It's so important to gauge your skin's sensitivity level before you schedule an appointment.

In a world where fluffy, feathered, natural-looking brows are the be-all, end-all of beauty, you might be wondering how you can enhance your own arches. Fortunately for us, Jaimineery Patel, head of training at BBB London, is here to help. Whether you have sensitive, oily, or dry skin, ahead you'll find the best brow shaping technique for you.

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Sensitive Skin: Threading

Threading works for all skin types, but it's an especially good option for those with sensitive skin. "It's very gentle and can remove hairs without tugging," Patel explains. "It's the best way to remove hair, as it is kinder to the skin than plucking or waxing."

Oily Skin: Brow Tint

Do you struggle with your makeup staying put all day? "A brow tint could be a great alternative for you," Patel says, noting that the process gives brows definition and long-lasting color. "Tint darkens the brows and lasts up to four weeks."

Dry Skin: Ayurvedic Brow Pinching

"Keep brows nourished between shapes," Patel says, noting that pinching and massaging the brow area for 10 minutes, then finishing off with an oil, is an ideal option for those with dry skin types. "Pinching stimulates the brow zone, and using oil keeps the skin around this area nourished and glossy."

Most Skin Types: Plucking, Waxing, and Brow Lamination

You may have noticed that three of the most popular brow shaping techniques aren't on this list. That doesn't mean they're totally off-limits, though. Rather, plucking, waxing, and brow lamination (or a perm for your brows)—all of which are known to trigger irritation—are best saved for those who don't have hyperreactive skin, regardless of whether or not you're also dry, oily, or combination.

But here's thing thing: Just because you have sensitive skin doesn't mean that you'll experience crazy, long-lasting irritation from one of these treatments; you might experience redness or bumpiness. It's up to you to determine how sensitive your skin typically is and whether or not it's a risk you want to take.


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