When your brows are at that awkward stage of unruly but still not unruly enough for a waxing appointment, there's absolutely no harm in trying to polish them up on your own. While you won't necessarily achieve the same pro-level results as your go-to waxer can (or threader, if you prefer threading!), there are ways that allow you to tame them temporarily on your own. Ahead, Benefit Philippines' national brow artist and makeup artist Czari Domingo tells Preview her tricks for self-brow shaping:
1. Map out your ideal brow shape to know where to trim.
"It's important that you know where your brow ends and begins," says Czari. To find out, she shared a three-step brow mapping technique that they use at Benefit.
First, hold either a pen or a brow mapping tool (some Benefit brow kits come with one) vertically beside your nose bridge—the brow area parallel to this is where you eyebrows should start. Next, align the tool diagonally from the tip of your nose to across your pupil—this is where your arch should be. Lastly, hold your pen from the corner of your nose to the corner of your eye to find out where your brows should end. While doing this, it helps to draw marks with a brow pencil!
"If you know how to brow map, it saves you a lot of time and get professional results at home," she continues. After you map, plucking any stray hairs or shaving them off will be a lot easier!
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2. Don't groom your brows in front of a magnifying mirror.
One of Czari's best tips for grooming your brows is to avoid magnifying mirrors at all costs when trimming. "When you think about it, no one's looking at your brows that close up. So if you're removing some hairs when you're magnified, it's always going to look so thin at the end," she explains. "Always take a few steps back from the mirror because that's how people see you."
3. Temporarily use concealer over stray hairs.
If you're scared to accidentally overpluck or overtrim, makeup can always save you from an unruly brow day. Czari recommends using a full-coverage concealer over the excess brow hairs to hide them while you wait for your next waxing sesh. "In photos, [it looks] fine. The only time the concealer becomes obvious is when you really look close, but [it works] if you just want a more polished look," says the makeup artist.