Get the perfect eyebrows at home with top tips from brow expert, Lisa Potter-Dixon
Shaping your eyebrows in one of the easiest ways to frame your face for instant confidence, but it’s fiddly. Take too much off, and you’ll spend ages waiting for the hair to grow back; leave too much on and they’ll be uneven. So how do the pros do it? Benefit Cosmetics’ Head Makeup Artist and Brow Expert, Lisa Potter-Dixon not only owns a pretty perfect pair of brows, but also knows how to get yours looking great too. Follow her five simple tips for shaping your eyebrows at home…
Before you go crazy with the tweezers, use an eyebrow comb to brush through your brows. Then grab a wooden stick (a pencil or long cotton bud will do!) and measure. Start by your nose (first picture – far left). Placing the stick next to your nose, make a note of where the stick sits – your eyebrows should be no shorter than this. Then place the stick at an angle across your eye (see middle picture), this will show you the highest point of your eyebrow – the natural arch. Finally, place the stick at the end of the eyebrow (final picture) so you know where your brow should naturally finish.
Lisa’s top tip: ‘Where possible I would always advise to have your brows shaped professionally. Here at Benefit we map the brows to get the perfect shape for you. We then wax the hair and tweeze to shape.’
Once you’ve measured your brows, draw on the new shape using an eyebrow pencil (we like Boots’ 17 Eyebrow Shaper, £2.99) or powder to help you pluck more easily. If you need to trim the top of your brows, do it very carefully. Brush the hair upwards using an eyebrow brush, then very slowly trim in a straight line using beauty scissors.
Lisa’s top tip: ‘We always wax above the brow too. This gives you a super-clean finish and doesn’t effect the brow shape like your mum used to tell you!’
Now you’re ready to pluck. Using a flat slanted edge tweezer like Tweezerman’s Mini Slant Tweezer, £19.50, stretch the skin around the area you’re plucking (this stops the sting) and gently remove the first hair, pulling in the direction that the hair is growing. Take it slow and really concentrate on what you’re doing, once you’ve removed a hair there’s no going back until it grows back! Use a pointed tweezer at the end on any stubborn hairs. Tweezerman for Benefit Pointed Slant Tweezers, £22.50, are worth the splurge.
Lisa’s top tip: ‘If you want to tweeze your brows at home, between waxing appointments, avoid the actual brow shape and just pluck the stray hairs, as just taking one stray hair from the brow arch can ruin the shape of your brows.’
Once you’re happy with the shape of your new brows, soak a cotton ball in make-up remover to take off your eyebrow pencil sketch. Then have a closer look to see if you have any gaps in your brows that need lightly filling in with eyebrow gel, pencil or powder.
Lisa’s top tip: ‘Remember your brows are sisters not twins so they’ll never be perfectly even but by following the above steps you should have an amazing looking brow!’
Lisa’s top tip: ‘To add extra definition to your brows, use a brow kit. I use Benefit’s Browzings, £22.50 – it’s a powder and wax palette and comes with little tweezers and brushes. Mix the powder and wax together then use the hard angled brush to apply from the end of the brow to the thickest part, working in the opposite direction to the way the hair grows. Then brush back. By going away from the hair first, you get a much more natural finish as you’re not placing the wax and powder directly on the hair.’