wikiHow to Have Nice Eyebrows

Five Parts:Planning the Shape of Your BrowTweezing Your Brows at HomeWaxing Your Brows at HomeGoing to a ProfessionalMaintaining Your Brows

The pencil-thin eyebrows of the ‘90s are, thankfully, a thing of the past. That doesn’t mean, though, that you don’t need to do some maintenance to have beautiful brows. Here are a few ways to achieve full, shapely eyebrows.

Part 1
Planning the Shape of Your Brow

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    Hold your eyebrow pencil vertically against one nostril. Your brow should start where the pencil meets your brow. Plan to remove any hair between that point and the beginning of your other brow. [1]
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    Determine your brow arch. Angle the pencil so it is in line with the outer side of your pupil. [2]
    • The place where the pencil touches the brow is where the highest point of your brow arch should be.
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    Angle the pencil from your nostril to the outer edge of your eye. This is where your eyebrow should end. [3]
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    Draw the desired shape of the brow. This will be your guide when you are removing the hair.

Part 2
Tweezing Your Brows at Home

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    Purchase quality tweezers. Choose tweezers that have a slanted edge. You can line them right up with the brow bone or flip them over for more precise hair removal.[4]
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    Take a shower. It will soften the hair and open your pores.
    • If showering is not an option, wet a washcloth with warm water and drape it over your eyebrows for a few minutes.
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    Remove hair that falls outside of the pencil guide you drew. Unless a hair falls far above your eyebrow line, only remove hair from below your eyebrow. This will help you keep the shape of your brow.

Part 3
Waxing Your Brows at Home

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    Purchase a wax kit. You can find one at a beauty supply store or your local drugstore.
    • Wax kits come in a couple of varieties. You can purchase wax that you warm up and then apply, or pre-made wax strips.
    • Waxing your eyebrows yourself can be tricky, so if you are worried about making a mistake, it might be better to leave this to the professionals.
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    Apply a little bit of moisturizer along your brow bone. This will help ensure that the wax sticks to the hair and not to your skin. [5]
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    Wax one section at a time. In order to avoid making a mistake, only wax a little bit at a time. [6]
    • Start at the outer part of the brow and move inward, toward the arch.
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    Apply the wax in the direction of your hair growth. Press the wax strip firmly to the hair you are removing. Use your pencil as a guide.
    • Hot waxes usually include a plastic or wooden applicator that you use to coat the area, followed by a strip to cover it with. Wait for it to cool.
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    Remove the strip quickly, like a Band-Aid. Not only will this remove hair best, it will also minimize the pain.

Part 4
Going to a Professional

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    Decide on the method of hair removal. Depending on the salon, you may have the choice between waxing and threading.
    • Threading is an ancient Indian hair removal technique, which involves weaving hair between pieces of thread and then pulling the thread to remove the hair.[7]
    • Waxing will be done more quickly, but threading can help with ingrown hairs.
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    Research estheticians in your area. Ask friends for recommendations or look online for salon reviews. Some estheticians will be better at removing hair with less pain.
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    Consult with your esthetician about the look you want. If you are trying to change the arch of your brow or want your eyebrows to be a specific shape, let your esthetician know so she can incorporate your wants.

Part 5
Maintaining Your Brows

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    Fill in sparse areas. Use an eyebrow pencil to fill in patchy brows.
    • People with blonde hair should use light brown pencil; redheads look best with honey-colored brown pencil; and deep brown or black works well for brunettes. [8]
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    Brush your brows. Move the brush upward and outward. Set them in place for the day by applying a clear mascara.
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    Dye your brows. If you have grey hair or dye your hair a color other than your natural color, you will want to dye your brows to match. If you're a natural redhead trying to pull off brunette hair dye, bright red eyebrows will give it away!
    • Going a shade darker with the dye will make your eyebrows appear fuller.
    • No dye is FDA approved for your eyebrows or eyelashes, so be aware of the risk when you are dyeing your eyebrows.
    • Eyebrows fall out and grow back quickly, so you will have to dye them every week or two to maintain them.
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    Condition your eyebrows. There is some eyebrow-specific conditioner available on the market, but you can just use your regular hair conditioner and it works just as well. As long as you're washing your face, you don't need to wash your eyebrows specifically--you've already got it covered.[9]
    • You can condition your brows at the same time you condition your hair. Just make sure not to get any conditioner in your eye!
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    Put down the tweezers and grow your eyebrows out. If you've been over-tweezing, you may need to rehab your eyebrows. Experts recommend you stop tweezing for 16 weeks. This may be very frustrating at first, as your brows will look a little overgrown, but eventually they will start growing back up to the brow line.[10]
    • At 16 weeks, you can start to tweeze the hair closest to your eyelids.
    • It will take four to six months before your eyebrows fully grow in, after many months of over-grooming.


  • Your brows don’t have to be identical. Eyebrows are sisters, not twins!
  • Don’t use a magnifying mirror. This will make it appear that there is more hair that needs to be removed.
  • After removing the hair, soothe your skin with an astringent, a gentle lotion, or ice.
  • Use small scissors to trim long hairs.


  • Avoid over-plucking. They don't always grow back in and over-plucked eyebrows look unnatural.
  • Do not use a razor on your brows. They will just grow in as stubble, and it's not as precise.
  • Do not put make up near your eyebrows immediately after removing hair. This will lead to clogged pores and breakouts.

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