How to Maintain and Carefully Tweeze Your Eyebrows During Quarantine
Read this if you typically rely on an expert to shape your brows.
There are silver linings to the coronavirus lockdown—you just have to know where to look. Or, in the context of your overgrown eyebrows, where not to look. "One upside during this quarantine is that you can use this time to let your brows grow back to health," says Sania Vucetaj of Sania's Brow Bar in New York City. Ahead, she shares her best tips for maintaining and tweezing your own eyebrows in the age of the coronavirus (beginning with removing those magnifying mirrors from your bathroom!), when most beauty professionals have closed their doors for business.
Step away from the magnifying mirror.
"They are especially bad for brows," says Vucetaj. "You will lose perspective and definitely over-tweeze." In the same vein, she also suggests avoiding too-bright lighting, since "no one else is looking that closely at your brows—especially in this time of social distancing."
Take care when applying skincare products.
When you apply your favorite serums and creams, do you rub them into your brow area? Vucetaj says to stop, stat. "I have been instructing men and women for years never to get any creams, oils, or lotions on or around the brows. It inhibits growth and makes the hairs shed," she explains. "Would you put moisturizer, sunscreen, or foundation into your scalp?" To allow your brows to breathe, she recommends using the products designated for your skin just so—on your skin, and skin alone.
Outline and fill in your brows before you tweeze them.
Doing so will prevent you from removing the hairs that are actually part of the shape you want—even if they look like stragglers during the grow-in phase. Start with a pencil; Vucetaj has her own, which offers the precision of a pencil, but the smoothness of a powder ($30, saniasbrowbar.com). Use it to outline your brows to their desired fullness and shape. If yours are uneven, use the pencil to create symmetry and balance so you know what shape you are working towards. Then fill them in, using your finger to "slightly lift at your arch" and soft strokes to outline the top and bottom of your brows; finish with the front, which should begin at the bridge of the nose. "Remember to camouflage new growth with the pencil so you don't accidentally remove these hairs," notes Vucetaj. "We should use this time to let brows grow in."
Begin tweezing at the back of your brows.
Using a slanted tweezer—like Vucetaj's ergonomic option ($25, saniasbrowbar.com)—remove only the small hairs towards the back end of the brow. "Always tweeze in the direction of hair growth," she advises. Be sure to mind the penciled area ("This is your 'no-tweeze zone!'" she says) and take caution when removing the stray "unibrow" hairs in the middle of your face. "Beware not to tweeze too close to the bridge of the nose," says Vucetaj, adding that this is where most people tend to over-pluck.
Finish with a trim.
After you're done tweezing, finish with a trim—we're partial to Vucetaj's scissors ($28, saniasbrowbar.com) and Tweezerman's shaping set ($19, ulta.com)—but only as needed. "Most scissors can cause you to trim unevenly, resulting in botchy brows. This is because the blades on the scissors are too short and hinges are too tight," she says, noting that it's important to choose this product wisely. To guarantee precision, "use a spooley to brush hairs upwards towards the direction of the arch and only trim the very tips that sit outside the pencil line," she adds. When your brows are set, leave them alone for at least a fortnight: "Only tweeze your brows once every two weeks—not every day. You need to allow time for some growth to come in."