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4 Steps to Perfectly Shaped Eyebrows

  • Step 1: Measure

    Hold a pencil vertically from the side of the bridge of your nose upward. The spot where the pencil touches your brow is where brow should start. Next, angle the pencil diagonally from the bottom corner of your nose across the pupil of your eye to figure out where the arch—the highest point—should be. Finally, place the pencil from the side of your nostril to outer corner of your eye—this is where brow should end.

  • Step 2: Trim

    Sweep hairs up and outward with a brow brush. If there are any long hairs that stick up, trim them carefully with shaping scissors to create an even top edge. Refrain from too much snipping—you can always cut shorter if needed.

  • Step 3: Tweeze

    Start plucking stray hairs at the inner corner of the eye, moving across horizontally. Do this row by row, beginning at the lowest point where you see hairs. If in doubt about tweezing a hair, don't! You could create a hole or a misshapen brow. After you've groomed both brows, check in a mirror to make sure they are balanced and even.

  • Step 4: Fill

    Fill in sparse areas with a colored brow product. If using powder, apply with a small, thin angled brush. Wax, pencils and gels are other good options that blend easily. Note: You do not need to cover the entire brow—use color sparingly to conceal holes and uneven areas.

  • Tools to Try

    Tweezerman Brow Shaping Scissors and Brush, $19. Thin, precise blades
    allow for controlled and easy trimming.

  • Tools to Try

    Topshop Tweezer, $6. An angled edge gets even the most hard-to-reach hairs.

  • Tools to Try

    Nars Brow Perfector, $22. The smooth, velvety texture goes on seamlessly with a matte finish.

  • Tools to Try

    Benefit Gimme Brow, $22. This brush-on fiber gel builds lush brows for a natural look.

  • Tools to Try

    e.l.f. Eyebrow Kit, $3. First apply wax to smooth hairs, then set with the matching shade of powder.

    Originally published in the September 2013 issue of Family Circle magazine.

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