{beauty} How to Get Perfect Eyebrows

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Groomed, defined brows are back this season, and make-up artists are loving them for their face-defining potential. Try these 10 pro beauty tips from Shape Magazine to score A-list arches.

Eyebrow Shaping Tip #1: Choose the Right Tweezers
“Opt for a sharp, slanted style,” says Kristie Streicher, a celebrity brow expert at the Warren Tricomi Salon in NYC and L.A. “Unlike pointy versions, they grab tiny strays quickly and won’t pinch your skin along with the hairs.” 

Eyebrow Shaping Tip #2: Tweeze After Your Shower
Warm water opens the follicles and softens hairs, helping them slip out more easily.

Eyebrow Shaping Tip #3: Ease the Plucking Pain
If plucking is too painful, dab on a numbing gel like Orajel-Baby Teething Pain Medicine before you tweeze.

Eyebrow Shaping Tip #4: Ditch Your Magnifying Mirror
This tool can make it look like there’s more hair to remove than there really is, says Streicher, which can lead to overplucking. Instead, use a regular mirror in a well-lit room—if you can’t see stray hairs under these conditions, neither can anyone else. “After every few tweezes, take a couple of steps back to see the bigger picture,” she says.

Eyebrow Shaping Tip #5: Know Your Arch Limits Hold a pencil for guidance, advises Streicher. “Your brows should begin directly above your tear duct, peak in line with the outer side of your iris, and end at a point that falls 45 degrees from the outer corner of your eye.” Be sure not to arch your brows too high or they’ll look unnatural.

Eyebrow Shaping Tip #6: Create Your Shape
Once you’ve determined how your brows should curve, outline your ideal arch using a soft, creamy brow pencil. Then remove only the hairs that fall above or below your self-made stencil.

Eyebrow Shaping Tip #7: Reduce Redness
Immediately after tweezing, gently pat on an over-the-counter cortisone cream like Cortizone-10 Hydratensive Healing Lotion to minimize any resulting inflammation.

Eyebrow Shaping Tip #8: Brush Up
Style your arches with a brow brush or a clear, brow-gel wand, coaxing hairs upward at the start of your arch and brushing the rest toward the end of your eye. 

Eyebrow Shaping Tip #9: Fill in the Blanks
Color in sparse spots with a pencil like L’Oréal Paris Brow Stylist Professional ($10; or a powder. Brunettes should opt for a shade or two lighter than their hair color. Lighter blondes can go for golden shades, while darker blondes call for a taupe-y tone.

Eyebrow Shaping Tip #10: Grow Them In
Overplucked? Refrain from tweezing for at least three weeks so you can see the natural growth pattern and shape. If your brows need a little extra encouragement, brush on a growth serum every night.

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