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welcome to my corner. I hope you are doing way better than “just okay”. Today’s post is by Lucy Zender, creator and founder of Tweezerfile. Kindly show her some love as you read in your thoughts, possible comments and your shares. I hope this inspires you. 💫
Are your eyebrows in need of a little love and attention? There’s no question that eyebrows have become an obsession over recent years. Indeed, it seems beauty-conscious women cannot be seen out without the perfect brow.
A little harder two lockdowns in and with access to beauty professionals having been limited between times. Perhaps your brows are out of control or you just want to keep them as neat as possible until you can next get to an appointment. Or perhaps you have been taking a more do-it-at–home attitude to your beaty regimes over recent months.
Whatever your motivation, if you’re planning to do a DIY eyebrow tidy, you want to do it right. Here are my top tips for getting flawless eyebrows without leaving the house.
Ideally, I would recommend you pluck your eyebrows after a bath or shower, so your pores are open and your skin softer. Or you can hold a warm, damp flannel to your brows for a couple of minutes to achieve a similar effect. Make sure you are relaxed and have everything you need to hand. It’s important not to rush this, so do it when you have plenty of time. Most importantly, ensure your mirror is completely clean and fit for the job and that you have good light – but avoid magnifying mirrors and very bright lighting as that can lead to over–plucking.
Determine your eyebrow shape:
To pluck your natural line, you need to determine the three essential points of your brows. Then you can pluck around these markers. These points are:
Work from the inside, over to the outside then underneath i.e.first pluck the hairs between your eyebrows, then pluck above your arch, to properly define it. Next, take out any hairs that are on the outside of your end mark. When you’ve done this, pluck under your brow. This is where you can determine how thick or thin your brows are.
Be really careful to keep the plucking underneath consistent in both eyebrows! In fact, make sure you don’t do one eyebrow and then the other. Instead do a few hairs on one eyebrow and then even it up on the other side.
To make your plucking most efficient, stretch your skin tightand pluck from as close to the root as you can get. This makes it far less likely that you will break a hair. Also, pull the hair in the direction it grows, to make it easier to pluck.
Once you have your shape, you may want to just tidy up long hairs that have a nasty habit of pointing out at odd angles. Take your brow brush and brush your hairs up, then very carefully use your eyebrow scissors to trim them to the rightlength.
It’s likely the skin around your eyebrows will be sore once you’ve finished, so have a soothing cream to hand. You can buy cortisone cream in the chemist or try some pure aloe gel.
Once they have calmed down you can go the extra mile with a couple of finishing touches.
Look after your Tweezers:
Many people simply throw their tweezers back in their makeup bag when they’ve finished with them. The trouble with this is that they then come into contact with makeup residue, containing chemicals that really shouldn’t come into close contact with open follicles, as this can result in infection, which kind of defeats the object of plucking your brows to make you look more presentable!
The other thing that happens is that they are more likely to get the tips blunted and blunt tweezers are not effective. Blunt tweezers tend to bend and break hairs or simply not work at all.
So, when you’ve finished perfecting your brows, wipe your tweezers clean and store them either in a special storage pouch or point–up in a pot or other receptacle. If your Tweezers came with those little plastic covers on the tips,keep hold of them and replace them after each use to protect them from dust, etc.
However well you look after your tweezers, they will blunt eventually and what do you do then? Well, most people simply throw them away and get a new pair. This is a costly exercise and, as most of us are attempting to move away from a throwaway society, it seems somewhat un-planet-friendly!
There are sharpening services you can use but these can be relatively expensive in comparison to the unit price of the tweezers themselves, not to mention there’s still an environmental cost, albeit comparatively small. Worst of all, you have the inconvenience of sending them away and then waiting for them to be returned before you can get on with your brow maintenance. Alternatively, look for a Tweezer file designed specifically for tweezers that is easy-to-use and will ensure your tweezers are always in tip top condition and will last and last!
I hope you’ve found these tips useful and that you can enjoy nice trim brows, whether this is a change for good or just until your favourite beautician is able safely reopen their doors! However good your DIY job, I suspect you may be glad to let them work their magic again when the time comes!