natural look.

Soothe and smooth

As soon as you’re done removing hairs, apply a calming agent like aloe to calm redness and decrease your chances of developing ingrown hairs.

Once you’re done, you’ll notice the big impact that this seemingly small alteration makes.  If, like many of our clients, you want to cut down on the maintenance necessary to keep your brows looking perfectly coiffed, schedule a consultation with us to see how electrolysis can give you the brows of your dreams – permanently!