Anxiety is understandably high right now, and even the smallest thing can tip you over the edge – like thinking about your currently-out-of-control eyebrows. Many of us are reliant on regular salon trips to keep our brows in check, but because of the coronavirus lockdown, we are now worrying about how to tame them at home.
Admittedly, unruly brows are a small problem compared to what’s going on in the world, but giving yours a bit of TLC is a brilliant opportunity for self-care and mood-boosting. There’s no shame in a bit of pampering either – particularly if you find yourself holed up inside with more time on your hands. And if you’re used to getting a professional to tend your brows, now’s the time to learn how to do it yourself. On the flip side, if you’ve been meaning to grow out your eyebrows, now’s the perfect chance as you can weather that awkward patchy phase in private, at home. Kirsten Maine, from beauty salon Live True London, shares her top tips on caring for your own eyebrows, below.
To start with, dealing with your eyebrows will mean touching your face, so in light of the current crisis, Maine says to make sure you wash your hands before and after your eyebrow care routine. “Do let them grow out a bit longer than usual, so you can see their natural shape and make them into a fabulously strong facial feature,” she advises.
Now you can begin. Maine recommends: “Brush your eyebrow hairs upwards with a brush and trim only the very longest hairs.” For the salon-quality look, you’ll need the proper tools. “Use eyebrow scissors – this is not the time to improvise with kitchen utensils, which are far too dangerous to put anywhere near your face,” she explains.
Next comes the pampering. “Find your favorite facial serum or oil, and massage it gently into the brow bone area,” says Maine. “This will help with sensitivity by lubricating your skin, and help prevent hairs from breaking when they are plucked.” Once you’ve taken these necessary steps, you’re ready to start plucking – but not before you clean your tweezers properly.
It’s a good idea to do your brows in the middle of the day, finding an area with good daylight so you can see everything you’re doing. Maine’s top tips are to “only tweeze the stray hairs” and “pluck in the direction of hair growth and hold your skin taut if you can”. Start between your brows before gradually moving to under the arch and finishing up beyond the end of the tail. Instead of getting it all over with as quickly as possible, Maine recommends that you regularly step back from the mirror to “get perspective of the shape you are building”. And remember, less is more. It’s much easier to pluck more than grow hairs back where you’ve over-plucked.
Finally, Maine says: “Gently massage the brow bone area to promote skin circulation and reduce any potential redness. If you have aloe vera gel, a tiny bit of this will nicely soothe the skin.” There you have it – a salon-quality brow treatment from the comfort and safety of your own home. Win-win.