Professional tips on how to pluck eyebrows


If you want to get the beautiful or groomed shape that you’re looking for your eyebrows. Wheter using tweezers is more time-consuming than say, but you have more control over the hairs, you take and keep, which makes for a very precise look. It’s also a very affordable do-it-yourself option that can last for weeks at a time.


Difficulty: Easy

Time Required: 10 – 25 minutes depending on the thickness


Here’s How:

  • Buy a good pair of tweezers. If your tweezers are sliding off or breaking hair, it’s going to take you a lot more time and give you less than desirable results.
  • Decide on the shape of your brows. Refer to eyebrow shape step-by-step and men’s eyebrow grooming guide if you need help figuring out which hairs to take and leave.
  • Pull or pin-back hair. You want to see your eyebrows clearly, so you can get the best results.
  • Trim eyebrows if necessary. Brush your eyebrows straight up, and if there are any hairs longer coming out of your natural shape on top, then you need to trim. Use a fine-tooth regular comb or an eyebrow brush to push eyebrow hair up, and then just trim what is outside the shape with small scissors (preferably eyebrow scissors). If you have long or very bushy eyebrows, they may need more bulk removed, see the step-by-step to trimming brows.
  • Wash face with warm water. You want skin nice and clean, and warm water helps relax skin and hair follicle for easier removal. Wipe off and pat dry to remove moisture.
  • Select the hairs you’re removing. Apply white eyeliner on the hair that needs to go on both eyebrows: below, above and in-between.
  • Start tweezing the arches in. Hold skin taut and begin removing hairs making the arch by grasping clean tweezers near the base of the hair, pulling in the direction it grows removing the large, dark hairs first (you’ll get fine hairs a bit later). Before removing any more hair on the first brow, put the second brow’s arch in.
  • Work on top. If you’re removing any hair from the top of the brow, be cautious. Only take what fine hairs are outside the shape, on the first brow and then the second. Learn more: Should I Tweeze Top of Brows?
  • Work on middle. Now remove the hair from the middle of the two brows that need to go.
  • Stand back. Take a look, standing at a distance from the mirror to see if the brows are looking visually balanced so far.
  • Fine-tune. Take out any hairs that are necessary to making brows even.
  • Remove fine hairs. Once the shape is in, get close to the mirror and remove any fine, light hairs. Dust any hairs off face with towel.


Soothe skin. If skin is red or irritated, you can apply a soothing facial moisturizer with a cotton swab. Be sure not to get product directly in eyes.

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