Tips On How To Shape Eyebrows With Tweezers

Before shaping your eyebrows, beginners should keep three things in mind:

1. Go to the Pros the Fist Time

Getting the initial shape is worth paying a professional to do once, then learning how to shape eyebrows with tweezers is easy. It’s just a question of maintaining the shape.

2. Use a Stencil

If you must shape your eyebrows at home, the first time should be done using a stencil. Please read: How to Use Eyebrow Stencils Part I, and Where to Buy Eyebrow Stencils Kit Part II before getting started.

3. Numb the Pain

If you’re just starting to learn how to do your eyebrows with tweezers, it can be uncomfortable, even somewhat painful. I suggest rubbing a little numbing cream on the brow area before getting started so you don’t end up stopping halfway through because the area feels sore. Some ladies use the over-the-counter product called Baby Anbesol {which is a teething ointment }, although if you’d rather not use grape flavored teething gel, you can try the flavorless formula called Dr. Numb, which is a topical anesthetic cream with 5% Lidocaine often used for cosmetic or artistic tattoos.

Order either of these topical numbing creams now from Amazon:

Baby Anbesol Gel

Dr. Numb Anesthetic Cream

How to Shape Eyebrows – Preparing Tools and Getting Started

  1. Clean - Use a facial scrub to exfoliate your face
  2. Open Pores – Heat a washcloth in as hot a water as you can stand and place it on the brow area to open the pores. Keep a bowl of hot water nearby to refresh the cloth at intervals to keep pores open. {After shaping your eyebrows you can apply ice to close the pores.}
  3. Brush the Hair - Have an eyebrow brush {or clean mascara brush} handy to use before and throughout the tweezing process.
  4. Prepare the Work Area - Make sure the area where you’re going to work is well lit, that your mirror is supported and that you’re comfy.
  5. Supplies - Buy a good pair of slanted tweezers or a brow shaping kit. {If you already have all the supplies ready, skip to: Shaping Eyebrows 1, 2, 3… and continue the shaping steps}

The CHEAPEST tweezers that work for shaping your eyebrows are:

{a} Revlon Expert Tweezers with a slanted tip

The BEST brow shaping tweezers are:

{b} Tweezerman Stainless Steel Slanted Tweezers

Basic Eyebrow Shaper Kits:

{c} Get the basics to shape your eyebrows in the Tweezerman Mini Brow Kit

All Inclusive Brow Shaping Kit:

{d} Getting started shaping eyebrows is easy with the Sephora Arch It Brow Kit that includes stencils, tweezers, an eyebrow brush, powdered makeup and gel.

Shaping Eyebrows 1, 2, 3…

1. Hold the stencil in place, or use an elastic holder. {If you don’t know where to place the stencil, go to: How to Use Eyebrow Stencils Part I and follow the instruction}

2. Mark the outline using a white highlighter pencil.

3. Remove the stencil and start tweezing the hairs OUTSIDE the marked area

Brow Shaping 4, 5, 6…

4. hold the area tight with one hand and with the other use the tweezers, removing hairs in the direction they grow so as to lift them out by their roots and not cause breakage. A hot cloth can be applied every few hairs to open pores and make plucking easier. Also, tweezing quickly is better than too slow.

5. tweeze hairs individually and not in clumps – although two or more very fine hairs can be pulled if it’s not too uncomfortable.

6. tweeze in any order you like. Yes, you should remove hair ABOVE and below the brow, as well as between the eyes on the bridge of the nose. Check you’re not over-tweezing by pausing frequently and looking at your progress. Thicker brows are always better than ones that are TOO thin.

How to Shape Eyebrows 7, 8, 9….The Finishing Touches

7. When all the unwanted hairs are gone, wash your face to remove the white outline and refresh the skin. Some ice on the area can cool, sooth and close pores. Add a touch of unscented aloe gel or a fragrance-free moisturizing lotion of your choice.

8. If you’re just learning how to do your eyebrows, I suggest leaving the area alone for a few hours {or a day} after tweezing before applying makeup. Sometimes the area can be a bit red, even a little swollen or sore. Don’t apply foundation until the area is calm.

9. The best eyebrow shaping tips anyone can offer are visual ones. Here’s a short video presentation courtesy of eHow. It explains how to clean up the stragglers if you’ve decided to wax first, and is also a good example of how to maintain the brows if you’ve had the original design professionally done, which I highly recommend.

Beauty & Cosmetics : How to Tweeze Eyebrows:

10. Shaping Eyebrows with Makeup and Pencils

Use an eyebrow shaper or stencil once again to keep the form while you apply powder to the hair within the shape, and follow the contour of the shape to create an outline around eh brow – this defines them nicely. Fill gaps with hair strokes using a finely sharpened pencil. Finish with some gel or eyebrow wax.

Editor’s Note: I don’t recommend using the newest plastic eyebrow shaper tools that are a device with a handle. They tend to not rest flat enough on the face to be able to draw a good outline. Use the thin plastic stencils instead.

Join Makeup artists Kandee Johnson as she explains {and shows you} her eyebrow shaping tips for finishing the brows with makeup to define their shape with color.

Eyebrows: defining your eyebrows:

More Tips on How to do Your Eyebrows Like a Pro

Learn how to shape eyebrows with tweezers, razors and curved cuticle scissors as well as how to employ your eyebrow brush for useful tasks aside from brushing hairs. Follow Kandee Johnson’s fun and easy to understand tutorial on how to shape eyebrows with tweezers and other tools in this video presentation that’s timeless.

Hot to Tweeze, Shape & Groom Eyebrows:

TEENS – Learn how to shape your eyebrows without over-tweezing

Here’s a video, courtesy of Howdini, that’s a must see for all teenage ladies. If you’re about to start shaping your brows using tweezers – STOP and see how it’s done.

How To Shape Your Eyebrows – Eyebrow Shaping Tutorial

Shaping your Eyebrows Professionally plus Tips to use at Home

Shape your eyebrows professionally using the tips from Celebrity Stylist Georgio. Watch this video courtesy of the Makeup and Style Channel.

Eyebrow Shaping Tutorial and Highlighting

Tips on Makeup and Style at Celebrity Wire:

Notice how Georgio uses his brow shaping tools that include, curved scissors, razor and tweezers. Even if you start using an eyebrow shaper or stencil, you can slowly put into practice some of the freehand techniques using the brush to isolate wayward hairs from both the top and the bottom of the brow.

Continue with expert stylist Georgio in the next Makeup and Style Channel video that offers some final brow shaping techniques to be used after tweezing is done. Some of the simple yet effective eyebrow shaping tips include how to use an angled brush to apply color and how to enhance using a brow highlighter. See how easy it is to have perfect brows.

Eyebrow Shaping Tutorial part two on Makeup and Style at Celebrity Wire

Continue discovering new techniques on how to pluck eyebrows, how to find the best eyebrow pencil and shop for The Best Eyebrow Tinting Kits and Products by choosing the latest articles here at

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