They say you can get away with murder if your brows are amazing. Not only do your eyebrows control the shape of your face, they also tend to be the first thing people pay attention to when they look at your face. In case you’re wondering, you don’t have the skills of Sam Fine or Damone Roberts to have phenomenal brows. It’s easier than you think. All you need is the right tools and these 5 tips will get you – and your brows where they need to be.

Trim Your Brows.

The easiest way to shape your brows is it to trim them first. Getting rid of excess hair helps reveal the true shape of your eyebrow. First take a mascara/eyebrow brush and brush your brow upwards. Once you do that, you’ll start to notice the natural shape of your brow. Trim any extra hair above your natural brow line with a pair of cuticle scissors. Place your index finger over the orbital bone above both eyes and snip any visible hairs.

Tweeze, Don’t Shave.

To clean up extra hair underneath the natural brow, it’s best to tweeze and not shave. Although shaving is quick and painless, a razor near your eye is not ideal. The skin around your brow is extremely thin and delicate. Shaving also tends to not remove the entire hair follicle like tweezing and leaves a blunt stubble because brow hair tends to be very coarse. Tweezing lasts longer than shaving and leaves a smooth surface with a pair like the Tweezerman Slant Tweezer. For best results, tweeze right after you get out of the shower. Your pores are open and the hair is easy to tweeze. Continue to brush hair upward while tweezing to make sure you don’t over pluck.

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Use A Lighter Pencil.

When filling in brows – whether you have thin or full brows – it’s important to use a pencil that’s one shade lighter than your actual hair. Start in the center when filling in brows then work your way towards the head of the brow (the end closest to your nose). Try not to be heavy handed with the pencil; the head should be the lightest part of the brow. The tail (end) of the brow should be the last part filled in.

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