Eyebrows, those wonderful features that you can turn into things of beauty. Seemingly so simple, shaping your eyebrows can come with a lot of questions. Getting the shape of your eyebrow right is something you can do at home, saving yourself a trip to the salon every couple of weeks.
However, there is one question that almost every newbie and seasoned home-waxer ask – should you wax the top of your eyebrow? Turns out, you should not be waxing the top of your eyebrows! You can remove some stray hairs by plucking away, but do not get too carried away.
Why You Should Not Wax The Top Of Your Eyebrows
You might have a few stray hairs that are unsightly above your brows, and these are fine to remove with a tweezer, but you should really avoid using wax to clear the hairs above your eyebrows.
This won’t necessarily do any damage, but waxing the top of your eyebrows can drastically change the shape of your eyebrows, and leave them looking very unnatural. Eyebrow hair grows downwards, so removing this hair can also result in your eyebrows looking very thin, which is a look that is not in at the moment.
We do many things to give our eyebrows the perfect shape when in actual fact the natural shape of eyebrows is the best you are going to get. Yes, enhancing the shape does make it stand out more and appear neater, but too much, such as waxing the top of your eyebrows, will completely ruin the shape and just look off.
Knowing how to properly wax your eyebrows at home is such a gift, saving you time and money from traveling to and from the salon every few weeks. Just remember to keep it simple, and use tweezers instead of wax for those pesky stray hairs!
Common Eyebrow Questions
Brows are one of the biggest beauty trends and have been so for a good few decades. Knowing how to do your brows at home can be a bit of a learning process, but pooling in questions and information asked and offered by others save us some time in the learning process, as well as save us from making those common mistakes that are often hard to come back from.
Here are some of the most common brow questions asked, that might give you the information you need to perfect your brows at home.
How do I recover from overplucking my brows?
Back in the day, it was fairly common, and in fashion, to have overly plucked brows that were then drawn back on with a pencil. While this isn’t really the case anymore, many people find that they overpluck their eyebrows, which is fairly common, once you start it is hard to stop!
The best way to fix this is to tint your eyebrows. The tint will stick to each strand of hair, darkening the brow to seem fuller. You can then wax any outlying hairs to give the brows a better shape.
How do I flatten stick-up brow hairs?
There is a super simple way to combat this – use a good brow gel. Brush the brow gel through with a brow pen and the hairs will stick down flat. After some time, this should train the hairs to remain this way.
How can I maintain my brows between waxes?
During the 4 weeks between waxing, you might notice some stray hairs reappear. You can tweeze these stray hairs to keep your brows looking neat, but do not tweeze any hairs within the arch of the brow, or any of the hairs within the brow.
This could alter their shape and cause them to look unnatural or incomplete. When tweezing, pull in the direction of the hair to remove them easier.
How do I darken fair eyebrows?
If you have blonde or red hair, it is common to have fair eyebrows. To make your eyebrows look darker and more defined, you can tint your eyebrows at home or at a salon.
It is important to get a tint that matches your hair and skin tone, as too dark a color will not suit your tone at all and look completely out of place.
Can I draw in my brows without looking fake?
You most certainly can, and many women choose to do their brows this way, while still maintaining a natural look. The best way to draw in your brows is to do small strokes with brow products, to not make the strokes appear too dark or defined.
To break down the heavier product, you can run through your brows with a clean mascara brush to give your brows a more natural finish, where the brow pencil is not too pronounced or obvious.
Should I be wary of the medication I take before waxing?
Some medications can thin the skin, which can result in pulling and breaking when waxing. It is best to consult a doctor or pharmacist to ask f there are any risks involved with waxing while on certain medications, just to be sure.
How do I know where my brows should start, end and arch?
This is one of the more complicated parts of eyebrow waxing. Keeping your brows neat and tidy is one thing, but shaping them is a whole different story.
Your brows need to start, arch and end in the right place, or they will look uneven and unbalanced. Your brow should ideally start at the arch of your nose, slimming down your nose and face.
The arch should be placed just above your iris, ending just parallel to the corner of your eye. This helps to sharpen the shape of your cheekbones and opens up your eyes.
Can I cover scars in my brows?
You are able to cover up scars found within your eyebrows, but you will need a good wax-based product to do so. Lightly cover your scar with the product, blending it in with the rest of your brows for a natural appearance.
Is waxing better than threading and tweezing?
Waxing is painful, but so is threading and tweezing. The upside to waxing is that it is one quick pain, instead of the pain of hair being removed bit by bit. Threading can be slightly unpredictable as it is so quick, and mistakes can be easily made. Waxing gives you more control over the shape of your brow.
With that said, some of us are comfortable with threading and can use threaders without a problem. If that’s you, check out the best threading machines for eyebrows.
How do I know what color my brows should be?
The best way to know what color your brows should be is to check the color of the roots of your hair. The roots on your head will be the darkest hair color on your body and are exactly the color your eyebrows should be to look natural.
The Best Way To Wax Eyebrows At Home
Make sure you have everything you need for your wax – a pre-wax cleanser, a wax warming pot, an applicator stick, strips, and a wax remover and lotion. Keep a pair of tweezers handy in case there are any stray hairs that need removing.
Decide on the shape you want, and you can use a brow pencil to fill in your brows to get the look you want, making it easier to place the wax, removing the hairs outside of the lines you have drawn.
Brush your brow hairs straight up with a brush, and trim any long hairs that seem out of place.
Use a pre-wax cleanser to remove any residue and impurities.
Warm the wax to the right temperature, not too hot to burn your skin. Apply the wax onto your skin evenly, allowing it to cool and thicken. You should apply the wax in the direction of the hair growth using an applicator stick.
Place a muslin strip onto the wax and press down firmly, smoothing it down with your hand. Hold your skin taut with one hand and remove the strip in the opposite direction of hair growth. Use tweezers to remove any stray hairs.
It is so important to remember that post-wax care is a necessity. Once you are happy with the shape of your brows, use a wax remover or natural oil to remove any residual wax left behind.
Once you have done this, apply an after-wax oil or gel that will soothe the skin, reducing redness and inflammation. This really does go a long way to help the skin heal faster after a waxing session.
Waxing The Top Of Your Brows
As we have established, it is not a good idea to wax the top of your eyebrows. This is one of many tips and tricks to know before waxing your eyebrows at home.
Getting all your information in before waxing at home will save you possibly ruining your eyebrows, and goes a long way to saving you so much time and money you would spend traveling to a salon every few weeks.
Use some tweezers to remove stray hairs above your eyebrows, but do not be tempted to attack them with some wax!